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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.


Registration is Open for November Rocketry Campout

Posted on Oct 21 2016 - 9:33am

Registration is now open for the Rocketry Campout, taking place November 18-10, 2016, at the Bong Recreational Area. Boys will launch rockets that they make during the two weeks leading up to the campout and will have the opportunity to complete a 5-mile hike and/or cook a trail lunch. After dark on Saturday, there will be a special outdoor showing of the movie "October Sky", highlighting Homer Hickam's early efforts in rocketry. 


This campout will allow for many advancement opportunities, but the Scout must talk to the trip's SPL and pertinent merit badge counselor(s) prior to the campout.

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.


Bittersweet Endings and New Beginnings

Posted on Jun 10 2016 - 10:52pm

At the June 9th Court of Honor, Troop families turned out in force to say thank you to Scoutmaster Tom Tuten as he stepped down after 4 years of stellar service.With a major focus on reinforcing the concept of a boy-led Troop, Tom has led the charge in creating opportunities for success for our Scouts, holding them to high expectations under the guidance of a team of dedicated adult leaders to support them.His tenure leaves behind a roster of youth leaders who are better prepared to lead their peers in weekly meetings, monthly campouts, and merit badge and rank advancement work. As Tom moves into other support roles with the Troop, we say a hearty THANK YOU!


As Tom steps down, we are pleased to welcome Paul Bauerschmidt to the role of Scoutmaster, who we are confident will provide strong leadership for our Troop going forward. 

Along with the change in Scoutmasters, we also witnessed the swearing in of our new Senior (SPL) and Assistant Senior (ASPL) Patrol Leaders. Aidan Celner (SPL) and Daniel Fogarty (ASPL) will provide leadership to the Scouts from now through December, 2016. A big thank you to Connor Quirk, outgoing SPL, for his extraordinary efforts over the past 6 months. 

Congratulations to all!

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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