Fifteen-year-old, Logan Blythe of Utah, a Boy Scout of America member for many years, is being denied the chance to complete his journey in the organization and qualify for his Eagle Scout badge… Why?
Because Logan Blythe is disabled, he has down syndrome, and the Boy Scouts of America will not honor him with this pinnacle of achievement as Logan’s disability makes it difficult for him to complete all the criteria to receive the Eagle Scout badge.
OK. It’s good to have standards and rules, and to show kids that a strong and solid work ethic can bring reward, but Logan Blythe has been doing exactly that for quite some time and has earned an impressive number of badges from the Boy Scouts. They were not “handed” to him. He earned them, fair and square.
It’s also good to, on occasion, make exceptions, particularly for a young man like Logan, who has worked hard, pushed himself in spite of his challenges, and has proven he understands the meaning of dedication.
The Boy Scouts of America are sending the wrong message here.
This boy should be rewarded for going as far as was possible within his limitations.
According to his father, Chad Blythe, being a Boy Scout has been Logan’s life. He truly loves being a scout. The Blythe family are suing the BS of A for the sum of one dollar, and for Logan to be re-instated to the organization, as he was told to “put his future Boy Scout projects on hold”.
This is unbelievable discrimination, especially coming from a group like the BS of A.
It also does not help with the recruitment of future Boy Scouts, which many parents have said aided in their child’s development as they began to transition into adulthood. as studies have also proven.
The Boy Scouts of America state badges can only be given when “all requirements have been met”. In the isolated case of Logan Blythe, they most certainly have been. We implore the Boy Scouts of America to re-instate Logan Blythe and honor this fine young man with his Eagle badge.
He HAS earned it. He DESERVES it.
Boy Scouts of America, please, walk the walk of humanity.