Alex Heartfield has been working to build scouting in Graham back up since last summer, specifically Troop 92.
In July of 2013, a new national policy from the Boy Scouts of America allowing openly homosexual boys into the program left the area scouting landscape decimated. In August of that year, all adult leadership of Troop 92 resigned in response to the national mandate.
Because most of the scouts in Troop 92 were sons of the leaders, they left too. By the end of last summer only Heartfield and his son, Chase, remained. But now, thanks to a sustained effort from Heartfield and troop leader James Thomas, enrollment is steadily growing and currently up to eight members.
“Scouts have always been known for building leaders, be they military or professional, for example,” Heartfield said. “But to me it’s just being a good citizen, and if you’re going to be a good citizen in this world today, you have to have tolerance for people how they are.”
He added that ideally, he’d like to build Troop 92 back up to 25 members.
“That many scouts pretty much opens up any activity you’d want to do and provides a better organizational dynamic,” he said.
Read the entire story in this weekend's Graham Leader.