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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!



Popcorn Orders Due Oct. 27

Posted on Oct 21 2014 - 4:17pm

All popcorn order forms are due at the October 27 troop meeting. Double-check all of your totals and make sure all of the information is correct. Mrs. Milby will be on hand to answer any questions you have an tell you approximately how much commission you will earn after all product is delivered and money is collected.

Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge, Starting Oct. 20

Posted on Oct 16 2014 - 9:43pm

Several Scouts have asked Mr. Sheppard if he would help them with the Citizenship in the Community merit badge, so beginning on Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m., he will meet with anyone who would like to start (or finish) the merit badge. He will have a schedule for additional meetings. You can review the merit badge requirements at www.meritbadge.com.


Posted on Oct 16 2014 - 9:35pm

Kashapi-Wiga-Huh? Don’t let the name scare you away. This event will be fun AND educational for Scouts and adults, with Native American customs, crafts, music, drumming, dance, and Scouts and from throughout the Council. Organized by Venture Crew 318 at Camp Wokanda, Kashapiwigimak is all about fun, fellowship, and learning. You will have a chance to make a medicine bag, knife sheath, fancy feather, and a dance stick. You can learn several styles of beading, learn to sing and drum, play Native American games, take part in a powwow, and complete most of the Indian Lore merit badge. In the evening, Scouts will be challenged to dance the Ring of Fire at a special ceremony held in a remote part of the camp. Your $25 fee includes tent camping, all craft supplies, event patch, Saturday dinner and cracker barrel. Come prepared for just about any kind of weather in mid-November.

Register Now for S.T.E.M. Merit Badge Day, Oct. 25

Posted on Oct 16 2014 - 9:33pm

The first ever Bloomington-Normal S.T.E.M. Merit Badge Day will be held Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the campus of Illinois State University. For a fee of $10 (which includes lunch) you can choose to work on or finish any of the following merit badges: Aviation, Environmental Science, Space Exploration, Energy, Game Design, Engineering, Geocaching, and Digital Technology. Sessions will be held in the Old Union Building, and Studio TEaCH (3rd Floor, DeGarmo Hall). The event is sponsored by Matameechan Chapter, Order of the Arrow, and Bloomington-Normal Hackerspace. See the attached flyer for details. If you are planning on going, the organizers are asking you to please preregister to they can better plan. Questions? Contact Alex Fishel at 309-256-4495 or J.P. Smith at 309-212-5679.

Pack 76 Haunted Hallway, Oct. 30

Posted on Oct 16 2014 - 9:32pm

Looking for some frightening fun? Feeling a little spooky? Then bring your scariest costumes and creativity to the Pack 76 Haunted Hallway, Oct. 30, 6 to 8 p.m. at Grundy School. Troop 178 will be creating and manning the tunnel of terror again this year. We need Scouts and adults to help set everything up, and then man the stations as Cub Scouts journey through the darkness for a gentle but memorable scare. Tony Gurdian has agreed to organize the spooks again this year. He will have details soon, or you can contact him directly at 309-635-0493 if you have ideas or scary stuff to add to the set-up.

Register Now For University of Scouting, Nov. 1

Posted on Oct 16 2014 - 9:31pm

Whether you're a Scout, a troop leader, or a parent, there is something interesting and fun for you at the University of Scouting, Nov. 1 at Illinois Central College. This one day, council-sponsored event offers training and fun for everyone, including serveral merit badges (cooking, first aid, chess, chemistry, emergency preparation, robotics, citizen in the community), den chief training, SM/ASM training, CPR/AED training, merit badge counselor training, troop committee training, and other sessions to help you be a better leader, a better Scout, and a better Scouting parent! If you're also a Cub Scout parent, there are specific Cub Scout classes as well. Full descriptions, a schedule, and other details are in the attached flyers and registration form. You don't need to go for the whole day, but if you do, your fee includes lunch and an event patch. Check it out!

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