Welcome to the website for Troop 158 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts!  Serving the Scouting community  since 1989.

Troop 158 meets at St. Mary's Church (16 Summer Street) on Thursdays at 7:00 PM.  Meetings generally last 90 minutes depending on scheduled activities and planning requirements.  The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters of 158 believe in empowering the young men of the troop to be responsible for organizing and managing weekly meetings, monthly camping trips, and the overall leadership structure of the troop.  This hands-on approach is accomplished through the direction, coaching, and support of the adult leadership.

If you would like to learn more about Troop 158, simply click on the About Us link.    If you would like to ask a question or would like to have an adult leader get in touch with you, click on the Contact Us link.  If you would simply like to learn more about Scouting, you can watch a video on the subject by clicking on this link: 100 Years of Scouting Video.

If you are a member of the Troop and you have forgotten your password, just click on "Login" and then click on "Request new password".  Please follow the instructions on the next screen (the arithmetic problem is actually a security measure, as simple as it seems).

Annual Popcorn Fundraiser in Full Swing

Posted by dpwilliams on Aug 30 2014 - 10:00pm

At Thursday's Troop meeting our Popcorn Kernels kick-off the annual Popcorn Fundraiser.  The goal has been set and Scouts can begin visiting houses in the neighborhoods looking for potential customers. The fundraiser is very important to the Troop, since it the primary means for us to bring in revenue to fund the camping trips each month. The Troop Committee has made a committment to reduce the cost of each monthly campout in order to make them as affordable as they can be, and the money that comes in through the popcorn fundraiser makes that possible.  The boys and their families can benefit in other ways such as earning vouchers for summer camp and scholarship credits for college.

Parents can certainly help by participating in our Popcorn Show and Sell events indicated on our Troop calendar (9/27 and 10/4).  For more information, check out the Popcorn site under the main menu on the Troop website or click on the file attachments in this announcement. Do your best to support the Troop and most of all - just have fun!

NOTE: The popcorn fundraiser ends on October 23rd, which means all forms and full payment will be due at the Troop meeting on that date (no cash please).

First Court of Honor on Thursday, September 4, 2014

Posted by dpwilliams on Aug 27 2014 - 4:11pm

The first Court of Honor of our latest scouting season (starting August 28th) will occur on Thursday, September 4th, 2014.  A Court of Honor is a Troop activity where Scouts come together to get their awards with their families in attendance to share in their accomplishments.  A Court of Honor is one of the most important and honored ceremonies for a Troop, since it is an opportunity for everyone affiliated with the organization to share in the achievements of its members.

It is also a great time for fellowship not only between Scouts but also with the adults.  In celebration of the boys' achievements and the start of a new Scouting season we would like to invite all parents to join us for refreshments and conversation after the official ceremony.  The Scouts and the adult leadership are looking forward to this event and the celebration afterwards.  We hope that you will join us.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - St. Mary's Family Festival - 9/12, 9/13, 9/14

Posted by dpwilliams on Aug 27 2014 - 3:38pm

Troop 158's SPL wanted to remind everyone that St. Mary's Family Festival occurs on September 12th, 13th and 14th and that the Troop needs volunteers (Scouts and/or parents) who wish to lend a hand with our charter organization.  Pack 158 is working closely with event organizers and are asking our help to support their efforts.  This is a great opportunity for the Troop to show our Scout Spirit to the younger boys in the Pack and to simply "help other people at all times".  There are lots of opportunities to help, so Scouts can contact the SPL for more information.  Parents can volunteer by going directly to the following St. Mary's website: http://www.stmarysparish.org/NewsEvents/FamilyFestival/Volunteer.aspx.

On behalf of the Troop 158 leadership, thanks in advance for your support.

Upcoming Fall Camping Trips - UPDATED 8/27

Posted by dpwilliams on Aug 27 2014 - 2:30pm

Scouts and Parents,

The Troop's SPL has informed the adult leadership about some upcoming camping trips in the fall so please mark your calendars.  The dates are as follows:

  • September 19, 20 & 21 - Trip to Gilmanton, NH (previously listed as Mt. Monadnock)
  • October 24, 25 & 26 - Spook-o-ree at Treasure Valley (verified that date matches the one shown on Mohegan Council website)
  • November 15 & 16 - Trip to Pugatory Chasm

A sign-up event for the September campout will be posted on the Troop's website in a couple of weeks, so please keep a close eye on the website.  The Troop leadership should also be finalizing their trip calendar for the next several months, so again please look for more details on the website.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Eagle Project Tennis Fundraiser

Posted by dpwilliams on Aug 21 2014 - 11:33am

Aditya has requested that we inform the Scouts about his need for volunteers to assist with a fundraising activity for his Eagle project.  For his Eagle project he plans on refurbishing the tennis courts at Dean Park by replacing the old tattered nets with new regulation tennis nets, which will include a center strap to support the net. The plan is also to repair the tensioner and net support poles as required. Along with this, a new gate latch and scorecards will be added to make the courts look professional. In order to pay for the materials, Aditya is conducting a fundraising activity. 12 volunteers will be needed for the fundraising event which is a tennis tournament to be held on September 13th at Dean Park.

IMPORTANT - Annual Health and Medical Record

Posted by dpwilliams on Jul 29 2014 - 11:34pm

To ensure the health and safety of every Scout on weekend campouts and even weekly meetings, it is imperative that the Scoutmaster of Troop 158 has access to the basic medical information of each and every Scout in the Troop.  This information is gathered through the completion parts A and B of the Annual Health and Medical Record.  If your son went to summer camp this year, the Troop will already have this information.  If your son did not attend summer camp this year, you will need to fill out the form and have your son present it to the Scoutmaster at one of the first meetings in late August or early September.

The completion of the form is necessary for a Scout to participate in all activities, day camps, local tours, and weekend camping trips less than 72 hours. The form will need to be updated at least annually. Part A is an informed consent, release agreement, and authorization that needs to be signed by every participant (or a parent and/or legal guardian for all youth under 18). Part B is general information and a health history. Part C (not included in the basic version of the medical form) is your pre-participation physical certification for events that are 72 hours or longer. It is not required as part of the annual medical record, but will be required on an as needed basis (i.e. summer camp, high adventure trips).

The form can be found using this link: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_AB.pdf

Instructions and Q&A regarding this policy can be found using this link: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_instruction.pdf

For an overview of the Annual Health and Medical Record policy click on this link: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/healthandsafety/ahmr.aspx

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