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).

Upcoming Camping Trips - UPDATED 9/17

Posted by dpwilliams on Sep 17 2014 - 11:02pm

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 10 & 11 - Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA
  • February 7 & 8 - LEAD trip at Winter Trek (date subject to change)
  • 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.

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"

Annual Popcorn Fundraiser Continues with Great Success

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

The Troop's annual Popcorn Fundraiser has been going strong for a few weeks and Scouts are making great strides at reaching the Troop goal.  When Scouts and parents are simply talking to others about our popcorn fundraiser, they can direct them to our Popcorn webpage that provides information regarding the type of popcorn being offered and the prices.  While orders cannot be taken from our popcorn page, potential customers can at least get a chance to figure out what it is they want to buy.  People can get to our popcorn site using this link: http://shrewsbury158.mytroop.us/node/3471.

Our Popcorn Kernel would like to point out some important news and tips that she received recently from the Mohegan Council:

1. A reminder on Safe Scouting - especially during the Popcorn Sale!

2. How to submit Filled Sheets.

3. Some Sales Tips!

4. News on using the Treasure Valley Credits for the OA Conclave!


Remember to 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).

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

Have you ever wondered why we have a Magee games day every week while summer camp is in session?

Posted by mharrington on Sep 5 2014 - 6:38pm

August sixth is a day that all Scouts should celebrate! Have you ever noticed all the buildings at camp that have a Magee fund sign? Have you ever wondered why we have a Magee games day every week while summer camp is on session?

MageeGeorge Magee was so impressed with what Scouting was doing during the early part of the last century that he made a special gift to Boy Scout camps in Massachusetts. Magee was a theatrical agent and manager who most notably managed Boston’s Grand Opera House from the 1890s through 1916. Being very involved in the community, he saw Scouting as a program making significant positive impact on the lives of young men. He turned this belief into a permanent commitment to Scouting, by establishing a trust upon his death. His will reads, in part:

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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