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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.

 

Court of Honor - December 14th - Please Join Us!

Posted on Nov 22 2017 - 2:08pm

The Troop's next Court of Honor will take place on Thursday, December 14th, during the regular Troop meeting time.

In addition to hearing from our Scouts about their latest adventures, we'll celebrate those Scouts receiving rank advancements and merit badges, learn about upcoming adventures, swear in our new boy leaders who will lead the Troop for the next six months, and enjoy some delicious holiday refreshments. 

We hope you'll do your best to attend.

Outdoor Activities Update - December and January

Posted on Nov 22 2017 - 2:08pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
 
I know, I know, there are so many terrific opportunities coming up that it is tough to keep track.
 
First, I would like to encourage you to attend the Court of Honor on December 14th.  Even if you are not receiving an award, it is always a good idea to support your fellow Scouts.  I am sure that you will appreciate it when they do the same.
 
The following Thursday, December 21st, is Bowling Night at Brunswick Lanes in Deerfield.  If you have not done so already, please ensure that you let Mr. Olson know that you will be attending.  It is helpful (as in a Scout is) for him to have an accurate count.  He had a sign-up list at the last Troop meeting.  Alternatively, his e-mail address is: colson@ctlgroup.com.  This will be a Class B uniform event.
 
Of course, Winter MaKaJaWan follows shortly thereafter – December 26th - 29th.  Registration forms are due December 14th.  By the way, if you are First Class or above (a requirement for this trip) and you are uncertain whether you should attend, be sure to ask someone who has participated in the past.  Winter MaKaJaWan is an awesome adventure.
 
And, lest you forget, coming over the horizon in January, the 20th - 21st to be exact, is the Milwaukee urban hike and climbing lock-in.  Registration forms will be due January 11th.
 
Then, there is the Klondike Derby at Camp Crown on February 3rd and Scout Sunday at GCC on February 4th.
 
AN OPPORTUNITY
[Pause.]  OK, now that you have caught your breath, I would like to encourage you to think of the adults in your life that are close to you.  You know, like your parents.  Sure, they can be bothersome at times -- asking you about your day at school or what you are reading or, horror of horrors, what music you are listening to.  So, here is a suggestion.  Since your parents want to be part of your life, why not involve them in Scouting?  Activities like those above need both Scout and adult leadership.  As a team, how would you and that special adult best contribute to the success of the Troop?
 
BY DEFINITION
Ice: (1) one of the three states of water. (2) abundant during winter or in cold-weather climes. (3) prized for its ability to keep a beverage cold. (4) much desired as a covering for Lake Killian to provide a sleeping surface for Winter MaKaJaWan campers (if they accept the challenge of spending a night outside the heated cabins).
 
Yours in Scouting,
 
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

Outdoor Activities Update - Winter MaKaJaWan & Camping Merit Badge

Posted on Nov 12 2017 - 8:43pm

 

Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
 
So, I will give you one (and just one) guess as to the favorite merit badge of your outdoor activities coordinator (that would be me).  That's right, it's camping merit badge.  I mean, really, what says Scouting more than camping.  OK, sure, there are a few other quintessentially Scouting-related activities, but you have to admit camping is at or near the top of the list.
 
Camping is so core to Scouting that the merit badge is required for Eagle.
 
There is much to be done to earn camping merit badge.  One of the key requirements (see attached) is: Show experience in camping by doing the following -- camp a total of at least 20 nights at designated Scouting activities or events (note: long-term camp such as summer camp can only count for six of those nights and, importantly, the nights must be spent in a tent or under the stars).
 
That is just the beginning.  Participation and recordkeeping are key.  Regardless of your rank now, it is worthwhile checking out the camping merit badge requirements, taking full advantage of the many camping opportunities offered by the Troop and keeping track of what you have done by keeping the camping log at the back of your Scout Handbook (page 461) up-to-date.
 
EL PRIMO WINTER CAMPING
Do . . . Not . . . Dilly . . . Dally.  The flyer for Winter MaKaJaWan has hit the streets.  It is never too early to complete and submit the registration form with payment.  And, after December 14th it will be too late.  That is the deadline.
 
If you are First Class or above (a requirement for this campout), you will not want to miss this opportunity to experience MaKaJaWan in all of its winter splendor.  Oh, yes, I almost forgot, the Troop will leave GCC at 10am on Tuesday, December 26th and return at about 3pm on Friday, December 29th.(flyer and registration form attached)
 
HINT, HINT
For you PLC members out there, while perusing the requirements for camping merit badge, I noticed that a portion of one of the requirements can be met by taking a bike trip of at least 15 miles or that lasts at least 4 hours.  Is there a camping / bike-hike opportunity in the Troop's future?
 
BY DEFINITION
Mud: (1) a delightful mixture of earth and water that adheres to a Scouts boots and adds character when inadvertently smeared on his clothing. (2) a source of much stress and angst when tracked into the house. (3) a Scout's name when he does something that he shouldn't. 
 
Yours in Scouting,
 
Mr. Warnsman

Registration is Open for Winter MaKaJaWan!

Posted on Nov 10 2017 - 9:49am

The flyer and registration form for our annual Winter MaKaJaWan trip is now available! 

Winter MaKaJaWan takes Scouts First Class and above into the north woods to our beloved Camp MaKaJaWan, where they will stay in cabins heated with wood-burning stoves. They'll have the opportunity to explore Camp in its quieter winter state by snowshoe, cross-country skis, fat-tire bikes, on foot or by sled. They may even spend a night outdoors on the ice (if its thick enough by then) or on the shores of the lake. 

This trip will be led by ASM Ralph Shepstone, who will need additional leaders to join the party. Please contact Ralph if you can help out (ralphshepstone@gmail.com).

Outdoor Activities Update: 2018

Posted on Nov 6 2017 - 3:46pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
 
Let’s peek ahead to 2018.
 
First things first, 2018 is the year of the dog.  What does that have to do with Troop 156’s activities?  Well, actually nothing, I just thought you might like to know which sign of the Chinese zodiac is ascendant next year.
 
Anyway, more to the point, we are going to get 2018 off to a fast start by climbing to great heights January 20th-21st.  That’s right, we are returning to Big Rock in Milwaukee.  There is a lot to recommend this activity.  First, there is the opportunity to earn climbing merit badge.  That’s right, Big Rock is an indoor climbing wall like you wouldn’t believe.  Second, and you saw this already, it is indoors, not an inconsequential consideration in January.  Finally, the outing includes an urban hike through Milwaukee which, actually, is pretty cool.  Who knew?
 
After staying warm in January, we are headed back outdoors in February.  Again, Troop 156 will show its mettle by competing at the Klondike Derby on February 3rd.  This will be a one-day event held at Camp Crown.  Plus, there is a rumor that camping will be available Friday and / or Saturday night.  Are you up for it?
 
Another important event on the calendar is Scout Sunday, February 4th.  A Scout is Reverent.  We have the opportunity (and, in fact, responsibility) to celebrate Scout Sunday at our charter organization – Glenview Community Church.  Not only do we need a good showing, but there will be opportunities for Troop members to serve as greeters, ushers and scripture readers.  Will you be available to help celebrate this important occasion?
 
And there’s more.  Winter Carnival is scheduled for February 16-18th.  After taking a break last year, this traditionally stupendous campout is back on the calendar.  You don’t want to miss it, do you?
 
TRICKS OF THE TRADE
As you know, I am a big proponent of completing requirements for advancement.  One of the reasons that Scouting is such a tremendous program is that it encourages you to learn and to try new things through the completion of requirements.  Of course, your handbook is not just a reference book, but also the place where you record which requirements you have completed.  What would you do if your book was lost or damaged?  As a suggestion, you may want to take a picture or make a photocopy of the requirement pages in your book every so often so that you have a backup copy.
 
BY DEFINITION
Dining Fly: (1) a common house fly (musca domestica) happily supping on a piece of road kill. (2) a large piece of polyester or similar material propped up over a picnic table using long poles; well-positioned to collect rain water in large pools that must be drained, drenching any unsuspecting Scouts standing nearby.  (3) eating while airborne.  See also: dining on the fly.
 
Yours in Scouting,
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Nov 6 2017 - 3:46pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
 
Now that you are all “warmed up” for cold-weather camping after the Commando Campout (which was awesome!), we have the Marksmanship Campout coming up.
 
 
I would like to encourage you to keep planning ahead because there are yet more tremendous opportunities coming up.  For example:
 
 
December 21: Bowling Night at Brunswick Zone in Deerfield
 
December 26 - 29: Winter MaKaJaWan
 
Put your smart phone to good use and get those dates on your calendar.
 
 
MAKE A PLAN, WORK THE PLAN
 
I was gratified that a number of you took advantage of the orienteering course and the ax yard at Camp Crown last weekend.  Several of you also completed cooking requirements. 
 
 
As you might expect, the Marksmanship Campout is going to be focused on firearm safety and shooting.  Have you had a look at the Rifle Shooting and Shotgun Shooting merit badges?  It may not be possible to complete the merit badges on the campout, but my guess is that you could get a pretty good start.  Don’t forget to ask Mr. Bauerschmidt to sign a blue card for you.  At the very least, you may come away thinking that you may want to pursue one of these merit badges at summer camp.
 
Of course, I suspect that there will be time to get some other requirements done as well.  There is a lot of patrol planning that goes into a successful campout.  What is your personal plan? 
 
 
SPEAKING OF SMART PHONES
 
It has come to my attention that there were some instances of smart phone use on the Commando Campout.  Of course, phones may be used during the trip to and from a campsite, but they may not be used at the campsite itself.
 
Let me explain why.  Camping with your fellow Scouts is a unique experience, an experience that you cannot get online.  If your head is down and you are engrossed in your phone, two things are going to happen.  First, you are going to miss out on everything that is going on around you.  Second, your fellow Scouts are not going to have the opportunity to interact with you.  That’s right, you have a lot to offer.  Share yourself with others.  Don’t get lost in your phone.
 
 
BY DEFINITION
 
Layer: (1) a sheet, quantity, or thickness of material, typically one of several, covering a surface or body. (2) a good excuse to slather extra frosting onto a cake (see layer cake). (3) the very best way to stay warm during cold weather (when combined with a hat) – wearing layers of clothing.
 
Yours in Scouting,
 
 
Mr. Warnsman
 
(812) 639-3954

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