BSA was clear on this point in its statement on Tuesday: "Local councils, which provide programming, financial, facility and administrative support to Scouting units in their communities, have not filed for bankruptcy".
Roger Mosby, President and Chief Executive Officer for the Boy Scouts of America said in a statement: "BSA cares deeply about all victims of abuse and sincerely apologizes to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting".
The Boy Scouts' finances have been strained in recent years by declining membership and sex-abuse settlements.
The organization says it will use the Chapter 11 process to create a trust to provide compensation to victims.
Evan Roberts, a spokesman for the Scouts, said operations will move forward as normal despite the bankruptcy announcement.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is the latest domino falling as a direct result of newly-revised state statutes of limitation, and appears to be following the damage control roadmap set out by Catholic Church.
The BSA is facing tens of thousands of lawsuits tied to sexual abuse of children by scouting staff and volunteers.
In an apology letter to the victims, Jim Turley, National Chair of the Scouts, acknowledged the organization's failure to protect the children. A bankruptcy filing could short-circuit those laws by putting a final deadline on claims.
The case is Boy Scouts of America, 20-10343, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The insurers said their obligation was void because the Scouts refused to take effective preventive measures such as warning parents that boys might be abused.
Founded in 1910, the Boy Scouts have kept confidential files since the 1920s listing staff and volunteers implicated in sexual abuse, for the avowed goal of keeping predators away from youth. But in May, The Associated Press reported that attorneys for abuse victims had identified multiple cases in which known predators were allowed to return to leadership posts.
James Kretschmer of Houston, among the many men suing for alleged abuse, says he was molested by a Scout leader over several months in the mid-1970s in the Spokane, Washington, area.
Regarding the bankruptcy, he said: "It is a shame because at its core and what it was supposed to be, the Boy Scouts is a attractive organisation".
"But you know, anything can be corrupted", he added.
"For years, organizations like the Boy Scouts counted on these laws protecting them", says Paul Mones, an attorney in Los Angeles who is representing many men who are suing the Boy Scouts.