January 26 2017 Announcements

Hello Troop 12 Montclair!

This Week’s Meeting will be held upstairs.

It will be the last chance for Scouts to get their Advancements completed before the Court of Honor on the 10th of February!  If you are ready with your requirements and need a Board of Review and Scoutmaster Conference, please email Sam Joslyn before Friday’s meeting.
Tomorrow will also be the last chance to hand-in Merit Badge blue cards and get final sign-offs before the Court of Honor.

Scout Sunday 2017
Scout Sunday 2017

Scout Sunday

We will be participating in services at The Episcopal Church of St. James as part of Scout Sunday. Scout Sunday is an annual Scout event where we show our appreciation to St. James for the support they give us.  Due to scheduling, we will celebrate Scout Sunday at St. James a week earlier than other Scout Troops (more info on the National Scout Sunday can be found here).  Scouts are encouraged to come and participate in the service in full uniform (that means Merit Badge sashes too) and afterward, we host the Coffee Hour and meet with other members of the St. James Community. Scouts and Scouters who will attend should email back so we can plan accordingly.

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Ten Mile River

Summer Camp is Coming!

Troop 12 will be at Camp Keowa at 10 Mile River BSA Camp this year from July 9th to 15th.  We had an information session last week during the troop meeting. Here are some links in case there are further questions:
General Questions About Ten Mile River Scout Camps
Information About Camp Keowa
Required Medical Forms for Scouts and Scouters
Info On Project LEAF for First Year Campers
More information to follow!

Other Items and Upcoming Events

Jan. 27th — Troop Meeting at St. James, 7PM.  Since the Parish Hall is booked by another group, we will be meeting upstairs.
Jan. 29th — Scout Sunday — See above — we meet at St. James at 9:30 AM.
Feb. 3rd — Troop Meeting at St. James, 7 PM.
Feb. 10th — 198th Court of Honor and Spring Eagle Court of Honor — All parents should attend to see their sons receive ranks advancements, merit badges and other recognition for the hard work they put into Scouting.

Venture Scouts

We have had requests for a co-ed Venture crew for teenagers 14 or older who cannot join Boy Scouts.  If you have another child who would be interested, please email Mr. Joslyn.  More information on the Venture program can be found here.

Yours in Scouting,
Troop 12 Staff

Troop Dinner and Honoring John Hartinger’s 20 Years of Service

St. James Church

Getting to know our fellow Scout Families better, Fun Times, a Great Meal,  and the Privilege of Honoring one of our own was had by one and all this past Sunday, January 8th, 2017 at our Annual Pot Luck Scout Dinner.

Thanks to everyone on the Committee who helped to organize this (I’m not going to embarrass myself by omitting anyone, you all know who you are!). It takes a Village to get everything lined up months ahead of time, then phone calls and emails weeks ahead of the dinner (and a lot of scrambling the day of). We’d like to thank Reverend Melissa and St. James Church again for their generosity for providing us with this wonderful venue, and the use of their kitchen facilities.

At this year’s dinner, we honored 20 years of service to the Scouts by our Troop Chairperson John Hartinger who attended with his wife Carol, daughter Kate and younger son Joey. Older son Dan could not attend but wrote a wonderful tribute (read by Scoutmaster Carl), relating how his Dad’s dogged determination and love of nature, and the Scouts directly influenced his own career choices. Dan is currently the National Monuments Campaign Manager of the Wilderness Society In Washington DC.

John was the Cub Master for Pack 5 in Montclair operating out of Hillside Middle School and moved over to Troop 12 when Dan and then Joey became Boy Scouts there. He became the third leg of the Troop’s Triumvirate, (with Scoutmaster Jeff Gaskin and Greg Spinelli), that replaced “Doc” Norman Leard when he retired after decades as Troop 12’s 2nd  Scout Leader. While Jeff and Greg handled the tactical operations of the Troop, John became the Chairperson managing the charter, hosting committee meetings, and making sure the Troop ran a good program amongst other things.

Along the way, John just happened to save Camp Glen Gray from getting bulldozed and turned into mini-mansions, when it was going to be sold by the newly formed Northern NJ Council of the Boy Scouts to developers. (You can read an interesting history of Glen Gray and of the story to save it in this great New York Times Article: “Breaking Camp” from April 2001).

While Dan and Joey both officially left the Boy Scouts years ago, John remained Committee Chair and filled in when either Greg or Jeff couldn’t.

Thanks John! and here’s to many more years of service and friendship! Congratulations!



Thanksgiving 2016 Food Drive

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The Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair

Thanks to Scouts Justin L. and Peter B. for organizing the Thanksgiving  Food Drive for the Human Needs Pantry. Here’s a picture of the haul in our screen room before delivery:

Photo of the bags of food
Thanksgiving haul from Troop 12 families.

Here’s all the individual items. There was a total of 173 items

  • 112 Cans of food
  • 45  Boxes of Pasta and other Dry goods
  • 4    Boxes of Stuffing
  • 12   Misc items

ASM Sean Leong and Scout Justin L. made the food delivery before Thanksgiving:

Volunteers taking shopping bags of food from car park.
ASM Leong and Justin L. make the Thanksgiving Delivery to The Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair


While most people make donations to the Food Pantry during the holidays, Human Needs actually has high need for food year round, hunger doesn’t discriminate. So the Troop made a second donation post-Christmas:

A $50 gift coupon from Scoutmaster Carl to Stop N’ Shop, netted the following:

  • 8 boxes of pasta
  • 3 jars of peanut butter
  • 1 jar of jam
  • 1 packet of rice
  • 2 jars of pasta sauce
  • 10 cans of tuna
  • 5 cans of assorted beans
  • 2 boxes of cereal

Special thanks to my wife, Sophia Leong for making all those runs to the local supermarkets for getting all of the post-Christmas food donations, including the following additional items:

    • 2 cans of instant coffee
    • 3 jars of peanut butter
    • 1 bottle of cooking oil
    • 10 boxes of pasta

Thanks again to all of the families that helped out on this food drive, The Troop strives to help give back to the community we call “home” as much as we can.