Moon Light vs. Cosmic Light

The snow came just in time for our first campout of the year.  We spent the weekend at Camp Wokanda surrounded by a light snow covering that made the weekend that much more enjoyable.  Friday night was full of laughs, delicious chili and we can’t have a Wokanda campout without the Pixy Stix!  The highlight of the evening was definitely when Jeremiah told Trevor he could only have a cookie if he took a good picture of Tori.  Trevor successfully took five pictures and was rewarded with five cookies.  Tori asked Trevor, “Can’t I have a cookie?  I was like…the muse!”  We busted into laughter!

A Peace Offering

Saturday morning was full of games and hauling of wood.  The wood burning stove practically drives you out of the cabin as soon as you walk in the door.  We played Dread Pirate, Worst Case Scenario and balloon paddle ball.  We attempted balloon paddle ball outdoors but were not successful, way too windy!

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We traipsed to IVC High School for the Town Theatre’s Kids County Night.  We turned in 402 movie ticket stubs and received $701.16 to support the Venture Crew.  All it took was us going to the movies, saving our tickets and turning them into the Optimists.  What a bargain!

Thank you Chillicothe Town Theatre!

Thank you Chillicothe Town Theatre!

It’s not very often we’ll combine camping and bowling but we lucked out this weekend.  Friday night we spent an hour or so under the moon light and Saturday night we were splashed under cosmic light at Mt. Hawley.  There was an awesome bargain that included all you could eat pizza, wings, veggies, soda and cookies.  Needless to say we didn’t miss out!

All in all a wonderful weekend full of great friends, awesome food and fantabulous memories.  Now off to our next adventure!

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A Venturing Weekend

What a weekend! Venturing was the name of the game as the weekend flew by in a blur.  Things started off Saturday night at the Heartland  District Volunteer Recognition dinner.

The whole evening was just wonderful. Heartland District had a very busy 2012.  Packs, Troops and Crews were recognized for their Journey  to Excellence achievements and for service to the community.  Adult volunteers received recognition for their efforts, commitment to youth and dedication to the district and council.

We were extremely humbled to be the recipient of a new council award this year, The Golden Shovel Award.  The award was created to recognize one unit from each Pack, Troop and Crew for their community service.  Our crew logged  682 hours of service in 2012.  All in all a very productive year for a crew of 18 members!  We were quite pleased and needless to say, slightly shocked to be informed of our accomplishments.

2012 Golden Shovel Award of Service

2012 Golden Shovel Award of Service

For the second year, Crew 91 achieved the highest ranking in the Journey to Excellence program.  We received the 2012 JTE Gold Award.  Now two gold ribbons grace the top of crew flag!

2012 JTE Gold Award

2012 JTE Gold Award

Sunday brought an early morning – Scout Sunday.  We joined Pack 91 and Troop 91 at the Chillicothe First United Methodist Church to celebrate the role the  Men’s Club has played in scouting.  For 70 years the Methodist Men’s Cub has sponsored Troop 91.  We were able to thank the Men’s Club for their years of service.  It is amazing to see all the former scouts and scouters stand during the church service.  There are so many who have been impacted by the scouting program.

Scout Sunday

Scout Sunday

Directly after Scout Sunday a handful of us made our way to the Peoria Civic Center.  We spent the morning and early afternoon prepping nachos, serving BBQ sandwiches and robustly singing age old rock songs.  The Civic Center hosted a fund raiser for a former employee.  Twelve bands played for 12 hours to raise money to help pay for medical bills and support his family.  It was a fantastic way to spend the morning.

Christ Fields Memorial Concert

Christ Fields Memorial Concert

If three Venturing activities was not enough Ashley had to squeeze in one last meeting.  There was a National Jamboree Meeting held at the council office Sunday night.  The day is quickly approaching when two charter buses loaded with Scouts, Venturers and Scouters will make their way to The Summit for the 2013 National Scouting Jamboree.

There is really no better way to spend a weekend than immersed in Venturing regalia, rocking out to fantastic music and doing so all in the company of amazing friends.

What to Pack

This summer three youth and one adult from Crew 91 will be attending the National Scouting Jamboree at The Summit.  We are super excited! This trip is going to be fantastic!

Now all we have to do is figure out how to get everything into this amazing duffel!  By far this will be the most impressive piece of camping gear anyone in our crew owns.

A couple of our crew members lay claim to be the most amazing packers of all time.  We’re going to put them to the challenge when it comes to packing the Osprey Transporter BSA.  Not only clothing, shoes, towels and toiletries need to get into the duffel but travel pillow AND sleeping bag have to make their ways into the fancy Jamboree issued duffel.

The 2013 Jamboree Duffel

Welcome to the Craziness

Three summers ago we spent a fabulous week at the wonderful Tomahawk Scout Reservation in Birchwood, Wisconsin.  The week was a Troop and Crew 91 shared adventure.  The troop participated in the fantastic Boy Scout programming while there and the five first-year scouts trekked their way alongside the crew.  While the Boy Scouts were working on merit badges and swimming we were enjoying ourselves in Tomahawk’s high adventure program.

Every day there was a different activity.  We went on a kayaking day trip, rock climbing, mountain biking, swimming and so many other amazing activities.  The really neat part about our trip included the side hikes and evenings spent with the Scouts.  Two of the young Scouts who went with us to Tomahawk are now members of our Venture Crew!

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Just this past Sunday at our crew meeting we welcomed Cody as that second Scout from three years ago and we could not be more excited.  Three years ago Cody was just beginning to explore scouting.  Today, he has stepped into the craziness of Venture Crew life.  I guess our craziness didn’t scare him off!

Welcome to the Craziness!