As you may know, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is currently going through a bankruptcy process. Representatives of The United Methodist Church are actively participating in these proceedings. The North Georgia Conference and our Committee on Scouting (UMCOS) are sharing updates with North Georgia United Methodists as they are available.
(7/21/2022) "As we continue to learn from our colleagues and receive your questions regarding the new BSA/UMC Annual Affiliation Agreement, we will offer you updates and information. Even since our June 2022 communication, we have additional information to share."
Chris Karabinos, Conference Scouting Coordinator, and Bishop Sue Haupert Johnson share an update on Scouting Ministry.
July 21, 2022
Read an updated Q&A based on questions we've received from you. Have additional questions? Reach out to Chris Karabinos, Conference Scouting Coordinator.
(6/17/2022) The long-anticipated wait is coming to an end as a new era of Scouting ministry in The United Methodist Church makes its way forward. A highly skilled team of chancellors, insurance risk advisors, and UMC leaders have forged a path through a difficult landscape to provide a safer way for Scouting ministry to continue within local United Methodist churches. A new “Affiliation Agreement” has been developed and approved by The UMC Ad Hoc Leadership Team, BSA top executives, and General Commission on United Methodist Men's top executives.
As part of the Boy Scouts of America proposed bankruptcy settlement, all U.S. annual conferences are being asked to contribute toward a $30 million settlement amount. This settlement is part of a larger bankruptcy reorganization plan for the Boy Scouts of America for which approval is still pending by the US Bankruptcy Court. The $30 million amount has been allocated among annual conferences based upon the number of claims associated with their respective churches. The North Georgia Conference has been allocated the amount of $1,092,504.
The North Georgia Conference Council on Finance and Administration and Board of Trustees recently met and committed to contribute the full amount toward the Survivor Trust settlement allocated to our conference based on claims associated with our conference. Conference leadership will offer an update at the 2022 annual conference session about how the conference will raise and contribute to the Survivor Trust Fund.
United Methodist leaders have reached a settlement in the matter of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) pending bankruptcy proceedings. Upon final court approval, the settlement would absolve any claims of sexual abuse that may have occurred in congregation-sponsored Scouting programs.
Find archived updates and Q&A shared with North Georgia United Methodists on this topic at https://www.ngumc.org/bsa-updates-archive.