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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BOY SCOUT STORY
Philly.com ^ | Mon, Jun. 25, 2007 | MARK CHILUTTI

Posted on 06/25/2007 7:29:29 PM PDT by fgoodwin

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BOY SCOUT STORY

http://www.philly.com/dailynews/opinion/8161352.html

By MARK CHILUTTI
Posted on Mon, Jun. 25, 2007

I'M WRITING THIS filled with disappointment due to the actions of the leadership of the city that I love.

While in Atlanta several weeks ago on Boy Scout business, I was pulled aside and told we'd been blindsided, again with regard to the office that the Scouts have occupied and maintained in Philadelphia since 1928.

I get frustrated when I read the side of the story that our city solicitor tells, as it seems to not fall in line with the first point of Scout Law: Being trustworthy.

My goal is to tell the side of the story that seems to be hidden.

In 2004, the city presented a non-discrimination policy to the Cradle of Liberty Council, our local Boy Scout organization, and asked that it be adopted to resolve the city's concerns over the occupation of our city-owned building at 22nd and Winter.

It was adopted, and we considered the matter resolved.

On a Friday evening in July 2006, after hours, the council received a letter from the city solicitor's office threatening eviction if the council didn't begin paying fair-market rent, or adopt a different policy of non-discrimination.

On that Monday, without the matter being on its published agenda, the Fairmount Park Commission passed a resolution in support of the eviction. Other interested parties were informed in advance of this action and attended the meeting. The Scouts weren't contacted in advance.

Since July 2006, the Scouts have attempted to take part in a dialogue with city officials to reach a compromise, even though a solution had seemingly been reached in 2004.

During this time, the city solicitor's office repeatedly contacted the Scouts with what we felt were unreasonable demands for meetings. They canceled the last meeting scheduled with a promise that someone would call and reschedule, but never followed through.

In December 2006, the Scouts asked the city for a figure that represents fair-market rent. The city never answered that request.

In February 2007, Scouting representatives met with Councilman Darrell Clarke. Councilman Clarke indicated he would look into certain matters and get back to the Scouts. He never did.

On May 31, Councilman Clarke introduced a resolution in City Council to evict the Boy Scouts from their headquarters. The resolution was passed 16-1. The Scouts had no knowledge the resolution was to be introduced and feel we were again blindsided.

The Cradle of Liberty Council provides free programs for more than 40,000 children in the city of Philadelphia.

The programs target underserved boys and girls. Via after-school programs, internships, educational opportunities, camping and other activities, the Boy Scouts address many of the social concerns of parents and youth in our region.

The Cradle of Liberty Council is currently exploring its options in response to the passage of the May 2007 resolution.

It has a strong legal position, but the ultimate goal should be a compromise because - and let's be honest here - in a year in which Philadelphia is a national leader in homicide rates, this city should not be focused on evicting an organization that provides highly valuable programming for a portion of the population most in need of the support and exposure to opportunity.

What will it take for the city to make the kids its priority? This should not be a hard question to answer, but it seems to be impossible these days.

Instead of trying to kick us out, the city should be trying to help us in maintaining services for 40,000 kids.

I would not be the person who I am in life, personally or professionally, without the skills I learned as a proud member of the Boy Scouts of America and the Cradle of Liberty Council.

I know that I am not the only one whose life has been touched by Scouting, and I wish that our time could be spent trying to find a way to get more kids off the streets and into the great outdoors to experience the possibilities of what a life spent serving others can truly be. *

Mark Chilutti is a Boy Scout volunteer and an Eagle Scout, Class of 1982.


TOPICS: Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: boyscouts; bsa; cradleofliberty; filthydelphia; homosexualagenda; philadelphia; scouting; scouts

1 posted on 06/25/2007 7:29:32 PM PDT by fgoodwin
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To: SandRat

Please ping your Scouting list.


2 posted on 06/25/2007 7:29:58 PM PDT by fgoodwin (Fundamentalist, right-wing nut and proud father of a Star Scout!)
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To: RonF; AppauledAtAppeasementConservat; Looking for Diogenes; Congressman Billybob; Pan_Yans Wife; ...

3 posted on 06/25/2007 7:35:42 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: fgoodwin
I hope someone knows how to contact Mark Chilutti, or that he is reading this thread. I can provide legal assistance to him and his Council by the organization I work with. He can contact me, or the organization: www.theacru.org Its founder was a lifelong, active supporter of the Scouts.

John Armor, Eagle Scout, Class of 1955

4 posted on 06/25/2007 7:37:55 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Please visit www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: fgoodwin

INTREP


5 posted on 06/25/2007 8:22:50 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: fgoodwin

Class of 2002.

And these people are bile! Twisted agenda, sick bastards.


6 posted on 06/25/2007 9:22:56 PM PDT by MacDorcha (study links agenda-driven morons and junk science...)
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To: Congressman Billybob

John:

You could always contact the Council directly at:

http://www.colbsa.org/

The Scout Executive is Bill Dwyer and his ph# is (215) 988-9811 or (610) 688-6900, extension 115. His email address is:

wdwyer AT colbsa DOT org

I’m sure they would appreciate the help; please keep us posted.


7 posted on 06/26/2007 6:28:34 AM PDT by fgoodwin (Fundamentalist, right-wing nut and proud father of a Star Scout!)
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To: fgoodwin; wagglebee; scripter
It appears that the primary goal of the City Council is to insure that homosexual men gain unfettered access to those 40,000 children.

Such is the pattern of the homosexual agenda, it is always about gaining access to other people's children.

8 posted on 06/26/2007 7:13:56 AM PDT by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: FormerLib

And Gay Marriage was the gateway to them. Who says it doesn’t effect you?


9 posted on 06/26/2007 7:26:28 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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