Dear Scouting parents, volunteers, and community supporters,
I have always been impressed by the dedication of our Scouting volunteers and families and the way we band together as an organization in challenging circumstances. Amid these difficulties, particularly this year, Scouting has continued to build character, confidence, leadership, and hope in families and communities across the country, and your efforts have helped make some incredible things possible for young people in northwest Louisiana.
More than ever, families are looking for what Scouting offers. When asked what they want from youth-serving organizations this fall, parents have overwhelmingly said they want to give their children a sense of normalcy, as well as something to do as a group, even if socially distant, or something productive to do with peers, even if it’s online. Scouting delivers what parents are asking for. Together, we stand ready to bring Scouting to even more youth and families this year.
As we promote Scouting in our communities, some people may have questions about our youth protection policies and how we keep kids safe. Each question is an opportunity to shed light on the important policies and procedures we’ve put in place that make Scouting safer than ever before. It is important to emphasize to those new parents and others outside of Scouting that the safety of our members is our absolute top priority. That’s why, over many years, the BSA has developed some of the strongest youth protection policies found in anywhere in the country.
If you are a volunteer, you’ve already taken Youth Protection Training, undergone a criminal background check, and play an integral role in the BSA’s commitment to keep youth safe. In the Norwela Council, and in every Council, adhering to and upholding these policies is a duty we take very seriously. I encourage you to view and share this video and infographic about the BSA’s Youth Protection measures and resources that make Scouting safer than ever before.
Conversations about safety will be especially relevant over the next several weeks when you will likely see and hear more print, TV, social media, digital and radio advertising from national BSA’s Chapter 11 noticing campaign. Although only the national organization has filed for Chapter 11, you will likely come across these ads so I want to make sure you knew their purpose and had the necessary information to address questions or concerns they may raise for you or others.
These noticing ads are different than those many people have seen so far that have been sponsored by plaintiffs’ attorneys trying to solicit clients. The BSA’s ads are instead designed and sponsored by national BSA to ensure that victims have the opportunity to come forward and apply for compensation from a proposed Trust by filing a claim by the November 16, 2020 deadline set by the court. This underscores the BSA’s commitment to the dual objectives of its bankruptcy proceeding: equitably compensate victims of past abuse and continue our mission.
If you would like more information about the BSA’s outreach to victims of past abuse, see this FAQ. For questions about local Scouting, please visit or call 318-868-2774.
Yours in Scouting,
Jeff Brasher
Scout Executive/CEO
Norwela Council, BSA

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