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BSA makes no sense
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

My son is an Eagle Scout. Scouting was a favored and extremely positive experience for him. He had tremendous leaders and made lifelong friends. I recommend Scouting to all young men.

While I applaud the Boy Scouts of America on their recent decision to allow openly gay boys, the decision falls short ("Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys," Tribune, May 13).

Many of the requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout require leadership roles and experience. Why would the Boy Scouts train young men to be leaders and then not allow them to be leaders as adults in the same organization?

As it stands, the Boy Scouts welcome openly gay young men but rescind the offer when they become adults. It doesn't make sense. Inclusion into Boy Scouts should not come with an expiration date.

Susan Barbisan


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