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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.


Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Oct 22 2018 - 1:51pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).

It is almost here.  November 1st that is.  What is the significance of November 1st?  It is the due date for the Climbing Lock-In registration form.  You know, that most-excellent event scheduled for November 17-18th that combines an urban hike through downtown Milwaukee with a lock-in at the Adventure Rock climbing center.  Come on, admit it, you want to go.  If you do plan to go, please don’t forget to turn in your registration form no later than the meeting on Thursday, November 1st.  (Editor’s note: I won’t revisit the subject here, but you may want to refer to my missive from a couple weeks ago about meeting deadlines.)  

Just like Troop 156, the Troop to which I belonged as a Scout (Troop 207, Fairview Park, OH) camped every month.  As a result, I did a fair bit of cold-weather camping.  And, from time to time, I was often cold on those cold-weather campouts.  Of course, it didn’t help that in that day and age cool kids wore blue jeans (and I was desperate to be cool).  Let me tell you, snow sticks to jeans like a magnet.  Who knows, perhaps this is why I was so often cold.  Go figure.

In any case, here are two thoughts.  First, I survived.  It is certainly possible to enjoy the cold.  Those campouts were a lot of fun.  Second, it doesn’t have to be that way.  Before your next winter campout, take a look at your clothing and sleep system.  How can they be improved?  What do you need to do to enjoy the cold weather without actually being cold?



Let me tell you, there was a whole lot of dutch-oven cooking going on at the Cardboard Commando camping.  In fact, there was a whole lot of cooking going on, period.  It was really impressive (and delicious).


Tenderfoot Scout: Hey, look!  I bought this giant pack of cards at the trading post.
Star Scout: Big Deal.


Griddle: (1) A flat piece of cast iron used to cook food on a stove or over a fire.  (2) Highly durable and, when well maintained, capable of lasting for decades.  (3) A critical tool for making burnt pancakes.  As in: Whether intended or not, the Scout was expert at using a griddle to produce (very) well-done pancakes.

Mr. Warnsman

(812) 639-3954

Climbing Lock-In Registration

Posted on Oct 18 2018 - 10:52pm

Registration forms for the November Climbing Lock-in are now available. Scouts will meet at GCC at 12:15 pm on Saturday, November 17th to travel to Adventure Rock Climbing Gym in Milwaukee. They'll start with a 5 mile urban hike, then enter the climbing facility in around dinnertime. They'll climb through the evening hours and into the night after the gym closes to the public. Boys can choose to work on the climbing merit badge as part of their climbing experience, and can play board games in their down time. They'll sleep on the climbing mats at the base of the bouldering wall, and head home the next morning.

The deadline for registration forms and fees is November 1st.

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Oct 15 2018 - 4:42pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
What is a patrol?   According to BSA, “Patrols are the building blocks of a Boy Scout troop. . . . Working together as a team, patrol members share the responsibility for the patrol's success.”  Those are a couple of short sentences, but just think of all that they encompass.  Do you think that our Troop’s patrols accomplish all that they can?  Just think of the potential.  If you are a patrol leader, how can you enhance the Scouting experience for your patrol?  As a patrol member, what ideas can you contribute?  What would you like to see your patrol do?  How can your patrol be successful?  In a couple of months, we are going to welcome new members who will be crossing over from Webelos.  What will they find when they join your patrol?
Recently, I have been noticing Scout badges on the uniforms of boys who have been in the Troop for a year or more.  The other day, I asked one of those Scouts when he was going to get his Tenderfoot and he shrugged his shoulders before explaining to me that he had been having trouble getting things signed off.  Two things.  First, I really like the idea of the buddy system pairing up older and younger Scouts to get things signed off.  This is a good first step.  Second, if you are a younger Scout, I would like to encourage you to be assertive.  Grab a First-Class-or-above Scout by the ear (or kick him in the shins) and ask him to help you complete a requirement.  If you are one of those aforementioned First-Class-or-above Scouts, please be open to helping your fellow Scouts advance even as you were once helped (oh, and by the way, a big smile is the only appropriate response if you get your ear grabbed or shin kicked).
I am really proud to be associated with Troop 156.  There were a lot of service projects going on last weekend (and I mean a lot).  Hours upon hours of time were donated.  I am a big believer in the idea that a community is what you make of it.  And, Troop 156 does a great deal to make its community a better place.
Q: What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t return?
A: A stick
Frost: (1) Dew that has frozen on surfaces when the temperature falls below freezing. (2) A reminder that Fall has arrived. (3) The signal that it is time to break out the cold-weather camping gear. (4) A source of amusement for adult leaders when a too-cool-for-school older Scout does not bring enough cold-weather clothing on a campout and then spends the weekend proclaiming: “No, really, I’m not cold!”
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

Greens Sale Has Started!

Posted on Oct 15 2018 - 2:12pm

Hello Scouts and Families,

It’s time to get out your sales skills to raise some money for your Scout Account selling Holiday Greens, fresh from the Pacific Northwest. The holiday wreaths, garland and door swags make a great gift for out of state family and friends. If you have not received your selling packet, please contact me (Christine Piontek) by phone 847-254-2470 to make other arrangements.

The last day to turn in sales forms and the money is Thursday, October 25th at the Troop meeting. For any direct ship orders, they will start arriving the week after Thanksgiving.

Any questions, let me know.

Happy selling!

Christine Piontek
Greens Coordinator

Upcoming Important Dates

Posted on Oct 15 2018 - 2:11pm
  • Friday - Sunday, October 19-21 - Cardboard Commando Campout
  • Thursday, October 25 - Popcorn Sales Forms Due to Bob Blackwell, Popcorn Kernel
  • Saturday - Sunday, November 17-18 - Climbing Lock-in to Adventure Rock in Milwaukee

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Oct 10 2018 - 2:54pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).

Did you know that Camp Crown (site of the eagerly anticipated Cardboard Commando campout) is located in Kenosha County, WI.  Fun facts about Kenosha County: (1) It is the eighth most populous county in the state of Wisconsin in a geographical area of 754 square miles, (2) The Potowatomi occupied the area for centuries, (3) The county legislature is known as the Board of Supervisors.  (4) In the last 50 years, a majority of Kenosha County voters have supported the Republican candidate for President twice – in 1972 (Richard Nixon) and in 2016 (Donald Trump).  (Source: Wikipedia)



Registrations for the Cardboard Commando campout were due Thursday, October 4th, yet they continue to come in.  This is not necessarily a bad thing.  I would like to see as many Scouts as possible take advantage of the wonderful camping opportunities available.  However, this is getting to be a problem.  Late registrations need to be infrequent not the standard practice that they seem to have become.  We owe it to trip leaders to get registrations in on time to allow for appropriate planning.  It is simply not fair to the youth and adults who have stepped up to lead a trip to hit them with a slug of late registrations.


OK, so I know that rank achievement is often seen as a goal unto itself and for that reason “ranking up” can be a motivation, but I like to think about it differently.  Ranks are simply signifiers of challenges met and knowledge gained.  What does this have to do with outdoor activities?  Well, I would like to see every Scout in the Troop improve his camping proficiency on an on-going basis – you know, kaizen (continuous improvement).  What does this mean?  Take a look at those requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class.  Check out merit badges like camping, cooking, wilderness survival and orienteering.  I guarantee that you will be a better camper after having completed those requirements / merit badges.  Be a better camper. 


I would like to encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to sell holiday greens.  Sure, this comes right on top of popcorn selling season, but think about it – the field is clear. There are no other Boy Scouts running around Glenview selling greens (although rumor has it that there may be a few Cub Scouts, so don’t delay).  Plus, just think of all of those households which like to display greenery during the holiday season.  If they are going to buy greens, why shouldn’t they buy greens from you?  As mentioned in the past, there are many things that the Troop does – from which you benefit – which cost money.  Your support is welcome (and needed).
Q: What happened to the Star Scout after he broke the law of gravity?
A: He got a suspended sentence.


Lunch: (1) The common name for the mid-day meal that occurs between breakfast and dinner.  (2) Often prepared as part of a trail meal to satisfy a cooking merit badge requirement.  (3) Varied in composition and often re-configured on the fly.  As in: The Scout’s mother sent him to school each day with a nutritious, balanced lunch often comprised of a sandwich, vegetable (e.g., carrot sticks), fruit (e.g., apple) and dessert (e.g., cookie).  It was anyone’s guess as to what he actually ate on a given day. 

Mr. Warnsman

(812) 639-3954

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