Friday, September 11, 2020

Never Forget - 9/11

Never Forget

Hello Troop 12. Today is a day of remembrance. Today we stand, praise, and remember the people of America who lost their lives in a tragic incident 19 years ago today. Today is a day of unity. We are grateful for those first responders who didn’t think twice to go out there to risk their lives for the people in danger. We should all be thankful for the first responders who put their lives on the lines for our safety. On September 11, 2001, everyone came together in unity. Everyone worked with each other to evacuate as many people as they could. This changed America forever, but this also gave us a wake up call and a lesson.

Neel Raina

Monday, May 25, 2020

Troop 12 Will Never Forget Our Heroes

This memorial day, we recognize those and their bravery to keep us safe. Not only we keep them safe in our prayers, but also through heart-warming cards and bracelets that let them know that we care!

Thank you to all the soldiers for keeping us safe and standing up for our freedom. It means a lot to us and is something that we will never take for granted. We especially appreciate those who died in service. We appreciate their selfless service for keeping us safe and free!

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Boy Scouts of America

🇺🇸 This Memorial Day, we remember and honor all who have served and sacrificed for our freedom. ⁣🇺🇸 ⁣⁣ ⁣ #ScoutSalute #ScoutingAtHome #MemorialDay
from Boy Scouts Troop 12 Edison NJ

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

To support Operation Gratitude, Troop 12 has planned several activities for our scouts to support troops overseas. One of which is the quick-deploy survival bracelets. 

Operation Gratitude sends care Care Packages for Deployed Troops, First Responders, Veterans, Wounded Heroes & Caregivers, and Children of Deployed Troops. Our Troop will be writing handwritten letters to be sent along with these care packages. 

Troop 12 wants to let our troops know how grateful we are to have them, and will keep them in our prayers. To help support our troops, please participate in Operation Gratitude and the activities planned. They are very easy and fun to make (with the help of a "jig" which can be downloaded from their website), and will help benefit our soldiers!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Earth Day 2020

Today, April 22, 2020, is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Earth Day is a holiday that celebrates the Earth. We depend on the earth and its resources every day, so that means that we should be taking care of it as well.

But how can you?

You can start using reusable water bottles, pick up any trash you see outside, and don't harm wildlife. Remember, this earth isn't made just for humans.

You can also save water, too. Try using less water by limiting your shower time, and turning off the water when not in use.

Electricity is also an important factor in our daily lives. Turn off lights when not in use, and don't use it excessively!

Be grateful! Go and enjoy nature outside. Take a walk or go sight-seeing. There are many ways to enjoy nature.

Friday, April 10, 2020

                               Stay Safe!

To prevent getting sick or others:

Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds, especially after using a public place or sneezing.
Don't leave the house unless necessary and avoid contact with others
Stay 6 feet apart with other people
Don't touch your face, eyes, or mouth
Disinfect objects and/or materials such as doorknobs and handles.
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
Don't panic buy items -- you are leaving fewer things for others

Thursday, April 9, 2020

The Perfect Campfire

         How to Make the Perfect Campfire Every Time! 
Recommendations to improve fire building skills:  By Scoutmaster Mr. Toryak   


Step 1: Fire Safety

Make sure that your site or area allows campfires. Before you even start your fire or even gather your materials, check the regulations of your campsite. Check the fire danger level in the area and make sure that you have your Fireman Chit, which you are required to have to make a fire. 
Check your surroundings. Look for loose or hanging branches that could be above the fire, and make sure you are making your fire in a designated fire pit. Make sure that it is on dirt and not anywhere on or near leaves or grass, and anywhere close to trees.

With these in mind, you are ready to go!

Step 2: Gathering Your Materials

Gather all supplies before you even start to build your fire. "First, make sure everything you need is at your fingertips"Fire needs wood, obviously, to burn. You need three types of wood: Tinder, kindling, and fuel. 

Tinder: Dry grass, leaves, or shaved bark from trees. 

Kindling: Dry sticks: You should have a lot of kindling varying from toothpick size to pencil size to thumb size! 

Fuel/Wood: Wood that should be as thick as your wrist and as long as your arm. 

"Your kindling has to be very thin, dry and well seasoned.  I always have 3 thicknesses, I start with (in abundance). By well seasoned, it should really crack/ snap when you break it.  If it really bends before breaking, it’s still too fresh.
I’ve used a mechanical pencil here for reference.  You can see how I stack it up in size & orderMake sure that the materials you have are dry. You can check by snapping them, and it should snap and make a cracking sound." 

Step 3: Assembling Your Materials

Make sure your tinder is tight and bundled up together. "Next, your tinder has to be pretty tight.  The stuff you used today was great but you just piled it in and it was really loose.  All that does is allow it to burn really quickly and without direction. Look at my tinder (almost the same stuff), I balled it pretty tight.  Similar to a bird's nest.  This allows for slower airflow but it smolders much more creating and keeping heat."

Take your kindling and lay it around your tinder. Teepee, Log Cabin, and Lean-to are three options for setting up a strong fire but Teepee is the best and almost always work. If you are making a fire on a metal surface, use rocks and place it around to balance your sticks and make a good teepee. "Then, later on, lay your kindling thinnest first.  Go all the way around, then add the next thickness, then the next.  Have your thickest wood ready to place on once you have a true fire." 

Step 4: Keep it Going! When your fire is lit, take your thickest wood/fuel and gently place it on the fire once it started. Do not toss it in else it will shock the fire and fire will extinguish. Gradually add more sticks to keep your fire going. Don't use all of it at once though! 

"Once smoke starts I blow purposefully and directly into the heart of the fire.  You have to gauge needs and change force as it grows."  You can take a stick and lift the bottom of the fire and blow if flames start to die.

"Always remember that a smaller fire is always easier to feed and manage, especially when in a survival situation.  A drawback is that it is also a bit easier to put out when it rains or there’s high winds.  However, it is very easy to build the size of the fire once started."

Troop 12 Webmaster Shohum Raina