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Derrick Z. Jackson

A troop before its time

Cambridge Scouts have a long history of welcome inclusion

Maria Henley of Cambridge was underwhelmed at the news that the Boys Scouts of America may soon let local chapters open membership to gay members and Scout leaders. “I can’t stand up there and applaud,” she said. “I don’t think they deserve all this press for catching up to 2013. All I can say is that it is about time.”

She could say that because she was ahead of her time in 1998, when two women wanted to enroll their son in Cambridge Cub Pack 56. “I said, ‘That’s nice,’ ’’ Henley recalled this week. “One of the women said, ‘But we’re gay.’ I said, ‘That’s nice too.’

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