Thursday, December 13, 2018

Practicing ice rescues at tonight's troop meeting!
from Boy Scouts Troop 12 Edison NJ

Sunday, November 11, 2018

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Thank you Veterans for your service, today and always. #NeverForget
from Boy Scouts Troop 12 Edison NJ

Friday, November 2, 2018


Inclement weather is expected tonight, so for the safety of the scouts, the adult leaders have changed the drop off time at Thompson Park to SATURDAY 11/3 @ 7 AM. The pick up time will remain the same, Sunday 11/4 @ 9 AM. Scouts still need to bring their patrol box and meals for the weekend.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Scout Stories

“The Super Bowl of Scouting - Boy Scouts Summer Camp”

I knew that crossing over and entering Boy Scouts will give me many exciting experiences, but I never thought that going to a seven day long summer camp, miles away from home in another state, would be one of them!

Troop 12 attended 2018 summer camp held in Rhode Island, called Camp Yawgoog which was established in 1916. “According to local tradition, Yawgoog was the name of Narragansett Native American Chief”.

I think that I was better prepared for this camping, part learning from my previous mistakes and part, my troop leaders doing a phenomenal job preparing us through troop demos and summer camp meetings. The packing checklist and backpacks checked by the leaders were the first step to a successful summer camp.

The morning of the drop off day, it was a mixed feeling of excitement and nervousness. I never stayed away from home for an entire week, but at the same time, I couldn’t wait to do new activities.

When I reached the camp, we had a welcome ceremony. We then walked to our campsites. The first thing that caught my eye were huge platforms with cots and canopies on top. After we settled in our tents, we had a campfire and did some skits. We retired for the day and it was fun to sleep in bunk style cots with bug nets. Next day, we started our day with breakfast. Although we didn’t cook but we helped serve the food. And the food was good. The staff made sure that we were well fed. Next day, everyone had to take their swimming test in the lake.

Canoeing was probably the best merit badge I did at summer camp. When I heard that we have to capsize our canoes in the lake, I was so scared, and wanted to turn back. When we went to the lake, I was more scared than ever. It probably took me an hour to even stand up in the canoe to start the tilt! But then I gathered courage and stood on one side of the canoe; once the canoe started to tilt there was no going back, and, in I went. Going in the water was so fun that I didn’t want to leave!

There were several other merit badges and everyone was having a good time.

I learned a new game called Gaga Ball. Although I only won once, it was still fun to play -- especially when I got the big guys out!

I went to archery, which was fun too! After an hour lesson, we shot arrows, and soon enough, I cleared the archery merit badge shooting requirement in just 3 days!

The days came and went, and I realized that along with all the fun, the homesickness was getting real, although my twin brother was right with me. With the help of my leaders, my twin brother and fellow scouts, I managed to overcome it. I made new friends, I learned new skills and I earned bunch of merit badges too.

On the last day, the recognition ceremony began, and everybody was cheerful and happy. We packed our bags as we got ready to go back to home. Soon as I saw my dad, I ran to him with pride, joy and satisfaction, as I gave him a big bear hug. Although, I missed mom and dad, it was all worth it, and I can't wait to do it again!


Troop 12 Webmaster
Thundering Eagle Patrol

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Donate Now to Friends of Scouting and Help Troop 12!

Dear Scouting Family:

The Friends of Scouting (FOS) annual appeal supports Troop 12 and our local council directly. Troop 12 benefits from FOS as contributions made help us earn discounts on all the awards we purchase for our Scouts. This is very important to our troop budget!

Due to last year's success, our 2018 Troop 12 FOS Goal is $4,100. So far, we have raised $2,936.00, which is only 71% of our goal achieved. If we exceed our unit FOS goal by 10% ($4,510 total) by June 30 and have gifts from at least 30% of our troop families, we will receive 50% off rank advancement patches and we will earn a $150 credit in our troop scout shop account! Don’t miss this chance to have your contribution help out Troop 12. 

Patriots' Path Council also uses the contributions made through the FOS campaign to:
  • Maintain camp properties (Winnebago, Somers, and Mount Allamuchy) and service centers (Cedar Grove and Mountainside)
  • Organize new Scouting units and support existing ones 
  • Provide professional support and leader training 
  • Distribute program resources and regular communications 
  • Conduct criminal background checks for adult leaders 
Our Scouts have had, and will continue to have, many wonderful outdoor adventures through our local scouting program. These adventures are only possible through the selfless volunteers working the programs and the generosity of the many scouters and scout families that have come before us.

Please think about how much Scouting has meant to you and your Scouts, and consider a contribution to the extent that your personal financial situation allows. If you could support one scout for a year ($164), that would be great! If you can petition your employer for a company matching gift – fantastic! If you're not sure if your employer has a matching gift or volunteer grant program, you can check that out here: If you can only pledge a few dollars – that’s fine too. Any and all donations and pledges are gratefully accepted.

Thank You Gifts 
  • As a thank you for everyone who makes a gift of ANY amount, you will receive a BSA car window cling. 
  • With a gift between $75 and $499, you will receive a coupon that can be redeemed in the Scout Shop for a Camp Masters’ Carmel 8oz tin or $5.00 off a retail popcorn purchased between November 1 and March 31. 
  • With a gift of $164 or more, receive this Scout Law new series Patriots’ Path Council shoulder patch. 
  • With a gift of $328 or more, receive a Founders’ series shoulder patch. 
  • With a gift between $500-999 you will receive a Deluxe Pocket Scout Knife. 
  • With a gift between $1000 and $1,909 you will receive a Osprey Daylite Pack. 
  • With a gift of $1910 or more you will receive this Compact Travel Chair. 
Thanks in advance for your generosity. And an extra special thank you to the families in our troop that have already given a 2018 FOS donation!