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Based at Glenview Community Church, Troop 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 alone, the Troop has produced 35 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.

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.


Old Venturing Uniform Donations

Posted on May 13 2021 - 11:07pm

We will have several Scouts working at Camp MaKaJaWan this summer, where they will need to wear the green Venturing shirts as their staff uniforms. Rather than purchasing the uniform pieces if they don't have to, how wonderful it would be if any of our prior Venturing members (or their parents) are ready to part with their old Venturing uniforms and donate them to these new members of the Camp staff who would wear them well as they provide leadership to hundreds of young Scouts this summer.

In particular need are Adult Size Small or Medium of the green Venturing shirts. If you have one available to donate, please contact Jeanne Barnas at jeanne.barnas@comcast.net.

Last Call for Summer Camp T-Shirt Designs

Posted on May 13 2021 - 9:32pm

Scouts, this is the last chance for you to have your artwork featured on the Troop Summer Camp t-shirts. Sketch your ideas for the shirt front and the shirt back on the attached t-shirt templates and send them to Mr. Ben Boshes by 5:00 pm on Sunday, 5/16 to be considered. No need to worry about whether you can draw or not - designers at the t-shirt company will take your ideas and turn them into a work of art. Send them to ben355@yahoo.com.

OA Dues Reminder

Posted on May 13 2021 - 9:25pm
Hello Order of the Arrow members:
I would like to encourage you to pay your OA dues if you haven’t already! The cost for individual dues is $18, and for a sustaining member it is $40. When you pay your dues, you will have access to all the OA events for the year, and you will receive an OA flap! For more information, visit  https://bit.ly/3bpJt3S or contact me.

Chance Huebner, Troop 156 OA REP bsa156.org


Last Week for Boards of Review

Posted on May 13 2021 - 1:52pm

For those Scouts who have completed their Scoutmaster conferences for rank advancement, this is the last week for Boards of Review in time for the upcoming Court of Honor. Scouts who have recently completed their Scoutmaster conferences should contact Alexa Dickinson at jcdawd@gmail.com to schedule a BOR for a mutually convenient night this week. 

As a reminder, any Scout who has completed one or more Merit Badge(s) since the last Court of Honor, must turn in their blue cards (digital or physical) to Laura Olson at olsonlaura@me.com. Scouts can access the digital blue cards in ScoutBook or they can contact their Merit Badge Counselor. 

Upcoming Meeting and Event Details

Posted on May 13 2021 - 1:41pm
  • Sunday, May 16 - NO In Person Troop Meeting
  • Thursday, May 20 - Last Night for Boards of Review
  • Thursday, May 20 - ASPL Candidate Intros (anyone wishing to run for ASPL should notify Scoutmaster Bauerschmidt by May 15)
  • Sunday, May 23 - Knots and Lashings
  • Thursday, May 27 - ASPL Election, Merit Badge Rally (Scout presentations on elective Merit Badges)
  • Sunday, May 30 - NO Meeting - Memorial Day 
  • Thursday, June 3 - MSR Summer Camp - Final Campers Meeting (for all Scouts attending MaKaJaWan summer camp)
  • Saturday, June 5 - PLC Annual Planning Pow Wow  2:00 - 5:00 pm, Swenson Park (for all Troop 156 boy leaders)
  • Sunday, June 6 - Outdoor In Person Court of Honor -  2:00 - 3:30 pm, Sleepy Hollow Park  
  • Thursday, June 10 - Court of Honor Rain date and Virtual Office hours
  • Friday, June 11 - Sunday, June 13 - Cliffside Park Campout

GCC Adopt the Garden Work Hours

Posted on May 13 2021 - 1:23pm

Troop 156 has adopted the new GCC Rainbow Community Garden for the week of May 30 - June 5, during which we will water and weed the newly installed container gardens on the front lawn of GCC. We are looking for volunteers to sign up for each day of that week. To volunteer for one of the days contact Scoutmaster Bauerschmidt at paul@bauerschmidt.com. 

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