October 27, 2020 | Messages from the BishopRead This Article
Message from Bishop Schol - Child Sexual Abuse
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is going through a bankruptcy process due to the financial impact of multiple sexual abuse claims. This bankruptcy may have an adverse financial impact on our local churches that have served or are serving as “Chartering Organizations” for Troops or Packs.
GNJ needs to collect information immediately from ALL churches as to their history with the Boy Scouts. Please take a moment now to complete this brief information form so that we can identify churches who have chartered relationships with the BSA within the past 50 years. All churches must complete the tracking form by October 30, 2020 by taking the following steps:
- Conduct an immediate review of all records at the church and from church council and board of trustees’ meetings.
- Include a record review of all merged congregations.
- Reach out to long term members who may have information about past associations with the Boy Scouts.
- If still unsure, mark on the form “our review was inclusive.”