A bankruptcy judge on September 8, 2022, granted the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) approval of its $2.5 billion reorganization plan, which will allow the organization to settle tens of thousands of sexual abuse claims.
As a part of the settlement agreement in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) bankruptcy case, The United Methodist Church agreed to contribute $30 million to a $3 billion Survivor Trust Fund that will receive contributions from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), insurance companies and charter organizations. The Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church will be contributing $546,252 into this fund. United Methodist congregations sponsor more than 6,000 Boy Scout troops and Cub packs. None of the claims filed in Iowa indicated the abuse happened in our local churches or by our clergy.
United Methodists participated in the bankruptcy mediation process with five goals:
- Healing and support for survivors
- Releases from claims related to sexual abuse for United Methodist congregations that chartered Boy Scout troops and Cub packs
- Releases for all charter organizations
- Preservation of congregations’ and annual conferences’ insurance
- A fair and just financial settlement
The settlement agreement meets each goal, but the cornerstone of the United Methodist settlement was the healing and support for survivors.
Across the Iowa Conference, Scouting Ministries is a celebrated ministry in many of our churches and communities. The Iowa Conference has been contacted by Eagle Scouts, scouting veterans, and supporters seeking ways to contribute to the Survivors Fund. We know many lives have been and will continue to be positively impacted through Scouting.
If you would like to contribute to the BSA Survivors Fund, you may do so here: