The move follows various claims recorded against the association over cases of sexual abuse, asserting it neglected to forestall several cases.
Because of the move, every single common claim against it is required to be postponed momentarily.
The group is battling with declining enrollment just as abuse claims.
“The BSA thinks profoundly about all casualties of misuse and earnestly apologizes to any individual who was hurt during their time in exploring. We are shocked that there have been times when people exploited our projects to hurt guiltless youngsters,” CEO Roger Mosby said in an announcement.
Court papers documented in Delaware recorded liabilities of up to $1bn (£768m) and resources of as much as $10bn, reports state.
The gathering said it was setting up a trust reserve to remunerate exploited people.
“While we know nothing can fix the disastrous maltreatment that exploited people endured, we accept the Chapter 11 procedure – with the proposed trust structure – will give fair pay to all unfortunate casualties while keeping up the BSA’s significant strategic. Mosby said in an announcement.
The chapter 11, recorded in Delaware, will permit the association to bring the entirety of the claims into one court and attempt to arrange a settlement, as opposed to utilizing its assets to battle each case in court, reports state.
Established in 1910, BSA is one of the biggest non-benefit youth associations in the US, with in excess of 2,000,000 individuals. The gathering has confronted various sex misuse claims throughout the decades.
Different associations, including the Catholic Church and USA Gymnastics, have likewise looked for insolvency assurance lately notwithstanding sexual maltreatment claims, the New York Times reports.