Yes, the Cradle of Liberty chapter of the BSA is still under its "sweetheart deal."
Corbett spread fliers in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 election
to force Kelly to change his May 2007 vote to end a dollar-a-year lease
agreement between the city and the Boy Scouts' Cradle of Liberty
Council that dates back to 1928. The Boy Scouts built their local
headquarters on the city-owned property at 22d and Spring Garden
City Council voted to charge the Scouts market-rate rent - set by
the city at $200,000 a year - because the Scouts' national policy
against openly gay Scouts or leaders clashed with a city
antidiscrimination law, Kelly testified yesterday. The matter is in
litigation, and the Cradle of Liberty Council still occupies the
So the BSA seems to be suing the City in order to keep its rent-free status AND discriminate against atheists and gay/bi boys.
I couldn't find any other news about the litigation.
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To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [FSGP] New Meetup: BSA Protest Action
Date: Fri, 29 Jan[masked]:41:32 -0500
I'm confused. Does the Cradle of Liberty chapter still get to rent the facilities for $1 a year? Because that's not what it says on the Scouting for All Web site, unless I'm missing something:
"Recently, the City of Philadelphia made an important and fundamental decision to end their lease with the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The council has been using a building on city property since 1928 for $1.00 a year. Recently, the city came to the decision that the council could stay on the property, but that they would be required to pay fair market value rent of about $200,000 a year."