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South Plains Boy Scouts to continue as usual

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The South Plains Boy Scouts Council will continue operations as usual after the national organization filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

For the national organization, it is the first step toward dealing with the barrage of sexual abuse lawsuits that have piled up against it. It is urging victims to come forward and is planning to create a large compensation fund for thousands of men who were molested as children decades ago. The fund could top $1 billion.

Nathan Baie, the South Plains Council Scout Executive, emphasizes this bankruptcy will not affect operations in Lubbock. It operates separately from the national organization.

"We continue to put youth safety paramount in our programs," Baie said. " Youth protection training is required for all of our adult leaders, and no activities ever occur in one-on-one situations."

The South Plains Council will still hold camp, go on excursions, complete countless service projects and hold meetings for all scout ranks.

Baie stressed there are no reports of wrongdoing locally.

"We are not aware of any local cases where scouts may have been harmed through these decades-old cases that are now being brought to light," he said.

The council reports all of the money it raises stays on the South Plains. It does not go to the national organization.

At the national level, the Boy Scouts may be forced to sell some of its vast property holdings to raise capital. The bankruptcy filing puts all lawsuits against it on hold pending its completion.


The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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