The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Troop 151 promotes this mission through a fun and challenging program which provides boys the opportunity to:
Learn life and recreational skills
Gain self reliance and esteem
Develop leadership and team work skills
Create a sense of pride through community service
Build strong character values
All of which support the Aims of Scouting Which Are To:
Build Character, Foster Citizenship and Develop Fitness.
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Statement of the Boy Scouts of America
We are pleased that the court has vindicated the BSA's position and summarily rejected all claims of the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), observing that “In truth, Girl Scouts' complaint is based, not on concern for trademark confusion, but on fear for their competitive position in a market with gender neutral options for scouting” (opinion, p. 21).
The BSA believes that there are many excellent options for parents and young people to develop character and leadership, including both the BSA and GSUSA. We support the right of families and girls to make their own choice of youth development organizations that work best for them.
The BSA is thrilled that since we began offering girls the opportunity to fully participate in our programs in 2019, over 305,000 girls are currently enrolled and more than 2,200 young women have already earned the highest rank of Eagle Scout. We celebrate the achievements of these girls and young women. The BSA looks forward to welcoming more girls into our positive, life changing programs.
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The BSA provides an update on its financial restructuring case ahead of confirmation hearing beginning next week
IRVING, Texas (March 11, 2022) — The Boy Scouts of America (BSA)'s Proposed Plan of Reorganization has won overwhelming support from survivors of past abuse in Scouting, with more than 85% voting to approve the Plan. If approved by the Court in the confirmation hearing beginning next week, the Plan is set to establish the largest sexual abuse compensation fund in the history of the United States—currently valued at $2.7 billion and expected to increase as additional settlement agreements are reached.
“We are enormously grateful to the survivor community whose bravery, patience, and support has been instrumental in the formation of this Plan,” said Dan Ownby, BSA National Chair. “Our hope is that the confirmation of the BSA's Plan will bring this financial restructuring process to an end, providing survivors with equitable compensation, and the closure they deserve while preserving the mission of Scouting for young people for years to come.”
In addition to offering compensation for survivors, the BSA's Plan of Reorganization includes a range of provisions designed to strengthen the organization's existing youth protection protocols. The initiatives will include the hiring of a Youth Protection Executive, the formation of an advisory Youth Protection Committee, and updates to current membership policies. Plus, the Plan designates the Honorable Barbara Houser, a retired bankruptcy judge with significant mediation experience as the Settlement Trustee responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Settlement Trust. The Plan also designates as claims administrators the Honorable Diane Welch and Honorable Michael Reagan, retired federal judges with experience addressing child sexual abuse, to coordinate thorough and independent claim review.
Co-chair of the Tort Claimants Committee (TCC) Dr. Doug Kennedy said, “We've stayed strong throughout this process to ensure that the voices of survivors were heard, and that's exactly what happened—this Plan represents the youth protection and independent trust governance that the TCC advocated for. While money alone will never be enough to compensate Survivors for what they have suffered, the current $2.7 billion, the funds from future settlements, and the mechanism for further recoveries from non-settling insurers and responsible charter organizations provides a solid foundation for the Settlement Trustee to begin the compensation process. With these important changes, the TCC firmly supports approval of the Plan.”
Judge Laurie Silverstein will decide whether to approve the BSA's Plan of Reorganization through a confirmation hearing beginning March 14. The confirmation hearing is expected to last several weeks, and the Court will consider the voting results from survivors alongside a number of other factors. Further court approval will be required for final confirmation.
The BSA initiated its financial restructuring in February 2020 to achieve two key imperatives: equitably compensate survivors who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue carrying out its mission for years to come. Scouting programs, including unit meetings and activities, council events, other Scouting adventures and countless service projects, have continued throughout this process.
More information and updates about the restructuring are available via the national organization's dedicated restructuring website, www.BSArestructuring.org.
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La insignia al mérito estará disponible para los jóvenes en el programa Scouts BSA a partir del 1 de noviembre
Irving, TX – 1 de noviembre de 2021 – Hoy, los Boy Scouts of America (BSA, por sus siglas en inglés), una de las organizaciones juveniles más grandes de los Estados Unidos, anunció el lanzamiento de la insignia al mérito de Civismo en la Sociedad, su insignia al mérito más reciente para jóvenes en el programa Scouts BSA (de 11 a 17 años). La nueva insignia al mérito alienta a los Scouts a explorar temas importantes en torno a la diversidad, la equidad, la inclusión y el liderazgo ético y aprender por qué estas cualidades son importantes en la sociedad y en el Movimiento Scout. A partir del 1 de julio de 2022, se requerirá la insignia al mérito de Civismo en la Sociedad para cualquier joven que busque alcanzar el prestigioso rango de Eagle Scout.Los Boy Scouts of America presentan la Insignia al Mérito de Civismo en la Sociedad, la insignia al mérito más reciente para los jóvenes en el programa Scouts BSA.
“La misión de los Boy Scouts of America es preparar a los jóvenes para que tomen decisiones éticas y morales a lo largo de sus vidas, inculcándoles los valores del Juramento Scout y la Ley Scout”, dijo Roger Mosby, Presidente y Director Ejecutivo de Los Boy Scouts of America. “Esta insignia al mérito se alinea con el Juramento Scout y la Ley Scout, que alientan a los Scouts a respetar las creencias de los demás, a ser amables y corteses y a ayudar a otras personas en todo momento”.
La insignia al mérito de Civismo en la Sociedad es la más reciente iniciativa como parte del compromiso continuo de BSA de promover la diversidad, la equidad y la inclusión. Desarrollado por la Oficina de Diversidad y Desarrollo Juvenil de BSA, con la aportación de un grupo dedicado de voluntarios del Movimiento Scout, jóvenes y personal profesional de BSA, la insignia al mérito agrupa a Scouts con consejeros de insignias al mérito quienes ayudarán a guiar a los Scouts en su jornada de autodescubrimiento y facilitarán discusiones mientras los Scouts buscan comprender mejor el mundo diverso en el que vivimos.
“La insignia al mérito de Civismo en la Sociedad es una iniciativa importante para ayudar a los Scouts a aprender sobre las diversas identidades que cada uno de nosotros posee, comprender diferentes perspectivas y experiencias y promover la buena ciudadanía en la sociedad”, dijo Elizabeth Ramírez-Washka, Directora de Diversidad y Vicepresidenta de Diversidad e Inclusión de Boy Scouts of America.
La nueva insignia al mérito complementa las insignias al mérito existentes, como las insignias al mérito Culturas Americanas, Civismo en la Comunidad, Conciencia ante la Discapacidad y Herencia Americana, que requieren que los Scouts aprendan y aumenten su comprensión de diversas perspectivas y estimulen la acción positiva.
“Como parte de ganar la insignia al mérito de Civismo en la Sociedad, aprendí que es importante entender diferentes opiniones y perspectivas para convertirte en un buen líder de manera que estés preparado para manejar cualquier situación que surja”, dijo Maya, un Scout de 15 años que participó en el programa piloto. “También disfruté poder discutir temas de diversidad e inclusión con mis amigos en el Movimiento Scout, ya que se sentía como un ambiente seguro para ser abierto y honesto sobre estos temas”.
Para obtener más información sobre la insignia al mérito de Civismo en la Sociedad, favor de visitar www.scouting.org/dei.
Acerca de los Boy Scouts of America
Los Boy Scouts of America ofrecen los programas juveniles más importantes del país de desarrollo del carácter y capacitación en liderazgo basado en valores, que ayuda a los jóvenes a estar “Prepared. For Life.®” (Preparados. Para la Vida.) Para obtener más información sobre los Boy Scouts of America, visita www.Scouting.org.
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Merit badge will be available to youth in Scouts BSA program beginning November 1
Irving, TX – November 1, 2021— Today, The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, announced the launch of the Citizenship in Society merit badge, its newest merit badge for youth in the Scouts BSA program (ages 11-17). The new merit badge encourages Scouts to explore important topics around diversity, equity, inclusion and ethical leadership and learn why these qualities are important in society and in Scouting. Beginning July 1, 2022, the Citizenship in Society merit badge will be required for any youth seeking to achieve the prestigious Eagle Scout rank.The Boy Scouts of America introduces the Citizenship in Society Merit Badge, the newest merit badge for youth in the Scouts BSA program.
“The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law,” said Roger Mosby, president and chief executive officer of The Boy Scouts of America. “This merit badge aligns with both the Scout Oath and Scout Law, which encourage Scouts to respect the beliefs of others, to be kind and courteous, and to help other people at all times.”
The Citizenship in Society merit badge is the latest initiative as part of BSA's ongoing commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. Developed by BSA's Office of Diversity and Youth Development Office, with input from a dedicated group of Scouting volunteers, BSA youth and professional staff, the merit badge pairs Scouts with merit badge counselors who will help guide Scouts on their journey of self-discovery and facilitate discussions as Scouts seek to further understand the diverse world we live in.
“The Citizenship in Society merit badge is an important initiative to help Scouts learn about the diverse identities we each possess, understand different perspectives and experiences, and promote good citizenship in society,” said Elizabeth Ramirez-Washka, chief diversity officer and vice president of diversity & inclusion, Boy Scouts of America.
The new merit badge complements existing merit badges, such as the American Cultures, Citizenship in the Community, Disability Awareness and American Heritage merit badges, which require Scouts to learn and grow their understanding of diverse perspectives and spur positive action.
“As part of earning the Citizenship in Society merit badge, I learned that it's important to understand different opinions and perspectives to become a good leader so that you're prepared to handle any situation that comes up,” said Maya, a 15-year-old Scout who participated in the pilot program. “I also enjoyed getting to discuss diversity and inclusion topics with my friends in Scouting, as it felt like a safe environment to be open and honest about these topics.”
For more information on the Citizenship in Society merit badge, please visit www.scouting.org/dei.
About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation's foremost youth programs of character development and values-based leadership training, which help young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.Scouting.org.
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