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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.


Summer Camp 2018 Info

Posted on Feb 16 2018 - 9:33pm

Even though it’s just February, please be sure to put Boy Scout summer camp on your family calendar now. You don’t want your son to miss out on the most important and exciting two weeks of the Scouting year.

Boys who go to summer camp stay in Scouting three times longer than those who don’t. Troop statistics show that boys who miss Camp MaKaJaWan will have difficulty catching up with the Scouts who do go. Camp is the key ingredient for team-building as well as personal growth, and along with our outdoor program, it efficiently supports the goal of continued advancement.

Camp MaKaJaWan offers many great opportunities to earn merit badges and participate in special activities. For younger Scouts, there is the Trailblazer Program which is specifically designed to provide advancement leading towards the First Class rank. Experienced Scouts have the opportunity to work on Eagle-required merit badges. Additionally, paying the deposit and final balance by the due dates, you will receive a $25 discount off the cost of camp. 

New Scouts have the choice of attending either the first week (July 22 – July 28) or second week of camp (July 29 – August 4). During the first week they can experience the legendary Order of The Arrow camp fire that Friday. The second week there are fewer scouts attending, which means shorter lines at activities and a better counselor to scout ratio. Either week is filled with fun, excitement and challenging new experiences.


Weeks 1 & 2 Early Bird Scout fee: $325/week

Camp Fees

Weeks 1 & 2 Scout fee: $350/week


Deposit: $125/week

It’s important for you to know that registered, trained adult leaders from our own Troop will be in camp with your son. Our council requires at least two trained adult leaders to attend with the Scouts, and Troop 156 adheres to and often exceeds that recommendation. If you are able to join your son in camp, we are actively looking for more volunteers.

Parents and Scouts, please be sure to join us on Thursday, March 8th for an information session. The presentation will be held in the Mayflower Room just after announcements.

Registration forms and deposits will be due on March 15th with the final balance due on April 26th.

Please visit our website at http://www.bsa156.org/ and click on Troop 156 Summer Camp Application for the camp application form and more details about specific dates and costs. Scholarship opportunities are available.  If you have any questions about the glorious, life-changing experience your Scouts can have at Makajawan, you can feel free to contact any of us.

Paul S., Paul B., Jeanne, and Mark

Paul Schwarz, ASM and Makajawan Coordinator (847) 910-8942, paulfschwarz@outlook.com

Paul Bauerschmidt, Scoutmaster (312) 860-7318, bsa@bauerschmidt.com

Mark Demsky, Committee Chair (847) 730-3672, markdemsky@gmail.com

Jeanne Barnas, ASM Communications (847) 308-1244, jeanne.barnas@comcast.net

T156 First Aid Teams Formed to Compete at District Level

Posted on Feb 16 2018 - 9:28pm

The Troop's First Aid Teams have been formed and are ready to start training to compete in the District First Aid Meet on March 3, in hopes of snagging the First Place trophy once again.The first training session is TODAY (Saturday, 2/17) from 1-4 p.m.at the Glenview Fire Station at 1901 Landwehr Road, Glenview. ALL Scouts will receive First Aid training at this week's Troop meeting to be ready to compete the following week on March 1 in our own Troop First Aid Meet.

The 2018 T156 Potawatomi First Aid Team will consist of the following boys:

Mark Bauerschmidt

Wyatt Cummings

Gavin Dickinson

Julian Dickinson

Logan Dickinson

Brendan Dombrowski

Ryan Dombrowski

Matty Heublein

Charlie Kuhn

Danny Lauerncelle

Christian Noordover

Jack Rischke

David Rugen

Peter Weatherhead

Outdoor Activities Update - Order of the Arrow

Posted on Feb 16 2018 - 9:04pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).

Let’s talk Order of the Arrow (OA).  Our Troop has elections coming up at the meeting on March 15th at 7:15pm.  Please mark your calendar.  The number of voters is important, so we need a good turnout.

What is OA?  OA is Scouting’s National Honor Society, recognizing Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.  OA members can be identified by the patch they wear on the right pocket flap of their uniform or by the distinctive white sash with red arrow that is worn on notable occasions.

Who is eligible?  Key eligibility requirements are that a Scout must be First Class or above and have met several camping requirements.  The detailed eligibility requirements can be found at: https://oa-bsa.org/about/membership.

How does the election work?  On March 15th, troop members will be asked to elect fellow Scouts to OA who have met the eligibility requirements.  All registered youth members of the Troop can vote.  I hope that you will be on hand to vote.Come support your fellow Scouts. 

The summer camp information session is coming up on March 8th at the usual meeting time right after announcements.   Summer may seem a long way away, but planning starts now.  Trust me, you will not want to miss out.

Q: What did the deer say when they saw the Scoutmaster come over the hill?
A: “Here comes the Scoutmaster coming over the hill.”

Tent: (1) A portable shelter made of nylon or canvas. (2) Generally roomy enough to accommodate two or three Scouts. (3) Best if pitched on level, well-drained ground.  (4) Cold in winter, hot in summer, but dry in all seasons (one hopes).

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

Welcome to the Troop 156 Website!

Posted on Feb 16 2018 - 8:09pm

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Outdoor Activities Update - Summer Camp

Posted on Feb 6 2018 - 9:13pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).

The weather out there is frightful and all that, so let’s think about Summer Camp.  It is really not too soon to do so given the amount of planning that is required.

First, let’s consider the basics.  Our Troop attends Weeks 5 and 6 of Summer Camp at Camp MaKaJaWan which is near Pearson, WI.  This year, Week 5 is July 22nd - 28th and Week 6 is July 29th - August 4th.  Usually, a Scout will attend either one week or the other, but there is the opportunity to attend both weeks.  It is also good to know that there is a charter bus available to get to and from camp.

Next, think about Trailblazer and merit badges.  What is Trailblazer you ask?  It is the opportunity to work on the requirements for rank advancement to Tenderfoot, Second Class or First Class.  As I know that you have perused these requirements, I am sure that you have noticed some that must be completed outdoors – such as identifying 10 signs of animal life.  Bingo.  You guessed it, Trailblazer is the place to do it at Summer Camp.

Regarding merit badges, I have two favorites.  The first is Swimming.  The second is Lifesaving.  Both are required for Eagle.  Here is a hint.  Swimming is great to do your first year at camp with Lifesaving the second year since you cannot do both at once.

Finally, don’t forget to think about the gear that you will need for camp.  You will be provided with a cot with a (thin) mattress and a tent, plus meals will be served in the dining hall, but otherwise it is up to you to Be Prepared to spend a week camping in the north woods.  And here is something else.  There is a trading post.  Start saving your pennies.  You will want to have a few (or perhaps more than a few) on hand to treat yourself while you are at camp.

Now, don’t worry, my purpose here is just to whet your appetite and to get you started thinking about Summer Camp.  There will be planning meetings soon enough where you can nail down all of the details.

Q: Why did Joe Scout give cough syrup to his pony?
A: Someone told him his pony was a little horse.

Summer Camp: (1) A weeklong adventure that is a true highlight of Scouting. (2) More fun than any one person should be allowed to have. (3) A true test for the Scout uniform that is invariably yanked from under the cot and donned with great speed in order to make it to the dining hall on time. (4) A jarring experience for parents who discover just how quiet the house can be while their Scout is away.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

Last Call for Nuclear Science M.B. and Nanotechnology

Posted on Feb 2 2018 - 10:13am

Nuclear Science Merit Badge Opportunity

If you are interested in earning the Nuclear Science Merit Badge, the University of Wisconsin American Nuclear Society is holding its annual spring workshops on February 17 (may be full), March 17 and April 14.  These workshops are a great merit badge opportunity and lots of fun.  A number of Troop 156 scouts have attended past workshops.  There is a $15 registration fee to attend and the boys must complete homework in advance of the workshop date to earn the merit badge.  Scouts must be in 6th grade or higher to attend.  Here are the details:

Earn your Nuclear Science merit badge in one day with the help of the UW American Nuclear Society! Non-Scouts are also encouraged to attend and will receive a certificate. Any youth is welcome to join Activities for this year include:

§  Tour of the UW-Fusion Facilities and possible tour of the UW-Nuclear Reactor.

§  Informative presentations on Nuclear Science, Nuclear Engineering, Radiation Detection, and Careers in the Nuclear industry.

§  Hands on activities with radiation detectors and cloud chambers

If you are interested in attending, please contact Jennifer Adams at jenlpadams@comcast.net as soon as possible as these dates may fill up at any time.  Please specify which date(s) you are able to attend.  We will need drivers/chaperones to accompany any boys who elect to attend, so please indicate parent availability as well. 

All Scout Nanotechnology Event

The International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern University is hosting its 16thannual Scout Nanotechnology Event at NU on April 14.  We are seeking both a parent leader and scouts to form a team to participate.  If you are interested in leading or participating, please contact Jennifer Adams atjenlpadams@comcast.net as soon as possible.  The event is a great experience and it does fill up quickly.  More details are below.

The 16thannual All Scout Nanotechnology Event, hosted by the International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) at Northwestern University, will bring 75 Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts together with 25 scientists for an extraordinary view of how science is worked at the cutting edge.   Scouts will perform hands-on experiments with nanomaterials and see how high-powered research instruments such as atomic force microscopes are used to discover new properties of matter at the nanoscale.  They will also see a glimpse of how those discoveries may have a profound impact on their future.  There will be many opportunities for Scouts to meet and talk with the scientists.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 14th, 2018 at Northwestern’s Evanston campus but Jen Adams must register our Troop's participation now before space fills up.  Science-enthused Scouts in the 6thgrade and up are invited to register.  Cost is $10 per person, which includes a pizza party with the scientists and a patch.  Scouts will be asked to prepare a research poster prior to the event and present their research findings to the scientists and audience at the event.  Medals will be presented to the authors of the 3 best posters.  Research instructions and suggested topics will be provided to the accepted Troops.

Learn more about the Scout event and nanotechnology at http://www.iinano.org/all-scout-nano-dayand check out the IIN Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/IINanoNU/.

To register for either of these events, contact Jen by next Thursday, 2/8/18.

Jen Adams

Troop 156 Merit Badge Coordinator 

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