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Based at Glenview Community Church, Troop 156 has served its community for more than 65 years. As one of the largest and most active Boy Scout units in Northeast Illinois, Troop 156 has a proud tradition of excellence. In the past five years alone, the Troop has produced 35 Eagle Scouts.

We are a scout-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 proud of our 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. Bob Blackwell is the unit's Committee Chair.

 

February 10th Court of Honor

Posted on Jan 28 2022 - 3:59pm

Our Court of Honor is quickly approaching on Feb. 10th, where we will recognize our Scouts for earning new ranks and completing merit badges. The ceremony will be held in the Mayflower room at GCC.

Any Scout who had their Scoutmaster Conference but not their Board of Review must contact David Moon at dhmoon1992@gmail.comto schedule one for next Thursday, Feb. 3rd. That night is the last night to schedule a Board of Review before the Court of Honor. Please also copy Mr. Bauerschmidt at paul@bauerschmidt.com. Thank you.

Scout Sunday

Posted on Jan 28 2022 - 3:57pm

Sunday, February 6, 2022, Glenview Community Church (GCC)

9:15amGreeters and Ushers arrive

9:30amLectors arrive

9:45amAll other Troop members arrive

10:00amService begins

11:00amService ends (followed by fellowship-hour refreshments)

All Scouts should wear full Class A uniform: shirt, pants, belt, socks, neckerchief, slide.  Participation is highly encouraged.

Sign up now: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdUD8bhUnu5bbmNzNnTIlPme1bQ6raBT7AoukuozqRtjzBzEA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Annually, Troop 156 shows its support for our charter organization -- GCC -- by providing greeters, ushers and lectors for a worship service.  We also fill several rows at the front of the church.  We receive a great deal of support from GCC and this is one small way in which we can show our gratitude.

Scout Sunday is also when we celebrate the anniversary of Scouting in the United States.  The Boy Scouts of America is 112 years old in 2022.

High Adventure 2023 (next year)

Posted on Jan 28 2022 - 3:57pm
We have two potential trips in 2023 coming up. Both are still in planning phase, but we need to commit to a reservation on SeaBase in the near term. 
  • SeaBase: June 6-12, 2023
    • We are exploring a trip to SeaBase in the Florida Keys next summer. 
    • Scouts will live on base, sail, snorkel, fish, camp on a barrier island, and explore the Florida Keys.
    • We have room for 4 additional scouts and 1 more adult is required. If we have more interest, we can reserve another trek. 
    • Scouts must be 13 years old by the time we arrive.
    • Please reach out to SM Bauerschmidt directly if you are interested in this trip. We are looking for adult leaders here.
    • Estimated cost $2k/scout
  • National Jamboree: July 19-28, 2023 
    • Every four years, BSA hosts a massive event in Summit, West Virginia. The troop last went in 2017. 
    • Jambo is scouting’s Disneyland and typically has 40k attendees. 
    • Scouts must be 12 years old to attend. 
    • We often join a group from Council for this trek. Many details are TBD, but we wanted to make sure everyone knew the dates. 
    • Estimated cost: ~$2k/scout (very TBD here, could be more)

We will look to return to Philmont in 2024! Please reach out with any questions. 

Summer Camp planning is underway

Posted on Jan 28 2022 - 3:57pm
Troop 156 is once again heading to summer camp this year. As many families are planning summer schedules, we wanted to get the dates on everyone’s calendar. We will open up registration in March/April and then set the merit badges in May. 
  • Week 5: July 24-30
  • Week 6: July 31 - August 6
 
High Adventure 2022 Survey 
A “high adventure” trip is a unique, off-grid trek. This year, we are using MSR as base camp for an outing to the north during Week 6 (July 31-Aug 6). We are trying to decide on where to go and have narrowed it down the following four options. Please complete the survey and let us know what you’re interested in!
  • Porcupine Mountains - Michigan Upper Peninsula - hiking trip - $450
  • Isle Royale - island in Lake Superior - hiking trip - $625
  • Apostle Islands Kayaking - Lake Superior - $700
  • Lake Superior Sailing - $775
  • Coureur de Bois is the in-camp adventure, where you come back to the Troop each night, and will also be offered again this year. Registration for this is handled during normal MSR registration. 
Age limits for MSR high adventure: All youth must be at least 13 years old, or at least 12 years old, AND have completed grade 7. 
MaKaJaWan trek information: https://makajawan.com/high-adventure-treks.
 
Please complete the survey:  https://forms.gle/8CQC3CVku6mNZCU99 

Outdoor Activities Update - Watch your step

Posted on Jan 28 2022 - 3:56pm

Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too),

Wow, as cold as it has been (Has it been cold enough for you to wear a coat?  As, always, I highly encourage doing so), it is tough to think about spring.  But one of the great things about living in the Midwest, you know that spring is coming eventually.

Ok, so I will admit that this is kind of weird, but I was reminded that spring is coming the other day when I went out to the backyard to fill our bird feeder.  In doing so, I had to watch my step.  There were multiple piles of deer droppings (how’s that for a sign of a wild animal for Second Class requirement 4?).  Anyway, I successfully maneuvered around the manure.

What does this have to do with spring?  Fertilizer.  Hopefully when things thaw out and the spring rains come, those droppings will dissolve into the soil and nice green grass will grow.  At least, I think that is the way it will work.  Until then, I am going to keep watching my step.

QUESTION TIME

Q: What do you get if you cross a snowman and a man-eating shark?

A: Frostbite

BY DEFINITION

Door: (1) A closure. (2) Often made of wood, metal or fiberglass. (3) Usually includes a handle of some kind and, sometimes, a lock.  (4) A great way for a Scout to be Kind.  As in: To earn his Scout rank, the new Scout was working on how to explain what the points of the Scout Law meant to him.  When he got to Kind, he decided that a great way to describe its meaning was to talk about holding doors open for others.

Mr. Warnsman

mwarnsman@yahoo.com

(812) 639-3954

Scoutmaster Conferences and Boards of Review

Posted on Jan 21 2022 - 1:13pm

Scoutmaster Conferences and Board of Review January 27, 2022

For those Scouts who have completed their Scoutmaster conferences for rank advancement, each Scout must request a Board of Review (BOR) before January 27 if he wants to be awarded the rank at the upcoming Court of Honor.  To request the Board of Review, please email David Moon at dhmoon1992@gmail.com and copy Mr. Bauerschmidt at paul@bauerschmidt.com  (reminder that Scouts and not their parents are to request the BOR – if the Scout does not have his own email address, he may use a family email address).

IMPORTANT: Scouts appearing for their BOR must appear in full Scout uniform (shirt, pants/shorts, socks, neckerchief, slide and name tag).

Merit Badges:

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.

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