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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.

 

Sign Up for the 2017 Klondike Derby!

Posted on Jan 12 2017 - 9:22am

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!!

Soar Into the New Year! - January Climbing Event

Posted on Jan 12 2017 - 9:22am

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!

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.

Troop Meetings Have Started!

Posted on Sep 2 2016 - 10:12am

Our Scouting year kicked off last night with a hot dog and brat BBQ in the GCC parking lot, thanks to the grilling skills of ASM Greg McWilliams. The boys also spent some time learning how to put together the big canopy so that when they arrive at a campsite after dark, they'll be experts at it. (Well, maybe not quite experts, but at least they'll know what it is.)

Troop meetings continue next week, Thursday, September 8th, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Mayflower Room. Please bring your Scout handbooks to update the advancement board and to retrieve any necessary signatures. 

We hope to see you there!

A Taste of Summer

Posted on Aug 12 2016 - 10:58am

We all know the saying, "A picture is worth 1,000 words." If that holds true here, I'd say our Scouts had a great time at Summer Camp at MaKaJaWan, canoeing in the Flambeau Flowage, and marching in the 4th of July Parade! For more photos of these activities, click on the Photos link at the left.

    

Welcome to the new Troop 156 Website!

Posted on Apr 6 2016 - 8:10am

Welcome to our new website!  This new site is based on technology by a company named SOAR:

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