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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.

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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.

Something to think about this summer vacation

Posted by mharrington on Jun 23 2015 - 8:56pm

UPCOMING EVENT - Aditya's Eagle Project at Dean Park on June 13th

Posted by dpwilliams on May 30 2015 - 10:20am

For his Eagle project, Aditya is looking to repair some fences within Dean Park and could use your help. There will be two shifts: the first will run from 8 AM to 11 AM and the second will run from 11 AM to 2 PM. He is looking to get as many people as he can for each shift. Aditya will be providing drinks, pizza and fruit to help keep everyone's energy level high. He doesn't need people to bring any tools, so just sign-up for a shift and then show up at the Dean Park Tennis Courts to lend a hand. Contact Aditya if you have any questions about his Eagle project.

IMPORTANT - Bring Annual Health and Medical Record Forms to Picnic on June 4th

Posted by dpwilliams on May 29 2015 - 9:19pm

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.  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.

IMPORTANT REMINDER - If your son plans to attend summer camp this year at Treasure Valley, it will be necessary to also fill in the information for Part C (not included in the basic version of the medical form).  This is your pre-participation physical certification for events that are 72 hours or longer (i.e. Summer Camp).

Diane Schwab and/or Erica Bodden will be collecting all of the medical forms at the Troop picnic this Thursday, June 4th.  In addition to the medical forms, all other camp authorization forms will need to be turned in on Thursday.  These forms include the Sport Shooting Waiver, Over the Counter Medications Form and Parental Authorization Form (see links below).

 

IMPORTANT LINKS

The medical form for Scouts not attending Summer Camp can be found using this link: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_AB.pdf.

The medical form for Scouts who plan on attending Summer Camp can be found using this link: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_ABC.pdf.

The three additional forms for Summer Camp can be found using this link: http://www.mohegancouncilbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/2015-Parent-Guardian-Authorization-Forms-3-forms-500.pdf.

Instructions and Q&A regarding the medical health form 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.

Upcoming Camping Trips - UPDATED 1/6

Posted by doconnell1 on May 13 2015 - 12:49pm

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
  • June 6 & 7 - 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.

IMPORTANT - Summer Camp Payment and Class B Order Form

Posted by dpwilliams on Apr 25 2015 - 6:57pm

Attention Scouts and Families:

It is time to register for Summer Camp, which takes place from July 26th through August 1st this year.  The early bird fee is $360.00 per Scout.  Please make checks payable to Troop 158 and bring to either Diane Schwab or Erica Bodden at the meeting on April 30th or May 7th.  Any payment made after May 7th date will be $420.00 and needs to be brought directly to Council.

Of course all of the proper forms will need to be completed as well (the due date will be announced later).  The two primary forms for Scouts attending camp are the BSA Annual Health and Medical Form and the 2015 Parent Guardian Authorization Forms-3 forms (500).  You can access these forms by going to Mohegan Council's website for Boy Scout Resident Camp at http://www.mohegancouncilbsa.org/boy-scout-resident-camp/ or just click on the name of the forms in this announcement.

If you have any questions regarding summer camp forms, please contact Diane at dianeschwab@verizon.net or Erica at spinnaker5@townisp.com.

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P.S. If a Scout is interested in purchasing a 2015 Summer Camp Class-B tee shirt or hoodie, simply fill out the form attached to this announcement and turn it in with your other Summer Camp forms.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - Summer Camp Information and Campership Form

Posted by dpwilliams on Feb 1 2015 - 5:38pm

While summer camp at Treasure Valley is still months away, now is the time to start making some preparations (as Scouts ought to do). Here is some important information:

For Scouts: Troop 158 will be attending summer camp at Treasure Valley from July 26th through August 1st.

For parents of Scouts: the cost of summer camp is $360, if the forms are submitted before May 12th. It increases to $420, if the forms are submitted after that date.

Erica Bodden will once again oversee the collection of the summer camp forms and money, but this is her last year doing so. Therefore, it would be helpful if we had a parent volunteer who was willing to help Erica this year, and then take over the responsibilities next year. If someone simply waits until next year to volunteer, it will be much more difficult on this person, since he or she won't have Erica's knowledge to guide him or her through the process.

The required campership is also attached to this announcement.  If you have any questions, please contact Erica.  Your Scoutmaster also wanted to let everyone know that this is the 90th summer of camping at Treasure Valley, which is all the more reason for Scouts to attend and have a great time.

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