2/19/2020   Letter to the community from our St. Thomas the Apostle Boy Scout Troop Leadership:

This week, the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While we do not anticipate that this will have any direct impact on the local Scouting experience or with our Council, as leaders, we understand you may still have questions about these issues and things you will see in the news.

At this time, we would like to highlight several important points that are most relevant to Troop 750 and Pack 750, both chartered by St Thomas and the Fort Wayne - South Bend Diocese. Neither Troop 750, Pack 750, nor The LaSalle Council that we report to have filed for bankruptcy. Our Troop and Our Pack are legally separate and financially independent from both the council and the national organization.

Our scouting programs will continue to move forward. This means that all local meetings and activities, district and council events, and countless service projects will take place as usual. In short, we expect no changes to the local scouting experience in our area.

All proceeds from Troop/Pack fundraising events will still only be used for their designated purpose and remain with the Troop/Pack. 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 local scouting programs. Your donations will never be used to help the national organizations bankruptcy case.

Through your engagement and dedication to Scouting, our Troop and our Pack will continue to bring adventures, values and lifelong benefits to our youth and to our community for generations to come. Thank

you for your trust and support as we continue this important mission.

Yours in Scouting,

The Leadership Team of both Troop 750 and Pack 750

Scouting is an effective way to help Catholic youths to do their duty to God and to their country. Scouting builds character and teaches devotion to God in an environment that provides wholesome fun under the guidance of strong adult role models. The scouting programs provide a wonderful channel to involve youth in the life of Catholic parishes.

Young people experience scouting as a growth into personal maturity and social responsibility. They learn to assume their role in life with a high degree of commitment, and to care for others who are less fortunate. They develop a strong desire to build a culture of goodwill, respect for the environment and acceptance of duties.

Taken from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting: http://nccs-bsa.org/

Scout today, Knight tomorrow
For more than 90 years, the Knights of Columbus has worked with the Boy Scouts of America to serve youth. As of 2005, the Knights of Columbus had more than 150 Scouting units that had 50 or more years' tenure and more than 800 Knights of Columbus councils were ensuring that young people receive a Scouting opportunity.
Taken from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting: http://nccsbsa.org/national/KnightsSupportingScouting.php