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Local scouts council committed despite bankruptcy filing

You can still count on members of the Boy Scouts of America serving Door and Kewaunee Counties despite the national organization filing for bankruptcy Monday. The BSA was forced to file under the weight of hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits across the country. According to National Public Radio, the BSA has been thinking about the possible bankruptcy filing since late 2018. In a statement from Bay-Lakes Council President Bill Braun, he says they are not involved in the bankruptcy filing. The council, which covers Door and Kewaunee Counties, controls all of the camps, properties, and local contributions. Braun says there should be no change in the local scouting experience, adding that all meetings, district and council events, and countless service projects are taking place as usual. 


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Scouting is strong in Bay-Lakes Council, with more than 18,000 youth and nearly 5,000 volunteer leaders served in 2019. All local Scouting programs are continuing as usual. We remain as committed as ever to delivering a safe and impactful Scouting program in Eastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Bay-Lakes Council has not filed for bankruptcy. Meetings and activities, district and council events, other Scouting adventures and countless service projects are taking place as usual. In short, there should be no change to the local Scouting experience.


The national organization of the Boy Scouts of America is the only entity involved in the Chapter 11 filing. The Bay-Lakes Council – which provides programming, financial, facility and administrative support to local units and individual Scouts in our area – is separate and distinct from the national organization. Our camps, properties and all local contributions are controlled by our council.


The national organization’s press release can be viewed here. Should you have any additional questions about today’s news, please reach out to




Bill Braun

Council President

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