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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.

 

Popcorn Sale Gift Cards On Their Way

Posted on Jan 22 2021 - 3:53pm

Scouts and Parents,

For those Scouts who sold enough popcorn to qualify for a gift card, your Amazon gift card is on the way.  Be on the lookout because your gift card should arrive in about 5 days. 

You will need to log in to your Trails End account and the gift card code will be available through the app. 

Fourteen Scouts have Amazon gift cards coming for a total of $370.  Way to go! 

Also, for the Big Sellers who had $750 in sales, the day of fun at Camp Crown is still available. Due to the current COVID situation, this fun day will be moved to the fall, but it is still coming! 

Invitation to exclusive day of fun at Camp Crown!

• Bike pump track, shooting sports, climbing wall, and more!

 

Outdoor Troop Meetings Resume This Sunday

Posted on Jan 22 2021 - 1:06pm

Our first in-person Troop meeting of the New Year will take place this Sunday, 1/24, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm at Crowley Park (next to Henking School). The focus of the meeting will be on lighting and using lightweight and camp stoves.

According to current COVID safety guidelines, we may meet outdoors in groups of up to 10. As Scouts arrive, we will sort them into smaller groups as necessary. All Scouts will have their temperatures taken upon arrival, and must bring and wear a mask over both the mouth and nose for the duration of the meeting, and maintain a 6 foot distance from others.

Troop Parent Meeting

Posted on Jan 22 2021 - 10:57am
We are holding an open meeting for all parents this Sunday, Jan 24th, 7-8pm. This is an update on the Troop, as we enter the new year. We will also discuss the Troop schedule for the year, how we are working with quarantine rules, summer camp plans as we know them now, and then some detailed plans about meetings in the upcoming months. We encourage all parents to join, even if for only a few minutes. It will be conversational and more of an open discussion, so please join with any questions at all!
 
The Zoom meeting link will be sent out closer to the date of the event and can also be found on the Troop calendar. 

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Jan 20 2021 - 9:35pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
 
I’ll bet that you can’t wait until we have outdoor activities again.  No, not because Scouting is such a rich experience when we can be outdoors, although that is certainly true.  I suspect that you are going to be relieved to be outdoors again because it will cause me to write about those activities rather than launching onto tangents like I am going to do now.
 
Recently, I listened to a podcast on the subject of trust.  Specifically, how important trust is to a robust and dynamic society.  You know, one that is marked by peace and prosperity.  The type of society of which we would all like to be a part.
 
It got me to thinking.  Where had I heard of such a focus on trust.  Oh, that’s right.  The first point of the Scout law.  I just love it when I hear of instances where Scouting principles are so clearly tied to things that make us better people, better communities and a better society.
 
Sure, it is easy to rattle through the 12 points of the Scout law without thinking about what is behind each point.  However, just as you did to earn your Scout rank, I would like to encourage you to pause every so often to think about what each point means and why it is important.  It’s good stuff.
 
A THOUGHT
I have been impressed by the enthusiasm around working on requirements for advancement and for merit badges.  I would like to offer a couple suggestions.
 
First, for those working toward Tenderfoot, Second Class or First Class, I would prioritize working on those requirements rather than merit badges.  While it is always a good time to work on a merit badge, they are not necessary for rank advancement until Star.
 
Second, if you are working on a merit badge, I would focus on those that can be completed at home.  Yes, there are workarounds to compensate for the fact that we have not been camping as a troop, but I am hopeful that we will get back to camping sooner rather than later.  Earning an “outdoor” merit badge is a richer experience when we are camping.
 
Again, I would not discourage you from working on whatever you are interested in working on, but if you are thinking about prioritizing your activities, you may want to consider the thoughts above.
 
LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL?
It is not certain that we will be able to make use of them, but reservations are being made nonetheless for campouts in April, May and June as well as for summer camp in July.  Are you excited?  I know that I am.
 
QUESTION TIME
Q: How do you avoid getting sick from insect bites while camping?
A: Don’t bite any insects.
 
Sunshine: (1) Emitted from that big thing in the sky -- you know, the sun. (2) Warming even on the coldest day.  (3) Beloved by suntan lotion manufacturers everywhere. (4) A great excuse to get outdoors even in the depths of winter.  As in: The First Class Scout was, at first, hesitant to head outdoors as it was bitterly cold, but the sun was too inviting.  He layered up, put on his hat, gloves and boots and headed out for a hike – enjoying the perfect winter weather.
 
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954
 

Temporary Cooking Policy Adopted

Posted on Jan 15 2021 - 10:24pm

Adopted by Troop Committee vote this week is a temporary policy designed to allow Scouts the opportunity to complete the cooking requirements for the Camping and Cooking merit badges during the pandemic. These guidelines will remain in effect until the Troop begins camping again as a group

  • .The Scout is to work with his merit badge counselor to identify a first or third Saturday of a month to undertake meal preparation, cooking and clean-up at Sleepy Hollow.
  • The Scout is to ensure that two adults (not to include his parents) and four-to-six fellow Scouts participate. For the purpose of this event (and consistent with the Troop’s usual practice on campouts), the group of Scouts will be considered a patrol. At least one of the adults must be a registered leader of the Troop. That leader may want to wear his /her uniform.
  • For trail meals, the Scout together with his 4-6 member patrol must hike from GCC to Sleepy Hollow (and back) with his food and equipment. Foods must be non-perishable as they would be on a more extended backpacking adventure. The Scout may want to consider using the Forest Preserve for this requirement.
  • The Scout is responsible for working with the Troop quartermaster and Mr. Tuten to have a patrol box and other necessary equipment (e.g., pop-up, dutch oven, wash bins, water jug) on-hand. Equipment should be limited to that which is typically available on a campout.
  • Pictures should be taken of all phases of the event, particularly if the merit badge counselor is not present.
  • If an open fire is used, sufficient water must be on hand at all times to thoroughly extinguish the fire.
  • All COVID safety guidelines including wearing of masks (except when eating), social distancing and use of hand sanitizer must be maintained. The total number of people participating must not exceed 10, consistent with NEIC direction and State of Illinois Tier 3 requirements.

The goal is to provide Scouts with a means to progress on these merit badges while recognizing that the purpose of the merit badges extends beyond meal preparation to include planning, leadership and clean-up.

Meal planning sheets are available on the Troop website under "Files", then "Camping/Trip Resources".

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Jan 8 2021 - 4:45pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
 
Happy New Year!  Has there ever been a time when it has been more exciting to start a new year?  I know, I know, just at the moment 2021 does not really feel any different than 2020, but I hope that you share my optimism that this year will be (much) better than last.  Of course, like so much else, 2021 is going to be what we make of it, so please join with me in making it live up to its potential.
 
With that, I have a question for you.  What is your new year’s resolution?  Actually, what I mean to ask is: What is your Scouting new year’s resolution?  Now that I think about it for a moment, maybe the thing to do is to divide the year into thirds.  Chances are that the first third of the year is going to be different than the second third of the year which is going to be different from the third third of the year – with each third improving upon the last. Capisce?
 
When it comes to Scouting, perhaps that means completing requirements or merit badges online or at home for the next several months, but with the warmer weather of spring venturing back outdoors with some group activities with full-on Scouting returning in the back half of the year.  As you know, planning (i.e., being prepared) is a big part of Scouting.  What does your plan for this year look like?  What are your goals?  What resources will you need?  Whom will you ask for help?  Scouting and, indeed life, is an adventure.  What’s your plan?  Will you rise to the challenge?
 
OK, enough philosophizing already.  Let’s get on with it!
 
CAUGHT MY ATTENTION
I have been catching up on old emails recently and ran across this link from Bryan on Scouting (a blog from Scouting magazine): https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/03/20/merit-badges-for-social-distancing/.  I found it interesting because it talks about the 58 merit badges that can be completed in a pandemic-friendly (I bet you never thought you would see those two words juxtaposed), socially distanced way.  As you dive into planning in response to the call to action above (as you are, of course, doing I am sure), I thought that you might find the blog useful as you put together your Scouting trail for the next several months.
 
QUESTION TIME
Q: How many Scouts can you fit into an empty dining hall?
A: One.  And then it is no longer empty.
 
BY DEFINITION
Slush: (1) A lovely mixture of snow, ice and cold water. (2) What you get in Chicago when you do not have a proper winter comprised of cold temperatures and plentiful snow. (3) Beloved by boot manufacturers everywhere. (4) Regrettably sub-par for snowball making. As in: The Tenderfoot Scout was looking forward to a good snowball fight, but was disappointed to see that the snow had transitioned from good packing snow to unusable slush in the warmer weather.
 
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

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