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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.


Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Dec 13 2017 - 3:43pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
Congratulations to all who have achieved their next rank.  It is gratifying to see everyone’s hard work recognized.
As the registration forms for Winter MaKaJaWan were due this week, let’s turn the calendar to 2018 and take a look at what is coming up.
January 20th – 21st, Climbing Lock-In, Milwaukee
February 2nd – 3rd, Klondike Derby, Camp Crown
February 4th, Scout Sunday, GCC
February 16th – 18th, Winter Carnival, Indian Mound Scout Reservation
I have written about the Climbing Lock-In in the past, but let me take a moment to write about the other opportunities.
Klondike Derby – We will compete with other Troops on Saturday, February 3rd.  We came close to winning last year, but I can feel it, this is our year!  Oh, and by the way, there is an opportunity to camp Friday night (and score extra points).
Scout Sunday – As a Troop, we do not have mandatory activities, but this is one that really should be Sharpied onto your calendar.  GCC provides us with a great deal of support.  Participating in the church service on February 4th is an opportunity for us to demonstrate both our gratitude and the fact that a Scout is reverent.  Those serving as greeters, ushers or readers will gather at 9:15am.  Everyone else will gather at 9:30am for the 10am service.
Winter Carnival – It is one thing to compete with other Troops, but which patrol within Troop 156 has what it takes?  Plus, we will be staying in a cabin at IMSR.  What’s not to like – fun in the snow and games in the cabin(?) (sorry, I can’t think of a synonym for cabin that rhymes with snow).
As always, mark your calendar now!
Did you see the flyer about the Appalachian Trail high adventure opportunity?  Are you First Class or above?  Are you interested?  If so, please don't procrastinate.  Registration forms and a $50 deposit are due no later than January 11th.  Spaces are limited.  As they say on TV: Act Now!   
I am sure that you have heard the phrase “armed and dangerous.”  Well, now thanks to “The Scout Riddle Book” that Mr. Fellingham shared with me, I am truly armed and dangerous.  So, here goes:
Q: How do you make soup golden?
A: Just add 24 carrots.
Rank: (1) an award indicating a level of achievement. (2) a means to differentiate the level of knowledge and experience between Scouts. (3) the patch worn on the left breast pocket of the Scout uniform. (4) smelly (as in: The container in which the Scouts had stored their hamburger meat was not cooled properly causing the meat to spoil and to acquire a rank odor).
Yours in Scouting,
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

Annual Bowling Event - Dec. 21st

Posted on Dec 7 2017 - 11:23pm

Troop 156's annual Bowling event will take place on Thursday, December 21st instead of the regular Troop meeting. 

The bowling event will take place at the Brunswick Zone Deerfield Lanes, located at 10 S. Waukegan Road in Deerfield. We will start a half hour earlier, at 6:30 pm and finish at 8:00 pm. The cost per Scout or adult bowler is $9.00, which covers 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and soda. Trophies in many categories will be awarded. 

Scouts should be dropped off at the bowling alley by 6:30 and should bring their $9.00 with them. We hope to see them there!

Feed My Starving Children Service Project - Dec. 16

Posted on Dec 7 2017 - 11:13pm

The Order of the Arrow is hosting a service project on December 16th called Feed My Starving Children. Service hours are from 9:30 - 11:30 am and will take place at 845 E. High Street in Mundelein. While the OA is hosting the service project, the event is open to ALL SCOUTS and their FAMILIES!!! In fact, they are trying to recruit 150 workers, so please consider volunteering. 

If a Scout needs a ride, Jim Fogarty will be driving up to the project, departing the GCC parking lot at 8:30 am, returning at about 12:30 pm. Other drivers would be appreciated. Please contact Mr. Fogarty at jfogarty@franklynn.com.

To register, visit: https://neic.org/2017/11/13/oa-fmsc/

Winter MaKaJaWan - Registration Due By Dec. 14

Posted on Dec 6 2017 - 6:43pm

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).

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

Posted on Dec 6 2017 - 6:42pm

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 - Indoor Climbing Lock-in

Posted on Dec 6 2017 - 6:41pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
As I look forward to the Climbing Lock-In & Urban Hike on January 20th and 21st I am reminded of the Scout on last year’s trip who said, “We always pass through Milwaukee on the way to MaKaJaWan, but I had no idea that it had so much to offer.”  How’s that for a ringing endorsement?
I have a challenge for you.  A city is what you make of it.  It’s time to do a little research.  What Milwaukee landmarks would you like to see?  What waterways would you like to cross? (No, Lake Michigan is not an option.)  Which pavement would you like to tread?  It’s up to you.  What’s the plan?
And, that’s just the start because after seeing, crossing and treading, it will be time to scale new heights.  Are you up for it (literally)?  Just ask your fellow Scouts who came, saw and conquered the massive heights of Adventure Rock last year.  It is a whole lot of fun.
Are you ready for Milwaukee?  Do you have the dates on your calendar?
As a taxpayer, I am not sure that I like this two-weeks of Winter Break thing.  I mean, really, aren’t I paying good money for all of you to get an education.  There can’t be much edumacatin’ goin’ on if you ain’t in school.  Then again, the holidays are a terrific time to get a little extra Scouting in (yes, I know, I just ended a sentence with a preposition, but grammar rules were made to be broken after all).  If you are First Class or above you are going to Winter MaKaJaWan, right? (Don’t forget that registration forms are due December 14th.)
Of course, if you are working toward First Class, the Winter Break is a terrific time to get some requirements done so that you can go to Winter MaKaJaWan next year.
Minivan: (1) a four-wheeled vehicle with an (underpowered) internal-combustion engine and 20 or more cupholders (2) a boxy type of transport capable of hauling six or more people. (3) an ideal mode of conveyance for traveling to and from campouts. (4) a not-quite car, not-quite truck immediately recognizable as a Troop transport for its one heads-up, heavily caffeinated driver and its five passengers who are either fast asleep or with their heads down frantically thumbing their electronic devices.
Yours in Scouting,
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

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