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CELEBRATING 99 YEARS OF SCOUTING SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITIES!

Welcome to Scouts BSA Troop 658. We offer a full and exciting, adventure-based program for both young men and women.

Troop 658 has been offering scouting to youth, ages 11-17 since 1923. In 2019 we began offering the scouting program to female youth. Troop 658 is a regional troop serving Winooski, Colchester, Burlington, South Burlington, Milton, Essex Jct. and the surrounding communities. 

Do you want to become friends with other scouts across Vermont, explore the outdoors, become a leader, have fun learning exciting new skills?  Want to explore ice fishing on Lake Champlain, learn to build a fire with primitive tools, climb Camel’s Hump or even become an Eagle Scout?  How about honing your aim with a rifle, shotgun or bow and arrow?  Do you want to meet experts from different professions and explore career paths?

BSA Troop 658 can provide all these opportunities and more. If you are interested come and visit us. We meet Sunday evenings at Saint Francis Xavier School in Winooski, Vermont from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

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 9 years running.

Troop 658 and 3752 - 2022

Bear Grylls Approves of Kettle Pond

Posted by sszykier on May 10 2022 - 11:14pm
We all know Bear Grylls as the rugged British adventurer in the hit T.V. show Man vs. Wild. But did you know that Bear Grylls is the chief ambassador for World Scouting? If you watch any of his shows you will see he wears the scouting world crest that we all wear above our hearts.
 
While Bear Grylls can't attend our Kettle Pond camp-out he would approve of our Scout planned itinerary. which includes a short hike, sleeping in lean-to's, building survival shelters, and of course endless games of president.
 
I also think Bear would approve of Kettle pond itself. The pond is part of Groton State Forest, and is one of the only parks that doesn't allow RV's. The campsites surround the pond and include lean-to's and waterfront views. The pond is even stocked with fish for those that want to try their hand at fishing.
 
I look forward to seeing everyone at Kettle Pond May 27-29th!  Register here: https://www.bsatroop658.org/node/6004 by 5/18.
 
Mr. Szykier

Join us for a hike!

Posted by sszykier on May 7 2022 - 7:38am

Whether it's casting a bucktail or traversing a mountainside, Scouting is all about fun in the outdoors. Camping, hiking, biking, climbing...in Scouting, we do it all! Every skill level is welcome! If you've never been outside...what are you waiting for? It's great out here! Join us on Saturday May 21st from 3-5 pm for a short afternoon hike at Niquette Bay State park in Colchester.  All kids between 10-17 and their family are welcome!  No need to be a scout!  RSVP here: https://bit.ly/may658.

Open Sea Base Slot Available

Posted by plabrie on May 4 2022 - 6:28am

Parents should have received an email from Mr. Labrie on May 2nd regarding this announcement.  There is one open Sea Base slot (for a scout) available.  Sea Base is scheduled for 6-12 August 2023. One key requirement is the scout must be 12 years or older the date of arrival. 

Parent/Guardian Letter with Survey

Posted by plabrie on May 4 2022 - 6:22am

Parents and Guardians,

We are committed to providing a high quality program to your scout and would like to better understand your current level of involvement, understanding of the scout program, and areas you might be interested in assisting with.

What do Memphis and Harry Potter have in common?

Posted by sszykier on May 3 2022 - 1:13pm

 

We all know Harry Potter as the scrappy wizard who overcame great odds to defeat Lord Voldemort. But have you ever considered how his journey to greatness is like scouts?

In the books and films Harry joined Hogwarts as a muggle who was unfamiliar with the world of wizards. He met a great group of friends and learned all sorts of magical skills. One of the most important skills he learned was leadership.

Harry used his leadership skills to defeat Lord Voldemort by developing a plan and working as a team.

Scout leaders don’t study the dark arts or use spells but they do use leadership skills to plan and run activities.

You don’t have to defeat Voldemort either to be a leader in scouts. Instead you have to show leadership to other scouts by living the scout oath, motto, and law. When you do these things other scouts elect you to be their leader at the patrol and troop level.

So ask yourself if you are ready to unlock the Harry Potter within you and lead your fellow scouts to great things.

I look forward to seeing all of the troops elected leaders at the upcoming patrol leaders council meeting on May 8th 2022 at SFX between 5:30-6:30 PM.

Green Up Day saves Champ!

Posted by sszykier on May 3 2022 - 1:05pm

Did you know that Vermonters generate over 673 thousand tons of trash each year? That’s a lot of trash and unfortunately not all it makes it into recycling or waste management systems. According to the State of Texas Americans produce over 5.1 Billion tons of litter each year.

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