One of the greatest memories of my youth was earning the rank of Eagle Scout on October 27th, 1986, the highest honor that is bestowed on 4% of all youth who join the Boy Scouts. The honor of earning the Eagle Scout rank is the cumulative result of seven years of experiences and lessons that I learned as a young Boy Scout. Overnight camp outs, earning merit badges at summer camp, learning how to ties knots, participating in service projects, building pioneering structures and participating at the 1985 National Scout Jamboree are among some of the experiences that were the result of my participation in the Boy Scouts.
When the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America was discussing repealing the ban on gay youth members and adult leaders in February, I had spoken with Pastor Paul about this issue and the possibility of Irvine UCC of sponsoring a Boy Scout unit should the Boy Scouts decide to open their ranks to all. On May 23, 2013, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America approved a resolution repealing the ban on gay youth members. Although the new membership policy is only a half step for the Boy Scouts becoming a fully inclusive organization, the Administrative Board of Irvine UCC agreed that this is a step in the right direction and approved the proposal to sponsor a Boy Scout unit.
There are three programs that are part of the Boy Scout program.
Cub Scouts (boys 6-10 years old)
Boy Scouts (boys 11-17 years old)
Venturing (co-ed 14-20 years old)
Just like our sponsoring organization, Irvine UCC, all of our units are Open and Affirming and all youth and adult volunteers are welcome to participate. You do not have to be a member of Irvine UCC to participate. If you want more information about joining a Scout unit at Irvine UCC, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support. I am looking forward to this new venture of creating exciting and challenging Boy Scout programs and experiences for our youth and families.
Eagle Scout (1987)
Chartered Organization Representative