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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).

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

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.

. . . mentally awake, . . .

Posted by dpwilliams on Jun 21 2014 - 9:35pm

USScouts.org provides the meaning of the Scout Oath and with it a description of the phase “mentally awake” as follows: “Develop your mind both in the classroom and outside of school. Be curious about everything around you, and work hard to make the most of your abilities. With an inquiring attitude and the willingness to ask questions, you can learn much about the exciting world around you and your role in it.”

As a member of Troop 158, Alex N. has taken those words to heart as he has been recently recognized for his outstanding achievements by Shrewsbury’s Russian School of Mathematics (RSM).  According to an article in Shrewsbury’s Community Advocate, Alex is one of 600 RSM participants who posted top scores in math competitions during the past twelve months.  His accomplishments include John Hopkins CTY SAT high honors, 12th place national winner Math Kangaroo, MOEMS M silver, and RSM Olympiad bronze.

The next time you see Alex, please congratulate him on his outstanding accomplishments and share with your Scoutmaster any academic awards or achievements that indicate that you are also “mentally awake”.

A sure sign of a great Summer

Posted by mharrington on Jun 21 2014 - 5:19pm

Lending a Helping Hand: The Aim of Scouting – Part 1

Posted by dpwilliams on Jun 21 2014 - 2:00pm

It is the quintessential stereotype - the image of a Boy Scout helping a little old lady across the street.  For the Boys Scouts of America to be regarded in such a way is really not a bad thing.  After all, one of the primary goals of Scouting is to “help other people at all times” and to “do a good turn each day”.  It is really what makes Scouting a great organization for boys, young men and adults alike.  I originally wanted my sons in Scouting because I wanted them to adopt the values of Scouting (the Oath and Law) and to grow up wanting to help other people.  Not long after, I volunteered to help the local Pack leadership, because I wanted to do more than to simply assist with my two boys with their Scouting activities.  I was nervous at first, because I only had so much free time, and I was worried that I would be asked to do too much.  I did what I could and I felt great doing it.  I have made many new friends because of my involvement in Scouting for which I am very grateful.

Scouting at the Troop level is a 100% volunteer organization.  No one gets paid to do what he or she does at this level.  But again, this is what makes it special, because everyone works together to make the program work.  There are three types of people that are necessary for a successful Scouting organization: boys, parents and adult leaders.  Of course it is obvious that the Boy Scouts needs boys (and young men), but it is equally important that they have the support of their parents.  While the Troop activities are boy-led, there still needs to be a number of adults who help behind the scenes to keep the Troop funded and organized so that the boys can do their thing.

While we currently have a fair amount of parents volunteering to be a part of Troop’s adult leadership, we can always use a few more.  The Troop could certainly use a few more Assistant Scoutmasters, since it is important that we maintain two-deep leadership at all Scouting events and functions.  The Troop definitely needs parents who will not only drive the boys to their weekend campouts, but would also be willing to stay over.  The Troop Committee is currently in need of a new Treasurer, so if you have accounting skills we could use you help.  This is the last year that our current Popcorn Kernels will be organizing the fundraiser, so we could use 1 or 2 adults to assist this year and hopefully take over next year.  A number of committee members have boys who will be turning 18 this year and will be looking to pass the proverbial torch onto another group of dedicated parents for next year.

As you can see, the need for volunteers never ends in an organization such as Scouting.  Please consider helping your son and his Troop by getting involved in anyway that you feel is possible.  If you are not sure what you can do, just reach out and talk to any of the adult leaders in the Troop.  We are sure that you will find it a rewarding experience, simply because you’ll be doing what Scouting does best – helping others.

Lending a Helping Hand: The Aim of Scouting – Part 2

Posted by dpwilliams on Jun 21 2014 - 1:59pm

Each year so many parents volunteer their time to assist with the operation of Troop 158.  They each do so much to help out and they deserve to be recognized for their contributions.  On behalf of the Boy Scouts of America and St. Mary’s Parish, the Troop would like to extend a heart-felt thanks to the following individuals for their participation during the latest Scouting session (September through June):

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