It was in the fourth issue of Lincoln Park Journal, that I wrote the news story of my dad receiving Scoutmaster of the Year and Jack Floyd receiving Assistant Scoutmaster of the Year. As Editor, I made the executive decision to place the story on the front page.
Remembering Lincoln Park Journal, Issue Four
By Richard Mabey Jr.
In early March of 1987, my dad and Jack Floyd each received prestigious awards from the Boy Scouts of America. Dad was elected “Scoutmaster of the Year” by the Executive Council of the Boonton District. And, Jack Floyd was elected “Assistant Scoutmaster of the Year” by the same scouting executive board.
I honestly felt that the story was worthy of being placed on the front page. So, upon completion of my writing the news feature of Dad and Jack receiving these prestigious awards, I made the decision to place the story on the front page of the Lincoln Park Journal.
Dad and Jack’s combined years of serving scouting as scout leaders of Boy Scout Troop 170 totaled nearly 50 years! Plus, each of these two great scout leaders served in other leadership capacities on both the district and council scouting levels. In short, these were two great scout leaders!
Jack Floyd (left hand side) and my dad (right hand side) were two great scout leaders!
Dad and Jack were both veterans of the Second World War. Both saw action. Both were blessed to come home safely.
The two men had a wonderful friendship. After Jack’s first wife went Home to be with the Lord, Jack remarried several years later. Jack asked my dad to be his Best Man. My dad graciously accepted.
Jack Floyd was a great cook. For many years, he served as a cook in a local restaurant, Sam’s Maple Grove, which was located in good old Lincoln Park.
For decades, Jack served as the “Cook of Troop 170.” He regularly cooked meals for the adult leaders on troop campouts and on the big district-wide camporees. Jack also cooked for all of Troop 170, during many of the “Deep Freezes” that were held at Camp Allamuchy in the snow driven months of winter.
Jack wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and work hard for scouting. That included fixing the latrines at Boy Scout Camp Allamuchy.
Jack Floyd was a “roll up his sleeves” kind of man. When it came to scouting, he wanted the scouts to have the best camping facilities. Many a time, Dad and Jack drove up to Camp Allamuchy and worked hard to fix up the camp. That meant, even at times, fixing latrines!
Jack Floyd was a great scout leader. I remember many times, he took on the humble job of “bringing up the rear” on long endurance hikes, such as hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Dad and Jack were both deeply religious men. For many years, Dad was a Lay Leader at the Boonton Methodist Church. For many years, Dad worked with the late Reverend Fred Herwaldt of the First Reformed Church in presenting classes for the God and Country Award.
Dad with the late Reverend Fred Herwarldt.
Both of these gentlemen volunteered thousands upon thousands of hours to the scouting movement. They were dedicated scout leaders. They both cared very much about the scouts of good old Boy Scout Troop 170.
Sadly, Dad and Jack have both passed away. Since their passing, I have felt their presence by my side, many times. They were both great inspirations to me.