Local Boy Scout Troops not being affected by national lawsuit
CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Boy Scouts of America and the Longs Peak Council have released a statement regarding local troops won’t be impacted by the national lawsuit.
The statement reads in part: “The Greater Wyoming - Longs Peak Council, Boy Scouts of America remains committed to delivering Scouting’s unparalleled experiences to young people throughout our communities. The National BSA Bankruptcy will not affect local units. The Greater Wyoming – Longs Peak Council, Boy Scouts of America is a separate nonprofit entity from the national organization and operates on a local level serving northern Colorado, Wyoming, and western Nebraska. The local councils didn’t declare bankruptcy and are assisting the national council to equitable compensate victims.
Our local Board of Directors, comprised of volunteer business and community leaders, provides strategic direction, oversight, and support of our local council, including our camp properties and service centers, which are locally owned.
Scouting’s strength comes from local volunteers in each community, providing the Scouting program to local Scouts. Scouting in our local communities is strong. Unit meetings and activities, district and council events, other Scouting adventures and countless service projects will take place as usual. Our Scouts have enjoyed and grown from their fantastic experience at summer camp, this year, and plans are underway for an exciting new program and recruitment year this fall.
The safety and protection of the children in our programs is our absolute top priority. The BSA has multi-layered safeguards in place, all of which act as barriers to abuse, and I can assure you that our volunteers and staff members take these measures extremely serious. Our local council requires two-deep leadership in all Scouting activities, youth protection training for all adult volunteers, criminal background checks, and immediate mandatory reporting to law enforcement. As our nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, we have an important duty to keep children safe, supported, and protected while preparing them for their future. We have every intention of continuing to fulfill these promises.
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