Multiple lawsuits and dwindling membership related to past instances of sexual abuse has left the Boy Scouts of America fighting to stay afloat on a national level.
It would be a shame, however, if donations declined to local Boy Scout troops following last week’s Wall Street Journal report suggesting the national organization is considering bankruptcy protection.
The Black Swamp Area Council — which conducts scouting programs in 13 counties in Northwest and West Central Ohio — has a solid reputation for its programs, and leaders want to reassure area residents their financial support stays local.
“All assets of the Black Swamp Area Council, including past and future charitable contributions, unit accounts, endowment funds, and properties, are independently held and protected. Dollars given locally in support of Scouting stay right here,” stated Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, council president, and Marc Kogan, scout executive, in a letter sent Friday.
Other institutions facing multifaceted sexual abuse scandals have sought bankruptcy protection recently. USA Gymnastics took the step last week as it attempts to settle dozens of lawsuits related to abuse by now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. About 20 Roman Catholic dioceses and other religious orders around the U.S. have previously filed for bankruptcy protection as a result of clergy sexual abuse claims.
The letter from the Black Swamp Area Council pointed out it is is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. It owns Camp Lakota, Camp Berry and Findlay Service Center. The Lima Service Center is leased from the Lima Fraternal Order of Police.
“Our focus has been delivering a quality program to boys and girls in our local community and we will maintain our focus on preparing youth for their futures,” the letter added.