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Welcome!

Boy Scout Troop 602

We are a boy led troop that meets in Plumer Hall every Thursday during the school year from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and have one scheduled outdoor activity or camp out every month planned by our Scouts. All of our meetings are led by our older Scouts and involve working on Scout skills in preparation for our monthly activities.

Just like our sponsor, Irvine UCC, our Scouting program is inclusive. All youth, families and adult volunteers are encouraged to participate equally in our meetings and outings. Since the Boy Scouts of America is a non-sectarian organization, you do not have to be a member of Irvine UCC to participate.

If you are interested in enrolling your son in our troop or have any questions about our Scouting program, please feel free to contact us using the form below. Even though we are a new troop, both of us are Eagle Scouts and have many years of experience in Scouting to share with your child. We are looking forward to working with you and your child and making your family’s Scouting experience an enjoyable one.

Yours in Scouting,

Matt Mirmak, Chartered Organization Representative

Paul Madariaga, Scoutmaster

 

Troop 602’s statement on Monday’s resolution to allow gay leaders and volunteers

On Monday, July 27, the Boy Scouts of America passed a resolution to allow gay adult leaders and volunteers in Scouting.  This follows the resolution approved in 2013 that allowed gay youth members to participate in Scouting.

 
There is one key difference: while youth members cannot be denied membership in any Scouting unit with regards to their sexual orientation, this recent decision still gives latitude to the chartered organization to accept or deny an adult leader as part of their unit based on religious principles.  However, membership in the Boy Scouts of America itself, on the national level, cannot be denied to said prospective adult leaders.  On that account alone, this resolution represents the culmination of a decades-long effort to make Scouting an inclusive organization that allows all men to cultivate their ethics, citizenship, and life skills.

 

The UCC itself must be recognized for making this possible.  Over the past year or so, high-level talks between the UCC and the BSA have been taking place.  The UCC insisted that its own religious principles forbade it to deny membership to adult leaders based on sexual orientation, and finalized a memorandum between itself and the BSA national council to that effect.  The language of that memorandum, and its spirit of selecting leaders in accordance with the principles of the chartered organization, heavily influenced the resolution that the BSA adopted on Monday.

Looking forward,  IUCC members who support inclusive Scouting, and Scouting in general, should do two things.

The first one is to support our own unit, Troop 602.  Now that the BSA has given its blessing to allow us to have adult leaders who happen to be gay, we must show them the fruits of that promise and make our troop an example of all Scouting has to offer the community and its members. Encourage your sons and their friends to join our troop or at least see what we are about.  Tell others of the accomplishments of our youth.  Let the troop know of any opportunities where we can help the church or community with regards to service projects and other vital functions of civil society.  If you have any old camping gear you want to let go of, consider donating it to the troop.  To simply collectively move onto the next issue now that this one is resolved is to do a disservice to what we were fighting for.  Scouting is too important to be surrendered to prejudice, so let us show the world why it is important in the first place.

Second, please let others know that we are an inclusive troop.  No doubt there will be adult leaders who will be turned away from some units acting on the religious values of their chartered organization.  They are still in Scouting, but need a home, so let them know about us.  We need both youth members and adults to lead them. The more we have of either, the stronger our troop becomes.

Thank you for your support of Troop 602.  We look forward to a brighter future for our troop and Scouting as a whole.

 
Yours in Scouting,
 
Paul Madariaga, Scoutmaster
Matt Mirmak, Chartered Organization Representative

 

 

 

 

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