Once again, BSA shows its ass.
A Missouri Eagle Scout has lost his job as a summer camp counselor after telling a camp director over the weekend that he is gay.
Kearney native Eric Jones, 19, was asked to leave the St. Joseph camp and stripped of all honors he had earned over the past 10 years.
The Boy Scouts of America affirmed Tuesday that the organization will keep its century-old policy of excluding gay members, despite some public criticism.
The organization said a special committee researched the policy starting in 2010 and after a two-year review, it decided that the policy was best for the Boy Scouts.
Jones said the policy wasn't the best for him. He said his life has revolved around the Boy Scouts of America since he took the oath in second grade.
He said he contemplated his decision for the past seven months, working with the producers of a documentary.
"I was aware of the policy beforehand," he said. "But I thought things would be different. I'd proved myself as a Scout. I had been involved for a little more than 10 years. I had been an excellent example."
He said he was seen differently by the group's leaders after coming out to them.
"I was respected and put in a trusted position," he said. "That trust vanished instantly once I revealed who I was."
The group said its policy is not to proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers or members.
"We do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals, or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA," said Alan Frank, the Scout Executive from the Pony Express Council.
Jones is featured in an upcoming documentary called "Second-Class Citizens," that deals with discrimination based on sexual orientation. The moment when he revealed his sexual orientation to Scout leaders was recorded with a hidden camera.
"I hope people are open-minded," he said. "BSA has confirmed their policy. I hope they see the documentary. It's truthfully what I went through."
Jones said despite the decision, he still has a love for scouting.
"It makes me upset that it's gone. It's over," he said.