The last day for Boy Scouts of America abuse survivors to file a claim is November 16. Those who file a claim now are eligible for compensation because of the organization’s bankruptcy proceedings. If you or a loved one as experienced abuse as a Boy Scout, here is what you need to know:

Who should file a claim?

Many people do not realize the scope of abuse that actually qualifies for compensation. Here is a quick breakdown of types of abuse that justify filing a claim:

  • Physical abuse 
  • Emotional abuse 
  • Bullying
  • Hazing

Important note: It is important that abuse does not have to come from Scoutmasters. It can be between two Scouts, assistant scoutmasters, employees, directors, volunteers, or instructors.

Those who fall under any of these categories are encouraged to file a claim. There are many claim forms on the internet.

Are there any risks in filing a claim?

Not at all.

Even if your claim is denied because your case does not qualify based on legal merit, there are no consequences of filing.

What do I need in order to file a claim?

First, you need to find a company that is willing to review your case. We have partnered with a law firm that will take your case, keep an eye out for their ads on this site. 

These forms are created to help law firms determine if your case has any legal merit. You will need to provide your basic personal information and will often ask a series of questions regarding the abuse that occurred. 

If you can’t remember all the details don’t worry. Include all the details that you do remember and a legal advisor will help assist you with moving forward.

Should I get a lawyer?

Yes. You want to maximize the amount of compensation you get if you win the case,

Lawyers can also help you understand the process to ensure you have the best chance at winning. Many lawyers will not charge any fees upfront and they won’t be paid unless you win.

Should I file a claim despite the abuse that happened years ago?

Regardless of how long ago the abuse has occurred, you still should file a claim. Many people are afraid and think that it happened so long ago that it is too late. But the truth is that although statutes of limitation may come into play, many states have passed “look-back” periods removing the time restrictions. It is also very likely that these periods will be xtended as the bankruptcy process continues.

When can I expect the claims process to settle?

Bankruptcies of this caliber often take several months to even years before settling. But since the deadline for filing a claim is November 16, you need to act NOW in order to claim compensation.

How much compensation should I expect to get?

It all depends on how much the organization has left after paying off other entities and the total assets that they currently have. You can expect to be paid less than what you are owed. But it is still worth filing!

Is the claim process free?


You will not be charged for filing a claim to see if you qualify. It is recommended to file a claim with a trusted law firm online through their electronic forms.