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CELEBRATING 95 YEARS OF SCOUTING SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITIES!

Boy Scout Troop 658 has served youth from Winooski, Colchester, Burlington, South Burlington, Milton, Essex Jct. and the surrounding communities since 1923.  We offer exciting, adventure based programs for boys ages 11-17. We meet Sunday evenings at Saint Francis Xavier School from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.  Visit us and see for yourself what a difference you can make in the life of a young man.

Scouting's Journey to Excellence" is the BSA's council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.  We are proud to be a "Gold" level unit for 8 years running.




Social Distancing and our relatives

Posted by mlane on Mar 18 2020 - 6:07am

Say Hi to your relatives via video chat while we practice SOCIAL DISTANCING!

 

- Schedule a routine call

- Have a virtual meal together

-Watch the same movie and then video chat

- Be Creative!!!!!!

 

TROOP 658's First Virtual Meeting held March 15, 2020

Posted by mlane on Mar 18 2020 - 6:07am

On March 15, Troop 658 held the first virtual meeting.  Well DONE Scouts.

We need to hear from all members of Troop 658 about how this first event went and how we can improve for the future.

Please complete the survey here by Friday March 20th:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdxF6EjFKH_zVd3kD4bKjD9U0cKTr-5OrCUszjU_j3YBxzGRw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Scouting Events and Questions on Covid 19

Posted by mlane on Mar 18 2020 - 6:07am

Members of Troop 658, 

We understand there are questions around event status and Covid 19 and I want to address some of those questions here.

First, and most important, is the health and safety of the members of our troop, families and communities.  This focus on safety IS a core tenant of the scouting program. 

Second, we have no knowledge of individuals within our program or schools that are known to be infected or associated with infected individuals. 

Third, we can all do our part to prevent the spread of this virus and many others. The CDC has great guidelines that can be found here.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fprevention-treatment.html

  

The basic steps being: 

  • Stay home except to get medical care when you are sick,
  • Separate yourself when sick from other people and animals in your home,
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes,
  • Clean your hands often - Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty,
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands,
  • Avoid sharing personal household items,
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
  • Elbow bump or wave as a friendly gesture 

Finally, you may see some changes to some of our events and/or council/district events or in some cases events may be cancelled.  This is rapidly evolving and we will do our part while ensuring we have a fun and SAFE program for all our families and friends and community members.

 

Feel free to reach out with any questions either via email or via phone  (802)238-0994. 

 Yours in Scouting,

 Mike

Statewide Camporee - Early Bird Deadline extended toi April 8th

Posted by mlane on Mar 11 2020 - 6:38am

At the Three Rivers District Roundtable last night it was announced that the Early Bird Deadline for the statewide camporee has been extended.  Please signup today!  All payments must be received by April 8th!

Dont miss out on this great opportunity SIGNUP HERE: https://www.bsatroop658.org/node/5515

 

It is BIG CHILL Time!

Posted by mlane on Mar 11 2020 - 6:37am
Apr 25 2020
Apr 26 2020
Colchester Bayside Park, Colchester, VT

Big Chill Overnighter April 25-26, 2020

The Troop will continue its support of the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont April 25-26, 2020.  The Epilepsy Foundation conducts a fundraiser in which volunteers solicit sponsors to give them money to take a dip in Lake Champlain on Sunday, April 26th.

The troop’s role is to monitor the large white tent that is put up the day prior to ensure the weather or unwanted visitors do not disrupt the tent, which is used for the event on Sunday morning. 

WHO:  All Scouts and Parents/Guardians are invited:

WHAT:  Afternoon and overnight to have fun, play in the park, and introduce new Scouts in an easy, nearby overnight experience.

WHEN:  Begins on Saturday, April 25 at 5:00 p.m. and continues overnight with pick up the next morning; Sunday April 26 no later than 8:00 a.m.

WHERE: Colchester Bayside Park.  You can park and drop off at the parking lot across the street.  Please be careful crossing the street.

WHY: Have fun and assist a local nonprofit organization.  Scouts attending the overnight earn three hours of Community Service.

COST:  We are asking each Scout and adult to sign up and pay $13.00 by check for the dinner meal Saturday evening and the breakfast on Sunday morning. 

SIGNUP: If you have internet access, please use the Troop Website to sign up.  Alternate sign up means is at a troop meeting with Mr. Belluche or one of the Assistant Scoutmasters.  Early sign up is encouraged to help organizers plan meals and activities.  

Mystery Tour - SIGN UP TODAY!

Posted by mlane on Mar 4 2020 - 6:37am
Mar 14 2020 - 4:00pm
Mar 15 2020 - 8:00am

Please join us for the 2020 Troop 658 Mystery Tour!  What is it you might ask?  The Mystery Tour is an event planned by your Scoutmasters and Troop 658 Committee members.  This year’s events include, oh wait, it’s a mystery and intended to be a surprise for the boys!! All scouts must check with their parents before signing up on the Troop Website. 

WHEN: The Mystery Tour is scheduled to begin on 3/14/20 at 4pm at SFX and end on 3/15/20 at 8:00 am.  The pick-up location will be communicated directly to the parents and is within a 10 mile radius of SFX.

DEADLINE: No later than March 8th.   Signup here: https://www.bsatroop658.org/node/5494

COST:  $20 per person; includes all food, lodging and activities.

VOLUNTEERS: We need parents/guardians over the age of 18 to help with this event.  Please consider volunteering your time. The event is completely planned out and volunteers need to help monitor activities Saturday evening and Sunday morning. If at all interested, see contact information below to learn how you can help.

Parents who are not registered adult leaders and do not have a valid Youth Protection Certificate (that expires before 3/14/20) need to complete “Youth Protection Training.  The training takes ~1-2 hours.  Once you complete the training, print your certificate and submit it to our ASM, Tim Stetson.

The Youth Protection Training is located on the BSA website at https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/  Once the page populates, under the main heading “Youth Protection – BSA Youth Protection Mission Statement”, You will see the bolded sentence “New to Scouting”. Select “click here to login and take Youth Protection Training”. You will need to create an account before you begin the training. 

PARENTS: more information will be coming to you as sign-ups are finalized. There won't be a parents' meeting to discuss the planned activities so if you have questions in the meantime, please feel free to reach out to Memphis's parent, Kam McConnell. Call, text or email: 802-881-6939, kamcconnell@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for honoring the tradition of secrecy!

 

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