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February 18, 2020

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An important message from the California Inland Empire Council


Dear Scouting Community,

Today, the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to achieve two key objectives: equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue to carry out Scouting’s mission for years to come.

 I want to highlight important points that are most relevant to the CA Inland Empire Council:

            •The CA Inland Empire Council has not filed for bankruptcy. Our Council is legally separate, distinct and financially independent from the national organization.

            •Scouting programs will continue. This means that unit meetings and activities, district and council events, other Scouting adventures and countless service projects will take place as usual. In short, we expect no changes to the local Scouting experience in the Inland Empire area.

            •Scouting is safer now than ever before. Over many years, we’ve developed some of the strongest expert-informed youth protection policies found in any youth-serving organization. I can also assure you that our volunteers and employees take youth protection extremely seriously and do their part to help keep kids safe.

            •Restricted donations – past, present or future – can only be used for their designated purpose. In addition, Friends of Scouting (FOS) and other annual donations made to our Council will continue to fund necessary day-to-day expenses that are critical to Scouting’s local programs.

While we do not anticipate the national organization’s bankruptcy filing will have any direct impact on the local Scouting experience or your involvement with our Council, I understand you may still have questions about these issues and things you will see in the news. To that end, the national organization has established a dedicated restructuring website,

This site includes a helpful Resources page, where you will find a short video explaining what Chapter 11 means for Scouting, as well as a FAQ. The site’s Milestones page will be your best source for the latest updates throughout this process. 

If you have any questions about local Scouting, you can always feel free to reach out us directly at the California Inland Empire Council. 

Through your engagement and dedication to Scouting, the CA Inland Empire Council will continue to bring adventures, values and lifelong benefits to youth and our communities for generations to come. Thank you for your trust and support as we continue this important mission.

Yours in Scouting,

Matt Myers

Scout Executive

CA Inland Empire Council


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Here’s what the BSA’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing means for you

If you’re reading this, you have probably experienced the positive impact of Scouting.

And I’m guessing that – like me – you want Scouting to be around to serve kids in our communities for many years to come.

I’m hoping you also agree that it’s important that the BSA supports victims of past abuse in Scouting. Quite simply, it’s the right thing to do.

But what does that have to do with filing for bankruptcy? Isn’t that what companies and people do when they run out of money?

A common misperception is that “bankruptcy” means a company or organization is shutting its doors. But for non-profits, it’s just the opposite. In fact, you can expect to continue your Scouting experience, complete with unit meetings, service projects, campouts and the many more adventures that fill your schedules.

So, what’s really going on?

The national organization has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (which is also known as a financial restructuring) to achieve two goals:

  1. Compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting, and
  2. Continue carrying out the mission of Scouting for at least another 110 years. (I hope you remembered to wish the BSA a happy birthday on Feb. 8!)

OK…what do I need to know about this process?

First, Scouting continues.

Second, Scouting is safer today than ever before.

It’s heartbreaking that individuals took advantage of youth-serving organizations – including BSA programs – to harm innocent children. Even the deepest apologies can’t possibly make things right, but the BSA is taking responsibility for what happened in the past and doing all it can to protect youth in our Scouting programs.

The BSA has made major strides in youth protection and there’s a lot that we can be proud of, including the commitment of our wonderful volunteers and staff who work every single day to make Scouting the safe and amazing program it is today.

Starting in the 1980s, the BSA put in place some of the strongest barriers to abuse of any youth-servicing organization and has continued to evolve and improve these policies to prevent abuse and to ensure volunteers are able to recognize, respond to and report any suspected abuse.

For Scouters, planning to always have two-deep leadership has become a normal part of Scouting– and some may even encourage it at non-Scouting events.

Because so much of our youth protection training is relevant for all parents, the training is now available publicly on, a website that you can share to help friends and family who may have questions about the BSA’s youth protection program.

What to do now

The short answer is – keep Scouting. And do so with pride.

Remind others why you believe in Scouting, how the program has benefited you and your family, and why you dedicate your precious free time to the movement.

Make it a point to remind our communities why Scouting is an important pillar. Ask local leaders what projects they need help with and encourage units to plan service projects to help meet the goal.

Scouting shines brightest when we help others. With your support, I know the BSA will be serving youth and communities through our vital mission for many years to come.

If you’d like to learn more about the BSA’s restructuring, you can watch this helpful video that explains the Chapter 11 process and visit for more information.



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True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, regional, area, council, district, and unit levels

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Scouts First Helpline



Scouts First Helpline (1-844-SCOUTS1)

The protection of youth is the primary obligation of every individual involved in the Boy Scouts of America— including leaders, parents, members, and professionals. The BSA has been and will continue to be vigilant in creating barriers that help prevent abuse and educating those involved in Scouting to recognize and report child abuse regardless of where it occurs. As part of its “Scouts First” approach to the protection and safety of youth, the BSA has established 844-SCOUTS1 (844-726-8871), a dedicated 24-hour helpline to receive reports of known or suspected abuse or behavior that might put a youth at risk.


Who can use the helpline?

Scout leaders, registered members, parents, Scouting professionals, or anyone else who believes a youth in Scouting might be at risk.

When should I use the Scouts First Helpline?

Anytime you believe a youth has been harmed or their safety and well-being is at risk, and you cannot immediately reach your Scout executive or local council.

Below are some examples:

  • A leader on a campout receives a report that one of the Scouts has been abused, and the council office is closed.
  • Parents learn after their Scout has returned from camp that the youth was threatened with a knife, but they don’t know who to call at the council.
  • A Scouting professional receives an anonymous report of abuse and would like guidance on next steps.
  • An individual is camped next to a Scout troop and witnesses behavior that appears to be unsafe.

Can I use the helpline during normal business hours?

Yes. The goal of the helpline is to provide immediate assistance that ensures the alleged victim as well as unit and council leadership are fully supported and appropriate actions are taken. During business hours, a member of the National Service Center will help you. Calls made after hours may be answered by an answering service that will take the information, determine the level of urgency, and then notify the appropriate person.

Reporting Tips

Accurate information is critical to an appropriate response. However, a lack of specific information is not a reason to delay a report. The Scouts First Helpline is not intended to take the place of council involvement. It is to provide 24/7 guidance to volunteers, Scouts, parents, and Scouting professionals to report abuse or serious youth protection violations outside of the local council’s business hours. Local councils receiving reports of abuse or behavior that might put a youth at risk will contact Scouts First to report the incident.





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Scout Shop


The Boy Scouts of America is now hiring part time sales associates at the CA Inland Empire Scout Shop & Old Baldy Scout Shop. This is an outstanding opportunity for a motivated, enthusiastic, Sales Associate in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.

Job Overview: 
Contribute to the successful daily operation of the Scout Shop by delivering an exceptional customer experience, make sales to customers, keep accurate and on-time timekeeping records, receive orders, process sewing service orders, stock shelves, and maintain a clean, customer friendly environment.

The individual in this position will:

  • Provide exceptional customer service in the store and on the phone.
  • Process customer orders through the POS system.
  • Process sewing service orders by sewing them.
  • Maintain a clean, neat, stocked, properly priced, and organized store.
  • Open and close the store as directed by management using the prescribed policies and procedures.
  • Safeguards BSA monies and merchandise.

Qualifications/ Experience:  

  • Retail sales experience preferred
  • Knowledge of Scouting Program helpful
  • Good communication skills

Perks of job:

  • Flexible work schedule 
  • Great Store Hours:
  • Closed on Sunday 
  • Closed most holidays
  • Employee discount
  • Opportunity for advancement 
  • Store Manager training program
  • Fun, friendly work environment 

Salary: $13.00/Hr – $14.50/Hr 

Applicants should apply to this ad with resume and cover letter.

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