A Message from Council Leaders – Regarding Hulu Documentary

June 10, 2022

Dear Scouting Family, 

You may have seen or heard about recent advertisements promoting a documentary about the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which is expected to be released on June 16 by streaming service provider Hulu. The documentary covers a range of complex topics, including youth protection, the national organization’s financial restructuring case, changes in membership policies over recent years, and the future of Scouting.

We are reaching out because of your significance to the mission of Scouting. We want our parents, volunteers, donors, employees, and all those we serve to feel prepared for the attention this documentary is likely to receive. We expect that this documentary will raise questions about Scouting, garner media attention, and prompt some scrutiny of the BSA.

While we understand there are aspects of the film Leave No Trace that mischaracterize the BSA’s policies and actions, rather than challenge these inaccuracies, our focus is on supporting survivors. The BSA welcomes any opportunity for survivors to share their stories as part of the healing process, and we applaud the bravery and resilience of survivors of past abuse in Scouting.

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is committed to listening to and learning from survivors, and we are actively working together to ensure our policies and programs offer a safe place for youth. For more information about how we can keep kids safe in Scouting today, please visit https://scouting.org/youthprotection.

Please know that the Mount Baker Council’s focus remains on the safety and future of Scouting. Nothing is more important than the safety of youth in our programs – it is the Mount Baker Council’s top priority as shown by our leader training policies, including our policy of requiring Youth Protection Training for all registered leaders on a yearly basis.

Thank you for all you to do to make the BSA our nation’s foremost program of character-building and value-based leadership training.

Yours in Scouting,