Boy Scouts Anti Gay Policy

I couldn’t help myself. I know a reference isn’t the best forum to air my grievances against The Boy Scouts of America for the Boy Scouts anti gay policy, but this is the letter of recommendation I just wrote for an aspiring Eagle Scout:February 08, 2013

To The Greater St. Louis Area Council Advancement Committee:

It is with great pleasure that I write a letter of recommendation for XXXX. XXXX has been a shadow for my nine-year-old special needs son, Devlin McCoy for the last year. First, for soccer last fall and currently, for basketball. Devlin has autism, oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and a seizure disorder. This is to say that my son is not an easy child and requires heightened maturity and understanding in order to communicate effectively.

XXXX has handled Devlin and his “quirks” with respect, patience and humility at all times. XXXX not only steps in when Devlin needs help, but I have been impressed with XXXX’s attitude and self-reliance to assist Devlin before Devlin’s behavior escalates. XXXX exemplifies all those qualities that Scout Law demands: loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

XXXX also exemplifies another quality that The Boy Scouts of America do not currently embrace: tolerance. If, or when, the Boy Scouts of America adopt a policy of non-discrimination and tolerance towards the gay community, XXXX is ahead of the curve. He has proved so in all his dealings with my undeniably “different” son.


Jennifer McCoy

Boy Scouts Anti Gay Policy