Boy Scouts Bankruptcy Claims

Proof of Claims Request from Churches that Chartered Boy Scout Troops

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is going through a bankruptcy process due to the financial impact of multiple sexual abuse claims.

Congregations (including those that are now part of a merged church) that are now or have ever been a chartering or hosting organization for a Boy Scout troop, Cub Scout Pack, Webelos, Blazer Scouts, Venturing Crew, Sea Scouts, STEM Scouts, Explorer post, or other BSA-related program may file a proof of claim. This can ensure that the congregation’s rights to applicable insurance, indemnification, or contribution are preserved. We encourage congregations that have chartered BSA groups to file a proof of claim even if the church does not currently know of any potential claim against it.

Please carefully check the records of your church (and predecessor churches, if a merged church) to determine if it ever chartered a BSA group.

The Susquehanna Conference will assist such churches in filing a proof of claim. If your church (or one of its predecessor churches) has ever chartered a BSA group and would like the conference’s help in filing a proof of claim, you must complete and submit the request form linked below. The conference cannot file a claim on your church’s behalf, but it can assist in filing your claim.

You need not ask the conference to assist you in filing a proof-of-claim form. Please note that the court’s deadline to receive these forms is November 16, 2020. If a church does not file a proof of claim, it may be held liable for damages from a claim filed in the future.

If you have questions, please contact your District Superintendent.

Letter from Bishop Park   -  Addendum to Bishop Park’s Letter

United Methodist Men Statement

Pennsylvania Patriot-News Report

Q & A Boy Scouts of America: Proof of Claim


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