Welcome to Troop 178!


Welcome! Thanks for visiting the Troop 178 website. We're an active, growing troop with a long tradition of building character, leadership and citizenship in young men. In addition to our weekly meetings, we hold monthly outings that include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, and many other season activities. In Troop 178, boys get a chance to learn, to grow, and to be their best with some of the best people you will find anywhere. Take a look around...we'd love to have you join us for the Scouting adventure of a lifetime!


Balance of Summer Camp Fees Due May 23

Posted on May 21 2016 - 8:29pm

If you are one of the lucky Scouts registered for summer camp at Tomahawk Scout Reservation, the balance of your camp fees is due at the troop meeting on May 23. If you have already paid the $50 deposit, your balance will be $250. Contact Mrs. Draeger if you don't know how much you still owe. You can also contact Mrs. Hoadley to find out the balance in your camp funds account--you can use all or part of it to pay for summer camp. This is why you did all of that selling of popcorn and serving of spaghetti--to pay your way!

Second (and Last) Chance for Swim Tests, May 29

Posted on May 21 2016 - 8:29pm

What: Make-up Swim Test (in case you missed it or want to try again)
When: Sunday, May 29th, 2 p.m. 
Where: Five Points Washington Pool
Transportation: On your own 
Cost: Adult $7, under 12 $5 
Why: Scouts and adults participating in any Scouting aquatic activity need to be tested every year to determine ability level and ensure safety. This is another great opportunity to get your testing done prior to all your summer activities (Summer Camp, Sea Base, Scotland, canoe trips, etc). Summer Camp participants may also test at camp, but the lines for testing are often long.
Time permitting, there will also be opportunity to work on advancement requirements for 2nd class and 1st class. 

Don't Forget Tenderfoot Requirement 6b

Posted on May 21 2016 - 8:29pm

Two reminders for Scouts who started the Tenderfoot fitness test on May 2: 1) Requirement 6b says you should "develop a plan for improvement in each of the activities listed in Tenderfoot requirement 6a. Keep track of your activity for at least 30 days." 2) You should be practicing the exercises and running and recording your activity in the plan just mentioned. We will be doing the second half of the tests (6c) on June 6. You will be expected to show your plan and and a record of your activity before completing the second round of tests. To "show improvement" as required for 6c, you will need to practice. Even if you test better on June 6 you will not be given credit unless you show your exercise record. 

Adopt-A-Highway June 4

Posted on May 21 2016 - 8:29pm

It's time for a Troop 178 spring clean-up along Jackson Street! Mr. Hummel has scheduled Adopt-A-Highway for June 4 from 8 -- 11 a.m. Meet at Westwood Park at 8 a.m. Dress for the weather, including red Class B shirt, sturdy shoes (no sandals or crocs), and work gloves. You will be given florescent yellow safety vests to wear while working and bright orange trash bags. Parents are welcome and encouraged to help pick up trash, supervise, and provide transportation. Scouts can be picked up at the United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Transportation will be needed to take Scouts to the church. Questions please call Mr. Hummel at 309-840-0792.

Canoeing @ Clinton Lake

Posted on May 21 2016 - 8:28pm

Plans are being made for a weekend of canoeing and exploring at Clinton Lake south of Bloomington. We will camp at nearby Weldon Springs State Park. Mark your calendar and plan to be there...details to come. 

Check Out This New 2017 National Scout Jamboree Video!

Posted on May 19 2016 - 11:10pm

Where can you get the best of Scouting in one place? At the 2017 National Scout Jamboree! 

Check out this video to see what great things are in store for you and your troop:

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