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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.

IMPORTANT REMINDER - Halloween Party on Thursday, October 30th

Posted by dpwilliams on Oct 28 2014 - 9:08am

Here is a message from your SPL:

Troop 158's Halloween party is this Thursday, October 30th. Make sure you wear a costume for the contest. There will also be a food contest so bring either a delicious dessert or snack to the meeting this Thursday. If you are in the Green Moose or Green Needle Patrol, please bring drinks instead.

Thanks,

Mike

November Overnight Rock Climbing Trip - Saturday, November 15th

Posted by dpwilliams on Oct 18 2014 - 8:02pm

Troop 158's November trip is overnight rock climbing at Central Rock Gym on November 15th.

For those Scouts 13 and over there is a mandatory belaying class set up for Wed November 12th. If you can not make the 12th you can make arrangements to take it a different day.

The trip has been posted on the website. Please sign up or regret as soon as possible as we need to provide numbers to Central Rock.

Posted on behalf of your PLC.

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"

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:

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