Meetings Will Continue At Rainier Beach Church Despite Revocation Of Boy Scout Charter

Apr 21, 2014

The Boys Scouts of America has revoked the charter of a Seattle church because it allowed a gay adult, Geoff McGrath, to continue leading a troop. McGrath, pictured here on April 1, 2014, has been leading Seattle Troop 98 since its application was approved last fall.
The Boys Scouts of America has revoked the charter of a Seattle church because it allowed a gay adult, Geoff McGrath, to continue leading a troop. McGrath, pictured here on April 1, 2014, has been leading Seattle Troop 98 since its application was approved last fall.
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The Boy Scouts of America has revoked the charter of Rainier Beach United Methodist Church in Seattle after the church's youth program allowed a gay adult to continue leading the troop.

Reverend Dr. Monica Corsaro said her church is inclusive of all people, and the church is standing behind former Scoutmaster Geoff McGrath.

She said the meetings will go on for the 15 troop members even if they can’t use the Boy Scouts name. “Our plan is to keep having good, consistent quality programming for our youth. And we’ll see how it unfolds on how we can be a scouting troop for these kids," Corsaro said Monday. 

Corsaro said uniforms will need to be adjusted, and the group won’t have access to some of the camping sites. She also said they’ve obtained legal counsel to evaluate the next steps.

McGrath’s membership was revoked last month after national officials learned of his sexual orientation. The group does not allow openly gay adults to serve as leaders.