Congratulations to Jack Brandon, our latest Scout to complete his community project for his Eagle Rank! This past Saturday, 9/17/2016 he and his fellow Scouts worked with the Brookdale Park Conservancy to beautify the entrance to Brookdale Park’s Bellevue Avenue entrance.
Jack Brandon (Eagle Candidate)
The project beautified the ground cover around the entrance signage, and cleared away a lot of the overgrown foliage and canopy around it so that the pathways around that area could get more light.
Congratulations Jack and great job from you and all your volunteers and Adult Advisors. (Now onto the paperwork!)
As you may have heard, we will have our Fall Court of Honor this coming Sunday up at Camp Glen Gray at 11AM, right after the first Training Conference camping trip of the year.
We will hold the Court of Honor in the Dining Hall at the camp, and all parents are encouraged to attend. We will recognize Scout accomplishments and also welcome new Scouts and their families into Troop 12.
A key part of Scouting is for each boy to be recognized in front of the Troop and his family for the hard work he has put into his merit badges, rank advancement, and participation awards. We will serve refreshments and will keep the ceremony on time so that everyone can enjoy their Sunday.
So please make sure to attend and give the Scouts the recognition they deserve for their hard work.
This is a reminder that we may have prospective Scouts and parents show up on Friday to check us outs at St. James. I had a school function last week so I couldn’t be there to welcome any of the new parents or scouts. I can to be that person this coming Friday.
Based upon the Scout recruiting seminar recommendations, we (parents/scouts) should make a concerted effort to welcome them, take care of the parents and kids so they get an idea of our Troop culture.
Perhaps Staff can make sure the new kids are shown some special skill (knots, discuss how to safely chop/split wood, put up a tent, build a pretend fire, bandage a broken limb, anything) or do something with them so they are not just standing at the end of a patrol line.
If any Eagle Scouts are there this Friday, it may be nice to have them speak to the parents and/or kids as a group about their experiences, as they are our best tool to demonstrate the value of Troop 12. It is awkward for newbies to be thrown into an unfamiliar environment.
The Scout recruiting seminar info noted that one of the most important things we can do is just to make a great first impression on the kids and parents. We need to give them the registration sheets and try to get their names, telephone numbers and email if possible to follow-up with them. I’m happy to call them next week to try and get them back.
This may already be in the plan for Friday so I apologize if this is redundant!
It contains information regarding uniforms, camping, merit badges, the 2016/2017 calendar (a live copy of the calendar can always be accessed on this site), and much more useful information that parents AND scouts will need to help make this a successful year.
I look forward to seeing at least one parent at the parent’s meeting tomorrow evening, 7:PM, St. James Church as well as our returning and new scouts.
If you have any questions, please reach out to any of the troop’s leadership. If you are not sure of where to direct your questions, I can assist.
Greetings to all parents! I hope everyone has enjoyed the rest of the summer and the start of the school year.
Our new Scout year kicks off on Friday Sept 16th, at 7pm at St. James. The older boys have already met to start planning the year. They are excited to get started. And judging from what I saw myself, and what I heard, the Troop had a very successful Summer Camp.
This Friday’s meeting is mandatory both for Scouts and their Parents! 7pm at St. James.
Parents, we will be meeting upstairs to review some critical information for the upcoming Scout year. This includes our calendar, first camping trip on Sept 24th – 25th, our new Fall fundraiser, and other key topics. It is very important that every family have at least one parent attending the parents meeting.
Our boys rely on your active support so that we can provide a full program of fun, advancement, and life skills. Their advancement and development takes all of our support – the Troop works best when we all take turns.
Please note that this will be a living document, and will be updated as mistakes are found or addendums are added, until the end of the season. If there are any mistakes, conflicts or omissions, please let us know using our contact form below so that we can update it.
Refers to a Training Conference, followed by a number, this usually refers to a camping trip at Camp Glen Gray in Mahwah, where the boys learn most of their camping skills. These usually involve a single overnight stay. During winter and unexpected inclement weather, the boys will sleep inside our cabin.
Refers to Merit Badge Sessions, followed by a number, these are held at our regular Friday meetings from 8 – 8:45pm. there are three Merit Badge Sessions in the Troop’s calendar from September 2016 through May 2017.
Recruitment is essential to the survival of the troop. There are a few key dates around Montclair’s Middle School “back-to-school” events where we can reach a large number of parents with flyer distribution and an explanation of how our troop works. Additional Parent and Scout volunteers (in full Class A uniforms) are always welcomed.
If you have questions or comments about the schedule, you can leave us a note In the form below.
Spring Camporee is coming up the 21st and 22nd. Patrols will be camping out – at next week’s meeting we will take final head count and review how prepared each patrol is. If Patrols have not already done so, they need to send Scout their meal plans and head count by Tuesday afternoon and cc: Ben Benish.
Marcos Parada will be leading our participation in the Drew Schmetterling project to plant flags on veteran’s graves in Mt. Hebron cemetery. We will be doing this project just after the camping trip at 10AM on Sunday, May 22nd. The more Scouts and adults we have help, the faster this project will go. We have done this project for several years and it is important for the families of veterans as well as the community.
Troop 12 will also be participating in the Memorial Day ceremony at Edgemont Pond, May 30th. I would like to thank Ben Gudzy, Jackson Kim and Max Ferrante for volunteering to represent Troop 12 in the event.
If there is any interest in attending the 2017 Scout Jamboree in West Virginia next year, please email me. The District is sending a number of troops made up from interested Scouts but it will not be a Troop 12 event.
We have a community service opportunity this weekend that Mr. and Mrs. Brown would like to bring to your attention. Rank advancement requires community service hours for Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle and we have a great opportunity to obtain community service hours at the following event occurring in Montclair this weekend. You could satisfy most if not all of your community service hours for rank advancement by helping at the Van Vleck House who has asked for our help!
We’re looking for Scouts to be there at 10:30 am to help set up, and stay after closing to clean up. Scouts will mostly help take purchased plants to cars, anytime during the sale.
Ideally, we would like to have as much participation as is possible and we understand that this is Mother’s Day Weekend and that you just returned from Mystic. If you are able to help, please let Mr. Brown know, or just show up! They are grateful for any help you can provide! Mr. & Mrs. DeSmith will be there in the morning, and Mr. Brown will help oversee the crew at the Van Vleck Houseon Saturday afternoon after about 1 pm.