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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.


Help Needed for Boards of Review 5/19

Posted on May 13 2022 - 6:52pm

We are looking for 10- 12 parents to help with Boards of Review this Thursday during our meeting. For those that have not sat on a Board before, each Board has 3 members.  In general, it is preferable to have board members who are NOT currently assistant scoutmasters, and one cannot sit on a Board of Review for one’s own son.  This is a very easy thing to volunteer for, as it is not permanent, and only involves your time during the meeting for which you have volunteered (no homework!).  Roughly 15 minutes is spent with each scout, confirming each has satisfied all requirements to advance, and asking the Scout several questions about his time in the troop and/or his advancement efforts.  Sample questions will be emailed out prior to the BOR. We try to pair inexperienced board members with experienced ones.

If you are able to help, please email David Moon at dhmoon1992@gmail.com

MaKaJaWan OA Workers Weekend

Posted on May 13 2022 - 6:52pm

Join us for a weekend of cheerful service at Camp MaKaJaWan in order to prepare Camp for the summer season. This weekend is not just for members of the OA, but for anyone who would like to come, but all must be aged 14 or older.

Depart: Friday, May 28

Return: Sunday, May 30

Flyer found here.

Registration found here.

Registration is due May 19th. 

Court of Honor - May 26

Posted on May 13 2022 - 6:42pm

Our last Court of Honor of the school year is coming up soon on May 26, 2022 at Glenview Community Church in the Mayflower Room.  We would like all scouts to rank up, if possible, prior to summer camp.

  •  AFTER COMPLETING your Scoutmaster Conference, to schedule your Board of Review for rank advancements Tenderfoot through Life, please contact Mr. Bauerschmidt at paul@bauerschmidt.com and David Moon at dhmoon1992@gmail.com.  We will not be conducting Boards of Review the same night as a Scoutmaster Conference, so please plan ahead.

There is still an opening for a Scout currently working on the Communications Merit Badge to emcee the Court of Honor and to help write the script.  If you would like to be considered for the position, please email David Moon ASAP atdhmoon1992@gmail.com.

Order of the Arrow Election, May 19 at 8PM

Posted on May 13 2022 - 6:25pm
At the May 19 Troop meeting we will be having an Order of the Arrow election for eligible Scouts. To be eligible, a Scout needs to be First Class or above and have completed 15 nights of camping in the last 2 years. 
For over 100 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long term resident camping, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich and help to extend Scouting to America's youth.
We need as many scouts as possible to attend this meeting because in order to have an election, at least 50% of the Troop must be present. The election will start at 8PM so that Scouts who have a national honor society meeting can be in attendance. We look forward to seeing you all there.
Larry Kane, Troop 156 OA Representative

Don't Miss Out! Sync the Troop Calendar to Your Personal Calendar

Posted on May 13 2022 - 3:32pm

Have you ever missed a Troop meeting or event because it wasn't on your Google, iPhone, or other digital calendar? Personally, I still live in the olden days and use a paper calendar, but many of you have embraced the digital age and won't do anything without it appearing on your digital calendar.

Although dates to all of our Troop meetings and events are shown on the Troop website calendar and appear in the weekly eBlasts, you also have an easy option to sync your digital calendar with the Troop's website calendar so that the dates will always be at your fingertips.

Log into the website using the login credentials you set up when you first gained access. In the upper left corner, click on "Calendar Sync" and follow the steps. It's as easy as that!

If you don't have or can't remember your login credentials, send a message to Jeanne Barnas at jeanne.barnas@comcast.net.

Outdoor Activities Update - Did You Know?

Posted on May 13 2022 - 3:32pm

Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too),

Here’s a “did you know question” for you.  Did you know that it has been hotter in Chicago this past week than it has been in Central Alabama, where I have been?  It may have been more humid here in Alabama, but all and all, it has been quite pleasant while my sense is that it has been, shall we say, overly toasty in Chicago.

This got me thinking along two different tracks.

First, there is the question: “why has the weather been upside down like this?”  Do you know the answer?  Weather is an important part of our lives and predicting the weather accurately requires some pretty sophisticated and powerful computers.  Have you ever considered exploring the field of meteorology?  Hey, there is even a weather merit badge!

Second, the recent heat wave suggests that it is time for a reminder: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  As you all know from learning first aid, heat stroke is no joke.  When it gets hot like it has been recently, take it easy, drink plenty of water and dress appropriately.  As they say: Be Prepared.


Q: What do Alexander the Great and Smokey the Bear have in common?

A: The same middle name.


Water bottle: (1) Vessel used to carry water.  (2) Often constructed of plastic or metal. (3) Of moderate size such that it is carried easily. (4) A meaningful expense item for the household budget.  As in: The Second Class Scout was diligent about taking a full water bottle on every trip. Unfortunately, he was significantly less diligent about bringing those water bottles home.

Mr. Warnsman


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