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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 Nov 12 2018 - 11:01am
  • November 15 - Cool Card training at Sleepy Hollow Park - 6:30 - 8:00 pm
  • November 17 - Tom Vorisek Eagle Project - River Trails Nature Center 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • November 17-18 - Climbing Lockin at Adventure Rock in Milwaukee
  • November 22 - THANKSGIVING - No Troop Meeting
  • November 29 - Scoutmaster Conferences
  • December 6 - Boards of Review
  • December 7 - Pack 156 Crossover Ceremony
  • December 13 - Court of Honor
  • December 15 - Feed My Starving Children Service Project - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Libertyville
  • December 20 - Bowling at the Niles Brunswick Zone - 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • December 27-30 - Winter MaKaJaWan

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Nov 8 2018 - 10:01pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
 
 
Cold weather is certainly upon us.  And, just in time, the Troop is holding Cool Card training at the regularly scheduled meeting on November 15th.  I trust that you have noted that the meeting will start 30 minutes earlier than usual at 6:30pm (finishing at 8pm) and will be held at Sleepy Hollow Park.
 
 
 
I have always appreciated that the certification is called Cool Card.  After all, what is cooler than cold weather?  Certainly, there is nothing cooler than being warm in cold weather.  Hence, this is one training opportunity that you will not want to miss (Oh, and by the way, for me at least, it is decidedly uncool to show up for Cool Card training in shorts and without a coat.  Hint, hint.)
 
 
 
SIGNING OFF
 
There is a lot that I like about Troop meetings, but I will tell you that one of the things that I like most is when I see an older Scout helping a younger Scout get requirements signed off.  Of course, everyone knows that First-Class-or-above Scouts can sign off requirements for Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class.
 
 
 
So, here is the thing.  If you are working on one of those ranks, march right up to a First-Class- or-above Scout and ask him for his help.  If you are one of those senior Scouts, please offer your help and support graciously.  Remember, it was once you looking to complete one of those early ranks.
 
 
 
YUMMY
 
I heard a great suggestion the other day.  If you are Second Class or above and going on a campout, cook-for-advancement.  Every time.  Make sure that you are up to speed on the requirements depending upon whether you are cooking for First Class, Cooking merit badge or Camping merit badge.  Of course, for the merit badges, don’t forget to have your menu approved in advance by your merit badge counsellor.  Trust me.  For all of the cooking-for-advancement that is required, it is well worth your while to make use of every campout you attend to complete another required meal.  At the next camper meeting you attend, don't forget to raise your hand when it comes time to decide who is going to cook.
 
 
 
QUESTION TIME
 
Q: Why do seagulls fly over the sea?
 
A: Because if they flew over the bay, they would be bagels.
 
 
 
BY DEFINITION
 
Merit Badge: (1) A fun way to learn a new skill or gain additional knowledge. (2) A fundamental part of rank advancement. (3) Of two types: Eagle-required and non-Eagle required.  (4) Often a reminder that planning is an important part of life.  As in: The ambitious young Star Scout thought that he could bang out Personal Management in a weekend only to learn that 13 weeks of record-keeping were required.
 
 
 
Mr. Warnsman
 

(812) 639-3954

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Sep 26 2018 - 2:36pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
 
October, October, October, October.  Despite my flawed past communication on the subject, let me assure you that the Northwestern football game color guard opportunity is October 13th.  We need to be at Ryan Field at 10:15am for the 11am game against Nebraska.  The registration form (and payment) is due at the Troop meeting on October 4th.
 
Of course, also in October is the Cardboard Commando Campout scheduled for Camp Crown the weekend of October 19th - 21st.  Registration and payment for that event are also due on October 4th.  Hey, that is pretty easy to remember isn’t it, particularly given that the Court of Honor is also on October 4th?
 
If you will allow me, I would like to look even further ahead.  First, in November, yes this event really is in November, we have the Climbing Lock-In scheduled for the weekend of November 17 - 18th.
 
Then, in December, there is Winter Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan.  Now, there are a couple of things about which you should be aware.  First, as in years past, you must be First Class or above to participate in Winter Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan.  Looking for motivation to get that rank advancement?  Well, here it is.  Just ask anyone who has participated in Winter Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan in the past.  It is not to be missed.  The second thing to note is to allow families to celebrate Boxing Day (ask your English relatives about it), we will depart one day later than usual this year.  The trip will be December 27 - 30th.
 
A SUGGESTION
As your Outdoor Activities Coordinator, it pains me to admit this, but as winter is coming chances are that you will be spending less time outside.  Yet, I have some advice for you.  As the weather closes in, it will be time to work on all of those merit badges that are best completed indoors – you know, like the dreaded Citizenships, Family Life or, my favorite, Personal Management.  Why?  So that when the weather turns (around about mid-May next year) and you are ready to spend quality time outside again, you won’t be stuck working on those indoor merit badges.
 
QUESTION TIME
Q: A Wisconsin Holstein bull with large black spots married a Michigan Holstein cow with small black spots.  Their first son had no spots.  What did they call him?
A: Harold.
 
BY DEFINITION
Pig skin: (1) The soft outer covering of a sus scrofa domesticus (editor’s note: lest you be too impressed, I had to look that up).  (2) The nickname for an oblong shaped ball used in the unique and arcane game known as American football (and a variant known as Canadian football).  (3) Often used as a great excuse to get muddy.  As in: In October, the boys re-discovered the pig skin that had been lost in the depths of the garage since the previous Fall and put it to use for a pick-up game on the practice field at the high school.  (NB: Previously, the boys had used the main field at the high school, but it had been astro-turfed recently and was, therefore, ill-suited for an October pick-up game of football.)
 
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

Nuclear Science Merit Badge

Posted on Sep 12 2018 - 10:27pm

The American Nuclear Society UW - Madison is once again offering its Nuclear Science Merit Badge Workshops this fall. Available dates are November 17 and December 8. These are all-day events and require that parent drivers/chaperones travel to Madison, WI for the day, but it is a great experience and so worthwhile. Each Scout will be required to complete homework prior to attending the workshop to fulfill the Merit Badge requirements and scouts must be in 6th grade or higher to attend. There is also a $15 fee to attend.

Please contact Mrs. Adams at jenlpadams@comcast.net ASAP if you are interested in attending and indicate which date(s) you are available to attend and whether or not your parent(s) can drive or chaperone.

Welcome to the Troop 156 Website!

Posted on Feb 16 2018 - 8:09pm

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7 Great Scholarships for Eagle Scouts

Posted on Jan 29 2018 - 10:38pm

Whether you are already an Eagle Scout or a New Scout just beginning on the trail to Eagle, it is beneficial to be aware that there are many organizations that offer college scholarships to those earning the Eagle Scout rank. Check out the following links:

  • National Jewish Committee on Scouting - https://www.jewishscouting.org/eagle-scouts/
  • American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year - https://www.legion.org/scholarships/eaglescout
  • Emmett J Doerr Memorial Scout Scholarship for Catholic Scouts - http://www.nccs-bsa.org/index.php/college-scholarship
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Scout of the Year - https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/scout-of-the-year
  • Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting Scholarships - https://www.eocs.org/scholarship
  • National Eagle Scout Association Scholarships - http://www.nesa.org/site/c.9oIFJMPsGgIWF/b.9535031/k.8FA8/Scholarships.htm
  • Arthur M and Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship - https://www.sar.org/education/youth-contests-awards/arthur-m-berdena-king-eagle-scout-award

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