Announcements: Important Upcoming 2017-2018 Season Dates

Staff Meeting Thursday, 8/31 at St. James

St. James Church
St. James Episcopal Church in Montclair, NJ.

The inaugural Staff Meeting starts at 5:45 PM in the Guild Room at St. James Church. Scouts to attend were contacted by email — if you have not responded please do so now!

First Troop Meeting will be on 9/15 at 7 pm

Our first Troop Meeting will be on Friday, September 15th, at 7 pm at St. James Church.

Solar Eclipse Patch

The August 21, 2017 Eclipse Boy Scout PatchThe August 21, 2017 Eclipse Boy Scout Patch

We have the first submission by a Scout for the Solar Eclipse Patch. We have 10 to award, so get your entries in by email to Mr. Joslyn by this weekend to get yours!

Astronomy Merit Badge

Boy Scout Astronomy Merit Badge.
Boy Scout Astronomy Merit Badge.

Any Scout who was on the Mystic Seaport Bus Trip and has their Astronomy workbooks should add the Eclipse to the relevant sections – there still is time to get this badge too!

Glen Gray Work Day

Glen Gray Centennial Logo
Glen Gray Centennial Logo

September 16th we will have a work day to split wood for Glen Gray and for the Troop 12 cabin as well as continue working on getting the cabin in shape. The grass and milkweed have been cut this past weekend, and the camp has installed a new cooktop in the kitchen so, with the great job we did on the floor this summer, we have real progress!

We need 2-3 parents and 2-3 Scouts for the wood splitting and Scouts splitting wood will get Service Hours. Patrol Leaders will reach out to their patrols in early September to get a head count for the first meeting September 15th.

NYLT Graduates

NYLT Banner
National Youth Leadership Training Banner

Congratulations to Michael and Thomas D., Jackson K., Charles M. and GianLuca R. for completing their NYLT training this month.  Michael, Thomas  and GianLuca participated in the Jersey Shore Council’s course at the Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation in the Pinelands while Jackson and Charles attended the Northern New Jersey Council’s course at Camp Turrell.

Popcorn is Coming!

Trail's End logo
Trail’s End Pop Corn logo

We took a year off from the Popcorn Sale but we will be restarting this year. Along with our other fundraising events, the Popcorn Sale helps us cover our annual budget for the Scouting program. We will have more info on how to do this at the September 15th meeting, so get your buyer lists ready!


Yours in Scouting,

Troop 12 Staff

Montclair Times recognizes Troop 12 Eagle Scouts

Eagle Scouts Peter Brown and Jake Skorzewski.
Eagle Scouts Peter Brown and Jacob (Jake) Skorzewski.
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.

The August 3rd edition of the Montclair Times recognized our two latest Eagle Scouts, Peter Brown, and Jacob (Jake) Skorzewski:

Montclair Times article about Troop 12 Eagle scouts.
The August 3rd Edition of the Montclair Times featured article about Eagle Scouts, Peter Brown and Jacob (Jake) Skorzewski from Troop 12)

The copy reads:

Boy Scout Troop 12 announces new Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 12 of Montclair awarded the Eagle Rank to two Scouts at a Court of Honor held at St. James Church on June 9.

The new Eagle Scouts are Peter Brown and Jacob Skorzewski.

To earn the Eagle rank, a Scout must earn 21 merit badges, serve in various leadership positions and complete a community service leadership project.

For Peter’s Eagle leadership service project, he collected used eyeglasses which he donated to charity. He built a collection box which was later donated to St. James Church and then organized the Scouts in a door-to-door collection.

He taught Scouts how to use a lensometer andmeasured the prescriptions of each pair of glasses before shipping them off to Children’s Eye Care Center NJ. The project was under the guidance of Anthony Caputo M.D. with 172 pairs of glasses collected. Peter is a rising senior at Monctclair Kimberly Academy.

For his Eagle project, Jacob built a vertical garden for Toni’s Kitchen in Montclair.

The garden is already being used to provide fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers for the soup kitchen. It is a great example of the ease of growing food at home with limited space.

Jake and his volunteers worked 108 hours on the project and were able to build two gardens.

Jacob is a rising senior at Montclair High School.

Troop 12 meets each Friday evening at 7 St. James Church, Bellevue Ave and Valley Road, Montclair. For further information, contact scoutmastercarl@

Click here to see the article online. Once there, you will need to select the 08/03/2017 edition of the paper, and select page “B4” to see the article. This is what it looks like online:

Montclair Times online reader showing Troop 12 Eagle Scout recognition.
The online Montclair Times online Reader showing the article about Troop 12 Eagle Scouts, Peter Brown and Jacob (Jake) Skorzewski being recognized by the Troop.