March 15, 2013
Mr. Wayne Brock and the BSA National Executive Board
1325 Walnut Hill Lane
PO Box 152079
Irving, Texas 75015-2079
Dear Mr. Brock and Executive Board:
Please find my BSA Eagle Scout medal enclosed. The decisions to return the medal is in response to the Executive Board to maintain its policy of discriminate against young men and adults solely based on their sexual orientation. This policy flies directly in the face of everything I learned from my time scouting and from my religious upbringing.
I achieved the rank of Eagle Scout shortly before turning 18. I joined the Boy Scouts when many people typically decide to leave the organization, during high school. My late arrival at scouting helped me to truly appreciate what scouting provided me as well as everyone I came in contact with during my career. During career I had numerous opportunities, including: a leader in Troop 222 (Montgomery, Alabama), Camp Counselor at Camp Tukabatchee, Order of the Arrow Trail Patrol at Philmont, International Camp Staff at Gilwell Park Scout Camp, and too many others to count. During all of these opportunities I was always amazed at the diversity of the types of people. I meet so many people from all over the country, with different religions, backgrounds, race, political views, etc. To me, this was the greatest strength of the organization. The biggest lesson from these opportunities was, no matter who you were, how much money your family had in the bank, you could find a place in the scouts. Later, when I learned I about the discrimination based on sexual orientation, I was very sadden and hoped that this would change and that the BSA would see the error and hypocrisy of this policy.
I urge the Board to revisit its policy and to understand the error of this policy. I truly hope this policy changes, but until that time I withdraw all my connections to the Boy Scouts of America.
Thought it was about time to do this. Despite all the work I put in and all the good times I had, not worth being associated with this organization anymore.