Letter to the Editor

Scout earns highest honor but soon will be unwelcome

Pascal Tessier, left, a gay Boy Scout, receives his Eagle Scout badge from Troop 52 Scoutmaster Don Beckham, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Chevy Chase, Md. Tessier, of Maryland, has become one of the first openly gay scouts to reach the highest rank of Eagle, following a policy change to allow gay youth in the Boy Scouts of America. (AP)

Congratulations to Pascal Tessier on earning the rank of Eagle Scout [“Openly gay Scout gets his Eagle ranking,” Metro, Feb. 11]. Nationally, only 7 percent of Boy Scouts attain Scouting’s highest honor. Now we can add Mr. Tessier to this elite fraternity. 

However, as the article noted, the phrase “once an Eagle, always an Eagle” will not apply to him. According to a May 23 resolution by the Boy Scouts of America’s National Council, the Scouts do “not grant membership to [adults] who are open or avowed homosexuals.” So upon turning 18 and aging out of Boy Scouts, Mr. Tessier’s Scouting career will be over. What a loss.

As a cubmaster, it is my hope that the Boy Scouts’ policies will continue to evolve, so that the organization will soon accept adult leaders regardless of race, creed, gender or sexual orientation. I look forward to Mr. Tessier having the opportunity to give back to Scouting as an adult leader.

Bob Greene, Fairfax

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