Boy Scouts

Troop 6, Boy Scouts of America

Mt. Diablo Silverado Council

Are you interested in an exciting program for boys 11 to 18 years old?  Check out Troop Six, one of the oldest Boy Scout Troops in Berkeley, Troop 6.

The troop features a regular outdoor program including hikes, service projects, and a variety of weekend camps.  The troop conducts its own two-week summer camp at Utica Reservoir in the Sierras.  This wilderness camp is run by the older scouts and the troop staff with the help of the parents.  Every six years the troop plans a major trip in lieu of summer camp (e.g., Hawaii, Grand Tetons, San Juan Islands).  Scouting promotes character, citizenship, and fitness.  Scouts learn about being self-reliant, working together, making friends, and having fun.

St. John’s founded the troop in 1929, and has been the troop’s sponsor ever since.  The church provides a safe place to hold meetings and to store the troop’s canoes and other equipment.

Troop 6 welcomes all boys. We choose adult leaders based only on their leadership qualities, emphasizing the rights, safety and dignity of all.

Contact: Bosky Frederick, Scoutmaster at bosky@college-prep.org


Date: 2/10/13
To: National Council, Boy Scouts of America
1325 Walnut Hill Lane, P.O. Box 152079
Irving, Texas 75015-2079

Dear Boy Scouts of America,

It has been the Honor of St. John’s Presbyterian Church to sponsor scout troops for the last 80 years. The Scouts have provided a strong and healthy environment for youth to grow, thrive and have fun. As Christians we applaud and support the Scout laws as especially important for young people in today’s world. We also understand the important necessity for healthy leaders who will provide a safe space and trustworthy relationship for boys and young men to develop strong self esteem and a desire to contribute to the community. In this light we affirm the importance of background and reference checks on all leaders involved with the Scouts.

As Christians who affirm and aspire to the inclusive love of Christ, the one who calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves, we write to implore you to change your policy on banning gay boys and men who nevertheless aspire and commit to be Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent. We believe this action on the part of the Boy Scouts of America would be the trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, helpful and friendly thing to do.

May the Creator of us all grant you courage, wisdom and grace in your decisions and leadership.

Sincerely,
Pastor Max Lynn


Date: 6/13/13
To: National Council
Boy Scouts of America
1325 Walnut Hill Lane
P.O. Box 152079
Irving, Texas 75015-2079

Boy Scouts of America
Mt. Diablo Silverado Council
800 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

“Equality is a higher goal than peace. It may never be completely attainable, but it is the symbol
for the ideal of just peace.” – Reinhold Niebuhr, Presbyterian Theologian

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Jesus of Nazareth

Dear Boy Scouts of America,
St. John’s Presbyterian Church would like to commend the Boy Scouts of America for your recent decision to no longer exclude boys from scouting on the basis of sexual orientation. We know this decision has created a strong negative response from some churches. Hang in there. Doing the right thing is not always easy. We also encourage you to continue with the process to reaching the point where troops can choose the most qualified leaders without discrimination.

We share a deep concern with the safety of boys in the Scouts, and affirm the idea that scouting is a community group where sex should remain absent. We are strongly in favor of background checks for all adult leaders, and even more, for strong references from people with intimate knowledge of the prospective leader. We also encourage the Scouts to maintain strict professional and personal boundaries along with mutual accountability. We know of healthy, strong gay male leaders who would make great Scout leaders, men who this pastor would easily trust his own boys with, and it would be a shame if the Scouts never had the benefit of these healthy, strong, compassionate and intelligent role models just because they were gay.

Moreover, it is our hope as a troop sponsor for over 80 years, that the Boy Scouts of America stand for freedom and equality which have made this nation great.

We love having the Boy Scout troop 6 here in our facility, and we consider them a part of our mission. Thank you for your care and concern for the young men of America.

Sincerely,

Pastor Max Lynn and St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Berkeley