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Justin Leong, Eagle Scout #359 for Troop 12

Congratulations to New Eagle Scout Justin Leong!

After successfully completing his Eagle Board of Review, Justin becomes Troop 12’s 359th Eagle Scout! Many thanks to the Eagle Board, including Troop 12 Board Chairman John Hartinger, Assistant Scout Master Tony Ferrante, and the two fine gentlemen from Lenape Council, Matt Fine and Jerry Graham.

Special thanks to Eagle Scout Coordinator, Marguerite Giustina for facilitating the review.

Eagle Board of Review with a new Eagle Scout
Right to Left: Matt Fine, Justin Leong, Jerry Graham, John Hartinger, Tony Ferrante and Marguerite Giustina.

 

 

 

New Eagle Scout with his Dad
New Eagle Scout Justin Leong with his Dad, ASM Sean Leong.

 

If you want to learn more about Justin’s Eagle Project, you can read all about it here.

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

calendar

You can find the proposed calendar for the coming Scouting year on our website troop12montclair.org here.

New Staff and Patrols

patrol badges
A selection of Patrol Badges for the new Patrols to choose from…
 STAFF
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 1
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.

When:

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

Where:

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

What:

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

Lunch:

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.

Justin Leong’s Eagle Scout Project

The work for Justin Leong’s Eagle Scout Project was on June 3rd, 2017 at Essex County’s Brookdale Park. This project was to aid the Brookdale Park Conservation Society, by clearing an area in the park to install two planters for a Pine sapling nursery so that they could be properly protected while they matured until they could be transplanted around the park.

Scout Volunteers that showed up to help were:

  • Aiden K.
  • Max F.
  • Eron E.
  • Arun N
  • Arjun Nischol
  • Andrew F
  • Ben G.
  • Jake Skorzewski
  • Jackson K.
  • Charles M.
  • Keiran M.

Adults who helped:

  • Rich McCann
  • Lori and Sunny Nischol
  • Sean and Sophia Leong
  • Jim Mayer
Top soil, leveling sand and cow manure for the flower beds.
Topsoil, levelling sand and cow manure for the flower beds.
The family car loaded up with top soil, leveling sand, coffee grounds and cow manure.
The family car loaded up with topsoil, levelling sand, coffee grounds and cow manure.
Justin and Aiden begin to clear out their work area.
Justin and Aiden begin to clear out their work area.
Eron, Armaan, Arjun, Justin, Jake, and Charles dig out a trench for the work area.
Eron, Armaan, Arjun, Justin, Jake, and Charles dig out a trench for the work area.
Legacy Park signage used as raw materials for Justin's raised flower beds.
Legacy Park signage used as raw materials for Justin’s raised flower beds.
Justin removing a post from an old park sign.
Justin removing a post from an old park sign.

 

 

 

L. to R. Andrew, Jackson, Aiden, Charles, Keiran, Justin Armaan, and Arjun (off screen) stop for drinks and a snack break.
L. to R. Andrew, Jackson, Aiden, Charles, Keiran, Justin Armaan, and Arjun (off-screen) stop for drinks and a snack break.
Justin places a soda can on Armaan's garden tool sculpture...
Justin places a soda can on Armaan’s garden tool sculpture…
Justin balances a soda can on Armaan's garden tool sculpture...
Justin balances a soda can on Armaan’s garden tool sculpture…
The gang poses near the end of the project v3.
The gang poses near the end of the project v3.
The gang poses near the end of the project v2.
The gang poses near the end of the project.
The gang poses near the end of the project.
The gang poses near the end of the project.
About half-way through the project, one of the raised beds is completed in the background, and in the foreground is all of the soil the boys have extracted for the trench where the beds will go.
About half-way through the project, one of the raised beds is completed in the background, and in the foreground is all of the soil the boys have extracted for the trench where the beds will go.
Another view of the work-site showing the legacy park signage posts removed before they are assembled into the second raised bed.
Another view of the work-site showing the legacy park signage posts removed before they are assembled into the second raised bed.
About half-way through the project, a view of the trench the boys have dug out thus far.
About half-way through the project, a view of the trench the boys have dug out thus far.
Armaan clean and jerk 1
Armaan clean and jerk 1
Armaan clean and jerk 2.
Armaan clean and jerk 2.
Armaan clean and jerk 3
Armaan clean and jerk 3
Ben and Andrew measure out fabric cloth for laying down the first raised bed.
Ben and Andrew measure out fabric cloth for laying down the first raised bed.
A different view of the fabric cloth being measured out.
A different view of the fabric cloth being measured out.
Armaan in front of the first raised bed in place.
Armaan in front of the first raised bed in place.
Armaan watches as Charles begins to lay down some gravel and leveling sand on the bottom of the first raised bed.
Armaan watches as Charles begins to lay down some gravel and levelling sand on the bottom of the first raised bed.
A view of the first raised bed in place, filled with gravel, levelling sand and a mixture of top soil, manure, coffee grounds and the original soil from the trench it is now sitting in.
A view of the first raised bed in place, filled with gravel, levelling sand and a mixture of topsoil, manure, coffee grounds and the original soil from the trench it is now sitting in.
The second raised bed is put in place. The conservancy opted to not put fabric cloth under this one, and Justin is seen here making sure it is level.
The second raised bed is put in place. The conservancy opted to not put fabric cloth under this one, and Justin is seen here making sure it is level.
Arjun and Justin line up the second flower bed with a level.
Arjun and Justin line up the second flower bed with a level.
Justin, Armaan, and Eron level the topsoil on the second raised bed as Jackson and Arjun look on.
Justin, Armaan, and Eron level the topsoil on the second raised bed as Jackson and Arjun look on.
Eron leveling off the topsoil on the second raised bed as Jackson and Armaan looks on.
Eron levelling off the topsoil on the second raised bed as Jackson and Armaan looks on.
Eron leveling the new top soil Justin is pouring on top of raised bed #2.
Eron helping to level the new top soil Justin is pouring on top of raised bed #2.
Eron helping to level the new topsoil Justin is pouring on top of raised bed #2. Eron helping to level the new topsoil Justin is pouring on top of raised bed #2.
Jackson tipping over a wheel-barrow full of top soil onto the second raised bed.
Jackson tipping over a wheel-barrow full of topsoil onto the second raised bed.
Arjun levels the top soil in the second raised flower bed as Eron looks on.
Arjun levels the topsoil in the second raised flower bed as Eron looks on.
The conservancy keeps their Pine sapling among this pile of compost under the green flags.
The conservancy keeps their Pine sapling among this pile of compost under the green flags.
Justin digging gingerly around the existing area where the conservancy keeps their Pine saplings. (Where the green flags are).
Justin digging gingerly around the existing area where the conservancy keeps their Pine saplings. (Where the green flags are).
Justin finishing off the second raised flower bed.
Justin finishing off the second raised flower bed.
Another angle of the two completed raised flower beds
Another angle of the two completed raised flower beds
The two completed raised flower beds.
The two completed raised flower beds.
Justin and his main team do a Victory Pose at the end of the project.
Justin and his main team do a Victory Pose at the end of the project.
Justin and his main team give an Alternate Victory Pose at the end of the project.
Justin and his main team give an Alternate Victory Pose at the end of the project.

 

Who says you can’t have fun while helping your community?

 

Jake Skorzewski, Eagle Scout #357 for Troop 12

Boy Scouts after working on Eagle Project
Left to Right, Front Row: Sam Joslyn, Jack Brandon Left to Right, Back Row: Armaan N., Arjun N., Justin L., newly minted Eagle Scout, Jake Skorzewski, and Andrew F. Posing for the camera after a hard day’s work.

Jake Skorzewski became Troop 12’s 357th Eagle Scout after passing his Board of Review on April 11.

Jake’s Eagle Project was with Toni’s Kitchen, a local Montclair non-profit that helps to distribute much-needed nourishment to the food insecure.  Toni’s Kitchen has a meal service at their location at St Luke’s Episcopal Church on South Fullerton Street Thursday through Sunday and wanted to beautify the location with “more green”.

With Jake’s help, he and several other Scouts spent a weekend painting and constructing hanging planters for the outside of the church, where Jake would later install them with help of his uncles.

Congratulations Jake!

 

Peter Brown, Eagle Scout #356 for Troop 12

Peter Brown passed his Eagle Board of Review April 3rd, to become Troop 12’s 356th Eagle Scout.

For his Eagle Project, Peter collected unused glasses to be distributed to children in Afghanistan. This consisted of  building a donation box for St James Church (which they get to keep!) for parishioner donations in addition to distributing flyers around town with other troop members and collecting otheir unused glasses. In total he collected 225 pairs of glasses, who knew there were so many spare glasses laying unused in our drawers?

Peter constructing the donation box.
Peter using a compound mitre saw in the construction of the donation box.
Scouts helping with the donation box.
Scouts helping with the donation box.
Scouts putting the donation box together.
Scouts putting the donation box together.
Construction of the box is done and being tested for soundness!
Construction of the box is done and being tested for soundness!

Lunch for the crew.
Lunch for the crew.
Cleaning station.
Cleaning station.
Scouts canvassing the neighborhood for unused old glasses.
Scouts canvassing the neighborhood for unused old glasses.

With a lensometer, Peter measured the prescriptions of all 450 lenses of the donated glasses and carefully catalogued them all, so the children could match them with their prescriptions in Afghanistan. They were then packed to his project sponsor to be distributed to those needy kids half way across the world.

Peter measuring the prescription of a pair of donated glasses.
Peter measuring the prescription of a pair of donated glasses.
Some of the 225 pairs of donated glasses.
Some of the 225 pairs of donated glasses.
Peter with the completed donation box.
Peter with the completed donation box.

Congratulations Peter for a job well done!

Arjun Nischol Completes His Eagle Project (Part 2)

Project: Planting Raised Beds for the MHS Cafeteria

Benefactor: Montclair High School
(Coordinator, Susan Eckert, AP Bio teacher at MHS)

On April 1st, 2017, Eagle Candidate, Arjun Nischol and his volunteers (about 15 scouts, friends, and adults) installed the Raised Flower Beds outside the cafeteria at the George Innes Annex at Montclair High School they had constructed before and filled them with dirt.

Scouts transport the Raised Flower Beds to Montclair High School.
Scouts help transport the Raised Flower Beds to Montclair High School.
Laying down the Raised Flower Beds Outside of the High School
Laying down the Raised Flower Beds Outside of the High School
Scouts filling the Raised Flower Beds with Top Soil.
Scouts filling the Raised Flower Beds with Top Soil.
Eagle Candidate Arjun Nischol with MHS Coordinator, Susan Eckert, AP Bio teacher at MHS)
Eagle Candidate, Arjun Nischol with the Montclair High School Coordinator, Susan Eckert, AP Bio teacher at MHS
Completion of Arjun's Eagle Project
Left to Right: Isabell J, Mateas, Jackson K, Andrew F, Sam L, Armaan N, SM Carl Joslyn, Elias E (in wheelbarrow), Eagle Scout Jake Skorzewski, Eron E, Eagle Candidate Justin Leong, Troop Chair John Hartinger, Eagle Scout Sam Joslyn, Eagle Candidate Arjun Nischol, Jack D.

That completes the Planning and implementation phases of his Eagle Scout Project.

Next up: Paperwork and his Board of Review!

 

Arjun Nischols’ Eagle Project (Part 1)

Part 1 of Arjun’s Eagle Project Was to Make 12 New Raised Flower Beds.

On March 4, a group of 15 scouts, parents and friends went down to Eagle Candidate, Arjun Nischol’s house where they assembled 12 raised flower beds:

Picture of two scouts and wood panels.
Armaan and Jackson realize it was a cold day to be making the raised beds outdoors.
Eagle Candidate Arjun Nischol, with Sam Joslyn and Armaan making the raised beds
Arjun, Sam, and Armaan in Carpenter mode with the components of the raised beds.
Scouts at the first part of Arjun's Eagle project.
Left to right: Patrick C, Jackson K, Ben G, Armaan N, Eron E, Mystery Scout, Eagle Candidate Arjun Nischol, Elia E, Eagle Scout Sam Joslyn, and Andrew F.
One of the completed Raised Flower Beds.
One of the completed Raised Flower Beds.

You can see the second part of Arjun’s Eagle project by clicking here.

 

 

Jack Brandon, Eagle #355!

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.

On November 28th, Jack Brandon passed his Eagle Board of Review at Eagle Advisor, Marguerite Giustina’s house. His Board consisted of John Picinich from Lenape Trail District, John Hartinger as Troop Committee Chair, as well as ASM Mike Brown, and former Scout/Eagle parent, Linda Bowers.

Jack is Troop 12’s Eagle #355!

His Project was to clear out overgrowth and beautify the Bellevue Avenue Entrance of Essex County’s very own  Brookdale Park, co-sponsored by the Brookdale Park Conservancy.

Brookdale Park Bellevue Avenue entrance
This is what the Bellevue Avenue Entrance of Brookdale Park looked like AFTER Jack Brandon’s Eagle Project.

Onward and Upward!

Congratulations Jack!