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Based at Glenview Community Church, Troop & Crew 156 has served its community for more than 50 years. As one of the largest and most active Boy Scout units in Northeast Illinois, T-156 has a proud tradition of excellence. In the past five years the Troop has produced 20 Eagle Scouts.

This is a "boy led" Troop with emphasis on developing leadership ability and other other important life skills and values. The patrol method is an important part of the program and outdoor adventures, service projects and special events are scheduled year-round. It's not uncommon to have as many as three different activities the boys can choose from each month. Troop 156 is also proud of it's diverse culture with many different races and religions represented.

In addition to the traditional Boy Scout Troop, there is also a Venturing Crew for high school age men and women. Many of the "V-crew's" activities involve high adventure skills such as rock climbing or wilderness camping.

Currently Mr. Paul Bauerschmidt serves as Scoutmaster, supported by a team of 35 trained adult volunteers serving as Committee Members and Assistant Scoutmasters. Mr. Mark Demsky is the unit's Committee Chair.

 

Last Chance To Sign Up for Dec. 15th Bowling

Posted on Dec 9 2016 - 10:33am

Be prepared for fun, food and prizes at the annual Troop 156 Holiday Bowling Party. Cross-overs & Webelos are all welcome!

The Troop's annual Bowling Party will take place on Thursday, December 15, at the Brunswick Zone Bowling Center behind Deerbrook Mall in Deerfield (10 S. Waukegan Road). All Scouts should be dropped off at the bowling center by 6:30 pm and picked up at 8:00 pm. 

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The cost of this outing is $9.00 per Scout, which includes 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and soda. Boys should sign up with ASM Carlton Olson and pay the $9.00 fee by 6:00 pm, this Saturday . Class B uniforms may be worn for this event. Prizes will be awarded for Best Score, Best Patrol Team Score, Lack of Style and who knows what else?

Webelos Scouts: We hope you will join us as our guest for this Troop holiday function, free of charge. In addition to having lots of fun, youth leaders will be available to answer any questions you might have about Scouting and what it's like being in Troop 156.

Soar Into the New Year! - January Climbing Event

Posted on Dec 9 2016 - 10:33am

Soar into the New Year by scrambling to the top of one of the many climbing routes at Adventure Rock Climbing Gym in January! The Climbing Lock-In & Urban Scavenger Hunt will take place overnight from Saturday to Sunday, January 21-22, 2017 under the leadership of ASM Mark Warnsman. 

Scouts will depart GCC at 1:00 pm on the 21st for Milwaukee, where they will spend a couple of hours in an urban scavenger hunt in downtown Milwaukee near the climbing facility. In the early evening, they'll begin their adventures at Adventure Rock, where boys can opt to complete the Climbing Merit Badge or just climb for fun. They'll climb until until their arms turn to jelly, then sleep on the mats of the climbing gym overnight. 

Registrations and payment are due by January 12th. (Registration form is attached.) Come join the fun!

Order of the Arrow Banquet

Posted on Dec 8 2016 - 9:56pm

Youth and adult members of the Order of the Arrow (OA) are invited to attend the OA Winter Banquet on January 5, 2017 at "The Chapel" in Libertyville. 

If you are available to attend, then please do. We would like to have as many OA members from T156 participate as possible. You can sign-up by clicking on this link: http://www.neic.org/OA/Events/2017oabanquet.  If you do sign-up, then please notify Jim Fogarty so that we can get a headcount and secure enough seats at a table (or tables) for T156!

Additional details can be found on the attached flyer. 

Sign Up for the 2017 Klondike Derby!

Posted on Dec 8 2016 - 12:18pm

We encourage Scouts to sign up now to participate in this year's Klondike Derby on January 28th at Camp Crown in Trevor, Wisconsin. At the Klondike Derby, patrols compete in multiple activity stations in challenges based on the challenges faced during the Gold Rush in the Alaskan Klondike in the late 1800's. Prizes will be awarded. 

Troop 156 Scouts who are 1st Class and above have the option to camp out on Friday night, which will garner extra points for the patrol. Proper gear and an approved sleep system are required. All other Scouts will arrive Saturday morning. All participating Scouts must have a 2017 Cool Card. If you missed the earlier Cool Card training, another session will be offered in early January.

Registration and a fee of $10 is due by Thursday, January 12th. The flyer and registration form is attached. Sign up now to participate in this fun winter activity and hope for SNOW!!

New Boy Scout Handbook Requirements in Effect

Posted on Dec 7 2016 - 10:38am

Regardless of your rank, starting January 1st, everyone is required to follow the rank advancement guidelines in the new Boy Scout Handbook that was published at the beginning of 2016. 

If you do not wish to purchase a new handbook, you must at least print out the pages that can be found here

 http://www.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/524-012_BS_Requirements_Insert.pdf

and insert them inside your current handbook.

Winter MaKaJaWan - Registration Open

Posted on Nov 17 2016 - 2:21pm

Registration is open for the annual trip to Winter MaKaJaWan. The trip is open to Scout First Class or above and wil take place from December 26 - 29, 2016 at Camp MaKaJaWan. Scouts will sleep in wood-stove heated Family Camp cabins but will enjoy the outdoor splendor of the north woods. Activities could include sledding, cross-country skiing, quinzee-building, possibly sleeping out on the frozen lake, etc. See the attached flyer for more detail. Registration must be submitted by December 8th.

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