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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    File your Boy Scouts of America claim by Nov. 16

    October 28, 2020 / By UNY Communications

    Earlier this year, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to protect itself against a growing number of sexual abuse claims made against it. This bankruptcy process is intended to allow the BSA to deal with these claims – through the creation of and payment from a victim’s compensation trust fund – and continue its operations. As is typical in bankruptcy proceedings, the court has established a “Bar Date,” which is the deadline for potential creditors to file claims against the BSA (the debtor). The Bar Date in this case is Nov. 16, 2020, at 5 p.m. EST.

    On Wednesday Oct. 28, Upper New York Conference Treasurer, Bob Flask sent a note to the UNY Conference that includes a statement by Conference Chancellor, Peter H. Abdella, that all churches who have ever chartered or sponsored a Boy Scout Troop, Cub Scout Pack, or venturing crew must read.

    Click here to read the statement that was sent.

    Click here to read line-by-line instructions for Proof of Claim.

    Click here to see a sample BSA Bankruptcy General Proof of Claim.  

    Click here for frequently asked questions regarding the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy and click here for a PDF that you can print.

    Zoom meetings were held on Wednesday Nov. 4 to answer any questions. Click here to watch a recording of the meeting.


    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."