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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.


Scoutmaster Breakfast - Next Saturday, August 24th

Posted on Aug 16 2019 - 10:00pm

Our first Scoutmaster Breakfast of the year will be held next Saturday morning, August 24th, from 7:15 - 8:30 am at Jasper's Restaurant on Waukegan Road.

Monthly Scoutmaster Breakfasts are open to all Troop leaders and to parents either interested in learning more about Troop operations or better yet, would like to learn how they can help support our boy leaders as they carry out their plans for the meetings and activities each month. (Breakfast at your own expense.)

Please join us!

Fall Kickoff Meeting - Thursday, August 29th - 7:00 pm

Posted on Aug 16 2019 - 8:40pm

Troop meetings will resume for the Fall on Thursday, August 29th with a hot dog cookout in the GCC parking lot near the garage. We'll start at 7:00 pm with the cookout, then move indoors for the rest of the meeting.

All those planning to attend the September 6-8 Commando Campout should plan to attend the Camper's Meeting during the evening to learn more details and help in the planning.

Movie Showing of "Free Solo" at GV Public Library

Posted on Aug 16 2019 - 8:39pm

For those of you who have an interest in rock climbing, you may wish to take advantage of the opportunity to see the 2018 movie Free Solo on Tuesday, August 27th at the Glenview Public Library. This very popular movie documents Alex Honnold's dangerous attempt to be the first person ever to free solo climb (no ropes or safety gear) the 3,000 foot El Capitan rock face in the Yosemite Valley.

This free showing will start at 6:30 p.m. Doors open thirty minutes before screening. Film is rated PG-13.

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Aug 15 2019 - 10:24pm

Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).

So, you know why I like living on Chicago’s North Shore?  Because it is the home of Ferris Bueller.  I had just graduated from high school in suburban Cleveland when the movie first came out in 1986.  While Clevelanders tend to be more fascinated with New York than Chicago, the movie was a lot of fun.

Now, I know that you may have not seen this movie – it is rather dated, after all – and, it is rated PG-13, but there is a classic line from the movie that is apropos for this missive:  “Bueller, Bueller, . . . anyone, anyone?”

No one in the Troop is named Bueller, so my focus is going to be on the “anyone.”  In other words, you.

The Scouting year is going to be on us imminently and, to be honest, there is so much going on that if you wait until mid-September to get geared up for Scouting, I guarantee that you will feel like you have missed out.

Specifically, the Troop’s first meeting is Thursday, August 29th at GCC.  And, get this, there will be food.  In a continuation of a longstanding Troop 156 tradition, there will be a hot dog cookout in the parking lot next to the garage.

The other event that is coming up fast is the Commando Campout at Camp Crown.  That’s right, this is THE Commando Campout.  I know that you are used to this campout being in October, but there are other terrific opportunities coming up that month, so Commando has been pulled forward.  Besides, just think about it – camping in September, what could be finer (no, not even Carolina in the morning).

For those who have not attended Commando in the past, it is typically a huge Troop event centered on a first-rate game of capture-the-flag.  This year’s campout will also feature construction of wilderness survival shelters.

Sounds great, right?  Here’s the thing, time is short.  While registration forms are not absolutely due until the first Troop meeting on the 29th, it would be a good thing to print out and complete the registration form for the campout now, scan it and send it back to Mrs. Barnas at jeanne.barnas@comcast.net.

Did you notice my use of the word “now”?  I don’t want to be rude or anything, but I hope that you get the picture.

By the way, don’t forget to bring your check along to the first meeting to complete your registration.

Q: Why don’t Holstein cows go to college?
A: They never finish high school.
Schedule: (1) Often maintained on a calendar.   (2) Shows dates and times of events.  (3) Critical to staying organized.  (4) Generally full, but always with room for Scouting.  As in: The Scout’s schedule was really filling up with schoolwork and activities, but he was determined to make room for the upcoming campout.
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

Scout Jam - Participants and Workers Needed

Posted on Aug 15 2019 - 10:23pm

The Northeast Illinois Council's  biggest and most action-packed Scouting event in recent history (Scout Jam) will be held October 11-13 at three locations with shuttles in-between  - Camp Crown (where Troop 156 will camp), Fox River Park, and Silver Lake State Natural Area. Premiere activities will include:

  • BB/Pellet Gun Range (Crown)
  • Archery Range (Crown)
  • Wrist Rocket (Crown)
  • Fishing Activity and Demonstration (Fox River Park)
  • Portable Climbing Wall (Fox River Park)
  • Special Needs Activity - Beep Ball & Kickball (Fox River Park)
  • GPS Geo-caching (Crown)
  • Mountain Biking (Silver Lake State Natural Area, for those aged 14+) - activity area led by ASM Bob Krause
  • Canoeing (Silver Lake State Natural Area, for those aged 14+) - activity area led by ASMs Jeanne Barnas, Tom Tuten & Jack O'Malley
  • Kayaking (Silver Lake State Natural Area, for those aged 14+) - activity area led by ASMs Jeanne Barnas, Tom Tuten & Jack O'Malley
  • These events will be held in 120 minute blocks to enable full immersion in the adventure and to enable maximum fun! 

They will also have numerous videos, tours, and open access exhibits including high adventure opportunities, information about the upcoming National Jamboree in 2021,and things to do as a unit. The grand finale of the event will be Saturday night, featuring a band and fireworks.

How can you (both Scouts and adults) be part of this huge event?

1) The Troop will be attending this event as a unit, and will camp at Camp Crown from Friday night through Sunday morning. Registration forms will be distributed in early September.

2) Older Scouts and adults (both leaders and parents) are encouraged to sign up NOW to help work a shift (or all day!) in the Troop-led activity areas.To volunteer for the biking area, contact Bob Krause at rkrause2230@wowway.com. To volunteer to help in the canoe/kayak area, contact Jeanne Barnas at jeanne.barnas@comcast.net.

OA Fall Work Weekends

Posted on Aug 15 2019 - 9:46pm

The Order of the Arrow's (OA) Fall Conclave will be held Friday to Saturday, September 20-21, at Camp Oakarro. This event will be followed by the OA October Service Weekend and Ordeal, Friday to Saturday, October 25-26, at Camp Crown. Both of these events gives OA members the opportunity to spend some time outdoors at one of our camps providing cheerful service, having fun with your friends, and supporting Brotherhood candidates (and this year, Ordeal Candidates as well) as they seal their OA membership.

Each weekend will begin with checkin on Friday night between 7 and 8 pm, with the ceremony starting at 8:30 pm. Work projects will take place around camp during the day on Saturday, with the weekend ending around 9 pm on Saturday evening.

Those who are already OA members who wish to achieve Brotherhood or who simply wish to join in the fun and camaraderie should register here: https://www.scoutingevent.com/129-OAFallConclave2019.

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