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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.

 

Troop Parent Meeting

Posted on Jan 15 2021 - 10:25pm
We are holding an open meeting for all parents on Sunday, Jan 24th, 7-8pm. This is an update on the Troop, as we enter the new year. We will also discuss the Troop schedule for the year, how we are working with quarantine rules, summer camp plans as we know them now, and then some detailed plans about meetings in the upcoming month. We encourage all parents to join, even if for a few minutes. It will be conversational and more of an open discussion, so please join with any questions at all!
 
The Zoom meeting link will be sent out closer to the date of the event and can also be found on the Troop calendar. 

Temporary Cooking Policy Adopted

Posted on Jan 15 2021 - 10:24pm

Adopted by Troop Committee vote this week is a temporary policy designed to allow Scouts the opportunity to complete the cooking requirements for the Camping and Cooking merit badges during the pandemic. These guidelines will remain in effect until the Troop begins camping again as a group

  • .The Scout is to work with his merit badge counselor to identify a first or third Saturday of a month to undertake meal preparation, cooking and clean-up at Sleepy Hollow.
  • The Scout is to ensure that two adults (not to include his parents) and four-to-six fellow Scouts participate. For the purpose of this event (and consistent with the Troop’s usual practice on campouts), the group of Scouts will be considered a patrol. At least one of the adults must be a registered leader of the Troop. That leader may want to wear his /her uniform.
  • For trail meals, the Scout together with his 4-6 member patrol must hike from GCC to Sleepy Hollow (and back) with his food and equipment. Foods must be non-perishable as they would be on a more extended backpacking adventure. The Scout may want to consider using the Forest Preserve for this requirement.
  • The Scout is responsible for working with the Troop quartermaster and Mr. Tuten to have a patrol box and other necessary equipment (e.g., pop-up, dutch oven, wash bins, water jug) on-hand. Equipment should be limited to that which is typically available on a campout.
  • Pictures should be taken of all phases of the event, particularly if the merit badge counselor is not present.
  • If an open fire is used, sufficient water must be on hand at all times to thoroughly extinguish the fire.
  • All COVID safety guidelines including wearing of masks (except when eating), social distancing and use of hand sanitizer must be maintained. The total number of people participating must not exceed 10, consistent with NEIC direction and State of Illinois Tier 3 requirements.

The goal is to provide Scouts with a means to progress on these merit badges while recognizing that the purpose of the merit badges extends beyond meal preparation to include planning, leadership and clean-up.

Meal planning sheets are available on the Troop website under "Files", then "Camping/Trip Resources".

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Jan 8 2021 - 4:45pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
 
Happy New Year!  Has there ever been a time when it has been more exciting to start a new year?  I know, I know, just at the moment 2021 does not really feel any different than 2020, but I hope that you share my optimism that this year will be (much) better than last.  Of course, like so much else, 2021 is going to be what we make of it, so please join with me in making it live up to its potential.
 
With that, I have a question for you.  What is your new year’s resolution?  Actually, what I mean to ask is: What is your Scouting new year’s resolution?  Now that I think about it for a moment, maybe the thing to do is to divide the year into thirds.  Chances are that the first third of the year is going to be different than the second third of the year which is going to be different from the third third of the year – with each third improving upon the last. Capisce?
 
When it comes to Scouting, perhaps that means completing requirements or merit badges online or at home for the next several months, but with the warmer weather of spring venturing back outdoors with some group activities with full-on Scouting returning in the back half of the year.  As you know, planning (i.e., being prepared) is a big part of Scouting.  What does your plan for this year look like?  What are your goals?  What resources will you need?  Whom will you ask for help?  Scouting and, indeed life, is an adventure.  What’s your plan?  Will you rise to the challenge?
 
OK, enough philosophizing already.  Let’s get on with it!
 
CAUGHT MY ATTENTION
I have been catching up on old emails recently and ran across this link from Bryan on Scouting (a blog from Scouting magazine): https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/03/20/merit-badges-for-social-distancing/.  I found it interesting because it talks about the 58 merit badges that can be completed in a pandemic-friendly (I bet you never thought you would see those two words juxtaposed), socially distanced way.  As you dive into planning in response to the call to action above (as you are, of course, doing I am sure), I thought that you might find the blog useful as you put together your Scouting trail for the next several months.
 
QUESTION TIME
Q: How many Scouts can you fit into an empty dining hall?
A: One.  And then it is no longer empty.
 
BY DEFINITION
Slush: (1) A lovely mixture of snow, ice and cold water. (2) What you get in Chicago when you do not have a proper winter comprised of cold temperatures and plentiful snow. (3) Beloved by boot manufacturers everywhere. (4) Regrettably sub-par for snowball making. As in: The Tenderfoot Scout was looking forward to a good snowball fight, but was disappointed to see that the snow had transitioned from good packing snow to unusable slush in the warmer weather.
 
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Dec 18 2020 - 4:16pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
 
Just a brief note here at the outset of Winter Break.  I want to share with you how proud I am of you, the Scouts of Troop 156, for all that you accomplished over the past months.  It has been a trying time, yet as I watched the Court of Honor and listened to the list of ranks and merit badges achieved as well as activities undertaken, I was impressed by the manner in which you have persevered.
 
Of course, while there are signs that the situation will improve, it is unlikely to improve quickly.  As the Troop starts the new year, challenges will remain.  I am confident that you will bring the same drive and commitment to 2021 that you have displayed this year.
 
QUESTION TIME
Q: What was the highest mountain before Mount Everest was discovered?
A: Mount Everest
 
BY DEFINITION
Windswept: (1) A description of a piece of ground or area that has been (or continues to be) scoured by the wind. (2) Often associated with blustery, cold weather. (3) The bane of poorly set-up tents everywhere.  (4) Allied with, but requiring much less effort than “broomswept.”  As in: The Life Scout thought himself very clever for having “delegated” the task of sweeping the leaf-covered back patio to his little brother while he assumed responsibility for the windswept front porch.
 
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Dec 9 2020 - 1:43pm
Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).
 
Winter break is fast approaching.  And, of course, it is a prime opportunity for me to encourage you to get outside and enjoy (yes, enjoy) the cooler (OK, colder) weather.  
 
However, this is also an excellent time of year to read a book.  No, not a book required for school.  And, yes, I know, reading at this time of year is an indoor, not outdoor, activity.  I can help you with both of those dilemmas.  First, you get to pick the book.  And second, I encourage you to pick a book about the outdoors.
 
Where to start?  Well, I googled “reading lists for seventh graders” and then paged through the list provided to find books with outdoor themes.  I then did the same thing for sixth and eighth graders.  Below are the books that I found, but of course, you can google as well as I can.  I hope that you take the opportunity of winter break to get outdoors using your mind and a good book.
 
6th Grade
Call of the Wild by Jack London
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
 
7th Grade
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen
River Thunder by Will Hobbs
 
8th Grade
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Beautiful Swimmers by William Warner
 
QUESTION TIME
[Editor’s Note: Even I groaned at this one.]
Life Scout: Hey, do you want to work on a new merit badge?
First Class Scout: Sure, what are the requirements?
Life Scout: It’s easy.  All you need to do is hike five miles through poison ivy.
First Class Scout: What is the name of this new merit badge?
Life Scout: Itch-hiking
 
BY DEFINITION
Book: (1) An object comprised of bound paper with words and / or pictures printed in ink. (2) An old-fashioned means of conveying information. (3) Bulky, heavy and ideal for filling a school backpack. (4) A means to travel in time and space without leaving a comfy chair.  As in: In the time of Covid, the Scout was tired of hanging around the house, but he found that reading a book could take him on an adventure a world away without leaving the house.
 
Mr. Warnsman
(812) 639-3954
 

Last Week for Boards of Review Before Court of Honor

Posted on Dec 4 2020 - 8:24pm

Our winter Court of Honor is quickly approaching on December 17th, where we will recognize our Scouts for earning new ranks and completing merit badges. We will also hear about recent activities and plans for the coming year.  Like the June Court of Honor, we will again hold the ceremony virtually.

All Scouts who have had their Scoutmaster Conference but who has not yet had their Board of Review must contact Alexa Dickinson to schedule one for next Thursday, 12/10. That night will be very busy with at least 10 Boards of Review taking place and we will have several rooms going to hold them all. That night is also the last night to schedule a Board of Review before this Court of Honor, so Scouts who need one should contact Alexa ASAP at jcdawd@gmail.com. Scouts, when emailing Mrs. Dickinson, please let her know for what rank you are requesting a Board of Review.

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