Amid bankruptcy filing, Delaware Valley-area Scout council says ‘business as usual’

Mark Abrams
February 20, 2020 - 4:08 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Although the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this week following hundreds of sex abuse lawsuits, a Delaware Valley-area Scout leader says it’s business as usual for local troops.

Dan Templar, Scout executive and CEO for the Cradle of Liberty Council, said the bankruptcy filing will have no impact on local operations.

“There are literally tens of thousands of youth and their families just in the KYW listening area. They're all getting ready for their Pinewood Derby races, and receiving their merit badges and their other badges at their blue and gold banquets. They're building their sleds to compete in the Klondike derbies,” he said.

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Templar noted that the national Boy Scouts organization excluded more than 260 Scout councils across the country from the bankruptcy proceedings, including Cradle of Liberty.

“All of our properties are owned and operated by the Cradle of Liberty Council or other local councils,” he explained. “Local councils like the Cradle of Liberty Council and others around the country are all legally separate. We're distinct and financially independent from the national organization, and we have not filed. It is business as usual for us.”

Headquartered in Wayne, the Cradle of Liberty Council serves more than 16,500 young people across Philadelphia, Delaware and Montgomery counties. 

Scout troops, Cub Scout packs and Venture Crews in the area are still actively meeting. Council-owned camps — like Resica Falls Scout Reservation in the Poconos and Musser Scout Reservation in northwestern Montgomery County — also remain open.

“Everybody's getting ready for summer camp, which is hard to believe when it's 30 degrees outside. But that's business as usual,” he reiterated.

However, lawyers representing abuse victims in federal bankruptcy court in Wilmington this week insist they will go after those area councils and their assets, which could approach $1 billion.

U.S. bankruptcy Judge Laurie Selber Silverstein did not immediately rule on how the property of the local Scout councils will be treated.