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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.

 

Spring Break -- NO MEETING on March 30th

Posted on Mar 24 2017 - 10:11pm

Enjoy your Spring Break!!!

Scouting for Food - April 2nd & 8th

Posted on Mar 24 2017 - 10:10pm

Lisa Weatherhead and Christine Piontek are looking for volunteers to help with this year's Scouting for Food efforts, in which we collect non-perishable food to provide to the Northfield Township Food Pantry.

The collection takes place over the two days: Sunday, April 2nd and Saturday, April 8th. On the 2nd, they will meet Scouts at GCC at 1:00 pm to walk together through the neighborhood just to the south, across Glenview Road, hanging door hangers that announce the food drive. Scouts can be picked up at 3:00 pm at Johns Park on Central Road, or even earlier if more Scouts sign up. 

They will again need volunteers on Saturday, April 8th (again from 1:00 - 3:00 pm) to go through the same neighborhood to pick up the bags of food. 

To volunteer, please e-mail Lisa Weatherhead at lweatherhead@me.com to let her know which day(s) you can help. If you can do both, great! The more people they have, the quicker it will go!!

April 21-23 Caveman Campout - Registration Forms Due April 6

Posted on Mar 24 2017 - 10:10pm

Just over the western Illinois border lies Iowa’s most unique state park, Maquoketa. Its caves, limestone formations and rugged bluffs will give Scouts a chance to ‘step back’ into geological time thousands of years. Thirteen caves vary from the 1,100’ Dancehall Cave with walkways and a lighting system to others that can best be seen by crawling. In any case, a couple of flashlights and old clothes and shoes will help ensure that Scouts enjoy their explorations.

A beautiful trail system links the caves, formations, and overlooks while providing an exciting hiking experience. Six miles of trails highlights include the dramatic “Natural Bridge” which stands nearly 50 feet above Raccoon Creek, and the 17-ton “Balanced Rock”. With 16 caves of various sizes and depths within the park, Scouts can experience them on a “challenge by choice” basis, in keeping with their comfort levels.

We will be tent camping in the state park’s Youth Campground, where Scouts have the opportunity to cook for advancement.

Registration forms (attached) and payment will be due by April 6th. During that evening's Troop meeting, the boys will visit various stations, learning more about the geology of Maquoketa, caving safety, and more particulars about the trip. Fingers crossed, they will also get a taste of what it feels like to crawl through a tunnel. We hope to have a large contingent going on this trip, so please join us!

Summer Camp Registration Still Available

Posted on Mar 24 2017 - 10:09pm

If you missed the initial deadline for registering your Scout for Summer Camp MaKaJaWan, you can still do so by completing the attached form, and turning it in to Scoutmaster Bauerschmidt along with a $75 deposit/per week as soon as possible. There is still room in both weeks, July 23-29 and July 30-Aug 5. 

Welcome to the new Troop 156 Website!

Posted on Apr 6 2016 - 8:10am

Welcome to our new website!  This new site is based on technology by a company named SOAR:

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