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Minnesota scout leaders support extra safety policies as national group files for bankruptcy

The Northern Star Council said it doesn’t receive money from the national organization for its $21 million budget and is “separately incorporated,” a spokesman said.

Boy Scout leaders in Minnesota say they’ve implemented new child safety policies in the years since sexual abuse allegations surfaced and are moving forward after the national Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for bankruptcy Monday in the wake of misconduct settlements across the U.S.

New guidelines established last year require any adult troop or pack leader to complete two hours of online instruction and have a background check every year as part of the Scouts’ mandatory youth protection training.

The national organization doubled its fees for leaders to cover the extra expenses, and volunteers with the Northern Star Council that serves about 54,000 Scouts in Minnesota and Wisconsin said those efforts make the organization stronger.

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