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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 Updates

Posted on Sep 19 2017 - 4:28pm
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

 

Popcorn is Now Available to Fill Orders or To Start Selling

Posted on Sep 15 2017 - 3:00pm

Actual Popcorn products are now available for pickup from our Popcorn Colonel, Alexa Dickinson. You can pick up popcorn to fill any orders already taken or to start selling to your neighbors, friends, and relatives. 

Not only will Scouts earn money for their Scout Accounts, for the Troop, and for the Council, they can also earn extra prizes! Those who sell at least $700 in popcorn will receive 2 movie tickets (one Scout and one parent) to a December 16th screening of the new Star Wars movie. In addition, complete the Pre-Sale Photo Scavenger Hunt by September 15th and your name will be entered into a lottery drawing for a Nintendo Switch (one per Council). Flyers are attached for each of these extra opportunities. Finally, the Scout(s) with the most orders taken or the highest sales value will earn the opportunity to throw a cream pie in the face of our Popcorn Colonel or other willing Troop leader. 

The popcorn sale ends on October 22nd. 

Print/pick up your forms NOW and let the selling begin!!

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.

New Photos Have Been Uploaded

Posted on Jul 7 2017 - 11:32pm

New photos have been uploaded to the Flickr website from the May Court of Honor, the June Canoe Campout, and the Troop's participation in the 4th of July parade. Click on the "Photos" link to check out the new additions.

   

Welcome to the new Troop 156 Website!

Posted on Apr 6 2016 - 8:10am

Welcome to our new website!  This new site is based on technology by a company named SOAR:

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