Local Boy Scout troops mostly unaffected by national BSA bankruptcy

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - As of Tuesday, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is facing 1,700 claims of abuse, per their own court filings. They say the cash payouts for all the victims would be impossible to pay, leading to the national organization's bankruptcy filing.

But the local Erie Shores Local Council is not concerned about its future.

"Erie Shores Council has had a strong following. Camp Miakonda is the fifth oldest Boy Scout camp in the country," says scout executive Ed Caldwell.

After filing for bankruptcy, Boy Scouts of America is in jeopardy of losing many of its assets, including camps.

But the Erie Chore Council, the organization which covers parts of Lucas, Wood, Sandusky, and Ottawa counties and is behind Camp Miakonda, is not worried because the council is an Ohio corporation, independent of the national organization, according to Caldwell.

The bankruptcy filing is largely related to hundreds of counts of child sexual abuse alleged against the organization, primarily from the 1970s.

Local council is facing no such lawsuits.

BSA has since ramped up its child protection precautions.

"We've been in that youth protection business for a lot of years," says Caldwell.

BSA said it intends to help victims, which the local council supports.

"We're outraged that somebody took advantage of our organization and harmed children. ... We want to be an organization that can help the victims," says Caldwell.

Despite any potential past transgressions, the organization as a whole remains dedicated to its mission of teaching.

"Self-reliance, that'll carry you a long way in a job or career or life in general," says Caldwell.

"It starts with real character development," says volunteer Dan Anderson.

Anderson was a scout himself and has been involved with the local chapter for decades.

"I feel really bad for those negatively affects. It's an awful thing. At the same time, I know the power of the program, so I don't lose faith or confidence in it. There's too much goodness there," says Anderson.