Claims of abuse by Scout leaders and others must be filed by Nov. 16 to be eligible for compensation through the Boy Scouts of America’s bankruptcy proceedings, following a deadline set Tuesday afternoon.
Those who do not meet that deadline will be barred from filing suit against the national organization in the future.
The deadline and process, filed by Judge Laurie Silverstein in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, is based on an agreement reached during a hearing last week.
Initially, the Boy Scouts had proposed 80 days for survivors to come forward. The agreed-upon date provides more than twice that much time: almost six months. The Boy Scouts will be required to run a nearly $7 million awareness campaign encouraging people to come forward. The campaign will include mail and email to those who have filed complaints, as well as national television and print advertisements.