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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.


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.

Court of Honor October 4 - Schedule SM Conferences and Boards of Review Now

Posted on Sep 12 2018 - 10:01am

Scouts who are hoping to achieve rank advancement in time for the upcoming Court of Honor on October 4th must arrange a Scoutmaster Conference with Mr. Bauerschmidt either tomorrow night or at the Troop meeting on September 20th. Once they have completed their Scoutmaster Conference, they must contact Mrs. Dickinson to schedule a Board of Review. The last night for Boards of Review is September 27th.

Scouts should look through all of their rank or merit badge requirements and get sign-offs on everything that has been completed, and turn in any blue cards to Mr. Olson.

Alexa Dickinson can be reached at jcdawd@gmail.com or 847-691-6690.

Upcoming Important Dates

Posted on Sep 11 2018 - 12:03pm
  • Saturday, September 15 - Service Project for GCC Nursery School Fun Run
  • Friday-Sunday, September 21-23 - Apple River Canyon State Park Campout
  • Monday, October 1 - Troop Committee Meeting
  • Saturday, October 13 - Scoutmaster Breakfast
  • Saturday, October 13 - Northwestern University Football Game & Flag Service
  • Friday - Sunday, October 19-21 - Cardboard Commando Campout

Troop Popcorn Sale Continues

Posted on Sep 11 2018 - 12:02pm

Selling popcorn is one of the Troop's 3 main fundraisers each year (Greens, Pancake Breakfast are the other two). Proceeds from these sales are used to fund campouts, advancements, and other Troop programming. In addition, Scouts who meet a minimum sales quota receive a portion of the profits after that for their own Scout account, which can be used towards campouts, leadership training, high adventure outings, and Summer Camp. Pick up a sales form from Bob Blackwell at the next meeting!

Any questions? Contact our new Popcorn Kernel, Bob Blackwell at 847-686-1982 or RBlackwell42@outlook.com.

Outdoor Activities Update

Posted on Sep 11 2018 - 12:01pm

Hey Ho Scouts (and parents, too).

I don’t know about you, but my psyche is still recovering from some of the, shall we say, “dampness” at a couple of our campouts last Spring.  Remember Lake Glenview East at Indiana Dunes or how about the soaking we took on the Beach Campout?  Now, I would be foolish to suggest that it is not going to rain during our Fall campouts, but chances are good that it will be dry and crisp – perfect sleeping weather with a nice warm sleeping bag.  I do hope that you take advantage of these opportunities.  Without exception, campouts are great, but Fall campouts can be special.



What do you think, should there be an architectural award for the best cardboard domicile on the Triple-C (that would be Cardboard Commando Campout)?  In this case, what constitutes “best”?  Tallest, most robust, most creative, least amount of material?  Don’t forget, the Triple-C is coming up October 19th-21st.  It is not too soon to start jotting down some ideas.


Do you have troop gear at home?  Perhaps a ladle or even a tent?  We are fortunate in Troop 156 to have a plethora (how’s that for an SAT word) of gear.  And, we make good use of it.  Of course, if it is sitting in your garage or basement, it is not doing anyone any good.  Please make that extra effort to bring any troop equipment that you may have “accumulated” to the next troop meeting and turn it in to the Quartermaster.


Q: What did the deer say when he saw the Scoutmaster coming over the hill wearing sunglasses?
A: Nothing.  He didn’t recognize him.


Stick: (1) Small-diameter tree branch. (2) When dry, good fuel to use in the intermediate stage of starting a fire. (3) An easy Cub Scout identifier.  As in: The Boy Scout was tempted to join the Cub Scouts in their stick sword fight, but concluded that he had out-grown such youthful games.  [Plus, he avoided the leader’s admonition to the Cub Scouts to put down the sticks.]

Mr. Warnsman

(812) 639-3954

Apple River Canyon Campout - Registration Extended

Posted on Sep 7 2018 - 2:58pm

Registrations for September's campout to Apple River Canyon State Park will be accepted through Sunday, September 9th (form is attached). Simply scan and send to jeanne.barnas@comcast.net by Sunday evening. Payment for the campout can be brought to next Thursday's Troop meeting, where campout participants will attend a camper's meeting.

It has been many years since Troop 156 has camped at Apple River Canyon State Park and we're excited to return since there is much to explore.There are 5 trails through the park, climbing up to the bluffs overlooking the Apple River, and back down to the river itself. As part of our adventures, we will complete an 'Earthcache', where Patrols will use GPS units to estimate the depth of the canyon, sending in their results to the cache moderator. Scouts aged 15 and under can try their hand at fishing the Apple River (no fishing license needed). The Troop has a small supply of fishing gear or bring your own. 

The campout will take place from Friday, September 21st to Sunday, September 23rd. ASM Jeanne Barnas will serve as the Trip Leader, along with the help of Scoutmaster Bauerschmidt and others.

Questions? Contact Jeanne Barnas at jeanne.barnas@comcast.net.

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