New Castle News

May 30, 2013

Local Scout group stresses agreement

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Youth are better off when they participate in scouting.

Keeping that position in mind, the Moraine Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America reported, it will focus on areas of agreement following the national council’s decision to allow homosexuals to belong to the organization.

The local council’s focus “remains to deliver the core values of the Scout Oath and Law, particularly duty to God and country.”

While the Moraine Trails Council study indicated “a strong preference for maintaining the current standards” and its delegates voted that way, “we respect the integrity of the national decision-making process.”

Dr. Henry Sinopoli, council president, “believes this vote should not deter our commitment to serve the youth in our community.”

In a prepared statement, the Moraine Trails Council said, “Our leaders and chartered organizations of faith will have an opportunity to remain a positive influence in the lives of young people.

“We believe good people can disagree and still work together to accomplish great things for youth,” the statement noted.

“Going forward, we will work to stay focused on that which unites us.”