Skip to comments.Gay Boy Scout, Bullied by Troop, Denied Eagle Rank
Posted on 10/05/2012 7:27:25 AM PDT by Zakeet
Ryan Andresen has spent a decade completing the requirements for the coveted Eagle Scout award, and now that he is just about turn 18 -- the cut-off date for attaining the highest honor -- his Boy Scout troop won't approve it because he is gay.
His project, a "tolerance wall," was inspired by the years of hazing he endured in middle school in Moraga, Calif., and later at Boy Scout summer camp, where his nicknames were "Tinkerbell" and "faggot."
"I had I had no idea what gay was at that point," said Andresen, who described hazing that included, among other rituals, having the word "fag" written in charcoal across his chest.
"It was really embarrassing and humiliating," he said. "And I was terrified."
A senior and honors student who hopes to go the University of San Francisco, Ryan joined the Boy Scouts at age 6. "He just liked the outdoors and hiking," said Karen Andresen, 49.
Ryan came out to his parents when he was "around 16," said his mother. In July, he wrote a letter to the troop in response to a bullying incident and "thought he could help," disclosing he was gay.
But just this week the scoutmaster of Troop 212, Rainer Del Valle, refused to give the final signature on Ryan's project, one that he had initially approved, according to the Andresens.
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His project was a tolerance wall
Sounds more like an “accept and love me for my perversions” wall.
Apparently this boy chose to ignore the “morally straight” part of Scouting.
Those are the rules. And if he informed his Scout leadership that he was gay two years ago then they should have removed him then.
I do not believe that a “tolerance wall” meets the minimal standards for an Eagle Scout Project.
“After years of bullying, Ryan struggled with cutting and an eating disorder, according to his mother”
I have always believed homosexuality to be a mental disorder...and statements like this confirm it.
As an Assistant Scout Master (ASM), I have a hard time believing any bullying or hazing occurred. ASMs are trained to look for and put a stop to any hazing. Further, all adults on a camp out must attend and pass the training known as Youth Protection Training where the subject of the BSA zero tolerance for abuse of hazing of ANY kind.
His Mom? What does his Dad think? What? No Dad in the picture. Imagine that.
” As an Assistant Scout Master (ASM), I have a hard time believing any bullying or hazing occurred. “
I’m sure it didn’t. Somebody is coaching this kid.
But there really wasn't anything he could do with fabrics or floral design.
Just another queer looking for a payout!!!
Utter, fabricated BS with the intended outcome of 15 minutes of fame.
I was never in scouting but some of my friends were and got their eagle rank. That looks like a tiny fraction of what my friends did for their projects.
The article says he joined boy scouts when he was 6. I thought you couldn’t join until you are 11. (I was an Eagle Scout myself).
I agree....And who solicited him??? Of course these fags will never fess up because they’re totally messed up.
Eating disorder?? Like puking...Wow, there’s a surprise.
Just another staged political attack against the Boy Scouts by intolerant. leftist haters.
He spent 10 years trying to earn an award foe which he was ineligible. Too bad he never earned the “Read the eligibility requirements badge”.
It looks stupid, like a third-grade project.
Yeah, I know, I'm intolerant.
” I thought you couldnt join until you are 11. (I was an Eagle Scout myself).”
I caught that too and I joined when I was 11, due to the rules but that was years ago and haven’t known of any rule change. Fag boy here is making out that he’s the victim yet smart people know that one bitchy minority ruins the majority.