Fall Hike 2017: Elk Pen Loop Trail at Harriman State Park, Southfields, New York

Bright and early at 7:15 am on Saturday, October 21st, Scout Master Carl Joslyn met up with a group of Scouts and Parents at St. James for an equipment check (Hiking boots, appropriate attire for the outdoors, plenty of water, a cold sack lunch, snacks, rain gear, sunscreen, a hat or sunglasses, a personal first aid kit, an activity consent form! and at least one compass per patrol) before heading out to Harriman State Park in New York.

The Group Hiked the Elk Pen Loop Trail, a 10.7 mile hike around the Park.

Troop 12 boys take break along the Elk Pen Trail.
Troop 12 boys take a break along the Elk Pen Trail.
Gabe G. hiding behind a tree
Gabe G. seems a little bashful behind that tree.
Adult contingent at the Troop 12 Fall Hike 2017
The Adults and Max L. strike a pose. First Row, L. to R.: Max L, Tony Ferrante, Lisa Croft. 2nd Row, L. to R.: David Lagasse, David Goldsteen, Nesma Loblack, 3rd Row: L. to R.: Scout Master Carl Joslyn, Bhavani McCann, and Stephan Kwiaktowski.
View of a Lake on the trail.
View of a Lake on the trail.
Interesting Rock feature along the trail.
Interesting Rock feature along the trail.
Panorama of the Elk Pen Trail 2
Panorama of the Elk Pen Trail 2
The boys take a rest along the trail.
The boys take a rest along the trail.
Scout Master Joslyn brings up the rear of the troop.
Scout Master Joslyn brings up the rear of the troop.
The passage called "The Lemon Squeezer!"
The passage called “The Lemon Squeezer!”
Gabe, Max and Charles take in the view.
Gabe, Max and Charles take in the view.

On the other side of The Lemon Squeezer.
On the other side of The Lemon Squeezer.
The troop on the other side of The Lemon Squeezer
The troop on the other side of The Lemon Squeezer

Attending the hike were the following:

Acting Senior Patrol Leader:
  • Jackson K.
Patrol Leaders:
  • Charles M.
  • Max F.
  • Gabe G.
  • Sam L.
Scouts:
  • Aiden K.
  • Alex D.L.R.L.
  • Matt C.
  • Michael U.
  • Sacha G.
  • Denzel L.
  • Kieran M.
Parents:
  • Nesma Loblack
  • David Goldsteen
  • David Lagasse
  • Tony Ferrante
  • Lisa Croft
  • Stephan Kwiaktowski
  • Bhavani McCann
Siblings:
  • Max L.

Justin Leong, Eagle Scout #359 for Troop 12

Congratulations to New Eagle Scout Justin Leong!

After successfully completing his Eagle Board of Review, Justin becomes Troop 12’s 359th Eagle Scout! Many thanks to the Eagle Board, including Troop 12 Board Chairman John Hartinger, Assistant Scout Master Tony Ferrante, and the two fine gentlemen from Lenape Council, Matt Fine and Jerry Graham.

Special thanks to Eagle Scout Coordinator, Marguerite Giustina for facilitating the review.

Eagle Board of Review with a new Eagle Scout
Right to Left: Matt Fine, Justin Leong, Jerry Graham, John Hartinger, Tony Ferrante and Marguerite Giustina.

 

 

 

New Eagle Scout with his Dad
New Eagle Scout Justin Leong with his Dad, ASM Sean Leong.

 

If you want to learn more about Justin’s Eagle Project, you can read all about it here.

Troop 12’s 200th Court of Honor at Glen Gray

At the end of TC1, Troop 12 packed up their gear, and made sure we left the Patrol sites as we found them or better; and walked down to the Glen Gray Dining Hall for our 200th Court of Honor.

200th Court of Honor

"On my Honor" banner
“On my honor…” Banner for Court of Honor

SPL Justin Leong opened the Court of Honor.

SPL Justin Leong assembles the Troop
SPL Justin Leong assembles the Troop
Michael D. and Jackson K. "Raise" the flag
Michael D. and Jackson K. “Raise” the flag

…And Troop Chair John Hartinger welcomed family and friends to the ceremony…

Troop Chair, John Hartinger makes his opening remarks.
Troop Chair, John Hartinger makes his opening remarks.

Troop 12 Participation Recognition

Glen Gray Centennial Logo We began by recognizing the Scouts who participated in the Glen Gray Centennial earlier this summer, the Glen Gray Work Day a couple of weeks ago, and the Montclair July 4th  Parade.
American Flag

Summer Camp

Camp Keowa Banner

We had a great turnout at Keowa this year with the following Scouts attending:

  • Patrick C.
  • Curtis D.
  • Elia E.
  • Sacha G.
  • Jackson K.
  • Sam L.
  • Charles M.
  • Armaan N.
  • Marcos P.
  • Alex D.L.R.L
  • Jack D.
  • Eron E.
  • Lucas H.
  • Aiden K.
  • Denzel L.
  • Kieran M.
  • Alex P.
  • Liam V.
 …and the following adults…
  • David Goldsteen
  • Carl Joslyn
  • David Loblack
  • Vic Parada
  • John Hartinger
  • Stefan Kwiatkowski
  • Rich McCaan
  • Andy Russell
Camp Keowa Polar Bear Patch
Camp Keowa Polar Bear Patch

Polar Bear Swim 2017

Even though its “summer” camp, it can get pretty chilly at night and early in the morning, so Keowa has their own version of a Polar Bear Swim. Waking up at 6 am, the following Scouts went down to the lake before breakfast and plunged into its icy waters:

  • Patrick C.
  • Curtis D.
  • Elia E.
  • Sacha G.
  • Jackson K.
  • Sam L.
  • Charles M.
  • Armaan N.
  • Liam V.
  • Alex D.L.R.L
  • Jack D.
  • Eron E.
  • Lucas H.
  • Aiden K.
  • Denzel L.
  • Kieran M.
  • Alex P.
 …and the adults that joined them were:
  • John Hartinger
  • David Loblack
  • Carl Joslyn
Mile Swim Patch
Mile Swim Patch

Staying with the nautical theme, we also recognized the fastest Mile Swimmer at camp this year, one of our own:

  • Jack D.

Merit badges

earned this year at Keowa were

Patrick C.
  • Lifesaving
  • First Aid
 Alex D.L.R.L.
  • Sports
  • Reptile & Amphibian Study
  • Nature
 Curtis D.
  • Communication
  • Canoeing
  • Archery
  • Chess
 Jack D.
  • Lifesaving
  • Archery
 Elia E.
  • Leatherwork
  • Swimming
  • Sports
  • Woodcarving
  • Nature
  • Chess
 Eron E.
  • Orienteering
  • Shotgun Shooting
  • Bird Study
 Sacha G.
  • Swimming
  • Sports
  • Nature
  • Amphibian & Reptile Study
 Lucas H.
  • Leatherwork
  • Swimming
  • Sports
  • Woodcarving
  • Fishing
 Aiden K.
  • Leatherwork
  • Swimming
  • Sports
  • Fishing
  • Reptile & Amphibian Study
 Jackson K.
  • Lifesaving
  • First Aid
Denzel L.
  • Leatherwork
  • Sports
  • Chess
  • Reptile & Amphibian Study
  • Nature
Sam L.
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Orienteering
  • Environmental Science
  • Leatherwork
  • Chess
 Charles M.
  • Canoeing
  • Space Exploration
  • Archery
  • Chess
 Kieran M.
  • Leatherwork
  • Swimming
 Armaan N.
  • Shotgun Shooting
  • Bird Study
Alex P.
  • Lifesaving
  • Sports
  • Athletics
  • First Aid
 Marcos P.
  • Bird Study
  • Leatherwork
  • Amphibian and Reptile Study
Liam V.
  • Leatherwork
  • Swimming
  • Sports
  • Woodcarving
  • Nature
  • Chess

Rank Advancement

ASM David Lagasse talked about the various rank advancements in the Boy Scouts as we recognized the boys who achieved the following ranks:

 Scout
  •  Kieran M.
 Tenderfoot
  • Elia E.
  • Sacha G.
  • Lucas H.
 Second Class
  • Liam V.
 First Class
  • Sam L.
 Star
  • Thomas D.
 Life
  • Curtis D.

Special Awards: NYLT

ASM Marguerite Giustina talked about special leadership training that the Boy Scouts has available that is separate from actual Boy Scout activities, called the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) program, which some of the older boys participated in this past summer. It’s an intensive, immersive 1 week away camp where the boys are taught how to be great leaders; for Troop 12 Scouts, the cost of participating is covered by a grant from a former Troop 12 family.

The boys who completed the program this year were:

  • Michael D.
  • Jackson K.
  • GianLuca Roses
  •  Thomas D.
  • Charles M.

And that concluded the Troop 12 200th Court of Honor!

(Pictures from the event will be posted soon! Watch this space!)

Shelter Challenge at Camp Glen Gray

The TC 1 Challenge this year was to build a comfortable,  single person waterproof shelter in an hour.

Curtis checks the shelter for comfort
Curtis checks the shelter for comfort
Scoutmaster Carl dumps water on the shelter to test it
Scoutmaster Carl dumps water on the shelter to test it
Patrol Leader Charles M. runs from his now soaking wet shelter.
Patrol Leader Charles M. runs from his now soaking wet shelter.
Curtis D. tries out the next shelter.
Curtis D. tries out the next shelter.
Co-Patrol Leader Sam L. Checks out his own shelter...
Co-Patrol Leader Sam L. Checks out his own shelter…
...as Scoutmaster Carl dumps water on it...
…as Scoutmaster Carl dumps water on it…
...soaking co-Patrol Leader Sam L. ...
…soaking co-Patrol Leader Sam L. …
Here's Alex D.L.R.L. in Jackson K., Jack D., and Mikey H.'s shelter.
Here’s Alex D.L.R.L. in Jackson K., Jack D., and Mikey H.’s shelter.

Lunch up at Glen Gray

Thanks to ASM Victor for a great lunch, tomato soup with hot Italian sausage, beef, pork, tubini, potato, celery, carrot and mushroom with oyster crackers:

ASM Victor Parada's Tomato Soup.
ASM Victor Parada’s Tomato Soup.

And Leave No Trace Instructor, Patrick C. arrived just in time to sample some.

Addendum: Forgot to mention in the original post that Victor also had an amazing bacon-egg-pork-loin-chorizo-sandwich for breakfast on Saturday.

ASM Victor Parada's Bacon, Pork and Egg Sandwich.
ASM Victor Parada’s Bacon, Pork and Egg Sandwich.

POL Troop 12 TC1 9/30/2017

Good turnout for Troop 12’s TC1 Friday Night Experiment

The turnout for the experimental Friday night start of TC1 was quite good.

Adults showing up included

  • ScoutMaster Carl Joslyn
  • ASM Sean Leong
  • ASM David LaGasse
  • ASM (and cook) Victor Parada
  • ASM Rich McCaan
  • ASM David Loblack

Staff present were:

  • SPL Justin Leong
  • ASPL Armaan N.
  • ASPL Eron E.
  • Quartermaster & Bugler Curtis D.
  • Guide Arjun Nischol

Scouts who made it up to Glen Gray included:

  • Charles M.
  • Kieran M.
  • Jack D.
  • Liam K.
  • Denzel L.
  • Lucas H.
  • Sam L.
  • Dale
  • Jackson.
  • Alex P.
  • Joe B.
  • Alex D.L.R.

Saturday 9/30/2017

This morning we were joined by:

Adults

  • Paul Roses
  • Lance Johnson
  • Julius DeSantis
  • Andrew Frazier
  • Lisa Kristof

Staff

  • Thomas D.
  • Michael D.
  • Marcos P.
  • GianLuca Roses
  • Ben G.
  • Andrew F.

Scouts

  • Lance Johnson
  • Matt K.

Happy Birthday Arjun!🎂

Arjun turned 18 and officially became an adult this morning.

Eagle Scout Arjun Nischol and SPL Justin Leong
Eagle Scout Arjun Nischol and SPL Justin Leong

In the above picture, this was allowable according to the BSA two deep leadership rule yesterday, but not today!

Patrol Points Rubric for the 2017-2018 Scout Season

Patrol Cup
The coveted Patrol Cup!

Please find below how Patrol Points will be awarded this year.

Any other points awarded from additional activities will be as decided by the Adult Leader and/or SPL on Duty during that activity.

Patrol Points Rubric Point(s) per Scout Point(s) per Scout Point(s) per Scout Maximum Point(s) per Scout
1 each for meeting attendance and 1 each if in uniform for a max of 2 points for each Scout per meeting 1 1 2
2 points each for participating Scouts in a daytime hike/activity not covered by other point awards 2 2
3 points for each Scout attending a bus trip or overnight hike 3 3
1 point for attending a camping trip and 2 for overnight stay – for a total of 3 points 1 2 3
3 points for Glen Gray Workday for each Scout 3 3
Pop-corn/X-mas/Plant sale
(3rd/2nd/1st place) for top Scouts in Troop
5 7 10 10
Fundraising Rubric for Patrols 3rd place Patrol Points 2nd place Patrol Points 1st place Patrol Points
Pop-corn/X-mas and Plant sale
(3rd/2nd/1st place) for top Patrols in Troop
5 7 10

Points on Camping Trips may be awarded for placement in Round-robins, cook-offs, site cleanliness, site set-up, participation by all scouts, etc. as determined by Adult Leader and/or SPL.

~ ASM Victor Parada keeps track of the totals for each Patrol.

TC1 at Glen Gray This Weekend (Friday 9/29/2017)

TC1 at Glen Gray This Weekend, (Friday night – Sunday morning)


Troop 12 Cabin, Camp Glen Gray, Mahwah, NJ

Meet in parking lot at Glen Gray at 7 pm on Friday evening.  The parking lot is just past the Headquarters (listed as item #1 ) on the map shown below. (You can also download the map here. ) Please carpool if possible and when parking in the parking lot, try to maximize room for other campers. We will hike up from there to the Troop 12 Montclair Cabin found in the upper left hand of the map (marked as item #2). 

Map of Glen Gray
Map of Glen Gray, highlighting important troop 12 landmarks.


Patrols to bring a bag dinner for Friday night, and food to cook at their patrol sites all day Saturday

Sunday breakfast will be served at the cabin by the Troop — please have Scouts bring $5 extra for this meal.

Pick-up will be after the Troop 12 200th Court of Honor in the Dining Hall (marked as item #3 on the map) at Camp Glen Gray.

Patrols should be ready to camp at sites with a tent(s), and a bear bag (not a hard-sided cooler). Patrol Leaders will communicate to their Patrols how much money to bring to cover the food to be cooked Saturday.

Required for New Scouts

Any new boys joining Troop 12 for the camping trip this weekend must have the following handed-in to Mr. Joslyn:

  1. BSA Youth Application to join Troop 12 and participate in activities – required for insurance
  2. Activity Consent Form and Approval with any notes on medical condition – this form can be filled-out to cover all activities during Scouting Year 2017-2018. If a Scout has a medical condition requiring a prescription, alert Mr. Joslyn and hand the medicine to him directly. Any questions, please contact Mr. Joslyn.
  3. Media Consent Form – Please include any siblings that may be involved in Troop 12 activities. The form is on the Troop 12 website.
  4. Fees – Fees for membership in Troop 12 are pro-rated $40 for new Scouts joining this fall – pay by check to “Troop 12 BSA” or by cash.

These items must be dropped-off at Mr. Joslyn’s house by Friday morning if they have not already been completed. (Note: We cannot list Mr. Joslyn’s house address on the website please email him if you did not receive the latest newsletter with that information.)

With completed Application and fees, Troop 12 will provide a Boy Scout Handbook and a Troop 12 patch to each new Scout.

Requirements for New Parents

Parents involved in camping trips must complete Youth Protection Training online and send a copy of the completed certificate to Ms. Giustina by email. This training is required by the BSA.

We will invest new Scouts into Troop 12 formally on Saturday night at the Campfire. At this ceremony, Scouts will be given their embroidered Troop 12 neckerchief. All parents are welcome to attend, and parents not staying for the night will be escorted to the parking lot after the Campfire.

Camping List — Each Scout should bring:

camping supplies

  • Class A uniform — new Scouts will be invested at the campfire Saturday night at Glen Gray and given a Troop 12 neckerchief. We also supply the Troop 12 unit patch and a handbook.
  • Hiking boots — sneakers are not recommended because we are in the woods
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
  • Pillow
  • Backpack — please do not send Scouts up with roller cases, etc. We will be hiking up to the cabin and the roads are not paved.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant
  • Insect repellent — please bring non-aerosol repellent and provide both stronger repellent for boots, clothing, etc. as well as repellent rated to be used on skin.
  • Two working flashlights — one should be a headlamp if possible
  • Light jacket or hoodie
  • Change of clothing

Troop 12’s 200th Court of Honor

"On my Honor" banner
“On my honor…” Banner for Court of Honor

Sunday, October 1st at 10 am
Dining Hall at Camp Glen Gray

All Scouts and their families are invited as we recognize the new ranks and achievements of Troop 12 Scouts. If your son is receiving a new rank or a merit badge, please be there to show support for his Scouting activities if you can.

Eagle Scout Project

Eagle Rank Badge And Medal
The Highest Honor Rank for a Scout is the coveted Eagle Rank that boys have to complete before their 18th birthday.

Eagle Candidate GianLuca Roses will be holding his Eagle Scout Service Project on two dates:

  1. Saturday, October 7th, 10 am – 4:00 pm
  2. Sunday, October 8th, 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

It will be held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 120 Sussex St, Jersey City NJ 07302.

Please wear old clothing because we will be cleaning and painting to restore the Church’s courtyard. Scouts should also bring work gloves if they have them, and ensure that they provide an activity consent form specifically for this project as work tools will be used.

2017 to 2018 Calendar

calendar

You can find the proposed calendar for the coming Scouting year on our website troop12montclair.org here.

New Staff and Patrols

patrol badges
A selection of Patrol Badges for the new Patrols to choose from…
 STAFF
SPL Justin Leong (Fall)
ASPLs GianLuca Roses, Marcos P., Armaan N., Eron E., Michael D.
Quartermasters Ben G., Curtis D., Thomas D.
Scribe Andrew F.
Leave No Trace Trainers Thomas D. and GianLuca Roses
JASMs Jack Brandon, Sam Joslyn, Jake Skorzewski
Guides Peter Brown, Arjun Nischol
PATROL 1
Patrol Leader Alex P.
Assistant Patrol Leader Max F.
 Scout Patrick C.
 Scout Lucas H.
 Scout (Brownseas) Anthony B.
 Scout (Brownseas) Kieran M.
Patrol 2
Patrol Leader Charles M.
Assistant Patrol Leader Gabe G.
 Scout (Brownseas) Kai A.
 Scout (Brownseas) Denzel L.
 Scout (Brownseas) Aiden K.
 Scout (Brownseas) Alex D. L. R.
Patrol 3
Patrol Leader Jackson K.
Assistant Patrol Leader Jack D.
Scout Josh W.
Scout (Brownseas) Mikey H.
Scout (Brownseas) Jasper P.
Scout (Brownseas) Xander T.
Patrol 4
Co-Patrol Leader Joe B.
Co-Patrol Leader Sam L
Scout (Brownseas) Elia E.
Scout (Brownseas) Sacha G.
Scout Dale S.
Scout (Brownseas) Liam V.
Eagle Patrol
JASM Jack Brandon
JASM Sam Joslyn
JASM Jake Skorzewski
Guide Peter Brown
Guide Arjun Nischol

Popcorn is Here!

Trail's End Popcorn
Selection of Trail’s End Popcorn the Troop will be selling.

Forms were distributed to each Patrol and more info to follow!

Adult Coverage for Camping This Weekend (9/29/2017 – 10/1/2017)

We will be sending out a regular Troop-wide email tonight for the upcoming camping trip, but I wanted to get a head count of how many parents will be up for the weekend.  If you plan to attend and stay-over either night, please email me back so we are sure to have enough food and can plan accordingly.

We will also hold our 200th Court of Honor on Sunday at the Camp Glen Gray Dining Hall at 10 am.  If your son participated in Keowa Summer Camp or advanced in rank, please attend to share in our recognition of his achievements.

Any questions about the upcoming trip, please send me an email after the regular Troop email is sent this evening.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Joslyn

Sign up to help Eagle Candidate GianLuca Roses’ Eagle Project

Please see if you can make it to GianLuca Roses’ Eagle Project at the Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in Jersey City in  a couple of weeks.

When:

October 7th (10 am — 4 pm)
October 8th (1:30 pm — 5:30 pm)

Where:

Our Lady of Czestochowa Church,
120 Sussex Street,
Jersey City, NJ

What:

We will be cleaning up the church backyard. Please work gloves and wear long pants, as we will be pulling weeds.

Lunch:

Pizza and drinks will be provided both days. Please let GianLuca know if you can make it by texting him. (If you do not know GianLuca’s phone number, please get it from him, your Patrol Leader, or an adult Scout Master at our next Troop meeting – for security reasons, we cannot publish it on our web-site.)

Thank you for whatever time you can volunteer, any time put into helping out at Eagle Projects will be credited towards community service in your record.

Boy Scouts Troop 12, Montclair, NJ