• Scouting for Food
  • Halloween Hike
  • Hashtag Contest
  • Pinewood Derby Sale
  • Adventure Base Camp

 

August 20, 2021 

 

Dear Friends of the Narragansett Council,

We are writing to update you about developments in the bankruptcy case filed by the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America, and how they will affect Scouting in the Narragansett Council. To emerge from bankruptcy, the BSA has proposed a reorganization plan designed to accomplish two key imperatives: equitably compensate survivors of past abuse in Scouting and ensure that Scouting continues in our communities and across the country for generations to come. 

To accomplish these goals, every local council, including Narragansett, will contribute to a survivor’s compensation Trust in order to resolve legal claims of past abuse in Scouting. The Narragansett Council has agreed to contribute $6.45 million to the Trust.

The only way Narragansett Council can meet its obligation is to sell real estate. To help fund our Council’s contribution to the survivor’s compensation Trust and ensure that we are best positioned to continue serving youth, families, and communities in Southeastern New England, the Narragansett Council executive board has decided to sell Camp Cachalot and Camp Norse.

Although ownership of Camp Norse will change, our Council will enter into a long-term lease of Camp Norse from its new owner, so Camp Norse will continue without interruption to deliver the same life-changing experiences to youth in our area well into the future. This type of arrangement is customary for our Council—we already lease several camps including camps Yawgoog, Champlin, Buxton, Sandsland, Aquapaug, Buck Hill and Cub World from this same organization.  We are discussing a sale of Camp Cachalot, which is subject to a conservation restriction, with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with the goal that it can be preserved as open space and available for recreational purposes.  The conservation restriction on Cachalot includes the stipulation that the Commonwealth has the first right of refusal on any sale. 

The proceeds from the sales of real estate, along with other unrestricted assets available to us, will comprise our Council’s contribution to the survivor’s compensation Trust as part of the national organization’s bankruptcy process. 

It’s important to note that Narragansett Council has not filed for bankruptcy—we remain as dedicated as ever to delivering the nation’s foremost program for character development, values-based leadership training and life skills training to the thousands of young people we serve every year in Southeastern New England.  

We are looking forward to fall programming, an excellent membership recruitment campaign, family camp weekends, the Highland Games, Adventure Days, Merit Badge Mania, Scouting For Food, camporees and much more.

Additionally, we know this may raise questions about what other funds may be contributed to the survivor’s Trust. We want to be clear that restricted donations can only be used for their designated purposes and are legally protected so that they are used as the donor specified. Local donations through Friends of Scouting (FOS), fundraising events (golf, sporting clays, Distinguished Citizens Awards Lunch) and sponsorships go straight to supporting Scouting in our communities today; these donations are used in real time, are critical to maintaining local operations and are not part of our contribution to the trust. Camp alumni association funds are unaffected and also will not be used towards the settlement.

For more than a century, Scouting has thrived despite the many challenges we’ve faced throughout, particularly in this past year. Today’s news does not change the exciting activities and adventures Scouting delivers to the youth in our programs every day. There is much to look forward to in the weeks, months and years ahead.

As always, we are grateful for your continued support of Scouting.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions—you may email us at info@narragansettbsa.org.  Thank you for your continued support of local Scouting.

Yours in Scouting,  

Dennis Leahy
Council President

Paul Schofield
Council Commissioner

Tim McCandless
Scout Executive & CEO

 

 

NARRAGANSETT COUNCIL
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

PO Box 14777
East Providence, RI 02914

Phone/Fax:401.351.8700
info@narragansettbsa.org
 

WEST BAY SCOUT SHOP

1276 Bald Hill Road, Unit 160
Warwick, RI 02886

Phone:401.821.7005
 

 

CAMP YAWGOOG 

 

61 Camp Yawgoog Rd

Rockville, RI 02873

 

campyawgoog@scouting.org