He’s a bit older than the average Eagle Scout, but Doug Cuthbertson has finally earned the highest rank from the Boy Scouts of America. Doug is 61 and has special needs, and the organization allows those with special needs to continue working on the designation as adults.
Doug is part of Troops 33 and 117 in Swartz Creek, Michigan, which include about 20 scouts with special needs and 90% of them live in assisted living homes. Their scouting meetings and events are sometimes the only activities that get them out of the house once a week. But Doug, who has lived in an assisted living home is lucky enough to have had a job at a local McDonald’s for 27 years and he’s also active in his church.
This Eagle Scout is one of around 100,000 special needs people who have participated in Boy Scouts since the organization began way back in 1910. It’s not easy to achieve the rank, but Doug has what it takes