Logan Blythe is just like any other 15-year-old teenage boy, only he has an extra chromosome. That’s right, he has Down Syndrome. However, he has not let that hinder him in life. If anything, it’s motivated him.
Blythe wanted so badly to be an Eagle Scout and worked his way up to earn merit badges within the Boy Scouts’ organization. However, when it came time for him to plan his final project, his father received an email that brought all of those accomplishments crashing down.
According to the email sent by the Boy Scouts district advancement committee, Blythe didn’t ‘follow the exact requirements’ to properly earn his badges.
Now his father, Chad Blythe is suing the Boy Scouts for $1, and for Logan to be reinstated with his badges. Blythe said, “Logan’s project was suspended and every badge that he had earned since graduating from the Cub Scouts to the Boy Scouts was voided.”
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.
“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.