Boy Scouts of America Bankruptcy Filing Affects Churches, File for Protection Against Claims Today
Updated: Nov. 9, 2020
As you may know, on February 18, 2020, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and its wholly-owned affiliate Delaware BSA, LLC filed for bankruptcy in Delaware bankruptcy court. It is a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which allows businesses time to restructure or reorganize their debts, while the business continues to operate. The case is known as In re Boy Scouts of America, et al., No. 20-10343 (Bankr. D. Del.).
Churches that have hosted or sponsored any BSA troop (including Eagle Scouts) at any point should file a claim as part of the filing in order to protect the church from any possible financial obligation as part of the filing. The deadline for filing a claim is November 16, 2020. (Proof of Claim must be actually received by 5p.m. on November 16, 2020; the postmark date on the mailed envelope has no impact here at all).
The accompanying documents contain important information to guide you on how to make a claim related to the Boy Scouts bankruptcy filing.
All church leaders should check with lay leaders, past and present, to see if your church hosted or sponsored any BSA troop (including Eagle Scouts) at any point. If your church did not host or sponsor a BSA troop at any point, you don't need to file a claim, but, if you're not absolutely sure, we encourage you to do all you can to know definitively.
The Diocese cannot file any claim on behalf of a church. Churches should be mailed first class or via overnight courier to:
Office of the Clerk
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
824 Market Street, 3rd Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801
ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENTS (link to all in a single document above):
- BSA Generic Proof of Claim | Sample (completed) claim