All I can point you to is the TCC's action on asset issues, where it is discussed and noted on the infamous "Exhibit B." A lack of documentation to support the BSA's assertion of a restriction is really sort of the problem.
Until the bankruptcy, I've never given a thought to these paintings. Never made any effort to see them. If I've gone this long without seeing them, while they were on public display, I see no reason to be concerned about them now.
The BSA is in a tough spot when it comes to balancing the fact that they "care about survivors" and the practical issues surrounding the operations of an organization. Frankly, the ultimate duty of the BSA Board and top management is to the organization and the members it serves, NOT to survivors; so I never expected this bankruptcy process to be anything but adversarial and acrimonious. If they had simply sold everything and given every dime to the lawyers, they would have failed in their responsibilities.
The PR implications of the situation mean that actual honesty isn't really possible since basically no one in the public is willing or able to actually respond to emotional issues in a balanced and measured way; so you get statements that don't match up with actions because there isn't really any other option. The "real truth" of this situation is that most people wouldn't support the kinds of liability that are being argued in many of these cases if it were applied to them; but this can't be pointed out publicly because it's "insensitive" and because we are talking about people who were children. (And won't somebody PLEASE think of the children?) I mean, let's imagine that you are hosting a party and one guest you invited rapes another one. Is that your fault? What if it's a caterer you hired? Or the entertainer who is doing magic for the kids? If someone is a Scoutmaster and one scout is bullying another scout in private and it doesn't get reported, is the Scoutmaster liable? After all, we all know that bullying happens regularly in middle and high school, so shouldn't the SM have been watching more closely?
Welcome to the forums. All of the above is sound advice. Getting specific to the needs of your troop, consider the following goals:
Host one promotional event at a school or a public place where youth gather. Invite your troop to participate in that event.
Identify a service project in your community that would be suitable for 3-5 scouts to undertake together while in uniform. (E.g., working a booth at a carnival, serving a community food bank, etc ...)
Identify property owners within a reasonable distance from your troop's meeting place who would let scouts camp or pass through hiking. Provide this list to your SM and scouts.
Learn about all of your district's activities that would be available to your scouts (either as participants or organizers), and present the list to your troop.
More challenging ones:
Identify the most popular media outlet in your community. (Local paper, online group, etc ...) Find out what kinds of stories about your scouts would interest them. Share with your troop how to do this. Attempt to submit one story.
Survey youth and parents in your community and find out what they know about scouting, what they like, what they dislike. Share the results with your troop.
I certainly hope they remain on public display. It seems like rich people like to have at least some of their collections circulate in public museums. Note that the bankruptcy settlement gives ownership of the art to the settlement trust not the money from the sale. They can decide when and how to sell the collection.
Sometimes it seems there's little one can do to avoid recognition. Exactly one year after ensuring my mom finally earned the District Award of Merit, it seems this month I am going to receive the same. And I haven't done a fraction of the good she did during her 30+ years of Scouting - so much catching up to do! 😵