Timeline of Brian Peffly Decades of Service to Simon Kenton Council Boy Scout Troop 192

Courtesy of Brian Peffly.

September, 1986 – Brian joined Cub Scouts.

April, 1991 – Brian crossed over from Cub Scouts after having earned the Arrow of Light and becomes a Boy Scout in Troop 192

August 23, 1994 – Brian earned Ad Altare Dei award.

February 22, 1996 – Brian earned Eagle Scout.

January 18, 1997 – Brian earned Pope Pius XII award.

December 14, 1998 – Brian turned 18 and subsequently registered as adult leader with Troop 192.

June 28, 2000 – Dale v. BSA handed down by Supreme Court of the United States.

June 30, 2000 – Brian came out to parents.

Late August, 2000 – Brian ceased involvement with BSA as assistant scoutmaster at age 20 due to pain caused by Dale v. BSA despite Troop 192 leadership’s open, inclusive stance.

October, 2008 – Brian re-joined Troop 192 as adult leader when troop’s membership was dangerously low. Shutting down the troop was on the horizon. Doc Metzger, a Troop 192 Eagle Scout Brian had grown up with, took over as scoutmaster in hopes of saving the troop.  He needed Brian’s knowledge of scout skills (camping, orienteering, first aid, knots and lashings, knife and ax skills, etc.) to enrich the program.

March 13, 2009 – Brian became an RN.

July, 2010 – Left Troop 192. Membership had increased and was no longer in danger of failing. Brian felt he could no longer stay in a situation that forced him either to be in the closet (and therefore not be an authentic and trustworthy person) or put his troop’s leadership in a position in which they would have to report him to the council. Brian sent an email to the entire troop to explain the situation, and he received overwhelmingly supportive responses.

February, 2014 – Rejoined troop. Brian dropped by a couple scout meetings, and one of the leaders said, “Brian, we really miss you. Scouting just isn’t the same without you. You should come back to the troop.”  Brian turned in his registration form within the next week or two.

March 5, 2014 – Brian worked with SFE national to begin Simon Kenton Scouts for Equality chapter. He could not justify his own involvement in scouting if he wasn’t actively working for equality in scouting at the same time.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 10:00 AM – Brian received a friendly call from office staff at Simon Kenton Council.  Brian had mistakenly written Troop 129 on his registration form, but there was no such unit.  Brian explained that he meant to write Troop 192. The lady he spoke with said she would mail the card within the next day or so.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:00 PM – Brian and Hunter Faulhaber go on 10TV to draw local attention to BSA’s policy in the wake of gay Seattle Scoutmaster Geoff McGrath’s removal.  Hunter had become an openly gay Eagle Scout earlier in the year and turned 18 in the same month.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – Tom Stauffer, Troop 192 Committee Chair, received a call from Jeff Moe, scout executive for Simon Kenton Council. Per protocol Moe gathered information about Brian which he said he would have to report to national. Tom Stauffer defended Brian and made it clear that Troop 192 wanted to keep him as a leader, they have known Brian since he was a youth member, that Brian earned his Eagle Scout award with this troop, and that his dad even served as scoutmaster for many years.

June 23, 2014 – Brian’s BSA membership card arrives in the mail making him an official assistant scoutmaster of Troop 192.

September 18, 2014 – Simon Kenton Council Board of Directors adopted a council-wide statement on diversity including sexual orientation. They said that this is an aspirational statement and that they were still bound by national policies. Rumors of this policy circulated to the ears of Simon Kenton SFE, but nothing official was heard from the council.

December, 2014 – SKC’s diversity statement appears on their website with no fanfare, not even an announcement to council membership or post in news section of website.

January 30, 2015 – Tired of waiting for the council’s move, Sean McGovern leaked the story about diversity statement to the Columbus Dispatch, but did not want media attention, since his son was soon to become an Eagle Scout.  As local SFE presence, I agreed to take the interview with the Dispatch. In order to maximize media attention, I sent a press release to 10TV news and was interviewed by Kristyn Hartman.

Thursday, February 5, 2015 – Arrowhead District Roundtable meeting. This happened to be “meet your council executive night,” so Jeff Moe was there. Scoutmaster Doc Metzger, Assistant Scoutmaster Paul Aucoin, and Committee Chair Tom Stauffer decided they should be present at roundtable, so, as Tom said, “If people want to talk trash about us, they can say it to our faces.” According to Tom, the roundtable conversation was dominated by questions about the new diversity statement, and it was a pretty open-minded dialogue. Tom spoke privately with Jeff Moe, who said that national was happy with the way they handled Brian last April [2014], but that his recent media attention was causing tension at the highest levels. Moe said that Brian had rubbed it in the faces of national and forced their hand to remove him.

steve[dot]mcgowan[at]steptoeandjohnson[dot]comThursday, March 12, 2015 – Brian was in the middle of leading a hike for coworkers in the James Medical ICU for relief of stress caused by high mortality of their cancer patients.  He saw a missed call from an unknown number from Irving, TX.  Knowing only one thing associated with Irving, TX, he called Justin Paul Wilson, SFE Community Director, upon completing the hike.  Brian got on the highway to drive home and received another call from this number.  This time the caller left a message.  He identified himself as Steve McGowan from BSA National and asked that Brian call him back. Brian notified Justin Paul Wilson of this voicemail after finishing his drive.

March 13, 2015 – Boy Scouts of America National revokes Brian Peffly’s membership on the basis of his sexual orientation. Brian worked at typical 12.5-hour shift taking care of critically ill patients to find two more missed calls and voicemails.  The final voicemail said that he was sending me a letter revoking my membership from the BSA for not complying with rules and regulations.

March 20, 2015 – Brian receives official letter from BSA National revoking his membership.

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  • Brian Peffly and fellow Eagle Scouts pretending to rescue one of them from the side of a cliff in the Red River Gorge, KY (c. 1996)

Simon Kenton Council Nondiscrimination Policy

Brian’s Dismissal Letter