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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.


Indiana Dunes Trainpacking Registrations Due May 3rd

Posted on Apr 20 2018 - 8:44pm

Registration forms are now available for the May 11-13 Trainpacking campout to Indiana Dunes State Park. Scouts will combine backpacking with a trailer-supported trip to spend the weekend within the 3 miles of large sand dunes towering up to 200 feet above the shoreline of Lake Michigan in Chesterton, Indiana. Scouts will carry their gear (overflow gear will travel in the trailer) in backpacks from GCC to the Glenview Metra station; take the Metra to downtown Chicago; and hike across downtown to the Millennium Station to take the South Shore Line to Dunes Park Station just out the State Park. They will then pack in to their group tent site, where they will meet up with the trailer and the rest of their camping gear.

It is not necessary to purchase a full-size high adventure backpack for this trip. Younger Scouts can carry daypacks with more of their gear in the trailer, while older Scouts will carry full-size packs. It may be possible to borrow a backpack from someone unable to go on the trip. Please let the trip leader know if you need to borrow one.

In addition to hiking through the dunes and playing King of the Hill, Scouts will enjoy our annual Iron Chef competition, where each Patrol will be given a common set of ingredients from which they will each create a delicious dinner. The Iron Chef always proves to bring out the creativity in our budding outdoor cooks!

Registration forms (attached) and fees will be due on May 3rd. We hope you will join us!

Worker's Weekend at Camp MaKaJaWan - Memorial Day

Posted on Apr 19 2018 - 2:30pm

Join us for a weekend of cheerful service at Camp MaKaJaWan, doing work projects to prepare Camp for the summer season. This weekend is sponsored by the OA (Order of the Arrow) but is open to anyone who is willing to put in some hard labor while enjoying the beauty of Camp MaKaJaWan. Scouts who are Ordeal members in the OA can also seal their membership by accepting the Brotherhood Honor that weekend. 

Rides will be coordinated at multiple departure times on Friday, May 27th. All will return home on Sunday, May 29th, leaving Sunday evening and the Monday holiday open for family festivities. We have reserved two cabins in Family Camp that can accommodate up to 15 participants. Others may opt to camp out in tents. 

Cost: No cost for those going simply to work, as the Troop will cover Council's $15 registration fee (covers food and t-shirt). Those opting to go for Brotherhood who completed their Ordeal in 2016 or 2017 owe no extra fees for doing so. Those who completed their Ordeal in 2015 or earlier who wish to go for Brotherhood will owe an additional fee of $35 (CASH, not check) if they have already paid their 2018 OA dues. If you have not paid your 2018 dues, you must do so through Council to be eligible to go for Brotherhood. Participants should bring cash for dinner on the road Friday night and lunch on the road on Sunday.

To register, please complete and return the attached registration form to Jeanne Barnas by May 5th, in order for her to submit the Troop registration to Council in time to meet the Early Bird Deadline. Anyone not submitting their registration form by May 5th will pay a late registration fee of $10 out of pocket. 

Please contact Jeanne Barnas with any questions at jeanne.barnas@comcast.net.

Save the Date - End-of-Year BBQ for Troop Parents/Leaders

Posted on Apr 19 2018 - 2:14pm

Calling all Troop Parents and Leaders! Come one, come all, to this end-of-year celebratory Troop Adult BBQ on Saturday, June 16th! Let us celebrate you for once, our Troop Parents, instead of our outstanding Scouts. Without you encouraging your boys to work on merit badges or rank advancements; driving them to meetings and outings; buying food for campouts and PLC meetings; reminding them to check their e-mails; attending campouts; taking on or supporting a leadership position; or any of the other myriads of other tasks that it takes to open up a world of discovery for them, we want to celebrate YOU and hope you will join us. Enjoy good food, spirited camaraderie, and maybe a relaxing yard game or two (totally non-competitive, of course!).

When: Saturday, June 16th -- 4:00 pm Festivities begin; 5:30 pm Main Meal Served

Where: Your hosts, David and Barbara Kassner, welcome you to their home at 2818 Independence in the Glen

What: The Troop will provide the meat (burgers, brats, chicken). All guests should bring a dish and beverage to share.

How: Please RSVP by clicking on this link (or copying/pasting into your web browser): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IoxxTiG7JBBUqlfYhPkU_sZo91XoUsuKP0iRUYxRZnw/edit?usp=sharing

MSR Merit Badge Counseling Sessions - April 26 Troop Meeting

Posted on Apr 19 2018 - 2:14pm

Each year, our Troop leaders meet with each Scout going to Summer Camp to help them target what they hope to accomplish during their stay.  Whether it's the Trailblazer Program (for New Scouts), the Pinnacle Program (for Star Scouts and above), merit badge work, the Mile Swim, hiking the Boundary Trail, or anything in-between, our leaders can help Scouts set realistic goals to meet as they have fun in the outdoors.

MSR Counseling sessions will be held during next week's Troop meeting on April 26th. All Scouts registered for Summer Camp are encouarged to spend a few minutes charting their course of action.

Questions? Please contact Jack O'Malley at John.Omalley2@comcast.net. 

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Apr 19 2018 - 2:13pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
So here’s a question for you: Will the ice on Lake Killian at Camp MaKaJaWan melt before Memorial Day (actually, a couple of days before Memorial Day)?
Why is this relevant?  Well, Troop 156 has the “honor” of placing the docks in the water during workers weekend at MaKaJaWan the Saturday before Memorial Day each year.  In case you do not have it on your calendar yet that would be May 25th - 27th.
The thing is that there were 30 inches of ice on the lake as of last week and there are 35 days between Saturday, April 21st and Saturday, May 26th, plus it snowed last weekend.  What do you think, will the ice melt at a rate of a little less than an inch per day?
Never fear, however, because our Troop architects are hard at work determining how the dock can be constructed on top of the ice and drop neatly into the water as it melts.
(Actually, not really, if there is still ice on the lake, the docks will be put in the water by camp staff the week before summer camp starts.  Given the potential for brisk water temperatures, though, you can bet that camp staff is hoping the ice melts before workers weekend.)
Fortunately, if the docks can’t be put in the lake, there will still be plenty of painting projects to be completed . . .
Scoutmaster: Why do you always have to answer my questions with another question?
Scout: Why not?
It is likely not accidental that the first point of the Scout Law is Trustworthy.  In fact, I suspect that you remember explaining what Trustworthy means as one of the requirements for the Scout rank.  You know, something like: A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.  It is the last part of that definition that resonates for me: People can depend on him.  We all make commitments to others to accomplish certain tasks.  Can people depend on you to meet your commitments?
Blue: (1) A primary color. (2) Green when mixed with yellow. (3) The color of the sky, blueberries, the Connecticut flag . . . and (occasionally) a Scout’s lips.  As in: The Scout’s lips were blue when he emerged from the water after helping to place the docks in Lake Killian at the end of May.
Yours in Scouting,
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

New Location for May/June Meetings

Posted on Apr 18 2018 - 8:29pm

Glenview Community Church (GCC) is gearing up to start a major reconstruction project which will impact our meeting space for several months.

Beginning with our May 3rd Troop meeting, we will meet in the fieldhouse at Sleepy Hollow Park (1821 Maplewood Lane) through our final meeting of the school year in early June. Our meeting times will remain the same, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

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