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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!



Remember, No Troop Meeting May 25

Posted on May 21 2015 - 11:08am

 Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend!

Adopt-A-Highway in the Rain

Posted on May 21 2015 - 11:08am

Thank you to the following Scouts and adults for turning out on May 16 for our twice-annual Adopt-A-Highway service project: Frank Johnson, Josh Milby, Kent Buffington, EJ Flores, Miko Flores, Ben Winkler, Andrew Winkler, Connor Mulkey, Jayden Webb, Tommy Hummel, Drake Mathias, Dennis Hummel, and Mark Webb. As you can see in the photo above, the weather conditions were not ideal, but everyone kept working and smiling until the job was done! Thank you to Dennis Hummel for organizing the event.

Citizenship in the World Merit Badge UPDATE

Posted on May 21 2015 - 11:07am

Mr. Sheppard sends word that he recently had surgery on his leg and will not be able to attend the next few meetings to meet with those who have started the Citizen in the World merit badge. He will be at the June 8 meeting at 6 p.m. to get things going again. Until then, your assignment is to do requirements 3 and 4.

Help with Relay for Life, May 30

Posted on May 21 2015 - 11:06am

Planning for the Morton Relay for Life is underway and the coordinators have requested help from Troop 178 again this year. The Relay event is returning to the field behind Jefferson School, and like last year, it will not be an overnight event. This is always a fun event for the Scouts and parents who participate. The time you volunteer can be counted  as service hours for rank advancement. Mrs. Orzel is coordinating volunteers again this year: 309-212-0393,  porzel@integrityts.com.

Three Things Scout Parents Can Do

Posted on May 21 2015 - 11:06am

This short but practical piece, which appeared on the website ScoutmasterCG.com, goes out to all troop parents, and especially the parents of the newest members of our troop. Click here: Three Things Scout Parents Can Do to help their Scouts with their gear (and save the Scoutmaster's sanity)

Wilderness Survival, June 20-21

Posted on May 21 2015 - 11:05am

Would you know what to do if you got lost on a hike and it was starting to get dark? What if your canoe capsized on a lake and there was no one around to help? What if you had to spend the night in blizzard conditions? You’ll find answers to all of these questions (and more) at this weekend outing! You will learn how to start a fire without matches, how to signal for help, how to “stay found,” how to survive in water, what to do when you think you’re lost, how to dress for different weather conditions, and how to perform first aid in the wilderness. You will also build a shelter out of materials you find in the woods, and then spend the night in your shelter. Cooking will be over an open fire, using few utensils. Sound like a challenge? Then sign up for this fun outing on property near Laura, Illinois (Eric Johnson’s family). By the end of the weekend, you will have fulfilled most of the requirements for the Wilderness Survival merit badge! NOTE: Bring a personal emergency survival kit with you containing the items LISTED BELOW or on pages 12 and 13 of the Wilderness Survival merit badge book. 

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