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Lunch up at Glen Gray

Thanks to ASM Victor for a great lunch, tomato soup with hot Italian sausage, beef, pork, tubini, potato, celery, carrot and mushroom with oyster crackers:

ASM Victor Parada's Tomato Soup.
ASM Victor Parada’s Tomato Soup.

And Leave No Trace Instructor, Patrick C. arrived just in time to sample some.

Addendum: Forgot to mention in the original post that Victor also had an amazing bacon-egg-pork-loin-chorizo-sandwich for breakfast on Saturday.

ASM Victor Parada's Bacon, Pork and Egg Sandwich.
ASM Victor Parada’s Bacon, Pork and Egg Sandwich.

TC1 at Glen Gray This Weekend (Friday 9/29/2017)

TC1 at Glen Gray This Weekend, (Friday night – Sunday morning)

Troop 12 Cabin, Camp Glen Gray, Mahwah, NJ

Meet in parking lot at Glen Gray at 7 pm on Friday evening.  The parking lot is just past the Headquarters (listed as item #1 ) on the map shown below. (You can also download the map here. ) Please carpool if possible and when parking in the parking lot, try to maximize room for other campers. We will hike up from there to the Troop 12 Montclair Cabin found in the upper left hand of the map (marked as item #2). 

Map of Glen Gray
Map of Glen Gray, highlighting important troop 12 landmarks.

Patrols to bring a bag dinner for Friday night, and food to cook at their patrol sites all day Saturday

Sunday breakfast will be served at the cabin by the Troop — please have Scouts bring $5 extra for this meal.

Pick-up will be after the Troop 12 200th Court of Honor in the Dining Hall (marked as item #3 on the map) at Camp Glen Gray.

Patrols should be ready to camp at sites with a tent(s), and a bear bag (not a hard-sided cooler). Patrol Leaders will communicate to their Patrols how much money to bring to cover the food to be cooked Saturday.

Required for New Scouts

Any new boys joining Troop 12 for the camping trip this weekend must have the following handed-in to Mr. Joslyn:

  1. BSA Youth Application to join Troop 12 and participate in activities – required for insurance
  2. Activity Consent Form and Approval with any notes on medical condition – this form can be filled-out to cover all activities during Scouting Year 2017-2018. If a Scout has a medical condition requiring a prescription, alert Mr. Joslyn and hand the medicine to him directly. Any questions, please contact Mr. Joslyn.
  3. Media Consent Form – Please include any siblings that may be involved in Troop 12 activities. The form is on the Troop 12 website.
  4. Fees – Fees for membership in Troop 12 are pro-rated $40 for new Scouts joining this fall – pay by check to “Troop 12 BSA” or by cash.

These items must be dropped-off at Mr. Joslyn’s house by Friday morning if they have not already been completed. (Note: We cannot list Mr. Joslyn’s house address on the website please email him if you did not receive the latest newsletter with that information.)

With completed Application and fees, Troop 12 will provide a Boy Scout Handbook and a Troop 12 patch to each new Scout.

Requirements for New Parents

Parents involved in camping trips must complete Youth Protection Training online and send a copy of the completed certificate to Ms. Giustina by email. This training is required by the BSA.

We will invest new Scouts into Troop 12 formally on Saturday night at the Campfire. At this ceremony, Scouts will be given their embroidered Troop 12 neckerchief. All parents are welcome to attend, and parents not staying for the night will be escorted to the parking lot after the Campfire.

Camping List — Each Scout should bring:

camping supplies

  • Class A uniform — new Scouts will be invested at the campfire Saturday night at Glen Gray and given a Troop 12 neckerchief. We also supply the Troop 12 unit patch and a handbook.
  • Hiking boots — sneakers are not recommended because we are in the woods
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
  • Pillow
  • Backpack — please do not send Scouts up with roller cases, etc. We will be hiking up to the cabin and the roads are not paved.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant
  • Insect repellent — please bring non-aerosol repellent and provide both stronger repellent for boots, clothing, etc. as well as repellent rated to be used on skin.
  • Two working flashlights — one should be a headlamp if possible
  • Light jacket or hoodie
  • Change of clothing

Troop 12’s 200th Court of Honor

"On my Honor" banner
“On my honor…” Banner for Court of Honor

Sunday, October 1st at 10 am
Dining Hall at Camp Glen Gray

All Scouts and their families are invited as we recognize the new ranks and achievements of Troop 12 Scouts. If your son is receiving a new rank or a merit badge, please be there to show support for his Scouting activities if you can.

Eagle Scout Project

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.

Eagle Candidate GianLuca Roses will be holding his Eagle Scout Service Project on two dates:

  1. Saturday, October 7th, 10 am – 4:00 pm
  2. Sunday, October 8th, 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

It will be held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 120 Sussex St, Jersey City NJ 07302.

Please wear old clothing because we will be cleaning and painting to restore the Church’s courtyard. Scouts should also bring work gloves if they have them, and ensure that they provide an activity consent form specifically for this project as work tools will be used.

2017 to 2018 Calendar


You can find the proposed calendar for the coming Scouting year on our website here.

New Staff and Patrols

patrol badges
A selection of Patrol Badges for the new Patrols to choose from…
SPL Justin Leong (Fall)
ASPLs GianLuca Roses, Marcos P., Armaan N., Eron E., Michael D.
Quartermasters Ben G., Curtis D., Thomas D.
Scribe Andrew F.
Leave No Trace Trainers Thomas D. and GianLuca Roses
JASMs Jack Brandon, Sam Joslyn, Jake Skorzewski
Guides Peter Brown, Arjun Nischol
Patrol Leader Alex P.
Assistant Patrol Leader Max F.
 Scout Patrick C.
 Scout Lucas H.
 Scout (Brownseas) Anthony B.
 Scout (Brownseas) Kieran M.
Patrol 2
Patrol Leader Charles M.
Assistant Patrol Leader Gabe G.
 Scout (Brownseas) Kai A.
 Scout (Brownseas) Denzel L.
 Scout (Brownseas) Aiden K.
 Scout (Brownseas) Alex D. L. R.
Patrol 3
Patrol Leader Jackson K.
Assistant Patrol Leader Jack D.
Scout Josh W.
Scout (Brownseas) Mikey H.
Scout (Brownseas) Jasper P.
Scout (Brownseas) Xander T.
Patrol 4
Co-Patrol Leader Joe B.
Co-Patrol Leader Sam L
Scout (Brownseas) Elia E.
Scout (Brownseas) Sacha G.
Scout Dale S.
Scout (Brownseas) Liam V.
Eagle Patrol
JASM Jack Brandon
JASM Sam Joslyn
JASM Jake Skorzewski
Guide Peter Brown
Guide Arjun Nischol

Popcorn is Here!

Trail's End Popcorn
Selection of Trail’s End Popcorn the Troop will be selling.

Forms were distributed to each Patrol and more info to follow!

Sign up to help Eagle Candidate GianLuca Roses’ Eagle Project

Please see if you can make it to GianLuca Roses’ Eagle Project at the Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in Jersey City in  a couple of weeks.


October 7th (10 am — 4 pm)
October 8th (1:30 pm — 5:30 pm)


Our Lady of Czestochowa Church,
120 Sussex Street,
Jersey City, NJ


We will be cleaning up the church backyard. Please work gloves and wear long pants, as we will be pulling weeds.


Pizza and drinks will be provided both days. Please let GianLuca know if you can make it by texting him. (If you do not know GianLuca’s phone number, please get it from him, your Patrol Leader, or an adult Scout Master at our next Troop meeting – for security reasons, we cannot publish it on our web-site.)

Thank you for whatever time you can volunteer, any time put into helping out at Eagle Projects will be credited towards community service in your record.

2nd Annual Fishing Trip set for Sunday, October 29


Addendum: 10/14/2017 – the Fishing Trip has been rescheduled for later in the month: Sunday, October 29th. Please make a note of the Change in your Calendar.

Last year’s Fishing Trip was a great success with our scouts. Our second annual Fishing Trip is scheduled for Saturday Oct-14th as this won’t interfere with our planned Fall Hike (October 21)  or Eagle Candidate GianLuca Roses’ Eagle project (October 7).

We have chosen the Paramount Fishing Vessel out of Brielle…less than an hour ride from Montclair. You can read more about the company here:

The Trip Details:

When: Sunday, October 29,
7:30 am – 2:30 pm
Where: Bogan’s Deep Sea Fishing Center,
800 Ashley Ave.,
Brielle, NJ 08730
Adults $60.00*
Seniors $50.00*
Children $35.00
Rod Rental $5$3  Discount coupon from their site here.

What to Bring:

  • Warm clothing in layers.
  • Food and Drinks for the day.
  • Cooler and large 2 Gallon zip-lock bags for Fish/Fillets.
  • Extra socks and warm bootsrubber/waterproof preferred.
  • Fishing Rods are available on the boat for a nominal $5 fee.

Addendum: 10/14/2017: The previous flyer is now out of date, please disregard the date on this flyer, all other information is correct.

Download and print out the Troop 12 Fishing Trip 2017 flyer for reference.

Thanks to ASM Victor Parada for organizing this trip.

Glen Gray Day 2017-2018

Bright and early this beautiful Saturday morning, (8:30 am September 16, 2017) a group of Troop 12 parents and scouts arrived at Camp Glen Gray to begin this season’s Work Day, where we prepped the cabin for the upcoming Scout season.


Special thanks to Drew Baumgardt for managing the camp for every other day that we’re not there.



  • Carl Joslyn
  • John Hartinger
  • David Goldsteen
  • Stefan Kwiatkowski
  • David Lagasse
  • Sean Leong


  • Eagle Scout Sam Josyln
  • Eagle Scout Arjun Nischol
  • Armaan N.
  • Eron E.
  • Eagle candidate Justin Leong


  • Sam L.
  • Aiden K.

First Troop 12 Meeting of the 2017-2018 Season begins!

Hello, Troop 12 Montclair!

First Troop Meeting Tomorrow (September 15, 2015) at St James Church @ 7 PM

2017 to 2018 Calendar

You can find the proposed calendar for the coming Scouting year on our website here:, we suggest you bookmark this for easy reference if you have an iPhone you can save it as an icon on one of your “App” screens.

Permission Forms

With the start of a new year, we will again need permission forms for any Scout attending Troop 12 activities — Troop meetings or camping. Please download the form from here: and email it to Mr. Joslyn or bring to the next Troop meeting.

New Staff and Patrols

SPL — Justin Leong (Fall)
ASPLs — Gianluca R, Marcos P, Armaan N, Eron E, Michael D
Quartermasters — Andrew F, Ben G, Curtis D, Thomas D
Leave No Trace Trainers — Thomas D and Gianluca R
JASMs — Jack Brandon, Sam Joslyn, Jake Skorzewski
Guides — Peter Brown, Arjun Nischol

Patrol 1 — Alex P, Max F, Patrick C, Lucas H, Anthony B, Kieran M
Patrol 2 — Charles M, Gabe G, Kai A, Denzel L, Aiden K, Alex DLR
Patrol 3 — Jackson, Jack D, Josh W, Mikey H, Jasper P, Xander T
Patrol 4 — Joe B, Sam L, Elia E, Sacha G, Dale S, Liam V
Eagle Patrol — Jack Brandon, Sam Joslyn, Jake Skorzewski, Peter Brown, Arjun Nischol

Glen Gray Work Day: Saturday, September 16th at Camp Glen Gray 8:30 am

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. Participants should wear long pants, work shirts, hiking boots and bring gloves and eyewear. Patrol Leaders will get a head count for the first meeting.

Popcorn is Coming!

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


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.

The Star-Ledger prints article on Troop 12 recognizing new Eagle Scouts, Peter Brown and Jake Skorzewski

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.
Star Ledger Eagle Scouts Peter Brown and Jake Skorzewski
Star Ledger article about Troop 12 Eagle Scouts, Peter Brown and Jacob (Jake) Skorzewski

The July 30th edition of the Star Ledger had an article about Troop 12 recognizing its two newest Eagle Scouts, Peter Brown and Jake Skorwzewski. The copy reads:

“Troop 12 honors two Eagle Scouts

Peter Brown and Jacob Skorzewski, members of Boy Scout Troop 12, were honored last month at an Eagle Court of Honor held at St. James Church for earning their Eagle awards, the Boy Scouts’ hightest honor.

To earn the Eagle Award, a Scout must be active with the troop, earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, assume a position of leadership within a troop and complete a service project that benefits the community. Both Scouts are rising seniors; Brown attendsMonctclair Kimberly Academy, and Skorzewski, Montclair High School.”

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Photo by Sean Leong