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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.


Annual Pancake Breakfast - Sign Up for Your Work Shift

Posted on Mar 16 2018 - 7:52pm

The Troop's Annual Pancake Breakfast is coming up soon, on Sunday, April 15th. Because we anticipate many of GCC's church members to partake of our delicious food, this is an "All Hands on Deck" type of event - meaning, we need as many Scouts and parents as possible to volunteer for a work shift

There are several work shifts from which to choose:

  • 6:00 - 8:30 am - the Early Riser Shift - set up, food prep, serve the early customers, bus tables, ticket sales, etc
  • 7:00 - 9:45 am - 1st Shift - food service, food prep, bus tables, dishwashing, ticket sales, etc
  • 9:45 am - 12:30 pm - 2nd Shift - food service, food prep, bus tables, dishwashing, ticket sales, final clean up

To sign up for your work shift, please visit:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0A45AAA723A20-pancake1. Find your desired timeslot and click on the "SignUp" box on the right (you will see a little checkmark next to "Sign Up"). Then go to the bottom of the page and click on "Submit and Sign Up". A new screen will open where you will enter your name and e-mail address.

With your help, we look forward to another successful event! A significant portion of all profits go to Scout accounts, which can be used to help offset the costs of campouts and Summer Camp.

Court of Honor This Thursday - Please Join Us

Posted on Mar 16 2018 - 7:47pm

Our Spring Court of Honor will take place this Thursday, March 22nd, starting at 7:00 pm in the Mayflower Room. This quarterly ceremony provides the perfect opportunity for Scouts to be recognized for earning rank advancements or completing merit badges, as well as to report out on their exciting adventures at the monthly campouts and other activities.

We are especially pleased to have District representatives attending the Court of Honor to congratulate members of Troop 156 as Champions of both the District Klondike Derby and the District First Aid Meet. We would encourage all Scouts and parents to attend the Court of Honor to support the efforts of the entire Troop.

Outdoor Activities Update - Trainpacking

Posted on Mar 14 2018 - 9:44am
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
I have to say that I am intrigued by the Trainpacking campout scheduled for May 11th - 13th.  I mean, what in the world is trainpacking?  So, here’s the scoop.  It involves taking Metra from Glenview to Union Station, hiking a mile across to Millennium Station and then travelling south to Indiana Dunes where it is about a mile from the station to the campsite.
I know that you probably take Metra for granted, but where I grew up we had very limited train service – I think that Amtrak rolled through about every other day in the middle of the night.  Metra is a great resource and it is tremendous that the troop is making use of it.
Here are two things to know.  First, this will be terrific training (pun intended) for those headed to Philmont this summer.  And, second, the plan is to haul the trailer out to the campsite while everyone else is on the train, so the troop can enjoy all the usual comforts while in camp.
The Indiana Dunes campout is at risk of being cancelled due to lack of adult leadership.  That’s right.  No adults, no trip.  As always, please encourage that special adult in your life to speak with Mr. Bauerschmidt.
Have you run across any good dutch oven recipes of late?  I, for one, am looking forwarded to enhanced creativity in patrol meals as we head into warmer weather.  What will you bring to the table (literally)?
Troop Guide: This is a dogwood tree.
Tenderfoot: How can you tell?
Troop Guide: By its bark.
Hiking Boots: (1) Footwear tied up around the ankle and with a relatively inflexible sole.  Ideally suited for providing support when hiking over rough ground. (2) Quite the fashion statement when paired with long wool socks and shorts. (3) Often seen on Scouts with long laces untied and dragging on the ground. (4) The cause for great mirth when a Scout trips over said laces and goes horizontal. 
Yours in Scouting,
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

Youth Protection Training Update

Posted on Mar 9 2018 - 10:15pm

Effective immediately, all registered volunteers must take the NEW Youth Protection Training which can be found online at my.scouting.org. You must take this new training even if you have taken YPT in the past 2 years. This new module replaces the previous training and has been redesigned to address modern issues in the protection of our youth, which is always our first priority. This must be completed by all registered volunteers by October 1st.

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Mar 9 2018 - 9:51pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).

Mud, mud and more mud.  What could be better?  Oh yeah, did I mention that you get to crawl through all of this mud while deep underground in the dark? (Ok, so you get to wear a headlamp.)

Now, some of you know what I am talking about.  Maquoketa!  (Try saying that five times fast.)  For those who did not attend last year, be sure to ask someone who did.  It was a blast!

The Troop is returning to the Maquoketa caves in Iowa again this year.  Be sure that you have the dates on your calendar: April 20th - 22nd.

We have a number of campouts coming up that still need adult trip leaders.  Do you know an adult that would be perfect for this role?  If so, please ask that special adult to let Mr. Bauerschmidt know.  Our Troop takes wonderful trips, but adult leadership is critical.  And, you know what, the trips are fun for the adults, too!

Scouting costs money.  I hope that you agree with me, though, that Scouting delivers good value for that money.  For this reason, the Troop provides opportunities to raise funds -- a (significant) portion of which go directly into your personal Scout account.  On April 15th, the Troop will hold its annual pancake breakfast fundraiser at GCC.  Tickets are a bargain for $5 all you can eat.  Please do your part to sell tickets.  It’s important.

Q: What do you call it when you bring a king camping and he climbs a mountain?
A: HiKing

Sunshine: (1) A foreign concept during the months of December, January and February.  (2) A welcome source of warmth when emerging from one’s tent in the morning.  (3) Once used as a heat source for reflector ovens.  (4) Now captured via a solar cell as an energy source.  As in: The Scout thought about taking a solar cell to camp to recharge his cell phone, but then remembered that electronics are not allowed at camp.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Feb 28 2018 - 9:36pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).

Recently, I was reviewing the troop’s camping records and I was impressed by the number of Scouts who have quite a few camping nights.  At the same time, we are getting into summer camp planning season where, among other things, you select which merit badges you are going to work on at summer camp.

Here is an idea: how about the Camping merit badge?  Have you taken a look at the requirements?  They can be found at: https://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/archive/a/ab/20131030221432!Camping.pdf

So here’s the thing.  It is not an easy merit badge.  Sure, the camping nights are a big part of it, but there is much more to the merit badge.  It is well worth taking a look at it, ask Mr. Bauerschmidt for a blue card and finding a counselor so that you can start working your way through it.

Two more things.  If you would like a copy of your camping record to see where you stand, just ask.  I will be happy to send it to you.  Second, camping is required for Eagle.

Hopefully you already know this, but just like the one for camping merit badge, there are workbooks out on the internet for every other merit badge as well.  All you need to do is type the name of the merit badge in which you are interested and up pops the link to the workbook.

Which brings me to another point.  Merit badges are not check-the-box exercises.  They require preparation and learning to be completed successfully.  When you sit down with a merit badge counselor you want to what?  That’s right, Be Prepared.

I have been delighted to see the fine group of new Scouts that have joined Troop 156.  I would like to add my encouragement to that of others to keep working on those requirements for advancement.  I smile every time a see a younger Scout hitting up a Scout who is First Class or above for a sign-off.  Yes, merit badges are important, but until you reach First Class, the priority really is advancement requirements.

Q: What goes da-dot-croak, dot-dot-croak, da-da-dot croak?
A: A morse toad.

Fog: (1) Small droplets of water suspended in air with the effect of reducing visibility.  (2) Eerie when encountered first thing in the morning when emerging from one’s tent.  (3) Welcomed by any Scout lost in the middle of an orienteering course.  As in: I was doing just fine until the fog rolled in.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

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