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posted Dec 4, 2013, 9:14 AM by Troop122 BigBears   [ updated Dec 4, 2013, 11:26 AM ]
Class A

Form Klondike teams & Town workers for Klondike Derby
Skills: Mock Klondike Derby with teams
Game: Box game
Scoutmaster Minute: Mr. Golubiniski

Winter Court of Honor

Troop 122 will be holding its Winter Court of Honor during the regular troop meeting on Thursday, 19 December 2013.  All parents are invited and encouraged to come.  The Court of Honor is when your son will receive any rank advancement, merit badges, or special recognition.  He will be especially proud to have his parents there to witness his achievement and possibly even pin his new rank on his uniform.

More Wreaths to Sell

Scouts and Parents,
This weekend's blitz was productive but we still have about 200 wreaths to sell.

We are very confident that we will be able to sell the remaining wreathes!  Our blitz's in the past have always been two weeks AFTER Thanksgiving.  People may have been away this weekend, still not decorating for Christmas yet, etc.

The Troop must blitz next weekend to sell the remaining wreaths.  The locations will be Advanced Auto Care and possibly the fire station on Rt 35 South (past Cooper Tire).

We are NOT asking the scouts and parents to do another mandatory blitz but are hoping that enough will agree to put in a few hours on Saturday or Sunday to sell the remainder of the wreaths.

Any scouts and parents willing to help again would be greatly appreciated.

We also have placed an ad on Craig's list at:     Boy Scout Christmas Wreath Sale   If you could forward this to anyone in your address book that might be interested, it would help get the extra wreaths sold this weekend.

Thank you for all your support!

Kyle & Sue

Committee Members Needed

Troop 122 is looking for a few committee members

Specifically, we are looking for people to fill the positions of
  • Membership Chair
  • Quartermaster
  • Secretary
  • Training/Records Chair
The Troop Committee meets once a month on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at VFW 2179 in Port Monmouth.  Next meeting is tomorrow

These are positions that need to be filled to ensure that the troop and troop activities continue to run smoothly.  Anybody interested is invited to attend this month's committee meeting for more information.  Please come out and lend a hand.

Yours in Scouting,

Will Purcell
Committee Chair
Troop 122

Merit Badge Counselors needed

Hello Leaders and Parents,

My request for scout merit badge counselors sent out several months ago drew some interest, but as of yet has only resulted in one badge counselor stepping forward to accept a position.

I am aware how busy life gets with home and work duties and that time seems so short. I feel the constraints myself, but I keep in mind that all that I do is in the interest of raising my children right, and I know there is no better time investment toward that end than in giving to the Boys Scout program. I don’t always have all of the answers, but I firmly believe that the Boy Scouts of America program does!

The Merit Badge counselor position is crucial in guiding the Boys toward complete achievement in the program and in life skills and recreational pleasures. It does not require a PhD in any area of interest, and requires minimal time and effort on your part.

I find that many badges requirements are comfortable reviews of things that I already know something about.  The job as counselor is to make sure the Scout has a plan for learning and experience and reasonable time frame for their efforts.

Upon completion, the Scout will call you to request a 30 minute sit down at your convenience, where you ask them the requirement questions in the handbook.

Warning! Prepare to be inspired by the presentations that come out of their energies, I
learned more about U.S. History than I had learned (Thank you, Evan!)

All you have to do is:
  • Wait for the call
  • Meet with the scout at your convenience
  • Discuss their plan and go over the requirements for the badge from the handbook
  • (or internet sheet that you print.)
  • Wait for them to complete their work and call you again
  • Set up a review session at your convenience
  • Listen to 30 minutes of a reciprocal educational presentation
  • Sign their “Blue Card” acknowledging completion of the requirements for the badge.
I guarantee that you will enjoy the experience.

So please lend a hand, contact Troop leaders today!


Rob Nickel
Merit Badge Coordinator'
Troop 122, Big Bears
908 601-0654


Boy Scouts of America has already provided the information that you will need in a convenient-on-line format so you can quickly be proficient in the subject matter as well as offering structure and planning guidance to any Scout interested in the particular badges.


Merit Badge Counselor Orientation


Merit Badges

Swimming and Lifesaving Merit Badge 

Swimming and Lifesaving Merit Badges Courses will be offered during February and March of 2014.  If interested, see flier for more details.

Troop122 BigBears,
Dec 4, 2013, 9:14 AM