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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.

 

Upcoming Important Dates

Posted on Jun 17 2018 - 9:32pm
  • July 22-28 - Week 1 of Summer Camp at Camp Makajawan
  • July 29 - August 4 - Week 2 of Summer Camp at Camp Makajawan
  • August 1 - 13 - High Adventure Trek to Philmont National Scout Ranch
  • September 6 - Kick-off meeting at Indian Ridge Park with BBQ and canoe practice
  • September 21-23 - Apple River Canyon Campout

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Jun 8 2018 - 8:40pm

Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).

 

I don’t know how you will see this – as good news or bad – but this is my last Outdoor Coordinator missive until next Fall.  Yes, that’s right, even Outdoor Coordinators like to have a little Summer break.

 

Now, let’s see, what is it about summer that I needed to touch upon.  Oh, that’s it – Summer Camp!  Don’t forget, the final camper meeting to prepare for summer camp is this coming Thursday – 7pm at Sleepy Hollow.

 

I, for one, am looking forward to hearing some first-rate stories about summer camp, but we all know preparation is key and attending that last camper meeting is an important part of preparation.

 

QUESTION TIME

Q: How do you get an astronaut baby to sleep?

A: Rocket

 

SHARING

Do you enjoy Scouting?  If I had to guess, I would say that you do, or you would not be reading this.  My next question: Do you have a friend that would also gain from Scouting?  As you enjoy your summer vacation, I would like to encourage you to invite your friend along to the Troop’s kick-off meeting in the Fall.  I was a Boy Scout.  I get it.  It can be awkward to invite a friend to join Scouting.  But consider this, as a friend wouldn’t it be the right thing to do to share what you know to be true – Scouting is great.

 

BY DEFINITION

Mosquito: (1) Small, buzzing, annoying insect that breeds in standing water. (2) An important food source for bats. (3) Cause of small red welts on human beings that create discomfort and encourage scratching. (4) A terrific reason to keep one’s tent zipped up.  As in: The Tenderfoot Scout was not nearly as “cool” as the Life Scout, but he kept his tent zipped up.  He slept much better than the Life Scout who had spent the day bopping into and out of his tent and his night swatting mosquitos.

 

Mr. Warnsman

mwarnsman@yahoo.com

(812) 639-3954

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on May 30 2018 - 7:58pm

Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).

 

Did you catch that e-mail about all of the important upcoming dates?  I know that it is easy to check out at this time of year, what with summer vacay and all.  But, as we all know, planning is the key to success and everyone wants a successful summer right?

 

The first key planning opportunity is pretty obvious.  The final camper meeting for summer camp at MaKaJaWan is Thursday, June 14th (7pm at Sleepy Hollow).  If you are going to summer camp (and I hope that you are), you will want to be there to ensure that you have everything squared away.  (Speaking of which, have you gotten three copies of your completed medical form to Dr. Shepstone yet?)

 

The second key planning opportunity is not as obvious.  It is the regular Troop meeting on Thursday, June 7th (again at 7pm at Sleepy Hollow).  Aside from summer camp, what merit badges are you going to work on over the summer?  Yes, I know, who wants to work on merit badges over the summer, but here are a few thoughts.  First, merit badges are fun, interesting and challenging.  You can gain a real sense of accomplishment when one is completed.  Second, it may not seem like it now, but there is going to be a point this summer where you are casting around for something to do.  Third, and here is the planning part, that meeting on the 7th is a great opportunity to get the blue cards that you will need signed and, perhaps, to line up a counsellor for the merit badge on which you plan to work.

 

QUESTION TIME

Star Scout: I earned my cooking merit badge by making a pineapple upside down cake on an open campfire.

Assistant Scoutmaster: How’d it turn out?

Star Scout: Actually, it was a complete flop.

 

[Editor’s Note: I hear that it is quite possible to make a delicious pineapple upside down cake in a dutch oven.  Special “hey ho” bonus points to the first Scout to make one.]

 

BY DEFINITION

Mess Kit: (1) A set of, often nesting, small pots and pans.  (2) Typically made of aluminum.  (3) Used for cooking and / or holding food before it is eaten.  (4) Often quite literally a kit that is a mess.  As in: Despite the Scout’s assertion that he had cleaned his mess kit thoroughly in the dish washing line at camp, his mother asked him to clean it with a hose and scrub brush outside before he was allowed to place it in her dishwasher.

 

Mr. Warnsman

mwarnsman@yahoo.com

(812) 639-3954

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on May 16 2018 - 3:39pm

Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).

 

I mean, really, what could be a better way to begin Summer Vacation than the Beach Campout?  Sun, sand, surf – perfect.  Uh, well, perhaps I should provide some truth in advertising.  We are headed to an inland lake in Michigan in June.  There is a fair chance of sun – check.  There will be some sand – check.  Surf?  Not so much.

 

But, come on, it is going to be a primo experience.  (Does anyone say “primo” anymore or am I, yet again, showing my age.)  We are talking fishing, swimming and, yes, motor boating.

 

Make sure that you get the dates on your calendar – June 8th-10th – and get that registration form turned in.

 

A REFLECTION

I was going to share with you just how proud I was of the Scouts who participated in the Trainpacking Campout.  Saturday night it absolutely bucketed rain.  In Texas, they would have called it a gully washer.  There was so much rain, in fact, that we woke up Saturday morning with a lake (Lake Glenview East) in the middle of camp.  Accompanying the deluge was a sound and light show like you wouldn’t believe – real thunder boomers.  Yet, everyone emerged from their tents in the morning in fine shape and in good spirits.

 

The funny thing is that the Troop’s performance this past weekend was not remarkable.  Think about it.  The Camping Campout featured frozen tents.  Winter MaKaJaWan might as well have been held in the deep freeze of Siberia.  The Marksmanship Campout reminded us that winter was coming as the wind swept through Camp Crown.  Time and again members of our Troop embrace the adventure that is Scouting, meet the challenge and come away stronger for it.  Tremendous.

 

QUESTION TIME

Q: Why did the skeleton go to the barbecue?

A: He was looking for spare ribs.

 

BY DEFINITION

Sand: (1) Small grains of material often made of silica.  (2) The stuff of which dunes and beaches are made.  (3) To be found everywhere after visiting a dune or beach.  As in: At summer camp, the Scout was surprised to find sand in his gear from the campout at the dunes several months prior, even though he had cleaned his gear carefully after that campout – as he, of course, always does.

 

Yours in Scouting,

 

Mr. Warnsman

mwarnsman@yahoo.com

(812) 639-3954

Troop Meetings Move to Sleepy Hollow Park!

Posted on May 1 2018 - 2:38pm

Due to the onset of a major reconstruction project at GCC, we will finish off the year with Troop meetings at the Sleepy Hollow Park Fieldhouse on Maplewood Lane (off of Waukegan). We will continue to meet on the same day and time (Thursday's, 7:00 - 8:30 pm), but in this new location. 

The meetings at Sleepy Hollow will include: May 3, 10, 17, 24 and June 7, 14 (final MaKaJaWan Camper's Meeting). The final Court of Honor will be held on May 31, which we plan to hold outdoors at the Amphitheater behind Attea Middle School (weather permitting, backup is indoors at the Senior Center inside the Park Center). 

Please mark your calendars!

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Apr 27 2018 - 1:13pm

Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
 
Huff, Huff, Chugga, Chugga, Huff, Huff, Chugga, Chugga, Huff, Huff, Whew!  OK, so you get one guess as to what this is all about.  That’s right!  Trainpacking.  Get it?  Hike to the train station, ride the rails, hike to the next train station, ride the rails, hike to the campsite, arrive at the campsite (Whew!).
 
It is not necessary to purchase a full-size high adventure backpack for this trip. Younger Scouts can carry daypacks with more of their gear in the trailer, while older Scouts will carry full-size packs. Let the trip leader know if you need to borrow a backpack.
 
The campout is coming up fast (May 11th - 13th).  Getting to the campsite at Indiana Dunes State Park is going to be just the start of the adventure.  When it comes to being king of the dune, will you come out on top?  How’s your cooking?  Is it creative?  Well then, the Iron Chef competition is going to be your chance to prove your mettle.
 
Don’t forget to turn in your registration form by the May 3rd deadline. The form is attached.
 
FUN FACTS
  • Lake Michigan is the third largest of the Great Lakes and the sixth largest freshwater lake in the world
  • It takes 99 years for the water in Lake Michigan to be fully replaced
  • Lake Michigan has had many names over the years.  My favorite is: “Lake of the Stinking Water.” (Really, that’s what it says on the Internet, so it must be true.  Also, it should be noted, it was thus named long before there were steel mills and other factories on the Lake.)
  • The world’s largest freshwater dunes line the lakeshore.  (That’s right, and we are going to check some of them out.)
 
QUESTION TIME
Q: What animal is the best at math?
A: Rabbits.  They multiply rapidly.

BY DEFINITION
No Rank: (1) A Scout with nothing on the left pocket of his uniform.  (2) Ambiguous, amorphous and otherwise unknown.  (3) A conundrum.  As in: It was puzzling why the Scout had not affixed his rank to his uniform.  After all, he had worked hard to earn it.
 
Yours in Scouting,
 
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

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