Welcome to Troop 178!


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!


July 24 Meeting at Northwood Park

Posted on Jul 19 2017 - 11:33am

We're moving the July 24 troop meeting across the road to Northwood Park to accommodate our planned activity, which is orienteering. Mr. Mulkey has an orienteering course already set up at Northwood and it will save time if we just meet there and get started. Time is still the same: 7-8:30 p.m. Parents picking up Scouts should pick them up at Northwood. See you there!

Earn the BSA Solar Eclipse Patch!

Posted on Jul 19 2017 - 11:32am

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the entire North American continent will experience a solar eclipse -- a rare celestial occurance that has the moon passing between the earth and the sun and completely covering the disk of the sun. Here in central Illinois we will experience a partial eclipse (about 93 percent coverage). It is the first total eclipse in North America since 1979. Since August 21 is a school day, you will probably be talking about the eclipse either that day or some time before. Why not use what you've learned to earn the BSA 2017 Solar Eclipse patch? The BSA has created a special solar eclipse website to help you learn more about the eclipse, how you can SAFELY watch it, links to other online resources, and requiments for earning the patch. Check it out! If you complete the simple requirements show them to the Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmasters to get approved for the patch.

OA Announcements

Posted on Jul 18 2017 - 10:08am

Here are some of the up coming events for Wenasa Quenhotan  and national members.

Renew Your OA Membership

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Knights Action Park/New Salem, July 21-23

Posted on Jul 12 2017 - 9:27pm

Let’s head into the second half of the summer with a wet and wild weekend at Knights Action Park in Springfield! Departure will be on Friday evening, with camping at New Salem State Park near Petersburg. Saturday morning, we will drive to Knights Action Park (just south of Springfield) and purchase an Action Pass, which will give us all-day access to the water park (seven water slides, a 20,000 sq. ft. wave pool, lazy river and more) as well as batting cages, go-carts, miniature golf, a giant Ferris wheel, and more. There will be good times around every corner all day long. Dinner will be back at New Salem. If there is time on Sunday morning we may explore the pioneer settlement and Visitor’s Center at New Salem. Bring your swim suit, your sunscreen, and lots of energy. You’ll need it!

New Eagle Palm and Second/First Class Camping Requirements

Posted on Jul 12 2017 - 9:27pm

Two changes to rank advancement were announced last week through the Bryan on Scouting blog (like it Facebook and get all of these announcements in your feed). If you are working on Second or First Class, or you are Life and nearly to Eagle (or at least starting to think about it), check these out so you know the changes when they come up.

Patrol-Led Can Recycling Program

Posted on Jul 12 2017 - 9:26pm

Troop 178 has collected and recycled aluminum cans for more than 10 years and used the funds to support our troop activities. Over the years, we have tried many ways to keep the bin maintained and cans emptied and recycled. We are now implementing a new program that gives responsibility for the recycling bin to a different patrol (or patrols if they are small) every month (a list of patrol assignments through the end of the year is below). It will be the responsibility of the patrol leader to know his month, and to lead a crew in removing and bagging cans at least once during that month. Some guidelines are attached to help you better understand what is expected. Please direct any questions about this new program to the Scoutmaster. Thank you to ASM Dennis Ellison for his suggestion and for preparing the attached guidelines.

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