“No changes to the local Scouting experience” following Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy filing

Gateway Area Council separate from national Boy Scouts of America

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday.

That is in hopes of working out a victim compensation plan that will allow the 110-year-old organization to carry on.

Scores of lawyers are seeking settlements on behalf of several thousand men.

They say they were molested as scouts by scoutmasters or other leaders decades ago.

The men are only now eligible to sue because of recent changes in their states’ statute-of-limitations laws.

By going to bankruptcy court, the Scouts can put those lawsuits on hold for now.

Ultimately the organization could sell off some of their property.

That includes campgrounds and hiking trails, to raise money for a compensation trust fund that could surpass a billion dollars.

In a statement, Joe Carlson, Scout Executive/CEO of the Gateway Area Council of Boys Scouts of America says in part:

“Meetings and activities, district and council events, other scouting adventures and countless service projects are taking place as usual. In short, there should be no change to the local Scouting experience. The Gateway Area Council … is separate and distinct from the national organization.”