Dear Southern Arizona Scouting Families,
We wanted to reach out and update you on the National Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy case. As you know, the national organization filed for bankruptcy to ensure that survivors of past abuse in Scouting are equitably compensated.
Which has reached its next milestone. The Bankruptcy Court has now set a bar date of November 16, 2020. Which creates a window of time in which survivors of abuse in Scouting may file claims in the BSA bankruptcy and a deadline by which they need to submit the paperwork.
It is important that the BSA reach as many potential claimants – in this case, survivors of abuse – as possible so they can file a claim by the November bar date. To achieve this, the national organization will be executing a significant notice campaign intended to reach millions of current and past BSA members prior to the bar date.
As part of this campaign, you may receive mail or emails in the coming months. To be clear, receiving a notice does not necessarily mean that you have a claim or that you or your child was harmed while in Scouting. The BSA is being as thorough as possible in order to reach potential abuse survivors so that if they have a claim, they may file it by the November deadline. In addition to the mail and email notifications, the BSA will run targeted advertising from September through November as a required part of the bankruptcy noticing process.
The BSA encourages all survivors of abuse to file their claim by November 16, 2020. For more information on how to file a claim, please visit www.BSArestructuring.org.
In Scouting, it is our top priority to continue to keep youth safe. The BSA has developed and implemented strong youth protection policies. Our volunteers and employees take youth protection seriously and do their part to keep youth in Scouting safe. To learn more about what we are doing to keep our youth safe please visit www.scouting.org/youth-safety.
The Catalina Council is committed to delivering Scouting to the youth of Southern Arizona. We are continuing to find new ways to bring Scouting to young people throughout our communities. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at the Council Service center.
Kathy Jeff Jim
Kathy Winger Jeff Hotchkiss James Tarleton
Council President Scout Executive/CEO Council Commissioner