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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.

Upcoming Camping Trips - UPDATED 8/11

Posted by doconnell1 on Aug 11 2015 - 9:18pm

Scouts and Parents,

The Troop's SPL has informed the adult leadership about the first  camping trip for this Scouting season so please mark your calendars.  The dates are as follows:

  • September 11, 12 & 13 - Trip to WellsState Park and Old Sturbridge Village
  • More Dates To Follow

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 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.

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.

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:

Advancement and the Patrol system

Posted by mharrington on Jul 17 2014 - 10:00pm

"Scout advancement  is a natural result of applying the patrol system. Requirements without the patrol experience are a lifeless checklist.

Tenderfoot
2. Spend at least one night on a patrol or troop campout…
3. On the campout, assist in preparing and cooking one of your patrol’s meals. Tell why it is important for each patrol member to share in meal preparation and cleanup, and explain the importance of eating together.
7. Know your patrol name, give the patrol yell, and describe your patrol flag.

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