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.
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!
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.
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.
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.