The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy protection, facing mounting legal costs from defending against lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of boys.
In a statement the organization declared "two key objectives: equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue carrying out its mission for years to come.” „We are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to harm innocent children," Roger Mosby, BSA's president and chief executive officer, said in a statement Tuesday. There are thousands of abuse survivors making claim. In December 2018 the BSA hired the law firm Sidley Austin LLP and announced that it was "working with experts to explore all options available to ensure that the local and national programming of the Boy Scouts of America continues uninterrupted."
The Boy Scouts of America is the largest scouting organization and one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with about 2.3 million youth participants, 11-17 year old.. They are trained in responsible citizenship, character development and are required to participate in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs and career-oriented programs.