By KatieKohler

kkohler@myspiritnews.com

Aldan Union Church cut ties with the troop it founded over 90 years ago in 2013 after the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to lift its ban on gay members. The church’s Council of Elders made the decision to sever the relationship with Boy Scout Troop 2 and Cub Scout Pack 2 with a vote to terminate the charter on Sept. 30 and it took effect Jan. 1, 2014 when the Boy Scouts’ new policy took effect.

Since then, America has moved its moral compass even further with the legalization of same-sex marriage and public accommodations for transgender persons.

Today, the church remains steadfast in its commitment.

“Yes, we still stand by our decision and, yes, we lost some members as a result of the decision,” said Pastor Paul Thompson, who has been at the church for 39 years.

The day after the church vote, then-Troop 2 Committee Chairman Mark Wilson made a motion at American Legion Post 1000 in Aldan to transfer the charter from the church to the post. The troop currently meets at that location.

“While we were saddened to end our longstanding relationship with the Aldan Union Church, we respect their decision.  We are grateful that the American Legion Post 1000 welcomed our scouts and allowed us to seamlessly continue serving youth in the Aldan community with our life-changing programs that instill character, citizenship, fitness and leadership,” said Daniel Templar, scout executive/CEO, Cradle of Liberty Council, Boy Scouts of America.

On January 30, 2017, The Boy Scouts of America announced it will allow transgender children to enroll in scouting programs. The organization now accepts boys based on the gender a parent puts on a child’s scouting application, ending a policy of accepting boys based on the gender listed on a child’s birth certificate.

“The Cradle of Liberty Council remains in support of the steps taken by the national organization to make scouting an inclusive program,” said Templar. “We are very proud to report that 2016 saw an increase in the number of youth who were impacted by scouting programs throughout Philadelphia, Delaware and Montgomery counties. Membership in our Council is growing, our programs are thriving and most importantly, we are positively impacting the lives of even more youth.”

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