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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.


September 29th Troop Meeting - Sleepy Hollow Park, 6:30 pm Start Time

Posted on Sep 23 2016 - 9:49pm

All Scouts - The September 29th Troop meeting will be a Troop cookout, where boys who need to cook for advancement have an extra opportunity to do so. Anyone wanting to cook for advancement should send their menu to Scoutmaster Bauerschmidt by Sunday evening.

The Troop meeting will start at 6:30 and end at 8:00 pm. Parents should drop off and pick up from the Sleepy Hollow Park Fieldhouse.

OA Members - A meeting with Will Jones, the Troop's OA Rep, will take place in the Sleepy Hollow Fieldhouse from 7:30 - 7:45 pm. Please plan to attend so that you may learn more about upcoming OA events.

New Temporary Patrol Structure

Posted on Sep 16 2016 - 7:08pm

In an effort to even out numbers of active Scouts within our Patrols, at least until the time when Webelos cross over into the Troop, the decision was made to conjoin a number of the existing 8 Patrols. Our new Patrols have redesigned their Patrol flags, selected a new Patrol name,and elected Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders. Patrols meet as a group for a short time immediately after the opening at the weekly meetings to take attendance, plan for upcoming events, and take care of any other Patrol business.

The new Patrols are:

  • Bison Slayers (former Bison and Dragon Slayers) - Carter Adams, Patrol Leader & Jack Vorisek, Assistant Patrol Leader
  • Thunderchiefs (former Thunderbolts and Chiefs) - Max Kassner, Patrol Leader & Mark Bauerschmidt, Assistant Patrol Leader
  • Zombie Raccoons (former Zombie Pedros & Raccoons) - Andrew Xing, Patrol Leader & Ellis Gonzalez, Assistant Patrol Leader
  • Flaming Arrows - (this year's PL & APL still to be elected)
  • Honey Badgers - Mason Adams, Patrol Leader & Jack Maguire, Assistant Patrol Leader

September Campout to Starved Rock S.P.

Posted on Sep 16 2016 - 6:48pm
Our first fall campout takes us to the beautiful camping and hiking at Starved Rock. We will hike along the riverside and canyons of the Illinois River. 
On Saturday night, we will hold the always popular Iron Chef Cookoff! Opportunities for cooking for advancement will be offered. 
The trip will depart GCC at 5:30 pm on Friday September 23 and return mid-afternoon on Sunday, September 25. 

Volunteer to Help Run the Canoe Area at Scout Jam - October 1st

Posted on Sep 9 2016 - 7:27pm

Troop 156 is co-sponsoring the canoe/kayak area at Scout Jam 2016 on Saturday, October 1st at the Lakewood Forest Preserve in Lake County. We will be working in concert with Sea Scout Ship 946 to run the area from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, giving young Scouts a chance to try canoeing and kayaking, many for the first time. The area was very popular during the last Scout Jam 4 years ago, so we know that it will take many volunteers to handle the crowd. 


Scouts and adults are asked to volunteer for 2-hour shifts (or multiple 2-hour shifts) in various roles, most of them on land. Trained lifeguards are also needed on the water. To register, make sure to read this full article by accessing the Troop website. Call Jeanne Barnas with any questions at 847-813-6440.

Volunteers Needed for GCC Nursery School Fun Run - Sept. 24th

Posted on Sep 2 2016 - 10:34pm
Providing service to others is a mainstay of the Scouting program, and service hours are a requirement of each rank advancement, Tenderfoot and above.
We have a request from the Glenview Community Church Nursery School (GCCNS) to help set up for their Fun Run on September 24th  from 8:00 - 10:00 am. The date does conflict with our September campout to Starved Rock, but if you are staying behind for other sports/school/family/etc obligations but will still have that time free, please consider signing up to help at the Fun Run. As our sponsoring organization, GCC is very generous in allowing us to hold our meetings there and store our gear -- we certainly want to show our appreciation by providing service wherever we can. 
To volunteer, please contact Sara Veit of the GCCNS as soon as possible. E-mail her at sara.marie.lewis@gmail.com or call her at 773-404-5695.

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!

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