The Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America has issued a
statement affirming that it will carry out all the policies as set forth by
the National Council. The council made this statement to clarify any
misconceptions that may have arisen during the BSA National Annual Meeting
held May 28-30.
Earlier in May, the Cradle of Liberty Council submitted a non-discrimination
disclosure statement to the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. This
non-discrimination disclosure addressed the use of United Way funds in the
Learning for Life program. These are the only funds the council receives from
the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
The Learning for Life program, working through schools, businesses, and
other community organizations, delivers values-based programs to thousands of
children. Learning for Life is not a membership program, and selection of the
adults who deliver the program is up to the sponsoring institution.
Cradle of Liberty Council President David Lipson has expressed disagreement
with the BSA's membership policies, as is his right. BSA members are free to
hold their own opinions, but we ask that they respect the values of the
organization and abide by its policies, which they have agreed to by becoming
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