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.

Saint Francis Xavier School Craft Fair on Saturday, November 23, 2013

Posted by abelluche on Oct 7 2013 - 2:46pm

Saint Francis Xavier School Craft Fair on Saturday, November 23, 2013


We are inviting you to the Saint Francis School Craft Fair on Saturday, November 23, 2013.

Cooking Merit Badge

Posted by plabrie on Sep 9 2013 - 8:18pm

Good evening,

I received a few requests from scouts to review their Cooking Merit Badge workbooks.  I respectfully request each of you review your workbook and make sure that all entries are legible prior to contacting me.  All scouts are responsible for completing and properly documenting the cooking portion of the merit badge. All cooking requirements can be found in the Cooking Merit Badge Workbook on pages 4-14.  The workbook is located on the troop website.  

Fun Volunteer Opportunity for KidSafe (And Request For Donated Goods)

Posted by chart on Jul 14 2013 - 3:22pm

KidSafe is a local child abuse and prevention organization that does amazing work for families in need and crisis.  You can see their WWW site for some of their work.

Animal Science Merit Badge Offering

Posted by kbell on Apr 23 2013 - 2:36pm

I am very excited to announce a great opportunity for our scouts!  I have been working with the Department of Animal Science @ UVM to offer the Animal Science Merit Badge on Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. 

Here is a link to the requirements: http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Animal_Science 

There is a cap on the number of scouts that can sign-up (16), so this will be a first come/first serve opportunity.  If successful, there will be future opportunities for other scouts to sign-up.

Congratulations, Mr. Bell!

Posted by chart on Mar 23 2013 - 8:32am

"Bell is one of just 56 Scoutmasters in the United States invited to be guests of the National Council at the 2013 annual meeting held this May in Texas." - from the Burlington Free Press, Mar 23.  There are some pictures of boys in the troop. Read the rest of the article.

Philmont High Adventure in 2014

Posted by chart on Mar 11 2013 - 10:29am

Last week I met Ed McCollin, the Council Executive for the Green Mountain Council, and was presented with an opportunity to take the Council Contingent to Philmont Scout Ranch in 2014. It is an honor to be selected to head up this trip for the state. Philmont Scout Ranch is a premier High Adventure base, challenging Scouts with more than 214 square miles of rugged New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and service programs offer scouters many ways to experience the backcountry. For more information about Philmont: http://philmontscoutranch.org/.
Here are the trip details:

 Crew: 10 participants (2 adults, 8 youth)
 Dates: 8/2/2014 – 8/14/2014 (these are the actual dates of Philmont experience and do not include travel to and from)
 Trek #: 802-200
 Fee: $800 (this does not include travel fees – total estimated cost is $2000/person)

 NOTE: We can have a wait list – there is a possibility of getting a 2nd crew if we have up to 20 folks wanting to go.

Requirements to attend a high adventure camp are as follows:

 Scout must be 14 yrs. old at the time of the trip or have completed the 8th grade
 AND must be a rank of First Class or higher.

Financial Information:

 May 1st, 2013 - $100/participant due (initial Philmont payment)
 October 1st, 2013 - $350/participant due (second Philmont payment)
 March 1st, 2014 – $350/participant due (final Philmont payment)

If you are interested in your son participating in this adventure, I will be accepting applications - this does not mean automatic acceptance. We will be traveling , 2 adults and 8 boys, across the country to take part in the 10 day outback experience and then travel home. As a result, there will be a number of factors in determining who will be offered an invitation to attend; these will range from ability to behavior. This is a long time to be away from home; trust me I did this trip in 2011. The time away will wear you down mentally. The youth participating in this event will be required to carry up to 50 lbs. of gear daily, wearing you down physically. This is a once in a lifetime experience and a lot of fun, but is no “walk in the park”.
Applications for our Troop are due to me by March 27th. After that I will need to open this up to other Scouters within the state.
If you have questions or would like to learn more, please call me.
Mr. Bell

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