Camp Glen Gray Honors Maplewood Scout Leader Carol Pinkus
On Sunday,October 21st, Camp Glen Gray will induct Carol Pinkus, a leader in Maplewood scouting for over a decade, into its Hall of Fame. Established as a scout camp in 1917, Camp Glen Gray is now part of the Bergen County Parks system and is managed by the Friends of Glen Gray.
Carol Pinkus (we first knew her as Carol Platt when she started coming to the Glen in 1991), having been a Girl Scout as a youth, first got involved with Camp Glen Gray in 1990 when her son joined Pack 4 Maplewood in 1990. Her active involvement began when she joined her son at Cub Scout resident camp held at Glen Gray. From that night up in Camp Glen Gray’s Stag Run campsite, Carol’s involvement as a faithful Glen Gray supporter and with scouting has never waned.
In the early 90’s, she oversaw the production of a promotional video and brochure for the Cub Scout Summer Resident Camp program at Camp Glen Gray. She and fellow Glen Gray supporter, the late Scott Gaipa spent many years as the camp promotions team for the program throughout Orange Mountains district. She was called to honored membership of the Old Guard of Camp Glen Gray, a camp service organization, in 1995. She has served the Old Guard, Friends of Glen Gray and Glen Gray in general in many different capacities over the years.
In addition to her involvement with the camp, Carol held many different leadership roles in her Pack, including Cubmaster and Committee Chair. She moved up to being an ASM with Troop 5 Maplewood when her sons joined the troop and acted as camping coordinator for almost 15 years.
Carol is currently serving as cubmaster and assistant scoutmaster for Scotch Plains scouts. She also serves as a unit commissioner for cub scout packs in Scotch Plains and Westfield, and Warren.
Carol completed Scouting’s rigorous Wood Badge training course in 2000 and served on staff for the 2003 Wood Badge course. She has served on the district and council level in a number of different roles. Her dedication to Scouting was recognized with the District Award of Merit in 1995 and the Silver Beaver Award in 1998.
In 2005 Carol received the Maple Leaf Award from the Maplewood Civic Assoc for her community involvement, not only in Scouting, but also for her volunteer work with several other organizations. She used her technical theatre background to assist with shows at the middle school and high school in Maplewood while her boys helped run the Stage Crew. Her sons Jake, 27, a Life Scout, and Harry, 25, an Eagle Scout, both live and work in NYC in professional theatre in the areas of lighting, sound and production management.
Carol has been with Marvel Entertainment for almost 22 years as their Director of Intellectual Property. Carol lives with her husband Arthur (OG 09) in Scotch Plains. In her spare time she enjoys scuba diving, snow skiing, landscaping, geocaching, reading and BAKING(!)
The Hall of Fame awards are presented at the Camp’s annual Homecoming at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 21st. For more information, contact the camp at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (201) 327-7234,