Even Nachos Have Christmas Spirit!

So last night we worked our final Bradley Braves game before Christmas.  And man what a night.  The night started off with some Jackson 5 singing some Christmas carols and the boys not singing so beautifully.  Though our merry band was only five strong we rocked Stand #9!  Never before were the nachos stuffed so quickly while brats and hot dogs lined the grills.

 

61042_4422616966898_1618413474_n

Our man Tyler brought along Christmas hats for all of us to wear and the Christmas cheer filled the stand.  We got a few strange looks and we might have even landed a few extra tips for our Christmas spirit.  Even our lovely CenterPlate manager, Edna, got in on the Christmas excitement. 🙂

62160_4422608966698_1620792081_n

Though we may not sing beautifully and people thought us funny for sporting Christmas attire ~ that’s what makes us Crew 91.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a more fun-loving, easy going, quick-to-laugh group of Central Illinois guys and gals.  What a great way to spend a Wednesday night!

230370_4422622927047_1205015380_n

So Much for Which to Be Thankful

In one short week we will be celebrating Christmas.  This is a time of year that is always full of excitement and anticipation.  And this year is no different.  Venture Crew 91 is looking Merry-Christmas-Candles-218077forward to the day after Christmas and the party we’ll be having at Camp Wokanda in Mossville.  We have a lot to be thankful for this Christmas.

We were able to share some of our wealth with the families of Chillicothe by purchasing and wrapping Christmas presents.  We shared the wee morning hours with three dozen other volunteers, sorting, organizing and packaging food stuffs for Chillicothe Community Christmas Baskets.  We delivered packages to a family who couldn’t make it to the high school.  We’re going to spend a wonderful day and a half with our Crew family following Christmas.

Our Crew is truly so very blessed and we love to share our blessings with others and this year is no different.  This year we will be stopping to think of our extended Scouting family and keep Pack 170 from the Connecticut Yankee Council in our thoughts and prayers.  Pack 170 lost two brave little Tiger Cubs at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  And as we celebrate Christmas this year as a Crew family we will make sure to pause and remember all for which we have to be thankful, friends and family

May you be richly blessed this Christmas.  And may you bask in all the things for which you have to be thankful.

Merry Christmas!

Crew 91

 

Alco, Monicals and the Bauer’s House

There is no better way to spend an evening than shopping at ALCO, eating pizza at Monical’s and destroying the Bauer Family’s living room all in the name of Christmas!  That is exactly what we did tonight.  Every year the Chillicothe Community Needs puts together Christmas baskets with food and presents for local families who need assistance at Christmas time.  And Venture Crew 91 participates every year and it is possibly our most favorite service project of the year.  This year we also decided to support the St. Edwards Giving Tree.

IMG_20121212_173626 IMG_20121212_171308

To pay for our Christmas gifts we work at a local second hand store, Helping Hands.  We volunteer one week out of the year and then the groups who work during that week receive a portion of the proceeds.  And each year we decide to give back to the community with the funds we raise at Helping Hands.

This year we bought Christmas gifts for 18 local children and this Christmas there should be a handful of very excited children.  What 10-year old boy does not like a Nerf gun for Christmas? Our thinking, if we still like to play with Nerf guns at our campouts what little munchkins wouldn’t like an arsenal of Nerf toys of their very own?  And of course we picked out our classic favorite toys by Fisher-Price and Melissa & Doug.  And we want to make sure our skateboarders are safe so we made sure to pick out spiffy helmets.

IMG_20121212_180923

No Christmas gift wrapping party is complete without pizza so we invaded our local Monical’s and stuffed ourselves before heading back to the Bauer’s living room.  There was no portion of the living room untouched by wrapping paper, stuffing, tape, scissors and loads and loads of gifts!  It was fabulous.  And we lucked out this year – there were no injuries experienced on this Christmas expedition.  You try wrapping skateboards and helmets…very tricky if you ask us!

IMG_1927

Good times were had by one and all!