Important Update from the Greater Los Angeles Area Council, BSA regarding the National Council BSA Financial Future
Dear Friends of Scouting, Families and Supporters:
On behalf of the leadership of the Greater Los Angeles Area Council, BSA (“GLAAC”) we wanted to send you this important communication regarding the recent articles concerning the potential of the National Council, BSA (“National BSA”) filing for bankruptcy protection due to sexual abuse lawsuit claims. Since the articles were published, we have fielded questions regarding this matter and we believe it is important to share our position as the GLAAC and how it relates to the National BSA story in the articles.
Below please find some quick facts we have assembled from a GLAAC perspective that may be helpful in clarifying our position at it relates to the news story.
- The GLAAC is an independent 501(c)(3) entity incorporated in the State of California. Our camps, service centers, investments, and bank accounts are owned and operated by the GLAAC. In the event the National Council files a bankruptcy petition, it would not impact our Council status or our Council finances.
- All Friends of Scouting gifts, special event gifts and foundation grants contributed to the GLAAC stay local to support our programs for youth. Donors can be assured all contributions stay local and are safe.
- The GLAAC receives no funding from the national organization. We pay a relatively small national service fee to the National Council as part of our annual charter agreement. In return, we receive support from the National Council through the development of all BSA literature for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Exploring, Training materials, membership resources, access to the BSA National High Adventure Bases, and Youth Protection training programs.
- There is no current pending litigation cases as it relates to sexual abuse against the GLAAC.
- For over 100 years, the Scouting program has been conducted at the local level. Each Scout unit is owned by its Chartered Partner, which is typically a place of worship, service club or educational institution.
- The GLAAC serves one of the largest and most diverse communities in the nation. We partner with nearly 10,000 volunteers to deliver Scouting to over 19,000 youth annually.
The GLAAC must
- Build upon the momentum we have already experienced with our fall recruiting drive to welcome Cub Scout girls and boys ages 5-10 into Scouting.
- Implement a successful launch of Scouts BSA to welcome boys and girls ages 11-18 into the program this February, and
- Continue to build a financially stable council to ensure our continued ability to deliver Scouting to our community. The GLAAC is in a stronger financial position because it has no debt.
We are blessed to have a Board of Directors who put mission first to ensure our youth receive a quality program. Our Board provides sound governance and oversight of all GLAAC resources. Together, we make up one of the finest Scout councils in the BSA.
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact our Scout Executive, Jeff Hunt at (213) 413-4401.
Thank you for your support of the GLAAC and for your understanding of this sensitive matter.
Yours in Scouting,
Timothy R. Greenleaf, President & Chairman of the Board
Jeff Hunt, Scout Executive/CEO
Greater Los Angeles Area Council, BSA
Providing an outstanding Scouting experience, to a growing membership, sustainably.