Pelham mayor wants to help Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts

The mayor of Pelham says he wants to help Boy Scouts find a place to meet.

Mayor Gary Waters met with a local representative of Cub Scouts, Wednesday, concerning the future sponsorship of local Cub Scouts.

With last month's announcement that the Boy Scouts of America will now allow openly gay members, some entities, such as churches, no longer allow Boy Scouts to meet at their facilities, saying the morals of the Boy Scouts and the morals of the church, clash.

Waters says we should not punish those Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, who had nothing to do with the decision.

"We're trying to rise above the controversy and make certain at the end of the argument that the children aren't hurt," Mayor Waters said. "If you think about this like so many other things, this was a decision that was made by adults that, in the end, negatively affect children. We want to make sure as they seek a place to meet and a sponsor that the city can do what we can do to provide the continuity and continue the tradition of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouting."

Waters says, if need be, he is looking at local buildings that could be used as meeting places for both Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.

According to a spokesman with the Boy Scouts of America, the two or three troops that had been displaced following last month's decision in the Pelham and Helena areas have found other meeting places.