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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 16 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. Tom Tuten 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.

 

Troop Meeting Schedule Starts Next Week!

Posted on Aug 23 2016 - 8:52pm

It's hard to believe that it's the end of summer already. Now that the boys have gone back to school, it is also time to get back to our Scouting adventures and activities. 

  • The first Committee Meeting is next Monday, August 29th, at 7:00 pm in the Founder's Room.
  • The first regular Troop meeting is next Thursday, September 1st, at 7:00 pm in the Mayflower Room.
  • The Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) will meet on Tuesday, September 6th, at 7:00 pm in the Founder's Room. Boys who have been elected or appointed to new leadership positions will receive a separate e-mail with meeting details. 

Check out the full calendar on the website, which includes all regular meeting dates for the coming school year. 

Just for Fun - How to Make a Warbonnet - Part 2

Posted on Aug 14 2016 - 6:41pm

With the feathers prepared, it is now time to start attaching everything to your purchased leather or wool felt cap (I used leather). Start by attaching a beaded strip to the front, rabbit fur and leather strips just in front of the ears, and circular medallions to each side. Because it can be tough to get the needle through the leather cap, it is not uncommon to need to use a pliers to prevent bloody fingers.

    

Feathers are then attached all of the way around by cutting slits into the cap on either side of each feather, and running a leather cord over and under through the loops at the end of each feather and the cap. Finally, in order to keep the feathers from flopping around, they are threaded together by piercing each feather shaft about halfway up, then spreading the feathers evenly throughout. And, voila! Your warbonnet is complete!

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.

    

Just for Fun - How to Make a Warbonnet - Part 1

Posted on Jul 28 2016 - 9:56pm

American Indian lore has long been associated with the Boy Scouts of America. As our Scouts crossed over from their Cub Packs into our Boy Scout Troop, they may recall having had an Indian dance team participate in their cross-over ceremonies. During their week at summer camp at Camp MaKaJaWan, they may have seen an OA fire, where Indian dancers pop out of the ground in the fire bowl and or run around and grab Scouts out of the audience who are ready to be inducted into the Order of the Arrow. Other Scouts may work on the Indian Lore merit badge.

However Scouts may experience Indian lore, they are usually fascinated by the colorful regalia (clothing) American Indians wear. I,myself, am fascinated as well. I recently had the opportunity to make a couple of Indian warbonnets, which can be tedious but enjoyable projects. It was really rewarding to see each project take shape over time until they were finished and ready to wear. I thought some of you might enjoy seeing the process in pictures, in case any of you ever have the opportunity to make one of your own. 

It starts with a pile of 40-45 feathers of your choosing, divided into left wing and right wing piles. Each individual feather must be straightened as much as possible to make them flat, which is done by crimping them every half inch down the length of the feather, being careful not to crack them all the way through. Fluffs are glued to the base of each feather, followed by 8-10 horsehairs and another fluff to the tip of each feather. Next, each feather needs a loop of leather glued to the base to use in attaching the feathers to the cap. I was able to use a spare scrap of leather from a previous project. The base of each feather is then wrapped in a small piece of felt, tied with two lengths of imitation sinew or heavy thread. Before you know it (realisticially, could be days or weeks or even months later), your pile of feathers are ready to be attached, ending Stage 1. Stay tuned for Stage 2!

      

Bittersweet Endings and New Beginnings

Posted on Jun 10 2016 - 10:52pm

At the June 9th Court of Honor, Troop families turned out in force to say thank you to Scoutmaster Tom Tuten as he stepped down after 4 years of stellar service.With a major focus on reinforcing the concept of a boy-led Troop, Tom has led the charge in creating opportunities for success for our Scouts, holding them to high expectations under the guidance of a team of dedicated adult leaders to support them.His tenure leaves behind a roster of youth leaders who are better prepared to lead their peers in weekly meetings, monthly campouts, and merit badge and rank advancement work. As Tom moves into other support roles with the Troop, we say a hearty THANK YOU!

  

As Tom steps down, we are pleased to welcome Paul Bauerschmidt to the role of Scoutmaster, who we are confident will provide strong leadership for our Troop going forward. 

Along with the change in Scoutmasters, we also witnessed the swearing in of our new Senior (SPL) and Assistant Senior (ASPL) Patrol Leaders. Aidan Celner (SPL) and Daniel Fogarty (ASPL) will provide leadership to the Scouts from now through December, 2016. A big thank you to Connor Quirk, outgoing SPL, for his extraordinary efforts over the past 6 months. 

Congratulations to all!

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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