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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.

 

Caveman Campout at Maquoketa - April 21-23

Posted on Mar 17 2017 - 11:33pm

Just over the western Illinois border lies Iowa’s most unique state park, Maquoketa. Its caves, limestone formations and rugged bluffs will give Scouts a chance to ‘step back’ into geological time thousands of years. Thirteen caves vary from the 1,100’ Dancehall Cave with walkways and a lighting system to others that can best be seen by crawling. In any case, a couple of flashlights and old clothes and shoes will help ensure that Scouts enjoy their explorations.

A beautiful trail system links the caves, formations, and overlooks while providing an exciting hiking experience. Six miles of trails highlights include the dramatic “Natural Bridge” which stands nearly 50 feet above Raccoon Creek, and the 17-ton “Balanced Rock”. With 16 caves of various sizes and depths within the park, Scouts can experience them on a “challenge by choice” basis, in keeping with their comfort levels.

We will be tent camping in the state park’s Youth Campground, where Scouts have the opportunity to cook for advancement.

Registration forms (attached) and payment will be due by April 6th. During that evening's Troop meeting, the boys will visit various stations, learning more about the geology of Maquoketa, caving safety, and more particulars about the trip. Fingers crossed, they will also get a taste of what it feels like to crawl through a tunnel. We hope to have a large contingent going on this trip, so please join us!

Scouting for Food - April 2nd & 8th

Posted on Mar 17 2017 - 11:33pm

Lisa Weatherhead and Christine Piontek are looking for volunteers to help with this year's Scouting for Food efforts, in which we collect non-perishable food to provide to the Northfield Township Food Pantry.

The collection takes place over the two days: Sunday, April 2nd and Saturday, April 8th. On the 2nd, they will meet Scouts at GCC at 1:00 pm to walk together through the neighborhood just to the south, across Glenview Road, hanging door hangers that announce the food drive. Scouts can be picked up at 3:00 pm at Johns Park on Central Road, or even earlier if more Scouts sign up. 

They will again need volunteers on Saturday, April 8th (again from 1:00 - 3:00 pm) to go through the same neighborhood to pick up the bags of food. 

To volunteer, please e-mail Lisa Weatherhead at lweatherhead@me.com to let her know which day(s) you can help. If you can do both, great! The more people they have, the quicker it will go!!

Court of Honor -- March 23rd -- Please Come!

Posted on Mar 17 2017 - 11:30pm

The Troop's next Court of Honor will take place this Thursday, March 23rd. This is our opportunity to show our support to those Scouts earning rank advancements, merit badges, or special awards. We encourage all Scouts and parents to make a special effort to attend, whether or not you expect to earn an award of your own.

At this Court of Honor, we are excited to introduce to you the Troop 156 Players, who have volunteered (or maybe had an arm twisted) to provide just a wee bit of entertainment for our Scouts.

We hope you'll join us!

Summer Camp Registration Still Available

Posted on Mar 17 2017 - 11:29pm

If you missed the initial deadline for registering your Scout for Summer Camp MaKaJaWan, you can still do so by completing the attached form, and turning it in to Scoutmaster Bauerschmidt along with a $75 deposit/per week as soon as possible. There is still room in both weeks, July 23-29 and July 30-Aug 5. 

Pancake Breakfast - THANK YOU!!!

Posted on Mar 17 2017 - 9:07pm

The Troop's annual Pancake Breakfast is now behind us. We cannot thank everyone enough for pitching in and helping to make it a success! An extra shout out goes to ASM Charlie Kuhn for coordinating the event and to ASM Christine Piontek for serving as our Floor Manager. Thank you both for your leadership.

Come to this week's Court of Honor to hear the full report of how many people we served and how much money our Scouts made for their Scout Accounts.

Troop 156 District First Aid Meet Champs!

Posted on Mar 17 2017 - 8:41pm

Ten Scouts from Troop 156 competed at the District First Aid Meet on Saturday, March 4th, and took 1st place for the third time in the past four years!! This exemplary team included:

Wyatt Cummings, Gavin Dickinson, Logan Dickinson, Brendan Dombrowski, Ryan Dombrowski, Daniel Fogarty, Matty Heublein, Charlie Kuhn, Danny Laurencelle and Christian Noordover

A huge THANKS go to ASM Mike Lynch for providing first aid training and to ASM Jim Fogarty for coordinating the team's formation and participation!

CONGRATULATIONS to all!

 

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