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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.


OA Sponsored Service Project - Workers Needed

Posted on Jan 22 2017 - 6:44pm

The Arrowmen of Troop 156 invite any T156 Scouts to participate in an environmental service project on Sunday, February 5th, from 9:00 am - Noon in Harms Woods. Workers will help the stewards of Harms Woods to restore the native woodlands and will earn service hours for rank advancement. 

Workers should wear old clothes that are appropriate for the weather, can get dirty, and that may be damaged by small burning embers, and appropriate footwear. They should bring work gloves and a water bottle. 

To sign up, contact Daniel Fogarty at jjfogarty5@gmail.com by Thursday, February 2nd. Additional details are available on the attached flyer.

Competitors Needed for the District First Aid Meet

Posted on Jan 21 2017 - 8:09pm

Scouts are needed to compete in the 2017 Potawatomi First Aid Meet as a member of a T156 First Aid team.Learn and apply first aid skills in scenarios that challenge Scout patrols to provide emergency care in crisis situations. Learn how to save lives!

The meet will take place on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Scouts must attend two training sessions on Feburary 19th and on March 1st. They will also help deliver first aid training to T156 Scouts diuring the Troop meeting on February 23, in preparation for a Troop first aid meet on March 2nd.

To sign up to be part of the First Aid team, please send an e-mail to Daniel Fogarty at: jjfogarty5@gmail.com. See the attached flyer for additional information.

Merit Badge Fair - February 9th

Posted on Jan 20 2017 - 8:08pm

During the February 9th Troop meeting, Scouts will have a chance to explore a number of merit badges to give them just a taste of the 135+ merit badges the BSA offers. If any of the merit badges are of interest, they will have the opportunity to sign up with the merit badge counselors to continue working on the badge. 

The Merit Badge Fair is being coordinated by Jen Adams, who is still in need of Merit Badge Counselors to showcase their merit badges. To volunteer, please contact Jen at jenlpadams@comcast.net.

Cascade Ski Trip Registration Due

Posted on Jan 20 2017 - 4:16pm

The Troop's February outing will be a ski trip to Cascade Mountain Resort in Portage, Wisconsin, the weekend of February 10-12, 2017. The boys will enjoy up to 8 hours of downhill skiing or snowboarding on Saturday and will cabin camp at the Sky High Camping Resort nearby.

Due to limited cabin availability, participation is limited to 20 people, so sign up as quickly as possible to ensure a spot. Scouts must have completed (or take the make up) Cool Card training.

Trip Leader, David Kassner, is looking for 2 additional drivers. Please let him know if you can help.

Depart: Friday, February 10th at 5:30 pm from GCC parking lot.

Return: Sunday, February 12th around noon. Scouts will be dropped off at their homes.  

Cost: $125 per person plus $38 for rental equipment if needed.

Details are included on attached PDF. The registration deadline was January 19th, but contact David at david@kasssner.org about whether he is still accepting late registrations.

2017 Klondike Derby Next Weekend

Posted on Jan 20 2017 - 4:14pm

A patrol of intrepid Scouts has signed up to participate in this year's Klondike Derby on January 28th at Camp Crown in Trevor, Wisconsin. At the Klondike Derby, they will compete in multiple activity stations based on the challenges faced during the Gold Rush in the Alaskan Klondike in the late 1800's. These Scouts may also camp out on Friday night of that weekend. We wish them the best of luck as they represent Troop 156!

New Boy Scout Handbook Requirements in Effect

Posted on Dec 7 2016 - 10:38am

Regardless of your rank, starting January 1st, everyone is required to follow the rank advancement guidelines in the new Boy Scout Handbook that was published at the beginning of 2016. 

If you do not wish to purchase a new handbook, you must at least print out the pages that can be found here


and insert them inside your current handbook.

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