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Boy Scouts going bankrupt

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 2/18/20, 09:34 am

Recent changes in states’ statutes of limitations have unleashed hundreds of sex abuse lawsuits against the Boy Scouts of America. The 110-year-old organization filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday in an attempt to craft a victim compensation plan.

What does it mean for Scouting’s future? In the short-term, the lawsuits will go on hold while the organization goes to bankruptcy court. In the long term, it could be forced to sell vast amounts of property to raise money for a compensation trust fund.

Dig deeper: Read Warren Cole Smith’s report on the mounting problems that led the Boy Scouts to mortgage one of its most famous properties.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  •  phillipW's picture
    Posted: Tue, 02/18/2020 01:41 pm

    Bankrupt - both morally and economically.

  • AlanE
    Posted: Tue, 02/18/2020 03:11 pm

    Raises an interesting question about lawsuit exposure. One wonders how endangered the public schools would be if they were not more or less protected from the same kind of lawsuits. As long as humanity remains fallen, it's a deeply disturbing fact that when we put adults together with kids, issues will follow in a certain percentage of cases. But what do you do? It's not evident at all that lawsuits are solving anything except on a very superficial level.

  • RC
    Posted: Wed, 02/19/2020 10:35 am

    I wonder how many of the leadership will evidentially walk away laughing with their pockets full of cash they got, from the multiple million dollar loans they placed on the Philmont Ranch property, after they move from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 02/19/2020 04:14 pm

    This is really sad.  For decades the Boy Scouts were considered the  epitome of morality and “doing the right thing.”

    This is the Boy Scout Oath we recited:  “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”

    And we didn’t smirk or consider it hypocritical or think it was meaningless. 

    I would guess that overall, only a tiny minority of Scout Troops ever had leaders who abused the boys.