Logan Blyth, 15, won dozens of merit badges for good deeds and hard work over the past three years – but was stopped from becoming a higher-level Eagle Scout after jobsworth national leaders barred his application.
And they even stripped the teenager of the badges he had already won, for skills including cooking, swimming and working with horses. Logan’s father Chad, of Payson, Utah told Metro US: ‘When we reach the top, the Eagle Scout rank, in november, and submitted his project ‘In order to achieve eagle scout rank, you have to do a community service project.
‘In this case, we were going to do some kits for some newborns for people who have special needs at the local hospital. ‘We went through, got that approved, even got some pictures with the council members that approved it. Chad added: ’24 hours later we got an email from those very same council members incidcating that they have to suspend Logan’s Eagle project, and were very sorry they approved it ‘After a meeting three weeks later, (it transpired that ) because Logan had not been able to do all the particular requirements for any particular merit badges he got no merit badges, and was stripped of those merit badges, stripped of those ranks, and essentially made a cub scout.’ Logan, who also has autism, was given some special dispensation from local leaders to help him earn his merit badges.
His father has now filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America for the nominal amount of $1, in the hope they will update their terms to give other disabled members the chance to progress. Explaining how the ruling has affected Logan, tech worker Chad said: ‘We were just flabbergasted, just stunned that they would be so petty. ‘I am enraged, very upset. ‘My son is hurt. Again we were expecting this to be a non-issue, to be able to go ahead and thrilled to have our down syndrome son to be an Eagle Scout. ‘We were going to be elated, an thrilled to have it. For (the national council), and strip him of all the rank, it just blows a gasket, to say the least. ‘He enjoyed partiicupating with the local troupe and the boys. it was an opportunity for him to expand and grow and he did that. ‘He’s upset about it, you can tell he’s hurt. His face was just dejected. He doesn’t like taking about it, hearing about it, or seeing us upset about it. ‘Now he doesn’t even want to touch his scout uniform or go near it.’ Chad wants the Boy Scouts of America to add update the merit badge requirements so that tasks can be completed ‘to the best of the boys ability’. Metro US has contacted the Boy Scouts of America for a comment.
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