Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, 3 things to know

Longhorn Times Newsletter
Special Edition: National BSA Chapter 11 Announcement
Longhorn Council Scouters and Friends.
In case you missed the email sent by the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), here it is:

Today, the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to achieve two key objectives: equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue to carry out Scouting's mission for years to come.While the word "bankruptcy" can be intimidating, it is important to know that Scouting programs will continue. Your regular unit meetings and activities, district and council events, other Scouting adventures and countless service projects will take place as usual.
We took this action today amid increasing financial pressure on the BSA from litigation involving past abuse in Scouting. We are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to abuse innocent children and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting. We believe victims, we support them, we provide counseling by a provider of their choice, and we encourage them to come forward. Our plan is to use this Chapter 11 process to create a Trust that would provide equitable compensation to these individuals.
As we go through this process, we want to make certain that all Scouting parents and volunteers know the following:
  • Scouting is safer now than ever before. Approximately 90% of the pending and asserted claims against the BSA relate to abuse that occurred more than 30 years ago. As someone close to Scouting, you know the safety of children in our programs is the BSA's absolute top priority and that one instance of abuse is one too many. That's precisely why over many years we've developed some of the strongest expert-informed youth protection policies found in any youth-serving organization.From mandatory youth protection training and background checks for all volunteers and staff, to policies that prohibit one-on-one interaction between youth and adults and require that any suspected abuse is reported to law enforcement, our volunteers and employees take youth protection extremely seriously and do their part to help keep kids safe. You can read more about the BSA's multi-layered safeguards and our efforts to be part of the broader solution to child abuse at www.scouting.org/youth-safety. In fact, this is a resource that you can share with friends and family who are interested in understanding what the BSA is doing to keep kids safe.
  • Scouting continues. Scouting programs will continue to serve youth, families and local communities throughout this process and for many years to come. Just last year, communities across the country benefited from more than 13 million Scouting service hours, and young men and women earned more than 1.7 million merit badges that represent skills that will help them succeed throughout their lives. Studies prove and parents agree that Scouting helps young people become more kind, helpful and prepared for life, and as long as those values remain important to our society, Scouting will continue to be invaluable to our nation's youth.
  • Local councils have not filed for bankruptcy. Local councils – which provide programming, financial, facility and administrative support to Scouting units in their communities – are legally separate, distinct and financially independent from the national organization.
We know you will likely have questions about these issues and things you will see in the news. We have posted information about our restructuring on a dedicated website, www.BSArestructuring.org.
This site includes a helpful Resources page, where you will find a short video explaining what Chapter 11 means for Scouting, as well as a FAQ and a reference document that will help you discuss this announcement with youth in our programs. The site also includes a Milestones page, which will be your best source for the latest updates throughout this process.
If these resources don't answer your questions, please feel free to reach out to us through Member Care at 972-580-2489 or MyScouting@Scouting.org. We will do everything we can to provide helpful, transparent responses and ensure your Scouting experience continues to be a great one.
Yours in Scouting,
Jim Turley
National Chair
Ellie Morrison
National Commissioner
Roger Mosby
President & CEO

Long Time Scouter Lee Urb has passed away

Lee Erb was a long time Cross Timbers scouter with Troop 186 at University Baptist Church. He passed away on February 13, 2020.

Lee Erb Obituary - Arlington, TX - Dignity Memorialwww.dignitymemorial.com › arlington-tx › lee-erb-9037162

Troop 396 Philmont Crew Opening

Troop 396 Philmont Crew Opening

Arlington Troop 396 has a youth opening on our 2020 Philmont Trek.

Our 12-day trek leaves on June 20 and returns on July 4.  We have been awarded Trek 12-3 (North Country/Baldy).

The boys on our crew range from 15 -18 including four Eagles.  Two adults and one scout have previous Philmont Treks under their belts.

If you have a scout that is at least 14 and interested in a great Philmont experience, please have them contact:

Ed Lightner
Troop 396

Monday, February 10, 2020

Joint Roundtable Meeting - Tuesday, 2-11 at 7:15PM

All Scout leaders!!!

Please join us for our Monthly Roundtable meeting!!

Please note that the meeting now starts at 7:15PM, at the Family Life Center at St.Barnabas UMC, 5011 W Pleasant Ridge in Arlington.  

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Joint District Banquet on March 3rd

This will be the final District Awards Banquet for the Cross Timbers and the Tejas Districts

All units need to be represented.
All CORs should be present for the vote to approve the new district committee.

6:30PM to 8:30PM at the Family Life Center at St.Baranabas UMC, 5011 W Pleasant Ridge, Arlington

$20.00 per person, Registration has now closed. 

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Cross Timbers District Camporee - Mission Possible

Be sure and get registered for the Cross Timbers 2020 Camporee - Mission Possible!!

Camp Wisdom - 6400 W Red Bird Lane, Dallas

For more information - contact Rodney Gibson at hotrod58@tx.rr.com 

Our annual district camping event to challenge scouts with all kinds of fun activities!  All Units should attend and be represented! 

Please register at this link:

  • Starting Friday, Feb 21 at 5 PM through Sunday, Feb 23 at 12 Noon. 

The national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, 3 things to know

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