In February 2020, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as a strategic move to cap liability due to lawsuits related to sexual abuse. Because The United Methodist Church is the largest chartering organization of the BSA, this poses a potential liability to our churches.

If your church has ever chartered or sponsored a Boy Scout Troop, Cub Scout Pack, or Venturing Crew, please read the attached document and fill out the paperwork to file a Proof of Claim with the courts, which protects your church financially. Please note: this paperwork has a filing deadline of November 16, 2020.

Please let the Indiana Conference know that you have completed your filing by contacting Ruth Ellen Needler at or 317.564.3254.

If you have questions, please contact Ian Hall at or 317.564.3244.