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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.

 

ASPL Election Thursday

Posted on Jan 18 2019 - 8:18pm

Our boy-led Troop is led by the Senior Patrol Leader (the SPL, currently Gavin Dickinson) and the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL, currently an open position). We now have 3 strong candidates running for the position, in which they will serve from now through the end of June, and then move into the SPL position from July through December.

The election for the ASPL will take place at this Thursday's Troop meeting (January 24th). We urge all Scouts to attend this meeting to participate in the election.

Klondike Derby Registration Due NOW

Posted on Jan 18 2019 - 8:08pm

The annual Klondike Derby is a one-day patrol competition with other Troops in the District, where Scouts contend in a variety of winter activities based upon the challenges faced during the Gold Rush in the Alaskan Klondike in the late 1800’s. The Klondike challenges a Scout to use his wits and his winter skills, using only what is packed in the sled they pull behind them. Patrols will be asked to compete and solve problems in seven activities, and prizes are awarded at the end of the day.

Scouts 1st Class and above have the option of sleeping out in tents from Friday to Saturday morning, but all other Scouts will ride up to Camp Crown Saturday morning for the start of the competition.

Troop 156 came in 1st place last year and hopes to defend the title in order to keep the traveling trophy for another year. The deadline for registrations (forms & $10 payment) has been extended to this Thursday, January 24, but please scan and send the form to Tom Tuten at ttuten@dphase.com by the end of this weekend, if possible.

ILST Boy Leader Training - Sunday, February 3rd

Posted on Jan 18 2019 - 8:07pm

Every 6 months after our new boy leaders are in place, they participate in training as a group, so that they are better prepared to lead the Troop. This Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) training will be held on Sunday, February 3rd, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm, location TBD. All boys currently in a leadership position, whether or not they have attended ILST training before for a prior position, MUST attend. Positions include: SPL, ASPL, Quartermaster, Scribe, Guide, Instructors, Patrol Leaders, Chaplain's Aide, and OA Rep. Any questions, please contact Scoutmaster Bauerschmidt at paul@bauerschmidt.com.

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Jan 18 2019 - 7:48pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
 

Please, would someone tell me what a Snowmando is?  Is it related to a sharknado?  Wait a second.  Here it is.  I see the flyer.  Actually, that looks kind of fun.  I mean, swimming and biking and lollygagging (hah, it’s a word, spell-check didn’t flag it) in the summer sun is all well and good, but I will take sledding, broomball and snowball fights any day.  And guess what, that is what Snowmando is all about.

 

Coming up the weekend of February 22nd - 24th, the Troop will head out to Indian Mound Scout Reservation in Oconomowoc, WI for a true winter adventure.  And, guess what, you don’t have to be First Class-or-above.  Plus, the Troop will be staying in nice, warm, cozy cabins (unless, of course, you would like to test your mettle (how’s that for an SAT word?) by sleeping in an Adirondack on Saturday night.

 

Now is the time to ensure that you have this campout on your calendar.  Registration forms are due at the Troop meeting on January 31st, but please turn in as early as possible. (Please refer to my previous writing on the importance of timely registration if you have any doubt about the need to get your reservation in on time.)

 

HEAR, HEAR

I read with enthusiasm Mrs. Dickinson’s reminder about uniforms.  I would like to add my two cents.
 

As you know, our Troop takes pride in traveling in Class A uniforms (Yes, that’s right, shirt, pants, neckerchief, neckerchief slide and, yes, nametag.  And, if you really want to do it right, socks).  I would like to give you two of the reasons why this is important.

 

First, it is a matter of safety.  Someday, you will be an adult and you may find yourself chaperoning a group of young adults.  Let me tell you, it is a lot of responsibility to keep track of such a group (particularly when their parents expect you to get everyone home safe and sound).  When everyone is dressed in uniform, it is a big help. 

 

Second, leadership is a big part of Scouting and, for me, one of the best things that you can do is lead by example.  When someone sees you in uniform -- living by the Scout Oath and Law -- you are leading.  You are showing the very best of what it means to be a young adult in America.  Your uniform means something.  Your leadership means something.  Be proud.

 

QUESTION TIME

Tenderfoot Scout: Do you have holes in your underwear?
Life Scout: No.
Tenderfoot Scout: Really? Then how do you put your legs through?
 

QUESTION TIME

Snow Shovel: (1) A device often made of a plastic scoop and metal handle.  (2) Sits forlornly in the garage through much of the year.  (3) Used about as frequently as an NFL stadium is used for a professional football game, but considerably less costly.  (4) A critical element in one of the most reliable disappearing acts.  As in: The Scout loved to pester his parents for one thing or another until the shovel came out of the garage to clear the driveway.  Then, the Scout was nowhere to be found.  [Editor’s Note: I trust that this is not a description of a Troop 156 Scout – who is always proactive in clearing the driveway after a snowfall.]
 

Mr. Warnsman

(812) 639-3954

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Jan 10 2019 - 1:15pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
 

Hmmm.  Did you remember to turn in your Muskeluge registration form at the first Troop meeting of the year on Thursday the 10th?  It is kind of a big deal.  Most importantly, it is going to be a great trip that you will not want to miss.  Also, we have a reservation in place at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex (where the luge track is).  The penalty for cancellation goes up the closer that we get to our reservation date.

 

If you have yet to turn in your reservation form, but plan to go, please send an e-mail to Mr. Bauerschmidt (paul@bauerschmidt.com) now so that we can get the numbers right.

 

As a reminder, the Muskeluge campout is January 25-27th.

 

ON THE HORIZON

Scout Sunday is coming up on February 10th.  What, you may ask, does this have to do with outdoor activities?  (In other words, why in the world is it included in this note?).  Let me break it down for you.  Our charter organization is Glenview Community Church (GCC).  One time a year – we, as a troop – participate in the church service as lectors, ushers, greeters and worshipers.  Among many other things, GCC allows us to store our camping gear in the church’s garage.  We use our camping gear for . . . wait for it . . . outdoor activities.
 

You get the picture.  Please put February 10th on your calendar.  We will gather at the church at 9:15am for the 10am service.  Of course, families are welcome to attend as well.  GCC makes it possible for our Troop to exist.  The more people we can put into the pews on Scout Sunday, the better.

 

QUESTION TIME

Q: What do you say when the Statue of Liberty sneezes?
A: God Bless America
 

BY DEFINITION

Air Mattress: (1) a large rectangular rubber or plastic bag that you fill with air.  (2) used by some Scouts as a buffer between the ground and their sleeping bag, increasing sleeping comfort. (3) a potential cause of hyperventilation and hilarity.  As in: The experienced Scout arrived at camp excited to use his new air mattress.  His enthusiasm was diminished somewhat after he became light-headed as he rushed to inflate his air mattress with one rapid breath after another.  Of course, that was nothing compared with the hilarity that ensued as the Scout, a heavy sleeper, went floating, fast asleep, through camp the next morning after a night of torrential rain.   
 

Mr. Warnsman

(812) 639-3954

Upcoming Important Dates

Posted on Jan 9 2019 - 10:04pm
  • January 25-27 - Muskeluge Cabin Campout, Muskegon, Michigan (flyer attached, registration deadline on January 10)
  • February 2 - Klondike Derby, Camp Crown (flyer attached, registration deadline on January 17)
  • February 10 - Scout Sunday
  • February 22-24 - Snowmando Cabin Campout, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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