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    • The vast majority of people who have filed claims are in their 40s to 50s and some younger.  That means many if not most perpetrators are likely still alive today. It's not clear to me either how they will be held accountable as part of this bankruptcy process but I hope that's part of it. 
    • The question then becomes, admission of what guilt, exactly?    BSA did not, organizationally, abuse children.  BSA, thru it's bad decisions, (leaders are people?) allowed pedophiles to go on their merry way without the legal, criminal,  consequences they deserved.  The "Secret List"  did not do what it was intended to do: protect the children.  It didn't even protect the BSA. Merely removing BSA leaders from PoR (!) did not, ultimately, prevent them from going someplace else, and doing it again.  In another Scout Troop, in another church Youth Ministry, to their nephew and niece.  That is what BSA is guilty of.    What is the saddest part of this is that most of the perpetrators are long gone, and THEY cannot be brought to take responsibility for their actions and help to "make the victims whole".  The Class Action Suit(s)  are taking their pound of flesh from the BSA, but how much , if any, can be got from the actual perpetrators? 
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    • Good articles below. Imagine instead of  20+ scouts spending an hour in a classroon for three Saturdays at a Merit Badge College Mill, a smaller group of 4 or 5 spends over 12 hours  hands-on (Bee Lab in suits and Monarch lab) to earn a STEM merit badge. The article from University Nebraska-Lincoln stated professors and scouts were working on Entomology merit badge which may have been a hint to rename Insect Study merit badge.   ... Terry Stentz, associate professor and graduate chair in the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, and associate professor in the UNMC College of Public Health, said he knows of many faculty members who are involved with Scouting, and he’s thankful to be able to give back to the organization that set him on his career path. He hopes his work with the Boy Scouts now has a similar effect. “I would say that my career as an engineer in public health really started when I earned the public health merit badge, which was a required merit badge for Eagle Scout,” Stentz said. “I got the public health merit badge and when I went through the requirements, I thought, ‘wow this is interesting. It’s science with engineering together.’ It came back around full circle later in life.” https://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/scouting-goes-on-with-help-of-nebraska-u-faculty/ With apologies to my Nebraska relatives, I will be Scout and give equal shout out to Oklahoma for a similar program.   https://news.okstate.edu/articles/agricultural-sciences-natural-resources/2020/gedon_insect-adventure.html
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