Boy Scout Troop 602

Boy Scout Troop 602 Boy Scout Troop 602 is a Scout troop based in Irvine, CA. Our sponsor is Irvine United Congregational Church. Boy Scout Troop 602 and Cub Scout Pack 602 are Scout units based in Irvine, CA.
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Our sponsor is Irvine United Congregational Church and we are part of the Orange County Council in the Rancho San Joaquin District. Just like our chartered organization, Irvine United Congregational Church, our units are open and affirming. We welcome and encourage all youth and families to participate equally in our activities. For more information on joining Troop/Pack 602, please send us a private message or email our Chartered Organization Representative Matt Mirmak at [email protected]. We welcome all Scouts and their families!

Operating as usual

There is no place for racism – not in Scouting and not in our communities. Racism will not be tolerated.We condemn the m...
06/16/2020
BSA's Commitment to Act Against Racial Injustice

There is no place for racism – not in Scouting and not in our communities. Racism will not be tolerated.

We condemn the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and all those who are not named but are equally important. We hear the anguish, feel the heartbreak, and join the country’s resolve to do better.

The Boy Scouts of America stands with Black families and the Black community because we believe that Black Lives Matter. This is not a political issue; it is a human rights issue and one we all have a duty to address. That is why, as an organization, we commit to:

Introducing a specific diversity and inclusion merit badge that will be required for the rank of Eagle Scout. It will build on components within existing merit badges, including the American Cultures and Citizenship in the Community merit badges, which require Scouts to learn about and engage with other groups and cultures to increase understanding and spur positive action.

Reviewing every element of our programs to ensure diversity and inclusion are engrained at every level for participants and volunteers by applying a standard that promotes racial equality and denounces racism, discrimination, inequality and injustice.

Requiring diversity and inclusion training for all BSA employees starting July 1 and taking immediate action toward introducing a version for volunteers in the coming months.

Conducting a review of property names, events and insignia, in partnership with local councils, to build on and enhance the organization’s nearly 30-year ban on use of the Confederate flag and to ensure that symbols of oppression are not in use today or in the future.

These are our next steps but certainly not our last.

As our country reckons with racial injustice, we all must consider our role and our failures and commit to meaningful action.

Long Beach Area Council Boy Scouts
05/25/2020

Long Beach Area Council Boy Scouts

Scout Salute tomorrow Monday, May 25 at 3pm. We are asking Scouts to salute the American flag from their driveway, sidewalk, or home in Scouting uniform.

As a reminder, this is part of a nation-wide Scouting salute to honor our nation’s fallen heroes this Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.

We also invite you to share your Scout Salute photos on social media using #ScoutSalute and #ScoutSaluteLBAC.

Please share with others and help us spread the word.

You can read more about this nation-wide initiative and about additional ways your can participate at this link here: https://www.scouting.org/scoutsalute/

Boy Scouts of America | Prepared. For Life.™
05/19/2020
Boy Scouts of America | Prepared. For Life.™

Boy Scouts of America | Prepared. For Life.™

Scouting is fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life.

Cradle of Liberty Council, BSA
05/16/2020

Cradle of Liberty Council, BSA

Today when the Navy’s Blue Angels fly over Philadelphia, in a display of military solidarity to honor those on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19, an Eagle Scout from the Cradle of Liberty Council will be among them! #BlueAngels #EagleScout #ThankYouFrontliners

Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America
05/12/2020

Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America

Learn more at: ocbsa.org/exercise-contest

Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America
04/28/2020

Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the "Successful Failure" of the Apollo 13' mission to the moon and the three former Scouts who served as its crew, the Orange County Council has created a limited-edition collectors’ patch to mark the occasion.

You can order your patch today at councilstuff.com/039

Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America
04/26/2020

Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America

Learn more at: ocbsa.org/exercise-contest

National Capital Area Council, BSA
04/22/2020

National Capital Area Council, BSA

SAVE THE DATE! BSA National Camp-In! A day-long celebration of livestreaming that will feature a national service project, Scouting activities and events presented by a number of councils, special guest appearances, and fun for the whole family! Mark Your Calendars and Join Us!

In the coming days, you’ll see more information and promotions for this event. Stay tuned!

04/19/2020
Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America

Mina from Troop 606 in Irvine teaches you how to make a mask

Thank you, Mina from Troop 606, for teaching us three different ways to make face masks at home! #ScoutingAtHome

Jeff
04/17/2020

Jeff

We are looking for older Scouts (14 years old +) to be Guest Hosts on upcoming episodes of Scout Saturday Live! Interested Scouts should create a video that includes the following: name, unit # & location, favorite Scouting experience and why you would be a great Guest Host. Send videos to [email protected] (be sure to copy a parent). Our immediate needs are Scouts who can play guitar and sing a camp-style song, Scouts who are great at teaching knots, and Scouts who can share a creative hobby.

World Organization of the Scout Movement - WOSM

04/07/2020
Making a face make with a scout neckerchief

If you need a mask to go outside, use your neckerchief

Due to the Covid 19 global pandemic and the recent suggestion to wear masks in public we thought it would be a good time to show you how to repurpose a banda...

Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America
04/06/2020

Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America

The Orange County Council Staff has been so inspired to see all the #ScoutingAtHome going on. Thank you for all you are doing to help keep Scouting going for our youth. Keep up the great work and keep sharing your photos.

What photo message can your Troop, Pack, Patrol or Den share?

Scouts.  Need a mask if going outdoors to do essential duties for the community or family?  Have you thought about using...
04/04/2020
Neckerchief Uses

Scouts. Need a mask if going outdoors to do essential duties for the community or family? Have you thought about using your neckerchief to cover your nose and mouth? It's more than fancy neckwear that your adult leaders require you to wear at meetings and Scouting events.

It is natural to think of it as a signal flag (1); [Numbers refer to Summary of Uses] a brightly colored kerchief can be attached to a staff walking stick or canoe paddle, with string or by knotting itself, and used to send Morse code a considerable distance. With two white kerchiefs against a dark....

Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America
04/02/2020

Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America

Since Scout-O-Rama has been cancelled, we wanted to do an event that could bring the Scouting community together after this time of isolation.

We are happy to announce we will be hosting a 100th Birthday Block Party on Saturday, August 29th at the Council Service Center. Please bring your Scouts and encourage them to invite their friends. We will have Scout-O-Rama activities, booths from our community partners, carnival type activities and more!

Please save the date - August 29th - for this fun and FREE event.

Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America
03/27/2020

Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America

Don’t forget to submit your entry for the Camp from Home contest! Email photo and caption to [email protected]

03/15/2020

Effective immediately until further notice, all in person activities at Irvine UCC will be postponed until further notice. Once I get notification that the postponement is lifted, I will let you know.

Hope you all stay safe and well during this time. We hope this will be temporary.

Yours in Scouting,

Matt Mirmak
Chartered Organization Representative, Troop 602

Parents and leaders, please read
03/13/2020
Update on the Coronavirus and Potential Impact on Programs - OC Boy Scouts

Parents and leaders, please read

March 12, 2020 Officials at the California Department of Public Health announced new recommendations late Wednesday night to curtail the spread of COVID-19: large gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. The Orange County Council, including all of....

02/24/2020

(To be published in the Irvine UCC March newsletter)

Why Irvine UCC should continue to support Scouting

By Matt Mirmak. Eagle Scout (1986) and Chartered Organization Representative Pack 697 and Troop 602

As you may have read, the Boy Scouts of America made the decision to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy in response to pay monies towards sexual abuse lawsuits that have been filed against them. A majority of these cases occurred over 30 years ago. Regardless of the time that elapsed, BSA National has done the right thing by taking responsibility and setting up a fund to rightfully pay these victims for the help that they need. I believe the stories of the abuse victims and hope they get the help and support that they need to heal from these horrific acts that were committed against them.

What does this bankruptcy mean for our Scout units that meet here at IUCC? Nothing. The Orange County Council and other councils nationwide are funded separately from BSA National and are not affected by the bankruptcy. Summer camp at Lost Valley will still happen this June for Troop 602. The District Camporee for Troop 602 is still on for March. Pinewood Derby races and the Blue and Gold banquet will happen for Pack 697. Troop 602 will still meet on Wednesday nights at 7pm. Tsungoni Chapter of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting's National Honor Society, will still meet at IUCC on the last Thursday of the month.

So the question is with this recent news, should IUCC still sponsor a Scout troop, a Cub Scout pack, and host a monthly Order of the Arrow chapter? Can we be assured that our Scouts who are sponsored by IUCC will be safe from harm? Or should we just separate ourselves from Scouting altogether because we think that Scouting is not safe?

Six years ago, I, along with a number of adult volunteers, started Troop 602 to extend the mission of our church's values to the greater community of where we live. The young people that have passed through the doors of Plumer Hall on meeting nights are some of the best examples of our nation's youth. In addition, the adult leaders and volunteers that have mentored these young people are people of great character and who have made an environment that is safe and fun for our Scouts.

As the Chartered Organization Representative of Troop 602 and Pack 697, I am the person who is responsible for selecting the adult leaders and volunteers to lead Troop 602 and Pack 697. These people are the best representation the values of the BSA and IUCC, who sponsors Troop 602 and Pack 697. I take great pride in ensuring that my leaders always put the safety of our youth members first and foremost. The leaders of Troop 602 and Pack 697 are people of high moral character and integrity. I do not have to worry about them leading our Scouts because they have passed the council background checks and have earned their trust with me and with our local council. Their records as quality leaders speak for themselves.

My leaders understand that they are to comply with the BSA's Two Deep Leadership policy which means no Scout is to be alone with one adult leader. This policy has been in place in Scouting for over 30 years. They are also required to take Youth Protection Training before they are even allowed to take on the role as a Scoutmaster. Not only do I require my leaders to take the training, but I also require all of the parents of Troop 602 and Pack 697 to also take Youth Protection Training.

The news of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing was not surprising at all to those of us that are active in the BSA at the local level. Leaders, parents, and volunteers in our council were informed of this possibility last summer when news of the child sex abuse lawsuits broke. In fact, we had a number of these meetings at IUCC and they were open to anyone who wanted more information on this issue surrounding the BSA. IUCC member Paul Strasma was one of the council ambassadors that led these information sessions for our leaders, volunteers, parents, and any other interested parties who wanted to learn more about these happenings. To its credit, the staff at BSA National have been upfront and transparent with our volunteers and parents about what was going to happen as well as their willingness to take 100% responsibility and make amends for the tragic events that happened under their watch.

Someone asked on our church's page what happened on February 9th at church when a member posted a news article about the BSA bankruptcy. February 9th was our church's annual Scout Sunday service where we honored our current Scouts and leaders along with our past Scouting alumni for their service to Scouting. Conversely, it was also Troop 602's and Pack 697's way of thanking IUCC for supporting Scouting and their units. IUCC has had a service like this every February for the last six years showcasing the positive effects of Scouting in our community and country. The Scouts that helped lead that service from the color guard to the readers to the offering ushers are the living embodiment of those positive effects. And God willing, we will have another one of these Scout Sunday services in February 2021.

I will be the first to admit that the BSA has not been perfect in its 110 years of existence. The idea that someone would use the Scouting program to harm and sexually abuse a child makes me ill. However, I do believe that Scouting will survive this episode because Scouting is bigger than the people in the National office in Texas and the people who committed these heinous acts against children. The heart and soul of Scouting is the thousands of volunteers that help plan camping trips and outings, work with Scouts on Scout skills and advancements, and make a safe and fun environment for our youth. These are the people that help our youth to become the leaders of tomorrow by teaching them about the values of the Scout Oath and Law and the values being responsible stewards of our environment by teaching them the principles of Leave No Trace.

In the six years that Troop 602 has been around, our Scouts have performed thousands of hours of service to IUCC and in Orange County. Whether it has been providing traffic control for our Easter Sunday services, restoring the Child Care garden, planting US flags at Bill Barber Park for the Memorial Day ceremony, or feeding the homeless at Isaiah House on Christmas Day, our Scouts have always been willing to lend a helping hand when needed without expectation of compensation or reward. They do this things selflessly because they strive to be the embodiment of the words of our founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell, when he implored Scouts worldwide in his final address to "leave this world a better place than you found it." I believe that the Scouts in our troop have done their best in living up to Lord Baden-Powell's wishes and will continue to do so for years to come.

We live in a polarized and divisive world where civility, compassion for others and respect for the institutions that have made this country great seem to be lost. No matter if we are on the left, right, or center of our political views, some of us seem to be more apt to call people names on social media or, in some cases, commit acts of violence in order to show how "woke", religious, patriotic or tolerant we are from people who are different than us. And guess what? Our children aren't only watching, they seem to emulate these behaviors from the examples we adults set for them.

Scouting is the only program I know of where people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, and socio-economic statuses can get together, peacefully co-exist and work together for the betterment of their communities, nation, and world. Our Scouts and leaders don't need a bumper sticker that says "Co-Exist" to show how tolerant they are. They have the values and principles embodied in the Scout Oath and Law as their code of conduct and their guide to living. A return to these timeless values and behaviors for our youth and adults is needed in this country now more than ever. This is why I will continue to support Scouting and the Scouting groups that meet at IUCC. It's still a worthwhile program to support. Our Scouts are worth the time and investment if we want them to be the leaders of the future.

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Boy Scout Troop 602 is based in Irvine, CA. Our sponsor is Irvine United Congregational Church and we are part of the Orange County Council in the Rancho San Joaquin District. Just like our chartered organization, Irvine United Congregational Church, our units are open and affirming. We welcome and encourage all youth and families to participate equally in our activities. For more information on joining Troop 602, please send us a private message or email our Chartered Organization Representative Matt Mirmak at [email protected]. We welcome all Scouts and their families!

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