Boy Scouts Of America Files For Bankruptcy, Maine Scouting Groups Emphasize That They're Seperate

Feb 18, 2020

The administrative bodies that coordinate scouting in the state of Maine are responding to news that the national Boy Scouts of America filed for Chapter-11 bankruptcy Tuesday.

The move comes as the national organization faces numerous sexual abuse lawsuits.

While leaders of the Maine groups have declined requests for interviews, the Pine Tree Council and Katahdin Area Council have posted statements on their websites and Facebook pages "bullet pointing" several items. They note that the Maine councils have not filed for bankruptcy and are legally separate from the national organization. In an emailed statement, officials with the Pine Tree Council say meetings and activities along with district and council events are taking place as usual.

In an email, the national Boy Scouts say they are filing for bankruptcy to equitably compensate victims while ensuring scouting continues across the country.

National news outlets and attorneys have published lists naming alleged sexual predators in the Boys Scouts, including a number from Maine going back decades.