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Boy Scout With Down Syndrome Wins Legal Battle To Keep His Badges

For years, Logan Blythe worked his way through the ranks of the Boy Scouts of America.

He earned 22 badges through his local troop, and was preparing to qualify for the organization’s most prestigious rank: the Eagle Scout.

Becoming an Eagle Scout is a lifelong commitment, and it involves a special community project.

Boy Scout Logan Blythe.
Chad Blythe

Logan’s project – to make kits for parents of newborns with disabilities – had already been approved when the dedicated scout got bad news.

Not only would Logan not be allowed to start his project, he would also be stripped of his badges and demoted back to the Cub Scouts.

Despite spending years earning his badges, the national organization decided Logan had to lose them because he did not follow their rules to the letter.

Logan’s father, Chad, says his son is low-functioning, meaning he needs someone to assist him with many simple tasks.

So Logan relied on help from friends, community members and scout leaders to earn his badges.

Diane Blythe Boy Scout Badges.
Logan’s mother Diane shows off his badges.The Salt Lake Tribune

“[Boy Scouts of America] has more than 100 merit badges that can be earned. Those with proven disabilities can substitute one badge for another,” Chad wrote on Facebook.

“Sadly there is no one merit badge that Logan can complete the requirements for.”

Even in a cooking challenge, “Logan would have to be able to measure out flour on his own. He would pour it out but not stop,” Chad explains.

But Logan’s father was willing to take the scouts to court to get his son’s badges back.

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