Scouting and Youth Safety
As you are probably aware, the decision in New York state to suspend the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse claims has led to plaintiff’s attorneys issuing press releases and seeking media coverage that will raise awareness among potential clients. The resulting stories have had number of inaccurate and misleading statements regarding youth safety in Scouting. Here are the facts:
- Scouting is and always has been one of the safest places for 120 million youth members for more than 100 years.
- The BSA’s Youth Protection practices and policies have been cited by safety professionals as the gold standard for all youth organizations.
- No harm to a child is ever acceptable. Since the implementation of two deep leadership in 1987, sexual abuse has been practically eliminated in Scouting. We must remain vigilant and work with the larger community to end it everywhere.
The New York decision is also the primary cause of the potential financial restructuring (bankruptcy) of the national council of the BSA. Northern Star Scouting is largely insulated from that event; we own our assets and resources locally and are governed locally.
As you get questions, please refer all media inquiries to Kent York at 612-261-2437 or John Andrews at 612-261-2421 – and refer all others to the website or to John or Kent if desired. The most up-to-date messaging will be found here on our website.
Thank you for everything that you are doing for children through your support for Scouting.