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The Boy Scouts of America believes our organization has a social and moral responsibility to equitably compensate all victims who were abused during their time in Scouting.

We also have a duty to carry out our mission for years to come.

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March 28, 2023

BSA Bankruptcy Update

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware District Court Judge Richard G. Andrews affirmed the Boy Scouts of America debtors’ plan confirmation in the attached opinion issued today, finding “no error” in the bankruptcy court’s legal conclusion.  More information will follow as it becomes available.  

Attributable to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA):
This ruling represents a pivotal milestone in the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA)’s financial restructuring case and solidifies a path forward for both survivors and Scouting. We are enormously gratified that the District Court has ruled to uphold the order confirming the BSA’s Plan of Reorganization, which is poised to establish the largest sexual abuse compensation fund in the history of the United States—currently valued at $2.4 billion, with the opportunity for significant additional contributions from non-settling insurance companies and other parties. 
The BSA’s proposed Plan of Reorganization already won overwhelming support from survivors of past abuse in Scouting, with more than 85% voting to approve it. We continue to be enormously grateful to the survivor community, whose bravery, patience, and willingness to share their experiences has been instrumental in the formation of this Plan. This ruling is a welcome step towards equitable compensation for survivors, and they will no doubt have a lasting impact on our organization. We look forward to the organization’s exit from bankruptcy in the near future and firmly believe that the mission of Scouting will be preserved for future generations.
More information and updates about the restructuring are available at the BSA Restructuring website.

How to verify an out of Council Merit Badge Counselor.

First, try to connect the Scout and counselor in Scoutbook. If that is successful, the counselor is registered and qualified. If unsuccessful, go to the counselor’s home council and search for their Advancement Administrators. Most will have an email address for either the Council Advancement Committee or Professional Advisor. Send an email asking if the counselor has been registered and qualified for the merit badge(s) in question and the status of their Youth Protection Training. Ask California councils if the counselor has completed AB506 training and LiveScan. The unit leader’s “blue card” signature verifies their counselor credentials verification.


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