Monday, January 13, 2020

Our Scoutmaster

Mr. Sudnick, our former scoutmaster, transitioned into a new role, but his legacy will continue...

Troop 12 is grateful for having Mr. Sudnick, a great scoutmaster and leader, who made Troop 12 the best troop in the area! When we were still in cub scouts, we visited many different troops, but there was one troop that stood out. There was one troop whose leadership influenced me and the reason why I decided to join. Mr. Sudnick has dedicated his time to scouting, planning activities, believing in us, and being an inspiration to many scouts and adult leaders. Mr. Sudnick is a very active person who is involved in his community. Although we may not see you often, we will continue your legacy by making scouting strong and vibrant.

-Shohum Raina
Troop 12 Webmaster  

Friday, November 29, 2019

   Tips to Stay Warm this Winter Camping Season
With the upcoming winter, it is important to have the necessary gear in order to keep warm. I will list all the gear and explain why they are so important.

Synthetic base layer pants (ie: tech wick, Under Armor material)
o Synthetic base layer shirt (ie: tech wick, Under Armor material)
o Insulating middle layer pants (ie: fleece, scout pants OK if something covering them)
o Insulating middle layer shirt (ie: fleece)
o Outer windproof layer pants (ie: snow pants, rain pants - scout pants OK)
o Outer windproof layer shirt/jacket

Layering is important during winter camping because they preserve your body heat and keep you from turning into an ice cube. It’s important to have layers because they prevent the cold from entering and block wind or rain depending on what you are wearing. After all, who would want the cold to ruin your experience :(

o 2 wool or fleece hats (1 daytime, 1 sleeping)
o Balaclava or scarf
o 2 pairs of gloves or mittens (one should be insulated/waterproof if possible)

Hats and balaclava are important because most of your body heat is located in your head. If you don’t have a hat or balaclava, heat will escape from your head, which is why you must insulate that heat so it won’t escape. Gloves are important because within seconds without gloves, your hands become extremely cold and that can be very uncomfortable. However, sometimes you will need to work without gloves (like tying knots) as it is very difficult to work with gloves.

o Waterproof boots(insulated is better)
o 3 pairs of wool or synthetic winter socks (one pair for sleeping placed in waterproof ziplock bag)
o 2 pairs of sock liners (or thin nylon sock, ladies knee hi’s)

You probably understand how uncomfortable it is when your feet are cold or wet.  That’s why shoes are there to prevent your feet from getting wet! Socks are important, but only get wool or synthetic ones. Never wear cotton, as you can sweat and cotton can absorb that sweat and you can get frostbite/blisters.

o Sleeping bag (20 degree or less) (OR can use two sleeping bags, one sleeping bag plus liner, other approved combo)
o Sleeping pad (1/2’’ think closed-cell foam pad, mandatory) (inflatable camping pad, optional)
o Eating utensils, bowl, insulated mug
o Headlamp with extra batteries (or small flashlight with extra batteries)
o 1 large (32 oz) water bottle
o Compass
o Emergency survival kit or personal first aid kit
o Lip balm
o Toilet paper and hand sanitizer in ziplock bag

Everything you do in winter camp outs, such as sleeping, eating, hiking, and doing other activities will require these equipment. For sleeping in low temperatures, get a winter sleeping bag and pad. Don’t use an inflatable sleeping pad as the cold from the ground will enter. Use a foam or mat, but nothing that includes air. For eating, bring utensils, plates, cups, etc. And just because the weather is cold, doesn’t mean that you don’t have to bring a water bottle.  For hiking or at night, bring headlights since it can get dark. And there is always a chance of an emergency, so a first aid kit is a must.

Some other things you can get are hand, leg, or chest warmers. If you’re like me who can get cold very easily, it is a good idea to bring a couple of hand warmers, they really help! They aren’t required but it is always good to have some while camping.

Lastly, here are some tips you might need to know:

Don’t waste hand warmers if your hands aren’t cold.

Cover your head with your sleeping bag with some space between the bag and ground.When you breathe, your breath will warm up the inside of the bag, and you will stay warm.

If you start feeling cold, do some exercises! Don’t overdo it as you can sweat, but it can warm you up! (Push-ups, sit-ups, jogging in place, jumping jacks, etc) Once you start feeling warm, you can stop exercising.

Nature is alluring, but at times it doesn’t have mercy, either. If we are prepared, and respectful, we can overcome the harsh weather and there will be no excuse not to campout. Troop 12 is ready for camping. Are you?

Shohum Raina
Troop 12 Webmaster

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

T12 Breakfast Help 2019

REMINDER T12 families: Any breakfast ticket money and unsold tickets need to be returned at the Thursday troop meeting! Also, volunteer breakfast shifts are still available for both Scouts and adults! If you haven't signed up yet, please do so now. Thanks for your help!
from Boy Scouts Troop 12 Edison NJ

Saturday, February 16, 2019

This months Troop theme is " Physical Fitness" We went over the mechanics, and how the game of basketball, and soccer are played. Edison United Soccer Association donated some items for our meeting, the scouts had a contest on who ever can kick over the cone that the EUSA hat is on, will be theirs. We also had a visit by the Webelos II cubscouts from pack 318 , a scout from pack 318 had some good mechanics, and hit the cone. Congratulations to our winner.
from Boy Scouts Troop 12 Edison NJ

Sunday, February 3, 2019

All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Breakfast!

Troop 12 All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Breakfast!

Boy Scouts Troop 12 of Edison is hosting its annual All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Breakfast at the Edison Elks Lodge #2487 (375 Old Post Road, Edison) from 8 AM to 12 PM on Sunday, March 3rd. Tickets are $7 cash/check in advance or at the door and $8 per person online.

The event - featuring pancakes, sausage, made-to-order omelets, French toast, carved ham, fresh fruit and so much more - raises funds to support Troop 12's community-service projects, camping activities, and leadership training for the Scouts.

Please show your support and join us for a delicious breakfast!



$8 per person online (children 5 and under free)
Please enter all the names of those in your party if they are going to be arriving at a time other than the main ticket holder.

Names in party:


Can't make it to the breakfast? Donations help pay for Scout supplies and equipment such as tents, lanterns, stoves and more. Thank you for your support!

Donation request letter