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Roundtable Handouts and Program Resources are available at https://www.TCScouts.org/roundtable.htm

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Breaking News...

Drive-up Recruiting Events

The Taughannock District will be organizing Drive-up Recruiting events across the district. These are intended to supplement, not replace, the direct recruiting that each unit will be doing on its own - the more opportunities a potential Cub, Scout, Sea Scout, Venturer or Explorer has to join Scouting, the more likely they are to do so! Each unit should plan to have at least one representative (preferably two) at the event for their community. 

The currently planned events are as follows:

Community  Date  Location Recruiting for
Cortland/Homer Thursday, September 24th
Grace Christian Fellowship parking lot
 on Fisher Ave between Homer & Cortland
Packs 1, 80, 85, 4052
Troops 72 (girls), 85, 94
Ithaca Thursday, October 1st
ScienCenter parking lot - 601 1st St. Packs 4, 7, 55
Troops 2, 4, 55
Ship/Crew 25
Posts 62 (aviation), 392 (police)
Dryden/Freeville tba tba Packs 24, 46
Troops 24, 46

For information, e-mail Membership@TCScouts.org  

Help with the New Scout joining fee is available

Effective August 1st, National instituted a $25 joining fee for all new Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Sea Scouts. The Taughannock District recognizes that this fee may pose a barrier to some families, especially in this time of Covid-19 uncertainty. 

The District has established a New Scout fund to help pay these Joining Fees for Scouts who might need help with paying them. The fund was established from the proceeds of the Scouting Memorabilia Sale held in August and from contributions by generous District Volunteers.  The New Scout Fund has been set up at the Council Office, and it is available now. 

As we enter the Fall recruiting season, if your unit has recruited one or more new boys or girls who have need of assistance with paying the Joining Fee, send an e-mail to NewScoutFund@TCScouts.org and let us know what unit you're with and how many Joining Fees you would need. We can't pay all the joining fees for every new member - there just isn't enough money for that - but we hope that where there is need, we can help. 
A Scout is Trustworthy - if you tell us these boys and girls need help joining Scouts, the Fund is there to help.

Please note: 

  • This fund is only available for units in the Taughannock District. If you're not in the district, talk to your district or council leadership about setting up such a fund for your district or council. 

  • The fund is only for Joining Fees for newly-joining youth. It is not available to pay registration fees in general. 

  • If you are a parent of a newly-joining Cub, Scout, Sea Scout or Venturer and need this help, ask your Pack, Troop, Ship or Crew to make application for the help. Money from the New Scout Fund will only be applied to fees due from the unit, on application by the unit. No cash distributions to units or individuals will be made.   

Online Registration Updates  
July 1, 2020

Effective July 1, 2020, Online Registration will be changed to no longer allow cash/check payments when submitting applications. All applications must use a credit card to be submitted via Online Registration.

Online Registration Training Updated
June 15, 2020

All the training material for Online Registration, Pin Manager and managing new member leads is being updated and refreshed. Check out the changes at https://www.scouting.org/resources/online-registration/ 

Changes to Advancement Announced
August 26, 2020

BSA National has announced a number of changes to advancement - some, if not all, related to Covid-19. 
See the Advancement Page for details. 

Council Video Update for September

Our Council Executive Matthew Bull has posted a video to bring everyone in the Baden-Powell Council up to date with the latest news at the Council level. 

You can watch it on YouTube 

Cub Leader Position-Specific Training has been updated
as of July 29, 2020

For details, see the Training Page

This training will be offered by the Council on October 27th, online via Zoom - see the Training Page for details

Scouts BSA Leader Position-Specific Training 
updated effective August 3rd

For more details, see the notice on the Training Page.

Camp Barton is now available for day and overnight use

Camp Barton is now open for Scout Units to go and hike, fish and do activities during the day, and to camp overnight! 
Units can camp in tents (preferably one person per tent), and Scout family groups (but not units) can use cabins overnight. 

Congratulations to Rick Burt and Bill Wright!

Taughannock District Award of Merit Recipients
Taughannock District Awards Event - July 22, 2020

Rick Burt

Bill Wright

For more pictures, see the District Scrapbook Page.

"Passport to Program" Council Program Kickoff

See the Roundtable Resources page for details

National Fees increased effective August 1st

See National News, below

Summer Camps are Canceled

See the Camping Page for details

Changes to Meetings and Activities Due to Covid-19

 The following District, Council or Area events have been postponed or canceled or will be held online:

  • District Committee Meetings: Will be virtual meetings using gotomeeting.com or Zoom until further notice- details will be sent out to committee members before the meeting. If you are not on the committee, but would like to attend the virtual meeting, contact key3@TCScouts.org 

  • District Leaders' Roundtables: Will be virtual meetings using Zoom.com until further notice - download for some basic instructions on how to use Zoom once you log in. Details on logging in will be sent out to unit leaders and commissioners through the Taughannock Announce e-mail list before the meeting. If you do not receive notification and want to attend Roundtable, contact Roundtable@TCScouts.org for the sign-in information. For handouts and notes from Virtual Roundtables, see the Roundtable Page

  • IOLS/BALOO Trainings scheduled for April and October are canceled, but plans are to start offering the training again in Spring 2021. 

  • ILST Troop Leader Training scheduled for November has been canceled for this year. Troops 2 and 4 may be holding their own ISLT courses - other troops are invited to contact them about taking part. 

  • Life to Eagle Training - if you have a Scout who needs it, contact the Advancement Committee at advancement@TCScouts.org 

  • National Scout Jamboree in 2021 has been "postponed" - no new date available at this time (7/14/20 update)

  • Scout trip to UK/Scotland - canceled. Watch https://www.BPBlairAtholl.org/ for details of 2022 trip

  • University of Scouting: in-person University scheduled for March was canceled. On November 14th a selection of courses will be offered online. See B-P Council Website for information. 

  • Webelos Woods scheduled for September 27 has been canceled. 

  • Woodbadge - scheduled for August 29-30 and September 12-13 is canceled. 

Covid-19 related Information

Can you help? Your Financial Support is Needed!

See the information on our newly-updated Fundraising page
Thank you for your support. 

Looking for something for your Cubs/Scouts to do 
while maintaining Social Distancing? 

Baden-Powell Council Virtual Scouting Events

See "Coming Soon" below or the B-P Council Website

Ideas from Taughannock District Scouters

See the Roundtable Resources Page

Scouting at Home help from other Scouting organizations

District Pinewood Derby 2020
March 7, 2020 - Shops at Ithaca Mall

Our Cubs had a great time racing their Pinewood Derby cars! 
See the 2020 Pinewood Derby page for more pictures. 

Notes from the District Day of Planning on January 18th

Many District and Unit leaders met on Saturday, January 18th, to discuss and plan out the District's operations for the upcoming year. 

A copy of the notes from the Planning Day can be downloaded here (PDF)

The District Calendar web page has been updated with dates through December 2021 - although note that dates in 2021 should be considered tentative until the final district calendar is handed out in June 2020. 

New Health Form

The National Council BSA has issued a new updated Annual Health & Medical Form (AHMR) form. In addition, National has compiled and reviewed local council feedback, as well as those of camp health officers, council health supervisors, and the medical community.

The new form is available at the National BSA Filestore Website or from the District Forms and Resources page.

As addressed in the FAQ document, 2020 resident camp participants will be allowed to use the previous AHMR form if they had a physical conducted in August 2019. Because 2020 will be a transition year, an AHMR that contains a valid physical exam can be used to meet our resident camp standards in 2020. It is suggested that those individuals who do not have a current pre-participation exam use the latest version now. The old versions will be obsolete as of January 2021.

Camp Barton Campmasters

 The Camp Barton Campmaster program was reinstated in December 2019, and is in need of volunteers. 

If you are a registered BSA adult you qualify. Come stay at Camp Barton and help out the ranger for the weekend. Program plans are to have our volunteer Campmasters do about two weekends a year. 

You need to have BSA youth protection and Campmaster training and you're set to be part of the program. We need you. 

Your duties will be to check troops and other groups in on Friday and check them out on Sunday. There will be a small amount of paperwork to give to the groups and collect from them during their stay. Then just keep watch over camp. It's your choice if you want to do more. 

Sounds easy…right. It is, and you get to spend the weekend at camp. 

All New Campmaster Building: You will get to stay in the Health Lodge that is being winterized this November so that you will have heat, running water and a bathroom. No more having to use the ranger shop or the outhouse. It is also a much better place for groups to find you. 

Interested or need more info: Contact: Diane Blakely dlblakely9@twcny.rr.com 

BSA Background Checks for All Volunteers
to be implemented 2020-2024

Dear Staff and Key Volunteers,

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is committed first and foremost to keeping youth safe. Part of that commitment includes continually updating our youth protection policies to help ensure we are always on the forefront of youth safety.

As you know, one of the BSA's many barriers to abuse is a mandatory criminal background check during the adult volunteer application process. The BSA will now also perform periodic rechecks of criminal backgrounds to support the continued safety of youth in our programs. This will be the second time since the initial launch that we will screen 100% of our adult volunteers.

This round of screening will be done by random selection over a 5-year period, completing during the 2024 program year. In order to complete this process and be compliant with changes in Federal and State Law, the BSA has issued new background check Disclosures and a new Authorization Form which must be signed by every adult registering in a unit when the unit re-charters this Fall/Winter.

  • On October 7th an email will go out from the National Office to every volunteer in the Country announcing this change and providing copies of all forms.
  • New Authorization Forms are to be signed for every adult in a unit and then turned in with the units re-charter packet only. Please do not bring them to the Scout Service Center in advance. If an adult is registered in multiple units they will need to complete multiple forms (one for each place of registration). Only signed copies of the authorization form need to be returned.
  • District and Council level volunteers will need to complete this form with their annual registration as well (this includes merit badge counselors).
  • New Units between now and year end should also plan on completing this form for all adults within their unit.
  • If an adult does not complete a new authorization form they may not be re-registered with the unit or anywhere in Scouting. A unit charter can not be processed until all adults on the charter have submitted the authorization form.
  • Both documents must be presented separately (emailing as two separate attachments is OK), electronic signatures cannot be accepted. 
  • Please note: State-specific disclosures not relevant to us are not attached. Since this is a National background check process if you query online you may see disclosure sheets for other states which don't apply to us. Please disregard them.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this project and being part of our ongoing youth protection plan to keep kids safe.

Matthew J. Bull, Scout Executive/CEO
Baden-Powell Council

2019 State of the District Report

At the May 2019 District Committee Meeting, District Chair Liam Murphy presented a State of the District Report
You can download the report here in PDF form

Coming soon...

Watch the District Facebook group, Council Website and Council Facebook Page

    Boo At Barton - Fall Cub Adventure Weekend
    October 3rd or October 4th (Pick One)

    For details, see the Activity Page

    "Uncovering the Past" - Our next Cub Scout STEM/Nova Event
    October 5th - 6:30PM

    Baden-Powell Council presents: Uncovering the Past A module from the STEM/Nova Program of Boy Scouts of America . Wolf, Bear or Webelos Scouts, Join us for an educational experience with Nikki Waters, the owner & operator of Alliance Archaeological Services.

     We will be focusing on how we learn about our past by finding things buried in the earth. We’ll learn from a professional about the difference between artifacts, ecofacts and biofacts. 

    There are two pre-requisites for this module. Please see the registration link to see what they are. Together with Alliance Archaeological Services, 

    Cost is $25 per scout and includes a STEM Nova patch or pii pin, an hour of program developed around this module and the supplies to complete the pro-ject. There is an additional $5 charge for shipping to states other than New York to help cover the additional cost. The zoom link will be emailed to you the week of the event and supplies will be mailed to your home. 

    Registration deadline is Friday, September 25th and can be done at https://www.scoutingevent.com/368-uncoveringthepast 

    OA Ordeal/Work Day
    October 10th - Camp Barton

    OA Ordeal Work Day at Camp Barton October 10, 2020 Check In: 8:30am to 9:00am at Nature Lodge Lunch will be provided. Event will end by 4:00pm.

    Sign up at https://scoutingevent.com/368-ordealworkday 

  1. Barton Bash
    Saturday, October 17th

    Come and enjoy the delights on offer at Camp Barton!

    For information, see the Activity Page

    Cub Scout Shooting Sports Day
    October 24th
    Camp Barton

    Baden-Powell Council presents: Cub Scout Shooting Sports Day at Camp Barton When: October 24, 2020 Cost: $25 for Cub Scouts, $5 for adults Program will focus on Safety, Cub Scouts Shooting Sports...

    Sign up at https://scoutingevent.com/368-CubShooting 

    University of Scouting
    November 14th - Online

    We hope that you will find this packed with interesting courses and that YOU, Unit leaders, Parents, and Youth will join us for our One-Stop Day of Training, November 14, 2020.

    As always we try to keep our course offerings fresh and current. We have removed some courses and added new ones so that everyone will find something new while we retain the "proven favorites" that are always filled. Please note that we have tried to include a number of courses that will appeal to all Adult Leaders and Older Scouts — We hope that everyone will find something to interest them at our University.

    See Training Page for details

    Fishing Day at Camp Barton
    November 14, 2020, 9am - 4pm 

    Come drown a worm off the shores of Cayuga Lake! Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA! Work on Fishing merit badge or A Bear Goes Fishing Adventure! We've got the worms! You bring your own lunch and we'll provide dessert! Cost: $25 

    Scouts BSA can work on the full merit badge or a partial. .

    Sign up at https://scoutingevent.com/368-fishing 

    Scouts BSA Winter Camp at Camp Tuscarora
    December 27-30

    Did you miss Summer Camp this year? Want to go to camp without the bugs? We have the answer for you! Come to Winter Camp at Tuscarora Scout Reservation!

    Merit Badges will range from some of the same ones as Summer Camp (Archery, Emergency Prep and First Aid) to some unique ones such as Signs, Signals, and Codes, Search and Rescue and even Snow Sports if we get enough snow.

    On top of that, enjoy some winter-only activities like Snow Kayaking, Polar Bear Plunge, Cast-iron Cookoff, and even try out the Paul Bunyan Award! Or are you up to the challenge of Wilderness Survival in the Winter?!?!?

    Try Snowshoeing or even bring your own cross-country skis and try skiing around camp!!

    We have sledding and Snow Kayaking if there’s enough snow too!!

    We’ll handle the meals and eat either in the Nature Lodge or bring your food to you in the leantos and center lodges.

    You’ll sleep outside in lean-tos or you can bring your own tents.

    When: Sunday, December 27th through Wednesday, December 30th

    Cost: $150 Early Bird (before Nov 27), $170 Regular Fee

    Register at https://scoutingevent.com/368-2020tuskywintercamp 

    “Knights and Castles” Winter Camporee
    January 23-24, 2021

    For information, see the Activity Page

    Satellite Scout - a Distributed Camporee for Our Times
    April 16th-May 31st, 2021

    Your unit is a band of colonists on Ganymede, Jupiter's third and largest moon, early in the 25th century. Your Scouts' families have emigrated in hopes of creating a better life, and your Scouts, having mastered Earth-appropriate Scout skills, find themselves having to learn an entire new skill-set…

    See the Activity Page for more details

    Online Virtual Merit Badge Sessions

Watch this page and the Baden-Powell Council Calendar for more badges as they are added to the schedule. 

    What's new?

    Roundtable Handouts and Resources are now available online

    Check out our Handouts and Resources page on this website!

    Scoutbook is now FREE!

    Scoutbook is a web-based application which can be used at https://www.scoutbook.com/ and also through a mobile app. It will be replacing Internet Advancment in the near future so your unit will need to set up an account to enter advancement, but Scoutook is much more than that - it's a full-featured unit management and communication tool. 

    Scoutbook was a commercial product which has been available for many years for a fee. The BSA purchased the system last year, and Scoutbook is now free to all families and units effective January 1, 2019. Those with pre-2019 Scoutbook subscriptions will not pay to RENEW or add Scouts to their family or unit accounts. Scoutbook has been linked to the my.scouting.org system, so that a single account and login work for both platforms. 

    If your unit has never used Scoutbook before, the unit permissions will have to be set through the Scoutbook website https://www.scoutbook.com/ before anyone else can use Scoutbook. This needs to be done by one of the Key 3 (Committee Chair, Cubmaster/Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor, and Chartered Organization Representative), or it could be done by a Key 3 Delegate or Unit Advancement Chair if these positions were established for the unit in my.scouting.org. A document on how to get a unit started on Scoutbook can be downloaded here in PDF formatNote that (at least as of January 5th) the Scoutbook website still says that no new accounts are available. Ignore that, just use your My.Scouting.org account and password to sign in. 

    For additional information and other documents about Scoutbook is available on the Scoutbook website. There is also a Scoutbook Facebook Page and a Facebook Group called "Scouting Volunteer Tech Support" for questions about Scoutbook and other BSA systems. 

    University of Scouting Resources

    Presentations and handouts from the Baden-Powell Council's University of Scouting over the years are now available on an  on-line resource page. Check it out! 

    The link to the resources can always be found on our Training page and also on the Council website training page

    Take a look at the Taughannock District Virtual Patch Collection!

    Lots of Scouts and Scouters collect patches - your Webmaster is no exception. 

    So, I've started to put up a Virtual Patch Collection for the district. 
    It's a work in progress, and will by no means be exhaustive, but it's what I've got.

    Click here to get started - or look for the "Virtual Patch Collection" button on the left.

    - Mike Brown

    Does your Unit have a website or Facebook group/page?

    If so, check out the Cub, Scout or Venture/Explorer web page on this site, and if there's no link to your page please send our webmaster an e-mail  so we can let the world know. The more links to your social media, the more likely it is that you'll pick up new members from it!

    Our District Coat of Arms...

    Our District Chair, Liam Murphy, has created a Coat of Arms for the Taughannock District. In keeping with his expertise in Celtic Heraldry, the new arms have a shield quartered in red and white. Clockwise from the upper left, the symbols are the Scout fleur-de-lis, a dragon for Cortland County (SUNY's mascot), a Mallard Duck (of course), and a bear for Tompkins County (Cornell's mascot). The shield is supported by a Thumb Stick (traditional Scout walking stick), which also hangs a Scout campaign hat. Under the shield, there's a scroll bearing the Taughannock District Latin Motto - "Quantem autem quisque non lactaverunt", a sentiment we can all support..

    Well Done Liam!

    You can download the Coat of Arms here: Large or Medium Size

    Advancement and Recognition News

    See the "Covid-19" section at the top of this page for links relating to advancement changes during this pandemic.

    • Cub Advancement News: 
    • Scout Advancement News: 
      • Life to Eagle Training will be offered at several roundtables throughout the year. See the Advancement Page for details.  
      • Merit Badge Counselor List: Download the latest list from the Advancement page
      • BSA introduces new merit badges from time to time:  watch our Advancement page for details as they become available! The latest are:
        • Exploring - released February, 2017

        • Diversity - announced in August, 2020, but not yet released. This will be a required badge, according to the announcement. 

      For the latest news, see National's Program Updates page

    District News

    • Help Wanted - Experienced Scouters wanted for Taughannock District Committee positions. Openings in:

      • Activities (Cub, Scout and Venturing)

      • Advancement (Cub and Scout)

      • Finance

      • Membership

      • Commissioner Corps - especially Ithaca and New Unit Commissioners to help newly formed units succeed.

    • Long hours, no pay, great job satisfaction. This opportunity won't come again (until next week), so act NOW! 

      For more information, and a list of available positions, see our new "Help Wanted" page!

       Contact the District Executive or District Commissioner, or e-mail to info@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org 

    Council News

    National and International News

    National Fees Increased Effective August 1, 2020

    The National Council announced changes to the membership fee effective August 1st. While this increase comes at a difficult and critical time for the Boy Scouts of America, as Scouts we know the priceless value of the Scout Oath and Law for our young people. Any increase in fees can create difficulty for our families but as this fee is an increase of fifty-cents per month, we hope that getting this news out early will present an opportunity for Units to build the increase into their annual unit budgets.

    The changes to the membership fee are an increase of $6 (50 cents a month) -a joining fee of $25 which for youth who have never been a member of the BSA -an increase of the unit charter fee to $75. While National BSA allows Local Councils to charge up to $66 to benefit the local Council, the Baden-Powell Council will continue to only charge $6 to cover local costs such as insurance. The fees will therefore be:

    • $72 ($66 plus the $6 local fee) for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts participants 
    • $42 ($36 + $6)  for Exploring participants 
    • $42 ($36 + $6) for all adult volunteers (includes cost of background check) 
    • $75 for a unit charter fee

    For our current membership, this increase will not affect you until your unit collects funds for recharter. Now is the time when we can work together to develop strategies within our Units to account for the cost increase. At recharter in the Baden-Powell Council, your unit will owe $72 per Scout and $42 per Leader (or Explorer) as well as the $75 charter fee. This entire increase in fees goes to National to assist with program support as outlined in this article where you can also view a more detailed FAQ.

    New members joining after August 1st will pay the new prorated membership fee ($5.50 per month) plus the $25 joining fee. As an example, a scout joining when school starts in September would pay $47 to join the BSA for the remainder of 2020.

    New families do not know what Scouting used to cost, only that our program teaches positive life changing values and that many other youth activities charge as much for a season or even a single month of program before equipment costs. At $6 a month, Scouting remains a significant value to all youth for roughly the cost of a kid's meal at a fast food restaurant.

    Thank you to everyone that works tirelessly to move our shared passion for the Scouting Movement forward in service to the youth of our communities. May the Great Master of All Scouts keep our hearts and minds until we are able to meet again.

    Matthew Bull Scout Executive

    For more information and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), see the BSA National Website

    BSA has a new National Commissioner
    Scott Sorrels

    From the outgoing National Commissioner, Ellie Morrison:

    I am delighted to ask you to welcome Scott Sorrels as your new national commissioner, as of the National Meeting in May, 2020. You already know him as the co-chair and camp chief for the 24th World Jamboree. Many of you were there or visited and got to experience the result of years of dedication Scott gave to that jamboree. All his planning was focused on the kids, what they would experience, what they would want to see. It was a wonderful jamboree, and we all owe him our thanks for that. 

    But Scott is not new to unit service, nor is his experience in Scouting limited to it. He served for nine years as the first chair of the National Commissioner Service Team. He has been a key Scouter in Venturing, including serving as vice chair of the National Venturing Committee and founder of Winterfest some 46 years ago; you might see him wearing Venturing green. He has been involved in International Scouting, has served as president of Area 9 in the Southern Region, and continues to serve on our National, Northeast Georgia and Atlanta Area Council boards of directors. 

    Scott’s service to youth has been recognized multiple times. He has received the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and the Silver Buffalo. Most recently, he has been awarded the Bronze Wolf, the World Organization of Scouting Movement’s highest honor.Scott brings a wealth of knowledge to us. He loves to “find elegant solutions to problems” and he does that with a listening ear, kindness and decisive action. Please join me in welcoming Scott Sorrels, national commissioner.

    BSA has a new President and CEO
    Roger C. Mosby

    Dear BSA Volunteers and Scouting Ambassadors,

    I am happy to let you know that on December 29, 2019, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America named Roger C. Mosby as the organization's CEO and President after a focused search, which was initiated when former CEO and President Michael B. Surbaugh retired after a tenure of more than four years.

    As the BSA moves through an extraordinary time of both change and opportunity, we believe Roger's experience as a seasoned executive, adept at guiding transformation and driving growth, will bring the right combination of strength and focus needed to steer our organization toward a promising future.

    Roger Mosby most recently ran his own consulting firm focused on executive coaching, following his retirement from leading energy infrastructure company Kinder Morgan in 2015. During nearly two decades with the company, he served as HR lead and was one of the original six officers. During his tenure, Kinder Morgan grew from 175 to more than 11,000 employees, with Mosby leading extensive change management and cultural transformation efforts.

    Roger was a Scout as a youth and served for more than 33 years as a volunteer in the Mid-America and Sam Houston Area councils, in addition to positions with the Southern Region and National Committees of the Boy Scouts of America, as well as the World Organization of the Scout Movement. He has received the Silver Antelope Award and the Silver Beaver Award and is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.

    We thank Michael Surbaugh for his years of service and leadership to the Boy Scouts of America.

    Now, as we enter the next stage, we welcome Roger and his well-suited expertise to guide us toward even more opportunities to bring the benefits of Scouting to more youth, families and communities.

    Yours in Scouting,
    Jim Turley National Chair, Boy Scouts of America

    Information on BSA National Chapter 11 Restructuring

    The National organization of the Boy Scouts of America announced on February 18th that it has filed for Chapter 11 Restructuring to achieve two key objectives: equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue to carry out Scouting's mission for years to come..The important points to keep in mind at this time are the following: 

    • Scouting is safer now than ever before. 

      Approximately 90% of the pending and asserted claims against the BSA relate to abuse that occurred more than 30 years ago. As someone close to Scouting, you know the safety of children in our programs is the BSA's absolute top priority and that one instance of abuse is one too many. That's precisely why over many years we've developed some of the strongest expert-informed youth protection policies found in any youth-serving organization.

      From mandatory youth protection training and background checks for all volunteers and staff, to policies that prohibit one-on-one interaction between youth and adults and require that any suspected abuse is reported to law enforcement, our volunteers and employees take youth protection extremely seriously and do their part to help keep kids safe. You can read more about the BSA's multi-layered safeguards and our efforts to be part of the broader solution to child abuse at https://www.scouting.org/youth-safety In fact, this is a resource that you can share with friends and family who are interested in understanding what the BSA is doing to keep kids safe. 

    • Scouting continues

      Scouting programs will continue to serve youth, families and local communities throughout this process and for many years to come. Just last year, communities across the country benefited from more than 13 million Scouting service hours, and young men and women earned more than 1.7 million merit badges that represent skills that will help them succeed throughout their lives. Studies prove and parents agree that Scouting helps young people become more kind, helpful and prepared for life, and as long as those values remain important to our society, Scouting will continue to be invaluable to our nation's youth. 

    Chapter 11 restructuring is not "going out of business" or "liquidation" (that's "Chapter 7", for what it's worth). Chapter 11 is a provision of the bankruptcy code which allows an organization to effectively draw a line under past obligations, and continue into the future free of uncertainties and debt. The Chapter 11 plan, which must be approved by a Federal court, will set out how this will be done, what provisions will be made for past oblgations, and how the organization will proceed in the future. 

    • Our Local Council has not filed for bankruptcy. 

      It is important to realize that this Chapter 11 Restructuring is being done by the national organization, and not the Baden-Powell Council or the organizations which chatter individual Scouting units. Local councils - which provide programming, financial, facility and administrative support to Scouting units in their communities - are legally separate, distinct and financially independent from the national organization.

    Camp Barton and Camp Tuscarora are owned and operated by Baden-Powell Council, not by National BSA, and they are not affected by the Chapter 11 restructuring. 

    The operation of local Packs, Troops, Ships, Crews and Posts is not affected by this restructuring, either. Individual Scouting units are chartered to, and owned by, separate outside organizations, which are also legally and financially separate from National BSA. 

    Whatever arrangements National BSA may make as part of this restructuring will not affect local unit programming, support from local Council and District professionals, or ownership and operation of the local camps. Also, any money you may donate to support local Scouting through the Baden-Powell Council - whether through Friends of Scouting campaigns, donations to the Council Endowment Fund, proceeds of popcorn sales, or other donations - continues to be used locally, and such donations are not subject to the restructuring. 

    For information on this, see the website which National has set up at https://www.bsarestructuring.org/ 
    There is a very informative YoutTube video on the Chapter 11 filing  - click here to view the video

    If these resources don't answer your questions, please feel free to reach out to National BSA 
    through Member Care at 972-580-2489 or MyScouting@Scouting.org  

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