Only five percent of the boys who join the Boy Scouts of America will ever become an Eagle. My nephew, the EMT and firefighter is one of them. I can easily state that families with young men like that are extremely proud of them.
There is a young man in Utah who has Downs Syndrome. He is a Boy Scout. He wants to be an Eagle Scout. Apparently there was a serious mix-up when it came to his badges and qualifications for Eagle. His father has made a huge deal about it, and has filed a law suit against the Boy Scouts for not giving his son his Eagle Status. I have a nephew who is an Eagle. NOTHING is given. It is earned. From what I remember, it isn’t easy, either. If you read the article about the child, and his father, a person is left with the opinion that the Scouts treat boys with special needs like dirt. Nothing is farther from the truth.
“…The son of Bill and Maggie Hodgson was among the Iowa troop’s founding members. His mother said it was unique in that all the troop members had special needs. Therefore, each boy worked on merit badges to the best of his abilities, and modifications were made as necessary on a case-by-case basis.
Before the family moved to California in October 2013, Hodgson had reached the level of Life Scout and completed his Eagle project, which was to build two round picnic tables for St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, which his family attended in Iowa. Church officials suggested the project since they wanted a place for people in the neighborhood to gather while drinking free lemonade and visiting on summer weekends. The program was part of the church’s community outreach.