Boy Scouts May File for Bankruptcy

Alan Scaia
December 13, 2018 - 9:11 am
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DALLAS (KRLD) - The Boy Scouts of America may be planning to file for bankruptcy as a response to several lawsuits accusing troop leaders of sexual assault. The Wall Street Journal is reporting the Boy Scouts, based in Irving, have hired a law firm to help with a potential bankruptcy filing.

​A bankruptcy filing could help the Scouts negotiate settlements in lawsuits. Boy Scouts of America has been sued several times by people who say they were abused as kids.

A class action suit filed in 2015 accused the Scouts of negligence in the abuse of 17 members in Connecticut between 1963 and 1975. The most recent suit was filed last week by a former scout from New Mexico. He says he was abused by two Catholic priests serving as troop leaders in the 1980s.

Boy Scouts of America has about 2.4 million members, but the number has been dropping. The Mormon Church plans to launch its own organization in 2019, pulling 185,000 members from the Boy Scouts.

Boy Scouts of America Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh has responded to the Wall Street Journal article. He says the group is working with "experts to explore all options available to ensure that the local and national programming of the Boy Scout of America continues uninterrupted."

Surbaugh says BSA believes in fairly compensating victims and has paid for unlimited counseling.

"We care deeply about all victims of child sex abuse and we are steadfast in our belief that one incident of child abuse is one too many. We sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in our programs," he says.