Welcome to Troop 658!


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 5 years running.

Climbing Overnight at Metro Rock

Posted by mstein on Mar 19 2017 - 10:56am

Metro Rock (Essex Jct, VT)

February 11, 6:30pm, overnight to next morning

Climbing Overnight at Metro Rock 2017

Scouts in Attendance: Brooks, Tristyn, Wyatt, Logan, Joe, Tobey, Oscar, Dylan, Spencer, Aidan, Lucas, Rory, and Seamus

Adults in Attendance: Mr. Bell, Ms. Parascando

Scouts were dropped off at Metro Rock. We put our belongings in the large function room. The staff then assisted us by fitting us up with harnesses and reviewed the rules with us.

We broke up as a group and started climbing throughout the facility. Then we went up the stairs to the challenging ropes course (at least it was challenging for me). The ropes course involved being high up and walking across blocks (some blocks were fixed and other easily flipped), tight ropes, rope ladders, tires, and other various challenges. The challenges were less about strength and coordination (although they both help) and more about strategy and problem solving.

We then had a crate climbing competition where we had to create a stack of crates and be on the stack of crates while adding crates. Joe became the King of the Crates when Metro Rock ran out of crates to add to his stack.

The adults were thoughtful and brought snacks for us to have throughout the evening.

We set up our sleeping gear around the base of the climbing walls.

We woke up. Packed up. Ate breakfast. Our parents kindly picked us up and brought us home. I imagine some of us went back to sleep after we got home, but not me.

Article by Seamus
Photos by Rory

Mystery Tour Date!

Posted by chart on Mar 17 2017 - 7:25am

2017 Mystery Tour

Every year, we put together a Mystery Tour event that has included activities from Virtual Golf to Laser Tag to Petra Cliffs...Wondering what this year will bring???? Sign up and be part of the surprise!

The evening will start at 3:30PM in front of the Fletcher Free Library on Sunday, April 23rd and last until 8am on Monday morning.  The locations and events will be a secret until the last moment.  In honor of the Scout Motto, scouts should be prepared by packing the following items:

1 Overnight Pack/Bag, including:

Hall of Fame Deadline and Clothing Swap

Posted by chart on Mar 14 2017 - 8:29am

Two important announcements:

Registration deadline for the Baseball Hall of Fame-Howe Caverns Trip has been extended.  If you are interested (scouts, families and friends welcome) please sign up on the web page by THIS Sunday March 19th.   You can find details about the trip here



Does your scout have any scout clothing (Class A or B shirts, or pants) that he has outgrown?   Only clothes that are gently used or still in new condition.  Bring them to the next COH on Sunday March 26th .

Viking Patrol Event - Laser Tag and Arcade

Posted by mstein on Feb 6 2017 - 10:35am

Viking Patrol Laser Tag and Arcade

Viking Patrol Event - Laser Tag

January 16, 2017 6pm-8pm

Scouts: Brendan, Owen, Logan, Trystin, Ethan, Elliot.

Adults: Mr Maurice, Ms Maurice, Mr Little

The Viking Patrol enjoyed dinner of pizza and root beer and headed off for 2 thrilling rounds of laser tag.  First round was 3 on 3 scouts.  Second round the scouts took on a group of older boys and won.  Unfortunately, due to leagues the boys were not able to get in any games of bowling. However, they did manage to get in several sessions of individual and group video games.

Contributed by Mr Maurice

Vermont State House Tour

Posted by mstein on Feb 6 2017 - 10:30am

Vermont State House Tour 2017

Vermont State House Tour

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 9am-2pm

Scouts: Lucas, Aiden, Brendan, Dylan, Matthew F.

Aduts: Ms. Parascando, Ms. Maurice

On January 25th, 2017 a group of Scouts from our Troop visited Vermont’s State House. In the morning, we met the House Representative from South Burlington, Ann Pugh, and she introduced us to a guide who gave us a tour of the building. We learned about the history of the State House, the State tree (the White Pine) and walked through rooms like the Senate Chamber.

Next, we ate banana bread with Governor Phil Scott.

After the tour, we met the Speaker of the House, Mitzi Johnson, and spoke with her briefly. She shared that her husband is an Eagle Scout. We then split into smaller groups and attended several different committee meetings. My group ended up testifying about wifi networks at home and at school! Rep. Pugh next brought us to the cafeteria where we talked to the Lieutenant Governor, David Zuckerman, and met several other members of our local government.

Finally, it was time for the meeting on the floor of the House of Representatives where Mitzi Johnson presided. Sadly, there were not any big discussions taking place so the meeting was adjourned pretty quickly.

I am glad that we were able to visit and learn so much about the state legislature, as well as meet so many people who play such a big role in how our state is run. In the future I will definitely visit again if I have the chance, and urge anyone interested to visit the State House website and schedule a tour. The experience was definitely worth the visit.

Written by Lucas P
Photography by Ms. Parascando


Troop Swim - Rank Requirements

Posted by kbell on Jan 30 2017 - 8:35am

Several Scouts from the Troop spent the evening with Mr. Hart and several older scouts at the EDGE in Williston working on their rank requirements.

The pictures below show the boys working on their skills.  Thanks to Mr. Hart and the older scouts for pulling this together and helping these scouts complete some of their requirements!


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