Potential BSA bankruptcy won't impact local scouting, executive says

Mark Abrams
December 23, 2018 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) --The top executive of the Boy Scouts operation in Philadelphia says the local organization would be shielded from any potential financial ramifications, if the national BSA pursues a possible bankruptcy filing.

Pending trials of lawsuits for past abuse by Scout leaders and payouts in the millions of dollars prompted the national organization to hire a law firm recently to review the possibility of bankruptcy re-organization.

While no decision has been made, Dan Templar, Scout executive for the Cradle of Liberty Council which encompasses Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware counties, says local operations are set up as individual non-profit organizations.

"All local Boy Scout councils, the Cradle of Liberty Council included, is a separate 501c3 corporation, independent of the national council in its finances,” he said. “So, donations that come into the Cradle of Liberty Council stay local."

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Templar compared it to a franchise agreement for a business in which the national organization provides program resources and training materials in exchange for an agreement to follow the core mission -- in this case, serving youth. 

"We are in our third year of membership growth,” he said. “Scouting programs have never been more inclusive. Our membership has never been more diverse than it is right now today."

Templar says girls will be allowed to join and participate in their own Scout troops beginning in January. He says the troops will not be co-ed.

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