SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A local Boy Scout organization says scouting activities will continue as usual, despite the Boy Scouts of America's recent bankruptcy filing.
The Los Padres Council, Boy Scouts of America, which works with kids in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County, will not be affected by the bankruptcy filing.
In a letter to local stakeholders that was issued Tuesday, the Los Padres Council reaffirmed that the local chapter is legally and financially separate from the larger Boy Scouts of America organization.
Carlos Cortez, Scout Executive with the Los Padres Council, said he does not expect any changes for local scouts. This includes unit meetings and activities, district and council events, scouting "adventures and countless service projects" will take place as usual.
The Boy Scouts of America filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, ahead of a growing amount of sex-abuse lawsuits.
But Cortez says Scouting is safer than ever. "Over many years, we’ve developed some of the strongest expert-informed youth protection policies found in any youth-serving organization. I can also assure you that our volunteers and employees take youth protection extremely seriously and do their part to help keep kids safe," Cortez said in the stakeholder letter.
Cortez directs anyone with questions regarding the bankruptcy filing or local impacts visit the national organization's dedicated restructuring website.