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!


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!


  • 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.


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