Updates from Scoutmaster Carl, 5/13/2016

Court of Honor is June 10th

Mark your Calendars! If you are going for a rank you need to get your Board of Reviews and Conferences done by May 22nd.

Merit Badges

The current merit badge cycle ends May 20th – please get your workbooks completed in time.  Any questions, please see your merit badge counsellor or Mrs. Brown.

Spring Camporee

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.

Mt. Hebron Cemetery Memorial Day Flag Planting

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.

Edgemont Pond Memorial Day Celebration

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.

2017 Scout Jamboree

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.

Summer Camp

Mr. Brandon has sent out emails about Keowa – please respond to him. We also need adult volunteers, please contact Mr. Brandon if you can attend for all or part of the week.

New Class ‘B’ T-Shirts!

We have run out of Class B’s!  Alex Parada and Max Ferrante have volunteered to help design the next generation of Class B’s.

Committee Meeting

Troop Committee meeting was this past Tuesday at 7:30PM at Troop Chair John Hartinger’s house. Watch out for emails and notices for the next meeting, all parents are encouraged to attend.
Yours in Scouting.

UPDATE!: 2 Community Service Opportunities this Weekend!

UPDATE! This page previously mentioned garden clean up at the Montclair Art Museum. Bur because of expected inclement weather, the  Montclair Art Museum has cancelled their garden clean up, so we will only be helping out Van Vleck House this weekend.

Boy Scout Volunteers Needed

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!

Event details

Saturday May 7th
Doors open 11 am
Sale ends at 4 pm
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 House on Saturday afternoon after about 1 pm.

2016 Spring Bus Trip to Mystic, Connecticut

Meeting details

When: 3 pm
(We’ll wait for Charles and Rich, stragglers, etc who have different schedules)
Where: Watchung Plaza next to Watchung Booksellers

What to pack/bring:

  • Check for $75 made out to “Montclair Troop 12”
    • Bring extra cash for souvenirs, snacks, etc.
  • Signed consent form (you can download the form here)
  • Required medicines for allergies, and other conditions should be brought and kept in a water-proof bag.
    • Let Scoutmaster Carl Josleyn know if you have special dietary or contaminant allergies or religious restrictions that he should be aware of, and you have not informed us about, earlier.
  • Sack meal for dinner to be eaten on the road
    • (many boys go to the sandwich place off Watchung before the bus leaves the plaza)
  • Sleeping bag (rated for winter)
    • Sleeping pad, we will be sleeping outside
  • Clothes for 2 days, including
    • Rain coat/poncho (looks like it might rain one of the days)
    • Hiking Boots or comfortable walking sneakers
  • Tents
    • Patrol Leaders: bring one tent for your entire patrol
    • Staff: SPL Ben will bring a tent for all staff
    • Adults: adults will sleep separately and must bring their own tents/make arrangements to share with another adult. Under no circumstances can scouts and adults share a tent unless all occupants are related)

Downloadable information flyer: 2016 Spring Bus Trip

*This post may be updated with additional information including the itinerary/eating schedule.

Our New Website and SCOUTBOOK, our New Management Tool

New Website

If you are reading this, you are already seeing the fruits of the transition to the new site.  I hope you can tell, it’s much “prettier” than the old site and is much more standards compliant. It’s responsive so it looks good on desktops, tablets and mobile phones.
*I will be setting up a release form shortly, to post images of the troop on this site. In the meantime, if anyone wants me to take down any picture or likeness, just let myself, Scoutmaster Carl or Scoutmaster Jeff know, and we’ll accommodate your request. 
This site will be used for posting certain troop announcements, as well as acting as the marketing and recruiting,  public-facing face of Troop 12, while SCOUTBOOK will be the internal management and communication delivery tool.  SCOUTBOOK will act like an “App” on your mobile devices, but is just a website service you have to log into, I may sometimes refer to it as an “App” but rest assured, you should be able to access it from the most basic of web browsers, without having to download anything first.

SCOUTBOOK

I have uploaded roster information from the old site into SCOUTBOOK, but it will take the site administrators a couple of days to massage the data and get it into our account.
Update: Scout roster information was updated into the account. But  there was some issue with the “adults” file, I am still working with their techs to resolve that issue.
You may get an email from the system within the next few days inviting you to sign on to SCOUTBOOK, I encourage everyone to log in and look around at its features. If there are any questions you can redirect them to me.
SCOUTBOOK was built to be mobile-first, so it’s really easy to manage your account from a phone or tablet. SCOUTBOOK is a really powerful Troop management tool, and is a BSA application, so it has the potential to tie all of our boys’ advancements and achievements into our account. I’m not sure it does it automatically on import, so there will be some trial and error over the next few weeks as we tap into the potential of the tool.
You should not be getting any more email blasts from the old SOAR system – if you do, please let me know, in the meantime, you can disregard these messages from the old system.
Any Scout that wants to get extra experience in maintaining a website please contact me. – we could figure out a way to incorporate this into the Digital Technology Merit Badge.

Weekly Meeting

we are meeting as normal on Friday, April 22nd, and are expecting guests and potential new Scouts, from our lovely ad in the Montclair Times this week. Wear your Class A’s, be on your best behavior, and welcome our guests.  Flower Sales order forms are due at this meeting. Make sure you have completed your summary forms and bring all payments.

Spring Bus Trip

If you have not responded, please contact Mr. Brown and tell him if you are/are not – going. The bus is filling up fast, so get your response in now! In addition to camping, Scouts will get to test their harpoon-throwing skills, work on a real whaling ship and work towards their Astronomy merit badge. We may have a visit from Doc Leard! Please bring a check for $75/person for the trip, made out to Troop 12 Montclair BSA, to this Friday’s meeting.

Keowa

If you have not responded to Mr. Brandon, please tell him if you are going to Keowa in July. We will have to get our deposits in soon!

Recruiting

Troop 12 will help with Pack 12’s annual food drive for Toni’s Kitchen on April 27th as part of our recruiting process. We will be helping with sorting and packing food, but we also will be providing food as part of their efforts. More information will follow – but we need to know who will volunteer for this event over the next week. Please see Mssrs. Joslyn, Hartinger or Brown for more information.

St. James Ministry Service

Thank you to Scouts CJ Kaloudis, Jackson Kim, Sam Joslyn and Justin Leong for representing Troop 12 by providing  a Color Guard to celebrate the  installation of the Church’s first female Rector, Reverend Melissa Hall last Saturday, April 8th.  The service involved and thanked all the Ministries involved with the Church, and we are humbled that St James considers us one of them.  Congratulations to Reverend Melissa, her partner, Fran and their daughter, Katherine.  She has from the beginning always welcomed us with open arms, and we are so happy that this installation now makes her a permanent addition to our town!

Happy Spring Break, Troop 12 Families! (Now get out there and sell flowers!)

Happy Spring Break Everyone!

I hope everyone is getting some much needed rest this “break”, and the boys are making many, many flower sales while they  are out of school.

Spring is for Flowers
Spring is for Flowers!

Some Notes about the Plant Sale

The Plant Sales continues and forms and funds are not due until  the next Troop meeting at St. James on Friday April 22nd! You will need to have all of your orders summarized on the master order form in your sales kit, along with all of the funds for the plants. It is fine if you want to consolidate all of the funds into a single check made out to  “Troop 12 Montclair, BSA” so it’s easier to track than lots of loose bills, checks and coins.
This is the last weekend for selling flowers, the weather is actually supposed to be really good this weekend, so it’s a perfect opportunity to canvas your neighborhood (or poach others!) for sales.

Safety in Numbers

Scouts should always buddy up when selling door to door, and tell your parent/guardian where you will be and when you expect to be home. Think Safety First! Bring the presentation in a binder and have plenty of order forms – one order form per customer. Payment is due upfront, in the form of cash or check made out to “Troop 12 Montclair, BSA“.
DO NOT under any circumstances accept C.O.D.’s — Scouts have been burned in the past ordering plants C.O.D. that someone didn’t get approved from their spouse, first.  (Scouts may be trustworthy, but not everyone we sell to necessarily is). Every dollar you earn helps get us closer to our goals as a Troop, and we don’t want you to be stuck with footing the bill for flowers someone else decided they didn’t want when you deliver them.

What Sells?

Not everyone is the same, some people like getting flowers, other the herbs and yet others the various types of tomatoes or peppers, there are some people who don’t want any plants at all, but want to support the Boy Scouts by giving a donation, every “sale” should be recorded, so we can thank the people who have supported us. Give your customers cheaper options if they don’t want to spend a lot, or upsell them, if you think they might like to try a different arrangement.
Our family loves the herbs, we use ours until it gets too cold for them to survive outside, and have fresh herbs 8 months of the year! Last year we accidently got an order of tomatoes the nursery said we could keep, and they provided us with a fairly good harvest, and we had enough to make gazpacho 3 times last summer.
Remind people that our flowers should arrive before Mother’s Day,  Sunday, May 8th. Assorted baskets are always a good gift for mom – no need for “actual” gardening, to get some great color around the house! , and see you at our next meeting, April 22nd.

Updates from Scoutmaster Carl, 4/8/2016

New Website

We are continuing to transition the old SOAR website to the new ScoutBook site. You may continue to get email blasts from SOAR – please disregard them. We hope to be on the new site soon – Sean Leong has been leading this lengthy process and we all appreciate his efforts. Any Scouts that want to get extra experience in websites please contact Mr. Leong – help is always welcome!

Weekly Meeting

There is a meeting this Friday night, April 8th  at 7pm at St. James. We will continue merit badges and have the regular weekly activities.
There is no meeting April 15th – enjoy Spring Break and Emancipation Day!

Plant Sales

The Plant Sales continues and forms are not due until April 22nd!
Scouts – just based on last Sunday there are plenty of neighbors who have not planted yet and who would be very happy to buy your plants. Remember to buddy up, bring the presentation in a binder and have plenty of order forms – one order form per customer and with all orders summarized on the master order for to hand in. Every dollar you earn helps get us closer to our goals as a Troop!

Spring Bus Trip

If you have not responded, please contact Mr. Brown and tell him if you are – or if you are not – going. The bus is filling up fast, so get your response in now! In addition to camping, Scouts will get to test their harpoon-throwing skills, work on a real whaling ship and work towards their Astronomy merit badge. We may have a visit from Doc Leard!

Keowa

If you have not responded to Mr. Brandon, please tell him if you are going to Keowa in July. We will have to get our deposits in soon!

Recruiting

  • Thank you to the Scouts and Scouters who spent their evenings out in front of Renaissance, Mt. Hebron and Glenfield. We already had one prospective Scout attend our Friday meeting last week! If you know a prospect, please invite him!
  • Troop 12 will help with Pack 12’s annual food drive for Toni’s Kitchen on April 27th as part of our recruiting process. We will be helping with sorting and packing food, but we also will be providing food as part of their efforts. More information will follow – but we need to know who will volunteer for this event over the next week. Please see Mssrs. Joslyn, Hartinger or Brown for more information.

 St. James Ministry Service

A Color Guard from Troop 12 will be helping celebrate the New Ministry for St. James and the Reverend Melissa Hall this Saturday at 4PM. CJ Kaloudis, Jack Brandon, Sam Joslyn, Justin Leong and Jackson Kim, along with Troop Leadership, will attend.

Uniform Donations

We are still happy to accept uniform donations. See Mr. Joslyn if you have old uniforms (without badges) or other Scout wear to donate.

Monster Jam

The Monster Jam is still available at MetLife Stadium, April 23rd. See nnjbsa.org if interested.

Camporee

The 2016 Spring Camporee will be held the 21st and 22nd of May at Camp Glen Gray.

Excuse us while we improve our site

This is the website of BSA Troop 12 in Montclair, NJ

Please excuse our appearance while we move to our new hosting service. The site will be up and running, hopefully with new features in the coming days, weeks and months. You can read more about us by clicking here. And to reach us, you can try our “contact us” page.

Yours in Scouting,

~Sean Leong

Assistant Scout Master, Webmaster

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