Logan Blythe, a 15-year-old boy with Down syndrome, has wanted to become an Eagle Scout for years. He’s been working hard to earn the required merit badges and was planning his final project, when his family received an email from the Boy Scout district advancement committee saying that Logan had not followed the exact requirements to earn his badges.
Leaders of the local Boy Scout chapter had made special accommodations for Logan’s disability so that he could earn his badges at the best of his ability. He was only one step away from achieving his goal and becoming an Eagle Scout when officials with the National Boy Scout Organization contacted the Blythe family to say that Logan’s Eagle project had been suspended and his badges voided.
“Logan’s project was suspended and every badge that he had earned since graduating from the Cub Scouts to the Boy Scouts was voided,” Chad Blythe, Logan’s father told The Salt Lake Tribune. Chad filed a suit against the Boy Scouts of America and the Utah National Parks Council on March 13 asking for $1 and for his son to be reinstated in the Boy Scouts.
“Really? Isn’t that a given? I mean, the way Logan can complete things is obviously a little different,” said Glenn of the National Boy Scout officials’ claim that Logan had not completed all of the requirements exactly as written. “But he did everything that was asked of him to the best of his ability. He wasn’t handed a participation trophy. This was a hard earned journey for him that took years.
Watch the video clip above to learn more about Logan’s story or to join Glenn in a celebration of World Down Syndrome Day.