Since the posting of this story, the Boy Scouts of America respoded with a statement:
“Many local volunteers and Scouting professionals at the Utah National Parks Council have worked closely with Boy Scout Logan Blythe and his family to deliver a positive experience in our programs.
“We want to be clear – the option to earn the rank of Eagle Scout has been – and still is – available to Logan. We remain inspired by his dedication to Scouting, and we hope to continue working with Logan and his family to support him in the effort to earn the rank of Eagle Scout through the engagement of our National Disabilities Advancement Team.
“The Boy Scouts of America is committed to making sure every Scout benefits from the program and has the opportunity to earn the Eagle Scout rank. The process of achieving the Eagle Scout rank is rigorous for any Scout, but it is designed so that accommodations can be made for Scouts with disabilities or special needs. The National Disabilities Advancement Team wants to work directly with the Blythe family to review what Logan has accomplished based on his abilities and help determine a path that is both appropriate and empowering for their situation.
“Since its founding, the Boy Scouts of America has served youth members with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. Scouting is uniquely positioned among youth programs to meet the needs of children with special needs by providing diverse programs and social experiences.
“At its core, Scouting fosters the spirit of diversity and inclusiveness, and we are committed to continuing the Boy Scouts of America’s long history of working with Scouts with disabilities, including Logan Blythe, to help them succeed in and beyond Scouting.”
WASHINGTON (CIRCA) – In Utah, the father of a boy with Down syndrome and autism plans to sue the Boy Scouts of America after a local chapter blocked approval of his son’s Eagle Scout project, according to Yahoo News.
According to the report, Logan Blythe, 15, has been a member of the Boy Scouts for the last three years. The counsel has made accommodations for Logan so that he can partake in troop activates and earn badges.
However, Logan’s project to create and distribute onesies and blankets for special-needs infants at hospitals was rejected 24 hours after it was submitted, according to the teen's father.
The national office reportedly looked into the how Logan earned his badges and felt he did not meet the requirements, according to Yahoo News.
Circa has reached out to the Boy Scouts of America for comment.
The Boy Scouts of America states through its website that youth with physical and developmental disabilities are welcome to join; it even promotes troop inclusion.
“While there are, by necessity, troops exclusively composed of Scouts with disabilities, experience has shown that Scouting usually succeeds best when every boy is part of a patrol in a regular troop,” BSA states.
Under the “who can join” section of the Boy Scouts official webpage, it states all eligible youth are welcome.
“It is the philosophy of Scouting to welcome all eligible youth, regardless of race, ethnic background, or orientation, who are willing to accept Scouting’s values and meet any other requirements of membership,” the organization states. “No youth may be removed from any of our programs on the basis of his or her orientation, and we teach youth members to be helpful, friendly, courteous, and kind to all and to respect those whose beliefs differ from their own.”
One page even provides an advancement guide for Scouts with disabilities and requires a Scout to register with the local counsel.
“Members approved for registration beyond the age of eligibility may continue working on advancement, including the Eagle Scout rank and Eagle Palms, for as long as they continue to be so registered.”