Welcome !

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.


SM Conferences, Boards of Review, Court of Honor

Posted on Nov 18 2016 - 10:45pm

Please make note that the next Court of Honor will take place on Thursday, December 8th, at 7:00 pm. We hope that you'll join us as we share highlights of our monthly campouts and celebrate the accomplishments of our Scouts.

Michelle Cummings will be holding Boards of Review on Thursday, December 1st. Scouts who have completed their Scoutmaster conferences should contact Michelle to schedule their BOR. 

Also, 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.

Let the Good Times Roll on December 15th!

Posted on Nov 18 2016 - 10:41pm

Be prepared for fun, food and prizes at the annual Troop 156 Holiday Bowling Party. Cross-overs & Webelos are all welcome!

The Troop's annual Bowling Party will take place on Thursday, December 15, at the Brunswick Zone Bowling Center behind Deerbrook Mall in Deerfield (10 S. Waukegan Road). All Scouts should be dropped off at the bowling center by 6:30 pm and picked up at 8:00 pm. 

Image result for holiday bowling pictures

The cost of this outing is $9.00 per Scout, which includes 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and soda. Boys should sign up with ASM Carlton Olson and pay the $9.00 fee by the Court of Honor on December 8th. Class B uniforms may be worn for this event. Prizes will be awarded for Best Score, Best Patrol Team Score, Lack of Style and who knows what else?

Webelos Scouts: We hope you will join us as our guest for this Troop holiday function, free of charge. In addition to having lots of fun, youth leaders will be available to answer any questions you might have about Scouting and what it's like being in Troop 156.

Winter MaKaJaWan - Registration Open

Posted on Nov 17 2016 - 2:21pm

Registration is open for the annual trip to Winter MaKaJaWan. The trip is open to Scout First Class or above and wil take place from December 26 - 29, 2016 at Camp MaKaJaWan. Scouts will sleep in wood-stove heated Family Camp cabins but will enjoy the outdoor splendor of the north woods. Activities could include sledding, cross-country skiing, quinzee-building, possibly sleeping out on the frozen lake, etc. See the attached flyer for more detail. Registration must be submitted by December 8th.

New Temporary Patrol Structure

Posted on Sep 16 2016 - 7:08pm

In an effort to even out numbers of active Scouts within our Patrols, at least until the time when Webelos cross over into the Troop, the decision was made to conjoin a number of the existing 8 Patrols. Our new Patrols have redesigned their Patrol flags, selected a new Patrol name,and elected Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders. Patrols meet as a group for a short time immediately after the opening at the weekly meetings to take attendance, plan for upcoming events, and take care of any other Patrol business.

The new Patrols are:

  • Bison Slayers (former Bison and Dragon Slayers) - Carter Adams, Patrol Leader & Jack Vorisek, Assistant Patrol Leader
  • Thunderchiefs (former Thunderbolts and Chiefs) - Max Kassner, Patrol Leader & Mark Bauerschmidt, Assistant Patrol Leader
  • Zombie Raccoons (former Zombie Pedros & Raccoons) - Andrew Xing, Patrol Leader & Ellis Gonzalez, Assistant Patrol Leader
  • Flaming Arrows - (this year's PL & APL still to be elected)
  • Honey Badgers - Mason Adams, Patrol Leader & Jack Maguire, Assistant Patrol Leader

Troop Meetings Have Started!

Posted on Sep 2 2016 - 10:12am

Our Scouting year kicked off last night with a hot dog and brat BBQ in the GCC parking lot, thanks to the grilling skills of ASM Greg McWilliams. The boys also spent some time learning how to put together the big canopy so that when they arrive at a campsite after dark, they'll be experts at it. (Well, maybe not quite experts, but at least they'll know what it is.)

Troop meetings continue next week, Thursday, September 8th, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Mayflower Room. Please bring your Scout handbooks to update the advancement board and to retrieve any necessary signatures. 

We hope to see you there!

A Taste of Summer

Posted on Aug 12 2016 - 10:58am

We all know the saying, "A picture is worth 1,000 words." If that holds true here, I'd say our Scouts had a great time at Summer Camp at MaKaJaWan, canoeing in the Flambeau Flowage, and marching in the 4th of July Parade! For more photos of these activities, click on the Photos link at the left.


Site Counter