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Boy Scout Troop 158

Boy Scouts is for young men aged 10 1/2 - 18.  Troop 158 meets at the First United Methodist Church, 236 W. Crystal Lake Ave, Crystal Lake, Illinois, on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:30 downstairs in Wesley Hall.  We regularly meet August until June with summer camp in July.  

·For more information contact: Jim McGregor, Troop Scoutmaster at 815-477-7859

Annual Events

·Summer Camp

·ScoutFest

·Cabin/ Electronics Campout

·Church Lock-In/Game Night

·Grant Pilgrimage/Galena Trip

·Parades,picnics, parties

·Service activities


Other Events

 · Biking

· Canoeing

· Cooking

· Games

· Hiking

· Merit Badges

· Rock Climbing

· Snow Tubing or Skiing

·    Campouts every month (except December usually)

Summer Camp  

Our Troop votes yearly on its Boy Scout summer camps.  Last year Troop 158 went to Camp Decorah in Wisconsin. 

                                                  Key Points

1)No matter what we do, Troop 158 strives not to forget to include the element of fun.

2)We presently have 29 active Boy Scouts in the Troop.  (Perhaps it is our fun element which influenced all who are still working on merit badges (18) to come to summer camp this year.)

3)We also have 29 adult leaders, several of whom have had many years of experience.

4)Our dues are $65 for the first Scout of your family, (which includes the Boy’s Life Subscription), $53 per additional Scout (which doesn’t include Boy’s Life), and$30 per registered adult volunteer.  We keep these amounts low and collect fees on an activity-by-activity basis.  Most campouts cost less than $20.Some activities like a submarine sleepover or skiing/tubing will cost more.

5)Fund Raising:Boys get a percentage of what they earn.  It is not unusual for a boy who actively fund-raises to be able to pay for half of his summer camp or high adventure experience.

6)During the school year, we meet on Mondays from 7 – 8:30 PM unless there is no school.Attendance is not mandatory, but meetings are fun so the boys look forward to attending.  We understand that the boys are sometimes busy with conflicting activities so we don’t make an issue of absences.

7)Schools: We presently have members who attend four different area high schools and 3 middle schools.

8)We have outings every month.  If there are scheduling conflicts we might modify an activity, but as a rule we prefer not to cancel, which would penalize the Scouts who can attend.    

9)We go to Summer Camp every year, usually less than 200 miles from home.

10)The Venturing Crew conducts a High Adventure activity every year.  We’ve attended Philmont and other BSA High Adventure camps, but the last few experiences have been low cost (under $600) and in the Midwest.

11)Uniform requirements for Troop meetings are the tan Boy Scout shirt, tucked in. We wear bolos instead of neckerchiefs, and one is provided along with a Scout handbook upon crossing over into Troop 158.

12)We’re not a troop that would consider itself a “Merit Badge Factory” or “Eagle Factory”, but we have enough adult participation to provide the right amount of guidance and motivation.  We work on some badges as troop activities and at meetings,but participation is optional.  Boys work at their own pace.

13)Over 90% of our Life Scouts will achieve Eagle before aging out.  Because of the adult guidance that we provide, this is a ridiculously high percentage.

14)A Religious Emblem Program is available through our Charter Organization.

15)The boys make the majority of the decisions for the Troop so we are thus “boy-led”.  Adults will suggest activities, but the boys will make final decisions.  The boys plan the Troop meeting contents every two months.


·For more information contact: Jim McGregor, Troop Scoutmaster at 815-477-7859