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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.

 

February 16-18 Winter Carnival

Posted on Jan 3 2018 - 4:09pm

Join us on this year's Winter Carnival trip to Indian Mounds Scout Reservation in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, on the weekend of February 16-18. This cabin campout offers new Scouts the chance to ease their way into camping while still enjoying the outdoors. Older Scouts First Class and above can hone their cold weather camping skills by sleeping outdoors in an Adirondack shelter (Cool Card and 0 degree bag required, plus a second sleeping bag for insulation). ALL Scouts can enjoy sledding, Quinzee building, ice fishing, broomball, ice skating (all weather permitting, of course), outdoor cooking, rank advancement, board games, and an outdoor challenge course.

Registration forms (attached) and a $25 camping fee ($15 for adults) are due by February 1st and should be turned in to trip leader, Charlie Kuhn Sr, or Scoutmaster Bauerschmidt.

February 3rd Klondike Derby - Registration Forms due by January 18th

Posted on Jan 3 2018 - 3:57pm

On Saturday, February 3rd, hardy Scouts from Troop 156 will brave the elements and challenge other Scouts in the Potawatomi District in a variety of winter activities based upon the challenges faced during the Gold Rush in the Alaskan Klondike in the late 1800's. The Klondike challenges a Scout to use his wits and his winter skills. Our Scouts took 2nd place last year, but this year, we are looking for the WIN!!

Klondike is held at Camp Crown in Trevor, Wisconsin. A Klondike participation patch and lunch will be provided by the Potawatomi District. 

Troop 156 Scouts have the option to camp out on Friday night if they are 1st Class or above. All other Scouts will arrive Saturday morning and stay just for the day's activities.

Flyer and registration form are attached. Please contact Paul Bauerschmidt with any questions at 312-860-7318 or paul@bauerschmidt.com. 

It's 2018! Outdoor Activities Updates

Posted on Jan 3 2018 - 3:51pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
 
Did you miss me?  I missed you.  I had every intention of sending my weekly missive last week, but the blood in my typing fingers was a bit sluggish immediately upon returning from Winter MaKaJaWan.
 
Speaking of Winter MaKaJaWan, before the tall tales start, I want to establish a few facts. 
 
First of all, the coldest it got was -23 degrees.  Further, the sun shone brightly on Wednesday and there was only light snow on Thursday.  In other words, while the weather was a bit nippy, overall, conditions were ideal.
 
Second, you may hear a story about a tree jumping out in front of a certain Scout who was sledding, causing him to collide headfirst into said tree.   For the record, no trees moved.
 
Third, shorts and t-shirts were, in fact, worn on this campout.  However, each and every Scout was fully prepared for the outdoor conditions with many, many, many layers.  Shorts and t-shirts were restricted to a particular cabin where the wood stove was so well stoked that sauna-like conditions prevailed.
 
IT’S TIME
I know that you are looking forward to school starting up again.  It’s tough to know what to do with your time when you don’t have any homework.  Before it does, however, now is a good time to think ahead.
 
The next Troop meeting is on January 11th.  Please don’t forget that two different flyer registration forms are due.  The first is for the Climbing Lock-In scheduled for January 20th-21st.  The second is for the Appalachian Trail high adventure scheduled for March 24- 30th.
 
One of the things that I really like about Troop 156 is that there is something for everyone.  The Climbing Lock-In is a great opportunity to explore the “wilds” of downtown Milwaukee, climb to new heights and “camp” indoors on a nicely padded floor.  The Appalachian trail is also about climbing to new heights, but provides the kind of challenge that will appeal to Scouts who have been around the block a few times.
 
QUESTION TIME
Q: Why is a river rich?
A: Because it has two banks.
 
BY DEFINITION
Gravity: (1) “discovered” by Sir Isaac Newton as he sat under an apple tree. (2) a key component of sledding downhill. (3) inexorable (as in: gravity pulled the Scout inexorably toward the large tree at the bottom of the sledding hill).
 
Yours in Scouting,
 
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

Spring Break - Appalachian Trail Backpacking Trek - REGISTER NOW!

Posted on Jan 3 2018 - 3:51pm

Scouts 1st Class or above are invited to spend Spring Break discovering the wonders of the Shenandoah Valley on a 30-mile trek centered in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, including a large portion of travel on the famed Appalachian Trail. Including travel time, the dates of the trip are March 24-30, 2018.

The group will spend five days of quiet and solitude hiking past waterfalls and over rocky mountain summits (beteween 3,000 and 4,000 ft of elevation) with tremendous views of the surrounding forests and countryside, camping in the backcountry along the way. This hiking and camping adventure will test Scouting skills and expand knowledge of the wilderness.

Preparation will include several training hikes including a cold weather overnight (such as the Klondike Derby or the Winter Carnival, both in February), a thorough review of personal equipment, as well as extensive trip and meal planning.

Eligibility: Scouts must be 1st Class or above and 13 or older (recommended). The total trek group size is limited to 10, including the tour leaders, so space is limited. Given the challenging conditions and weather of the backcountry Appalachian mountains in March, the tour leaders retain the right of final approval of each participant.

Cost and Payments: The estimated cost of the trip is $300, including travel by ar and two nights in a hotel (one at the beginning of the trip and one at the end). Registration forms are due by January 11th with a $50 deposit (but with such limited capacity, it is highly recommended that they are turned in earlier). Forms and deposits should be mailed to Jeanne Barnas, 1015 E. Thacker St, Des Plaines, IL 60016. The balance of the tour fee will be due by February 22nd.

Please contact trip leaders, Ralph Shepstone (847-716-0908), Jeanne Barnas (847-308-1244), or Mark Warnsman (812-639-3954) with any questions.

Climbing Lock-In - January 20-21, 2018

Posted on Jan 3 2018 - 3:50pm

Head to Adventure Rock in Milwaukee for an overnight climbing lock-in. Warm up by hiking through the urban 'forest' of downtown Milwaukee, then move indoors to climb until your arms turn to jelly. Sleep in comfort on the thickly cushioned floor benearth the soaring climbing walls. Scouts can also earn their climbing merit badge during this event (with an additional fee). 

Date: Saturday, January 20 to Sunday, January 21 - depart GCC at 12:30 pm on Saturday and return mid-morning on Sunday

Cost: $25 per Scout (Climbing only)/$15 per Adult; $50 per Scout (Climbing Merit Badge)

Registration: A flyer and registration form are attached. Deliver permission slip and money (checks payable to BSA 156) to Mr. Warnsman or Mr. Bauerschmidt by Thursday, January 11th.

Questions: Contact trip leaders, Mark Warnsman (812-639-3954) or Paul Bauerschmidt (312-860-7318).

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Dec 20 2017 - 2:12pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
 
Hmmm.  Have you been naughty or nice?  Here we are on the cusp of Christmas, so I think that it is a fair question, particularly as we live by the Scout Law (you know, courteous, kind and all that).
 
So, what do you think?  Is Santa going to be nice to you?  Do you think there might be a piece of camping gear or two under the tree?
 
Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, now is a good time of year to take stock of your personal gear.  Chances are that you are an experienced camper.  When you think about past campouts, what gear has worked well for you?  What did you wish that you had?  And, importantly, what did you take that you really didn’t need?
 
As we get ready for all of the camping adventures on tap in the new year, now is a great time to “tighten up” your gear so that you are prepared as never before.
 
QUESTION TIME
Q: How do you make a fire lighter?
A: Take off one log!
 
A FEW THINGS TO CONSIDER
Camping is fun, but it also requires many different skills such as planning, working together and leadership.  Campsite selection is a key part of planning.  Below is a list of factors to be considered.
 
Environmental impact – Use established campsites whenever possible
Safety – Avoid dead trees and limbs.  Be weather-wise
Size – Comply with area regulations on group size and choose a site that’s large enough to accommodate the group
Water – Be sure the group has a safe and sufficient supply of water.
Terrain – Consider drainage, natural cover and sunlight before setting up camp
Stoves and campfires – Ensure that they are used appropriately and safely
Privacy – Respect the privacy and solitude of other visitors
Permission – Ensure that you have permission in advance before camping at a particular site
 
BY DEFINITION
Wind Chill: (1) the winter equivalent of a cool summer breeze. (2) when combined with cold temperatures potentially dangerous to one’s health and well-being. (3) beloved by the makers of balaclavas (as in: The dangers of wind chill caused the Scouts to purchase balaclavas, improving the sales of balaclava makers). See also: wind break as a means to reduce the effects of wind chill.
 
Yours in Scouting,
 
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

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