The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 6, 2000

CSA president clarifies Scouting stance

To the Editor:

Thank you all for your patience and forbearance with us concerning the current Cub/Boy Scout/School crisis. As you are aware, the Carlisle School Association (CSA) and not the school sponsors both Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts.

Although the CSA's main focus is the schools, we as an organization have sponsored both the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts for many years. It is our understanding that there are approximately 120 children involved in the combined Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs.

The CSA as an organization abhors any discrimination against any group. At our last board meeting, a representative of the Boy Scouts and a den mother representing the Cub Scouts explained their respective positions and asked us to allow them time to respond. Naturally we granted the organizations time. Therefore, as an organization, we have not made any decision. We are at this time working with the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts concerning this issue. It is our hope that as we work with the scouting leaders that the children involved feel support from not just the entire school community but the entire Carlisle community as we all work together to arrive at the best solution for everyone.

We expect the issue to be resolved by our October 19 meeting where our treasurer will be leading a presentation concerning the "True Costs of Educating Your Child in Carlisle." After the presentation, we as a board will hold a hearing concerning our sponsorship and welcome any and all comments from you.

Thank you for your continued support.

Richard Colman,
Carlisle School Association

2000 The Carlisle Mosquito