ROSELAND, NJ - On Memorial Day, Caldwell’s Boy Scout Troop 3 participated in the dedication of a stone memorial which was created by Eagle Scout Daniel Sanchez, of Roseland. To commemorate the occasion, members of the Roseland governing body were in attendance, as well as volunteers from the Roseland Fire Department, Roseland First Aid Squad and officers from the Borough's Police Department. The troop was joined by family, friends and residents along with their mentors, Roseland
residents, Scoutmaster Jerry Groome and Assistant Scoutmaster, Bill Styskal. Sanchez, 17, is a member of the West Essex High School Class of 2015.
The monument joins other historical markers dedicated to Veterans in front of the Old Boro Hall; it reads:
A Tribute from Roseland
Troop 3, Caldwell, is an official Boy Scouts of America (BSA) troop under the Northern New Jersey Council. It was established in 1917 and currently holds its meeting at the Caldwell United Methodist Church.
On hand for the occasion were Dr. Michael Testa, the Chaplin of the Caldwell VFW Post, and Vivian Rodeffer, Pastor of Caldwell United Methodist Church; both offered prayers and inspirational thoughts.
Styskal addressed the Troop 3 members and gathered audience with the following words:
"Welcome to today’s ceremony and thank you for attending. My name is Bill Styskal and I’m the Assistant Scout Master of Caldwell Troop 3. I along with Scout Master Jerry Groome and the Scout Executive Board James Petrarca, Frank Alexander, Pete Levine, Tom Iandiorio, Jerry Fahey, and Tim Zyla are honored to be here today on such an important occasion. We’re here today to honor our service members and to remember the sacrifices they have made in honor of duty, honor, and country.
Styskal explained that the Caldwell troop takes a “very aggressive approach” to getting each of their members to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
“We are very successful at getting our kids to the Eagle level,”
Most of the Troop 3 scouts start at the earliest level of Cub Scouts, named
Tiger Scouts, usually in the first grade. By fifth grade, they transition from Cubs to Boys Scouts in an official “Bridge Ceremony.” Those older scouts then work to reach Eagle Scout ranking and by age 18, all scouts are considered adults at which time many of them go on to assist with the scouting program.
In 2012, about seven percent of all Boy Scouts attained the level of Eagle Scout.
“I’m not sure what percent of our scouts
Roseland resident and retired Army Sergeant Michael Bottenger showed his appreciation for Troops 3's memorial.
To express his feelings, Boettinger quoted,
"We were all so grateful for everyone coming out to view the
Troop 3 has scout members from towns throughout West Essex. If anyone is interested in joining the troop, they should contact Assistant Scoutmaster Bill Styskal by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.