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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.


11/1 Urban Hike - Registrations due TODAY!

Posted on Oct 29 2020 - 4:22pm

Scouts, join us on Sunday, November 1st, for an urban hike through downtown Chicago. Scouts should be dropped off in front of the Chicago Planetarium at 1:00 pm and picked up at 4:00 pm from Congress and Columbus, near Buckingham Fountain. Scouts will hike approximately 5 miles, viewing architectural sites along the way, as well as the Chicago Riverwalk, Millennium Park, and Buckingham Fountain.

Registration by Saturday, October 31st is required, so that we know who to expect downtown. We certainly don't want to head off on the hike before everyone arrives. The Troop will not be coordinating shared car rides, but parents may arrange their own carpools in accordance with their own comfort levels.

See the flyer and registration form here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17vRCXzNekBiPGKEWakR27ob3H95VLYAMn2c1k1E-fqw/edit?usp=sharing.

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Oct 29 2020 - 4:21pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
I am getting old.  I know, I know, from a high-school or middle-school perspective, I must seem reeaally old, but let’s just leave it at old.  In my old age, I have made a resolution – I am no longer going to be cold.  There was a time when I did not worry about being cold, wet or miserable.  At least I didn’t worry as a dashed out the door, lucky to have a coat in hand.  It was only later, after I had been outside for a while that I saw the error of my ways.  Yet, would I remember my woes the next time I ventured out?  Of course not.  They say that one becomes wiser as one becomes older.  Well, at least I am wising up to the wisdom of dressing for the weather.
Hah!  See how I did that?   I set you right up for a reminder to dress for the weather.  I am really excited that the Troop has had so much success meeting outdoors this fall.  And, I look forward to those meetings continuing.  However, I know that attendance will peter out if you become cold, wet and miserable attending meetings.  It is for that reason that I would like to remind you to be sure to wear the essentials – layers including a waterproof outer layer, warm shoes or boots (with wool socks is always a good idea) and, of course, a hat and gloves.
. . . this being Covid season, too, please don’t forget your mask!
Dues letters were sent out recently.  What does this have to do with outdoor activities you may ask?  Let me answer by asking you a question.  How many camps does Troop 156 own?  Zero.  Yes, we do make good use of campgrounds in state and national parks.  However, much of our camping is done at Scout-owned properties – think Camp Crown, Camp MaKaJaWan and Philmont.  Sure, there are additional fees when we make a trip to those sites, but our dues help ensure that they are available when we want to use them.  Yes, it may seem that dues are “just another bill,” but I would like to think that they represent good value for money.
Q: What is black and white and red all over?
A: A skunk with diaper rash.
Colorful: See also, Colourful.  (1) Filled with a variety of often vibrant and contrasting colors.  (2) In evidence during fall in the northern hemisphere as tree leaves transform into a variety of hues.  (3) Evident in a box of crayons.  (4) Particularly noticeable when having been previously obscured.  As in: The Scout marveled at the camp’s colorful entrance sign as he scrubbed off the years of accumulated dirt and grime.
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Oct 23 2020 - 8:39pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
First, a shout-out to the hardy souls who participated in last Sunday’s bike outing on the Des Plaines River trail.  The weather was squarely in the “miserable zone” – chilly and rainy with temperatures in the low forties and a steady rain.  In my book, this is worse weather than cold and snowy as it is much easier to get soaked through.
Despite this challenge, 16 Scouts arrived at the Beck Lake jumping off point from whence (how’s that for a word that is probably too archaic to even be an SAT word), they departed (with adult escort, of course) for the three-mile ride to Allison Woods where they enjoyed warm cider and donuts before riding back.
The trail was deliciously sloppy and everyone ended up coated in goo.  It was tremendous!  It was particularly gratifying that all were dressed for the weather and seemed to have a good time. Photos from the trip can be found here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZyDs39i77B5GAsbm8.
As Halloween is just around the corner, it seems only appropriate to write about frightful weather – you know, the kind that we are going to experience starting in another month or two.  As it seems likely that our friend (not!) the pandemic will still be around, it is probably time to think about what we might do as a Troop for in-person meetings.
I bet you can guess what my answer is.  That’s right, let’s stay outdoors!  Ok, I know, meeting outdoors in a blizzard is not going to be the way to go, but it seems to me that there is a lot of winter where it may be cold, but, with the right clothing, it can be fun to be outdoors.  What do you say?  How about sledding, a hike or even a bonfire (with s’mores, of course)?  Of course, Cool Card training would have that much more significance this year.
Please be sure to pass your ideas along to members of the youth leadership team (you know, like your patrol leader or the senior patrol leader), so that they have your input for the next Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) meeting.
Are you going to participate in the Troop meeting scheduled for Sunday, October 25 th from 2 - 3:30pm at Crowley Park?  How about the Urban Hike in downtown Chicago on Sunday, November 1 st from 1 - 4pm?
Q: Why do bees select buddies before going on a hike?
A: They like to Bee Pre-paired!
Mud: (1) A mixture of soil and water.  (2) Useful as a poultice to soothe the site of an insect sting.  (3) The raison d’etre ultime for washing machines.  (4) Catnip for Scouts. As in: The campout had been fine, but it became most excellent after the overnight rainstorm created a huge mud puddle in the center of camp.
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

Popcorn Sale Update

Posted on Oct 23 2020 - 8:38pm

Scouts and Parents,


Another Popcorn Sale Season is coming to an end.  The Troop has done a solid  job and has over $6,600 in sales to date.  If you have any final sales that you have been holding off doing – now is the time to get those done. 


Wagon sales are ending next Friday October 30th so please make those last minute sales as quickly as you can – there is only 1 week left to do so. 


Online sales will continue beyond October 30th; however, to get the most credit for this season, it would be best to complete any online sales by then. 


Once wagon sales have closed, I will follow-up with Scouts and Parents to make sure Scouts get the popcorn they need to deliver. 


Thank you so much!


Bob Blackwell

Troop 156

Popcorn Kernel


Matty Schwarz Eagle Project Photos

Posted on Oct 19 2020 - 8:51pm

Life Scout, Matty Schwarz, successfully completed his Eagle project this past weekend, with help from many Scouts and adults from Troop 156. Matty and his work team created a rain garden at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church in Deerfield, where 700 plants were planted after a water retention area was constructed. You can view photos from his project here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/TmxDP2WEb9zsf5Yr5.

Outdoor Activities Update - Urban Hike on November 1st

Posted on Oct 16 2020 - 8:53pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
You know, I have always felt a little guilty when we, as a Troop, head up to Milwaukee at this time of year for our annual urban hike. While Milwaukee is a nice city and all, it is not Chicago. Am I right? [Of course, neither Milwaukee nor Chicago measure up to Cleveland, but I digress . . .]
I am pleased to report that this year – that’s right, this extraordinary year – the Troop is headed to downtown Chicago on Sunday, November 1 st , from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, to complete an urban hike. Of course, you already know this given that you read the weekly eBlast assiduously. I simply want to highlight what a terrific opportunity this will be and to ensure that you have it penciled into your calendar.
I would also like to share with you a research project. What is your favorite tower in the Loop? Where is it located? When was it built? Who was the architect? Of what material is it constructed? What is an architect anyway? You get the idea. Any trip is that much better if you do a little research in advance. You know how it goes: be prepared!
Recently, I have noticed that the number of Scouts participating in Thursday night office hours has begun to wane a bit. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is certainly no need to attend office hours if you do not have one or more requirements on which you would like to work. But now that I write that, the question comes to mind: who doesn’t have a requirement ready to be signed off?
So, here’s the thing, in case you have forgotten, office hours are on Zoom every Thursday night from 7:00 – 8:30pm. The log in information can be found in the calendar item details. Oh, and one other thing, when you dial-in, be sure you know the number of the requirement on which you would like to work and have your handbook and any other material that you might need (you know, like a rope for knot tying) ready to go.
I know what you are thinking. The leaves are starting to fall. Time to hide the rakes.
I have another thought for you. A Scout is helpful. Right? What better way to be helpful than to rake a few leaves (or maybe more than a few given all of the trees that we have around here). You know, maybe at your house or for a neighbor? By the way, don’t forget that you get double brownie points if you do something like rake the leaves without being asked to do so. It is right up there with making your bed without being asked, but has the benefit of being outdoors. Helpful. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
Star Scout: Do you want to hear me sing a camp song?
Assistant Scoutmaster: Only if it’s solo.
Star Scout: What do you mean?
Assistant Scoutmaster: Only if it’s so low I can’t hear it.
Wind: (1) Cooling on a hot summer day. (2) Dramatic in fall when it whips the leaves off of trees. (3) A harbinger of good things to come in spring. (4) An integral part of winter.   As in: It was a bitterly cold winter day and made more so by the strong wind coming out of the north. The Scout was prepared, however, comfortable in his multiple layers, hat and gloves.
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

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