BSA Response to Portland, Oregon Trial Outcome - April 23, 2010
The Boy Scouts of America continues to be deeply saddened by what happened to the plaintiff in this case more than 25 years ago. We would like to thank the jurors for their service and careful deliberations. Because this matter continues, the Judge has asked that the Boy Scouts of America refrain from comment on the specific allegations in that case.
The Boy Scouts of America has always stood against child abuse of any kind and is always looking for ways to improve its Youth Protection strategies. The BSA has zero tolerance in Scouting for any action that does not uphold the BSA's dedication to building good character in a safe environment. The Boy Scouts of America has a rigorous, nationwide system of checks and balances, in accordance with local laws, which keeps out of the program those individuals who should not be leading youth.
For 100 years, the experience of being a Boy Scout has had a positive, lasting effect on the lives of 100 million young people. Each week, parents across America and their sons attend Cub Scout and Boy Scout meetings run by community volunteer leaders. The success of youth organizations, such as the Boy Scouts of America depends on the trust and confidence of these parents and the community, and Scouting is doing everything in its power to earn that trust every day.
Click here for more information about BSA's Youth Protection materials.