Wall Street Journal Article – BSA Finances

Dear Scouting family:

As we celebrate the holidays and think about our many blessings, we should also be thankful for a strong, vibrant Scouting program for our children.

As you gather with friends and family, you may be asked about the recent national news regarding the finances of our national organization, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The news stories about a potential bankruptcy filing have to do with the National Council only, headquartered in Dallas. You can explain that although Northern Star Council is affiliated with our national organization, Northern Star Council is a separately incorporated non-profit organization (in Minnesota) with our own board and full control of our own camps and endowment and Friends of Scouting gifts.

Media coverage and other information sources have speculated about multiple reasons for a possible financial reorganization of the national organization, including significant business investments affecting cash flow, and resulting threat to National Council assets if more states decide to suspend the statute of limitations for child abuse claims.

None of this applies to Northern Star Scouting. Our council is in good shape financially, with no debt, and we are not included in any litigation. We expect to earn “Gold” status in 2018 on the performance scorecard called Journey to Excellence, which rates us on key metrics for program quality, recruiting youth, and fiscal strength.

The below editorial gives some additional perspective about how we keep children safe with a youth protection program that has been called the “gold standard” for youth-serving programs.

Editorial in the Pioneer Press

Thank you for everything that you do for young people through Scouting and beyond. It is through local Scout councils that children are served, and Scouting in our 25 counties is strong, thanks to you.

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