Thanks for visiting the online home of Troop 158! Most of our scouts live in the Cedar Park and Leander, Tx area. And attend the schools in Leander ISD. But scouts are welcome from all around our area. Troop 158 is very active and is proud of the high percentage of Eagle Scouts from our ranks.
Our Troop leadership is comprised of highly dedicated and experienced parents and volunteers in scouts. We are proud of the number of Wood Badge trained adults that call our troop home.
We are a boy led troop. The Patrol Leader Council (PLC) is chaired by the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and the council develops plans and activities that provide troop members a fun way to advance and enjoy scouting. The PLC is guided by the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters. The execution of the plans are done with the patrol method. Our patrols are organized with varying ages in each patrol, this allows the older scouts the opportunity for leadership and the younger scouts to get achievements signed off and to have a role model they can easily talk to.
Our troop meets year round and typically has one meeting each Monday night and one outing each month. On these outings scouts are camping, hiking, biking, canoeing, rock climbing, or being involved in district and council events. Every summer our scouts can choose to attend a weeklong summer camp with the rest of our troop. For these camps we will often go somewhere north of our area to escape the heat. Each winter we encourage scouts to attend the Winter Camp at the Lost Pines Scout Camp.
Even with our busy schedule scouts are able to be involved in other activities as well. Many scouts are also involved in activities such as band, theater, athletics, STEM groups.
“Empowering boys to be leaders is the core of Scouting. Scouts learn by doing, and what they do is lead their patrols and their troop. The boys themselves develop a troop program, then take responsibility for figuring out how they will achieve the goals. One of our most important challenges is to train boy leaders to run the troop by providing direction, coaching and support. The boys will make mistakes now and then and will rely upon the adult leaders to guide them. But only through real hands-on experience as leaders can boys learn to lead.” from The Scoutmaster's Handbook - Chapter 3
“Training boy leaders to run their troop is the Scoutmaster’s most important job. Train Scouts to do a job, then let them do it. Never do anything a boy can do.” - Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting's founder