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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.


Popcorn Sale Ends on October 22nd

Posted on Oct 13 2017 - 9:48am

Our annual popcorn sale ends on October 22nd. If you have sold popcorn, here are your final steps:

By Sunday, October 22:

  • return all unsold NON-CHOCOLATE popcorn to Alexa Dickinson (chocolate items are non-returnable; you must pay for the chocolate items and close up your selling). 
  • Report your total sales (items and dollar amount sold) to Alexa, so you receive credit for each item sold. You may e-mail a list of the totals for each flavor sold.
  • If you have taken online orders, only NEIC can see them. In order to get credit through the Troop, take a photo of your online sales screen with your phone and text the picture to Mrs. Dickinson at 847-691-6690 OR print the online sales total and give it to Mrs. Dickinson, so she can share with the Troop Treasurer.
  • Pay for your order in full, by check, to Alexa. Checks should be made out to "BSA Troop 156". Payments can only be paid by checks. If you have taken in cash, have your parents write one check to cover all of the cash purchases, to turn in with the other checks from your customers.
On November 18th, Alexa will receive any popcorn needed for Scouts to fulfill their deliveries. She will bring the popcorn to the Troop meeting on the 16th for Scouts to pick up and deliver to their customers.
Any Questions - please contact Alexa Dicksinson at 847-691-6690

Annual Greens Sale Has Started

Posted on Oct 12 2017 - 9:54am

The second of our Troop's main fundraisers each year has now begun! Greens packets were distributed at last week's Court of Honor, but will continue to be available for pickup from Christine Piontek over the next couple of weeks. The sale only runs through the month of October so make sure to make arrangements with Christine (ctp116@sbcglobal.net) to pick up your sales materials if you can't make the meetings. Greens will be delivered in very early December for distribution to those who purchased from you. This is a great way to earn funds for your Scout account to use towards campouts and Summer Camp.

Outdoor Activities Update - Commando, Northwestern Football & Marksmanship

Posted on Oct 12 2017 - 9:53am
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
On the Horizon
With so many activities planned by the Troop, I know that it can be difficult to keep track, so here is a summary of a few.  Please don’t forget to turn in the registration form on time for a particular activity.  You don’t want to miss out because you didn’t get the paperwork done!
Commando Campout – October 27-29th, Camp Crown; Registration due October 12th. (registration form attached)
Northwestern Football – November 11th, Ryan Field; New registration deadline of October 26th. (registration form attached)
Marksmanship Campout – November 17-19th, Camp Crown (registration form attached)
Bowling Night – December 21st; Brunswick Lanes, Deerfield
Winter MaKaJaWan – December 26 - 29th; Don’t forget, this is a First Class and above campout (hint, hint: if you are Second Class, you might want to get First Class wrapped up so that you do not miss this awesome experience).
A Matter of Choice
Which tools are used to sharpen a knife and/or axe (highlight all that apply):
    A. Hanky
    B. File
    C. Whetstone
    D. Sponge
Kicking It Up a Notch
It has come to my attention that you are not eating as well as you might on campouts.  This is perplexing.  After all, in the ancient language of the Tuareg people of North Africa the word “scout” means “gourmet” (some scholars incorrectly associate the word “scout” with “gourmand” but we know that is not the case; bonus points are available if you look up the difference between a gourmet and a gourmand).  What can we do about this?  Well, I have a solution-in-two-words – dutch oven.  As you plan menus for upcoming campouts, I would like to encourage you to consider recipes cooked or baked in a dutch oven.  Need a few ideas?  As always, Google is a great place to start.
By Definition
Patrol Box: (1) A large container, often made of plastic or wood, used to store and then easily transport a patrol’s cooking gear to a campsite; Items stored in a patrol box often include pots, pans and cooking utensils. (2) From time to time a source of frustration when a patrol arrives at a campsite only to learn that various items are missing because patrol members had not properly maintained its contents. (3) A source of “full employment” for the Troop’s quartermasters as they work to remind patrol members that keeping a patrol box fully stocked with well-maintained (e.g., clean and sharp) items is in the patrol members’ best interest.
Yours in Scouting,
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

Outdoor Activities Updates - Think COMMANDO! Registration Forms Due!

Posted on Oct 6 2017 - 10:08am
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that the weather for the Devil’s Lake campout was a little too perfect.  Where’s the fun in sunny warm days and cool nights?  After all, this is Boy Scouts.  The wind is supposed to howl.  Horizontal rain is a must and a driving blizzard is even better.
Ok, so I am overdoing it a bit.  But, the point I would like to make is that as we head into Winter, the weather is not going to be nearly as nice as it was last weekend.  And that’s the point.  You can rise to the challenge.  Be prepared is not just a motto.  It is a guiding principle.  With the right preparation anything can be accomplished.  Are you up for it?
Next questions: when is the Commando campout?  Where is it being held?  That’s right, the Commando campout is October 27th – 29th at Camp Crown.  Registration forms are due Thursday, October 12th.
Did You Know
All of those adult leaders that care so deeply about your Scouting experience -- and spend many hours making our Troop’s Scouting program a success -- get paid exactly zero dollars.  Nothing, nada, zilch.  So, why do they do it?  Why not ask one (or more) of them?  I bet that you will find some common themes.  Oh, and by the way, don’t forget to say “thank you” for all they do.  The job may be unpaid, but a simple “thank you” can be a tremendous reward.
By Definition
Neckerchief: (1) a key part of the Boy Scout uniform; a common design is frequently adopted by Troop members as an indication of pride in their unit; (2) able to be used as a first aid device (e.g., sling or a means to apply direct pressure to a wound); (3) often misplaced in a Scout’s room resulting in a mad scramble to find it before rushing off to a troop meeting. See neckerchief slide for similar dynamic. 
Yours in Scouting,
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

Outdoor Activities Updates

Posted on Sep 23 2017 - 9:15am
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Hear Ye
The date of the Commando Campout at Camp Crown has been changed to October 27-29th to avoid a conflict with GBS Homecoming.  This change in date has the added benefit of allowing us to use our usual Commando campsites – Basswood, Ash and Aspen. 
The theme of the November campout – ropes and rockets (aka pioneering / rocketry) – has been changed.  It will now be the marksmanship campout.  We will still camp at Camp Crown, but after learning about the safe handling and use of rifles and shotguns, we will travel on Saturday to the nearby Bristol Shooting Ranges run by the Conservation Club of Kenosha County to put that training into practice.
The dates for the Fall / Early Winter campouts are now as follows:
September 29th - October 1st: Devil's Lake
October 27th – 29th: Commando
November 17th - 19th: Marksmanship
December 26th - 29th: Winter MaKaJaWan
Did You Know
Samuel Colt-- founder of Colt’s Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company-- was a key contributor to the Industrial Revolution in mid-19th century America.  He used standardized, interchangeable parts (a key innovation of the time) which allowed for lower-cost mass production. 
But What Does It All Mean
Do you know an adult (a parent perhaps) who isn’t quite sure what Scouting is all about.  There are many online resources.  One informative summary can be found at: http://www.neic.org/Scouting/BoyScouts/Boy-Scout-Program-Facts.  As your outdoor activities coordinator, I was gratified to see that “Outdoor Programs” is listed third in the list of eight “Aims and Methods of the Scouting Program” following “Ideals” and “Patrols.”
By Definition
Fire: a highly desirable source of warmth and light that requires fuel, oxygen and heat.  Wood is a frequently used fuel source.  Unsuccessful and successful fire building often can be determined as follows: Unsuccessful – requiring half a box of matches; Successful – requiring one match; Secret to success – Preparation (Be Prepared, get it?), in other words lots and lots of “tinies” followed by kindling of increasing diameter. 
Yours in Scouting,
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954


Scholarship Opportunities for Eagle Scouts - October 31st Deadline

Posted on Sep 15 2017 - 2:59pm

2017 NESA Scholarship Applications 

The 2017 National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) scholarship cycle opened on August 1, 2017, with a deadline of October 31, 2017. Recipients will be notified by mail on July 15, 2018.

All NESA scholarship applications must be submitted online. Paper copies from previous years are out of date and will not be accepted.

These scholarships are not available to students attending any of the U.S. military academies, because at these academies expenses covered by NESA scholarships are already paid by the United States government.

You may access the NESA scholarship application by copying and pasting this URL into your web browser: https://nesa.academicworks.com/

The Scholarship FAQ has been compiled to answer the most common questions.

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