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Council Statement to BSA Financial Future (Originally Posted December 2018)

posted Jan 19, 2019, 11:23 PM by Council Web Team   [ updated Jan 20, 2019, 12:23 AM ]

In a communication released today, the National BSA office reaffirmed its focus on keeping children safe and delivering our nation’s foremost program of character development and values-based leadership training.  The BSA reiterated its commitment to the social and moral responsibility to fairly compensate victims who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting, and the deep care and concern for all victims of child sexual abuse and the proactive steps to help victims heal and prevent future abuse.  We at the BSA stress that at no time in BSA history has the organization knowingly allowed a sexual predator to work with youth and will always seek to act swiftly when alerted to abuse allegations. We are committed to communicating transparently and there are no imminent actions or immediate decisions expected by BSA in light of the WSJ news story.  Assembled below are a few items of information that may be helpful considering the news story.   

The strength of Scouting for over 100 years has been its local domain.  Each troop is owned by its charter partner which is typically a place of worship, service club or educational institution.  Each Council is locally incorporated in the specific area where it operates. The Far East Council is a 501(c)(3) entity with our Certificated of Incorporation in Delaware.  Our Volunteer Service Center, our bank funds and investments are owned and controlled by the Far East Council.  The nature of the relationship for a council with the National BSA organization is that our council is the holder of a charter to conduct the Boy Scouts of America programs in our defined territory.
    Council’s receive no funding from the national organization; in fact, we pay fees to National BSA as a part of our charter agreement and for specific services. We receive value back from the national organization, but we operate as a significantly financially independent not-for-profit organization. Areas where we partner with National BSA, for business purposes, include several insurance programs, services for IT and expertise related to camping, Youth Protection and so on.  Also, important to note is employee benefits such as healthcare and retirement are funded by each council but through programs controlled and operated by National BSA. The Far East Council’s finances, including our endowment, are segregated from BSA National finances and will not be part of any restructuring or settlements at the National level. We hope the National Organization can navigate the difficult waters that many others have faced. With over a century of existence, the BSA is ready and able rise to this challenge.  In the Far East Council, we stand ready to help and will continue our primary focus on bringing high-quality Boy Scouts of America programs to the over 7,000 Scouts and Volunteers in the many countries we serve.  

     Yours in Scouting,

    Don A. Olsen                                                                                           David Nichols
    Scout Executive/ CEO                                                                          Council President
    Far East Council