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).


Troop 158 and Venture Crew 2238 Explore Philmont in 2014

Members of Boy Scout Troop 158 and Venture Crew 2238, both of Shrewsbury, spent 12 days hiking at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico in 2014. The 70-mile trek to an elevation of 11,000 feet over a rugged and mountainous terrain, included activities like fly-tying and fly-fishing, horseback riding, and 30-06 rifle shooting.

Prior to their hike, the groups spent three days exploring Colorado Springs, Colorado where they visited the Garden of the Gods, rode the cog railway up Pikes Peak, and did sandboarding at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

ATTENTION - Scout Sunday to be held on February 8th at St. Mary's Parish

Posted by dpwilliams on Jan 31 2015 - 11:24am

Every year the Troop participates in an event called Scout Sunday. This event typically takes place on the Sunday before February 8th, which is the anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 by William D. Boyce. The founding is based on the efforts of Lord Baden-Powell who formed the Boy Scouts in England a few years earlier. This year's Scout Sunday event for Troop 158 will actually take place on Sunday, February 8th at the 5:30 PM service at St. Mary's Parish. Either Msgr. Rose or Fr. Marcin of St. Mary's Parish will officially recognize the Boy Scouts of Troop 158 and the Cub Scouts of Pack 158 during the mass. Other Scouts in Shrewsbury are also welcome.

Scouts who attend should wear their Class-A uniforms and can sit in the reserved pews at the front of the church. This is a great opportunity for the Troop to demonstrate to the people of St. Mary's Parish how much their support means to us and how grateful we are for being recognized.

We hope that you are able to attend this event.

FYI - Former SPL Mentioned in Scouting Article

Posted by dpwilliams on Jan 6 2015 - 9:23am

One of Troop 158's former senior patrol leaders, Thomas B., was quoted in an article in Scouting magazine.  The subject of the article pertains to the boy-led concept and is worth reading.  Here is the link to the article online: http://digital.scouting.org/scoutingmagazine/janfeb2015/resources/index.htm.  The article starts on page 32 and Thomas is quoted on page 34.  Enjoy the article and feel free to congratulate Thomas and his mother (who is also quoted) the next time you see them.  As you all know, Troop 158 prides itself on its boy-led philosophy and is one of the major reasons why the troop produces a significant number of Eagle Scouts each year.

Upcoming Camping Trips - UPDATED 1/6

Posted by dpwilliams on Jan 6 2015 - 9:23am

Scouts and Parents,

The Troop's SPL has informed the adult leadership about some upcoming camping trips for this Scouting season 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 - Indoor Rock Climbing in Worcester, MA (Purgatory Chasm had no availability)
  • December 12, 13 & 14 - Howe Caverns near Cobleskill, NY
  • January 24 & 25 - Camp Aquapaug in West Kingston, RI
  • February 20 & 22 - LEAD trip (date subject to change and location TBD)
  • March 21 & 22 - Chesterfield Scout Reservation in Chesterfield, MA
  • April 18 & 19 - Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI
  • May 15, 16 & 17 - Zip-line trip to Western Massachusetts

A sign-up event for each campout will be posted on the Troop's website, so please indicate whether you plan to go or whether you are unavailable when each new registration event appears.  Indicating that you cannot go on a camping trip is just as important as indicating that you can go.  When you do not reply it makes it difficult to get a head count because of people who may reply at the last-minute. While the Troop leadership has presented these plans to the Troop Committee, it is important to note that the plans could change, so the Troop will do its best to provide timely updates on the website and via email.

The Last of the Popcorn Fundraiser News

Posted by dpwilliams on Dec 9 2014 - 9:21pm

Congratulations Ryan, Tom, and James for being among the Top 25 sellers of popcorn this year for Mohegan Council. Troop 158 was also in the Top 15 of units on a sales per Scout basis.

From Your Popcorn Kernels:

Erica Bodden and Deb Dempsey

Popcorn News - First $1000 Shoulder Patch Awarded!

Posted by dpwilliams on Sep 15 2014 - 6:52pm

Reprint of "Popcorn News - September 12th" on the Mohegan Council website.

"All I can say is "wow!" The Popcorn Kernel from Troop 158 in Shrewsbury surprised the heck out of me earlier this week by letting me know that they had not one, but TWO scouts who've already reached the $1000 mark!! They also have several other scouts who have filled sheets, so Troop 158 is off to a GREAT start!!

Tom, pictured here, was presented with his "Pop Star" patch, his shoulder patch, some day passes to Central Rock in Worcester, and a very cool Treasure Valley hat! He liked the hat so much he plopped it on his head where it remained for the rest of the night.

Ryan was the other scout who reached the $1000 mark, but unfortunately wasn't available for his picture to be taken.

I asked Ms. Erica Bodden, the Troop's Popcorn Kernel, for some of their "secrets", and her response was pretty simple. "We encourage them to sell, and the prizes are great!"

So, great going, Tom and Ryan, and keep up the good work!

Yours in Scouting,

Chris Paquin, 2014 Mohegan Council Popcorn Kernel

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Click HERE to read more articles from Mohegan Council's "Popcorn News"

Merit Badge Booklets are Now Available on Kindle

Posted by dpwilliams on Sep 7 2014 - 11:00am

In this "digital age" it was just a matter of time before Scouting literature was made available for boys, parents and adult leaders to read on their smartphones, laptops and tablets.  Recently it was posted on Bryan on Scouting (a blog to aid BSA adult leaders and parents with a wide variety of issues and topics) that merit badge booklets can now be found on Kindle.  Brian Wendell, creator of the blog site, provides information regarding Kindle books, the future of BSA material online and the list of books currently available.  To read more about this topic, click on the following link: http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2014/09/03/merit-badge-pamphlets-leader-guides-fieldbook-now-kindle/.

Here is a list of Merit Badge booklets currently available on Kindle:

  • Camping
  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Communication
  • Cooking
  • Cycling
  • Digital Technology
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Environmental Science
  • Family Life
  • First Aid
  • Hiking
  • Lifesaving
  • Personal Management
  • Personal Fitness
  • Robotics
  • Swimming

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