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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.


Court of Honor - This Thursday, 9/19

Posted on Sep 13 2019 - 2:20pm

Our first Court of Honor of the year will take place this Thursday, September 19th in the Mayflower Room at GCC from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. This is your chance to hear about everything going on in the Troop and to help celebrate the accomplishments of our Scouts. Please plan to attend.

Tent Repair Work Project TODAY - 9/14

Posted on Sep 13 2019 - 2:18pm

Having used the majority of our Troop tents for last weekend's Commando Campout, it has become evident that many of our tents are in need of repair, including sealing the seams in order to help keep any rain on the outside of the tents.

To address this, our Troop Quartermasters (Jack Olson, Brendan Dombrowski, and ASM Tom Tuten) will be holding a Tent Repair service project TODAY Saturday, September 14th at Cole Park (enter driveway and parking lot on the west side of the park from Ridgewood Lane East) from 10:00 am - Noon.

Many more Scouts and adults are needed to get through this project. Please attend if you are able.

Upcoming October Campouts

Posted on Sep 13 2019 - 2:15pm

We have a couple of exciting campouts coming up back-to-back in early October.

  • October 4-6 - Devil's Lake Campout - During this campout at Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wisconsin, the Troop will hike the 500 foot bluff in the morning, then canoe on the lake in the afternoon. This is a perfect training event for those going to Philmont next summer, but enjoyable for all. Scoutmaster Bauerschmidt will be the trip leader. Forms, fees, and pre-approved menus for anyone cooking for advancement are all due at this week's Court of Honor on September 19th.
  • October 11-13 - ScoutJam - This Council-run mini-Jamboree comes to us only once every four years. Almost 1200 Scouts attended the last one, so this year, activity stations and events will be spread across three parks/camps. The Troop will camp at the familiar Camp Crown, with additional activities at Fox River Park and Silver Lake County Park nearby. ASM Mark Warnsman will serve as the trip leader. Forms, fees, and pre-approved menus for anyone cooking for advancement are due by September 26th.
  • October 11 - ScoutJam Activity Areas - Several adult leaders from Troop 156 are running the Canoe/Kayak and Fat-Tire Biking activity stations and are in need of additional help on Saturday, October 11. This doesn't necessarily mean that you need to go out on the water or ride off into the woods, since extra hands are also needed in crowd control, basic instruction, PFD, Paddle or Bicycle Helmet fitting,etc. If you can spend any part of Saturday helping in either activity area, please contact Bob Krause (biking) at rkrause2230@wowway.com or Jeanne Barnas (canoe/kayak) at jeanne.barnas@comcast.net.

Outdoor Activities Update - Devil's Lake

Posted on Sep 13 2019 - 2:14pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
It is time to get excited about the Devil’s Lake campout.  It is coming up October 4-6.  In other words, in just three weeks.  That means that in short order registration forms will be due, then the campers’ meeting (including meal assignments, hint, hint) and finally departure from GCC on Friday evening.
But first, a little background on Devil’s Lake.  According to Wikipedia (see, look at that, I am citing my source), Devil's Lake is an endorheic lake in the South Range of the Baraboo Range, about two miles south of Baraboo, Wisconsin, in Sauk County, Wisconsin, USA. The lake is one of the primary attractions of Devil's Lake State Park. It is also a popular recreation destination for watercraft, fishing, hiking, and climbing.
OK, quick, what does endorheic mean?  I would include the definition in the “By Definition” section below, but I don’t think that I can wait that long.  Mmmm, Wikipedia says . . . “An endorheic basin is a limited drainage basin that normally retains water and allows no outflow to other external bodies of water, such as rivers or oceans, but converges instead into lakes or swamps, permanent or seasonal, that equilibrate through evaporation.”  Who knew?
Now, you truly are prepared.  Try that one out on your English teacher (and be sure to let him / her know that you learned it in Scouts!).
Random definitions aside, what you really should know is that Devil’s Lake is absolutely gorgeous (particularly in early October).  It is a truly dramatic landscape that is prime for hiking and camping.  Don’t miss it.
I have been thinking again.  Yes, I know that is dangerous, but what can I do?  What I have been thinking about is all of the time and effort that goes into making your (yes, your) Troop so successful.  Youth leaders, adult leaders, Scouts and Scouters are all so very important.  In some ways, it would be nice if we could sit back and watch someone else make our Scouting program a success, but it just doesn’t work that way.  There is so much that needs to be done and everyone’s help is needed.  When did you last make the time to walk up to a fellow Scout or Scouter and ask: How can I help?
How are your popcorn sales coming along? 
Tenderfoot Scout: My tent-mate thinks he’s a refrigerator.
Assistant Scoutmaster: Don’t let it bother you.
Tenderfoot Scout: I can’t help it.  He’s sleeping with his mouth open and the light is keeping me awake.
Piano: (1) A big heavy object with 88 keys.   (2) A percussion instrument.  (3) An torture device at times inflicted by parents on their young offspring.  (4) Much lighter when lifted by a team.  As in: The Scouts were daunted by the task of moving a grand piano onto the stage, but were surprised at how light it became when they worked together to lift it.
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

National Merit Semifinalists - Wyatt Cummings & Lucas Mortenson!

Posted on Sep 12 2019 - 11:13am

Congratulations to Troop 156 Eagle Scout, Wyatt Cummings, and Eagle Scout Candidate, Lucas Mortenson, who have both been announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as Semifinalists for its 2020 scholarships. Wyatt and Lucas are 2 of the 10 students named from Glenbrook South, and are among the top scoring students in Illinois.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation screens PSAT scores from approximately 1.6 MILLION (!) students each year, then narrow the selections down to approximately 16,000 nation-wide. To be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and other requirements. Finalist standings will be reported in February, 2020. All winners of Merit Scholarship® awards are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments, such as the Finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay.

Join me in congratulating Wyatt and Lucas on their academic achievements thus far, and wishing them the best of luck in moving forward in the selection process.

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Sep 5 2019 - 3:45pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
Likely, you are reading this upon your return from the Commando Campout at Camp Crown.  It was pretty terrific, wasn’t it?
Now, I do not want to distract unnecessarily from the long list of activities scheduled for the remainder of September, but the monumentalism (yeah, I know, I made it up) of the campouts (yes, two) in October richly deserve some advance billing.
First up, there is the Devil’s Lake Campout scheduled for October 4-6 at – you guessed it – Devil’s Lake.  That would be in Wisconsin.  We are talking el primo camping and hiking.  I highly suggest that you get those dates on your calendar.
And then, there is Scout Jam which is scheduled for October 11-13.  Home base for this campout will be Camp Crown, but activities will also be held at nearby parks.  Think of it as a jamboree without the stadium show.  It is a Council-wide event.  If you go away from this campout bored, then you just weren’t trying.  And, guess what, there is an added bonus.  Yes, that’s right, I will be one of the adult leaders (additional volunteers welcome) on this one.  I mean, come on, who would want to miss that?!
Oh, and did I mention that there will be cooking opportunities aplenty at those campouts?  I have noticed of late an uptick in Scouts interested in cooking for advancement.  Campouts like these and cooking go together like, shall we say, peanut butter and jelly?  Just don’t forget to have the appropriate person (e.g., your merit badge counsellor) approve your menu in advance and submit it with your registration form.
Q: What do you call it when you bring the king camping and he climbs a mountain?
A: HiKing.
Sun: (1) A source of warmth.   (2) In summer, an omnipresent reminder (even when behind clouds) that it is too, darn, hot.  (3) When visible in winter, often an indicator that it is frigid (go figure).  (4) In the fall and spring, part of frequent weather conditions that remind us how fortunate we are to live in the upper Midwest.  As in: During the winter, the Scout sometimes became jealous of his cousin who lived in south Texas, but for most of the year, he figured that he had it pretty good living in Illinois and camping in surrounding states as the weather conditions were often just right.
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

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