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West Texas boy scouts programs will not be impacted by national sexual abuse crisis

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The national Boy Scouts of America organization is considering filing for bankruptcy.

This comes after insurance companies are refusing to pay settlements regarding dozens of men who claim they were sexually abused as boy scouts.

While the national organization is the umbrella for individual chapters, Nathan Baie, the scout executive for the Lubbock Office, or South Plains Council, said any pending sexual abuse lawsuits will have no effect on boy scouts programs in West Texas. 

In fact, Baie said they receive no funding from the national organization. 

"It's important for everyone, locally, to understand the connection between the South Plains Council and the Boy Scouts of America. We are a local, non-profit organization and a separate business entity, and we don't have a financial connection to the national organization," Baie said.

Baie said youth safety is paramount, and each person associated with the boy scouts program here is required to go through a background check and training. 

"We are operating as business as usual, and we have a great momentum right now with the youth that we are serving in West Texas. We recruited more young people to our program this fall than we did a year ago," Baie said.

Baie said a big reason for this momentum is the inclusion of girls into the program.

"To date, we have 163 girls participating in our Cub Scout program," Baie said. "We're excited about the positive impact of girls joining our organization, and we want to continue to be able to provide those programs."

All in all, he said South Plains Council is committed to its purpose: Helping mold the next generation of leaders.
"We serve just over 2,000 boys and girls. We remain relevant as much today as the scouting organization when it was founded over a hundred years ago. We want to continue to challenge youth and provide them an opportunity for leadership development and community service and outdoor adventure," Baie said.

If the national organization does file for bankruptcy, it would be following the strategy of the Roman Catholic Church of seeking Chapter 11 protection, while negotiating settlements with victims.

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