There are a whole lot of things that make Venturing an incredible program: high adventure, scuba diving, marshmallow wars, leadership training and team building activities. But the most amazing things about Venturing are the friendships forged.
January has brought a lot of cold and a bunch of snow. We thought skiing would be a great way to take advantage of the weather. We planned a little Venturing ski trip but things did not pan out as expected. Our skiing trip was cancelled.
It was the Saturday before MLK Day and a small group of friends, who just happened to be Venture Scouts, decided even though the Crew was not going to ski they were going to go skiing. Monday morning a group of eight friends and two family members made their way to Dubuque, IA.
Despite the Crew skiing activity being cancelled this group of friends decided to make a day for themselves. Venturing is not just about getting together a few times a month, hanging out, having a good time and then going back to life as it was. Venturing is about the friendships that span beyond the meeting and into every day life and follow you throughout the rest of your life. Skiing at Sundown Mountain on January 20 is proof our Crew is made of friends who have become family.
We like to party. Plain and simple. Party we did right before Christmas. We had a little snow and as a special treat one of committee members brought everyone a snowman. The little card read as follows:
Money is scarce and times are hard.
So I’m giving you this instead of a card.
Something to use, something to share.
So bottoms up, just ’cause I care!
A few fancy games were played and most scrumptious food was enjoyed. There can’t really be anything better than embarrassing yourself in front of your whole crew. It’s a good thing we don’t embarrass very easily. To get things started we played No Hands Cookie. It is fairly simple really, you place any old cookie on your forehead and without using your hands you must get the cookie into your mouth. Oh the many faces you’ll discover while trying to move a cookie across your face!
We take gift wrapping very seriously, as we should. We wrap loads of gifts every year for the Chillicothe Community Needs Agency. We took wrapping to a whole new level this year. In teams of three with each team member allowed to use only one hand, teams had to wrap two packages complete with creased edges and bows. There were points added for bows matching the paper, strict adherence to the one arm per person rule and bribing the judge. The creative juices were flowing when figuring out how to cut tape with only one hand.
Following instructions is important, especially when drawing what you cannot see. Some were more capable at scribbling on the plate atop their heads while others shouldn’t quit their day jobs. Using a paper plate and instructions read by one player we had to draw exactly what was read, a fire place with a mantel, a Christmas tree with a shining star. Some even attempted to cheat! Who would ever think of cheating to get ahead in a little old party game? Let’s just say we are not hitting the road anytime soon as local artists.
We are hilarious, that’s all there is to it. We had each other cracking up at our funny faces ‘eating’ cookies. Laughed at each other’s strategic plans to wrap gifts with only three hands. And enjoyed scoring each others paper plate masterpieces. Just too much fun was had by all. What can we come up with next? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
The cold, icky, icy weather always seems to make an appearance the weekend before Christmas. Unfortunately for Crew 91 and other community volunteers the weekend before Christmas means facing all the beautiful elements thrown our way. But no amount of sleet, snow and ice could keep us away on our favorite weekend of the year. The annual Chillicothe Community Christmas Baskets are put together and delivered on the Saturday before Christmas.
This year a total of 107 families were provided with food baskets for Christmas. The community donates canned food and other non-perishable food items, brings them to the high school and assembles Christmas baskets for those who need them most. From Kroger Grocery every family receives butter, crackers, potatoes, oranges and apples, carrots and a bag of candy for each child.
We helped assemble cardboard boxes donated by Tanner’s Orchard, bagged potatoes into smaller bags, organized all the baskets into an easy delivery system and carried Christmas gifts to cars. Believe it or not, boxes of canned food can be a little heavy. Thanks to Kroger Grocery we were able to use grocery carts to push all the Christmas baskets to the recipients’ cars instead of treading across ice and falling snow.
At the end of the day there is nothing truly more wonderful than giving to others at the most important time of the year. It may have been a little chilly and the ground may have been slushy but the smiles and ‘thank yous’ and the wishes of ‘Merry Christmas’ make the bitter air and frozen fingers seem insignificant. We wouldn’t have it any other way.