The Journey To Eagle Pt. 1

Goodness are we excited to tell you about all the activities of Crew 91. But nothing could excite us more than to announce Trevor has begun his Eagle Scout Service Project! Woot, woot!!

Over the past four months Trevor has been collaborating with the Chilllicothe Historical Society to bring you a renovated cottage.  He has diligently sought out advisors to help him along his way.  With an adult representative each from the Historical Society and the Crew, Trevor has laid the foundations to complete his Eagle Project well in advanced of the date desired by the Historical Society.

Trevor's Eagle Scout Project

The little cottage behind the main building of the Chillicothe Historical Society used to be a detached garage.  Today it functions as a Cottage with displays about the local area.  However, it has been in need of an exterior overhaul for sometime.  When Trevor approached the Historical Society it did not take long for them to propose residing The Cottage, painting the windows, replacing two exterior doors, and repairing an exterior light fixture.  The old wood siding was peeling and chipping and the windows were looking a little dreary.

Trevor's Eagle Scout Project

Trevor’s first day of service got off to a great start on Saturday, April 11.  While a couple of people worked on replacing the exterior doors the rest of the group got started with the residing.  Goodness, what a difference vibrant white vinyl siding makes on a building with previously cracked and chipped paint!

After just a few hours of service the siding was coming right along.  The side door was a little bit of struggle but the volunteers persevered and the stubborn exterior door was conquered!  Trevor has done a great job not only organizing the necessary supplies for the project but seeking guidance from more experienced adults to learn the ins and outs of residing a building.  He’s learned new skills and in turn taught others the skills he has learned.  In the end, that’s the purpose of an Eagle Scout Service Project, to grow and then to grow others.  Nothing like the teaching E.D.G.E at work!

It’s Not Cold…

When we told our friends, family and co-workers we were going to go camping this past weekend we received the, “Are you crazy?” look.  You know the one.  It’s the look where one eyebrow raises, the mouth gapes open and a slight gasp for air follows.  Here in good ol’ Chillicothe, Illinois we are having all kinds of fun in the extreme cold.

The Camp Wokanda Face

The Camp Wokanda Face

But a subzero temperatures were not going to keep us from our annual cabin camping at Camp Wokanda.  There it is, the key word, cabin.  We don’t mind the cold but we’re not completely off our rockers!

Wash your dishes with a sock?

Wash your dishes with a sock?

The weekend was laid back and easy.  We snuggled in Friday night for chili, snacks, games and a movie.  A new member joined us for her first campout with the crew and here’s hoping we didn’t scare her away.  Sleeping did not even require the sleeping bag!

Service & Fun

Service & Fun

No need to get out into the frigid weather too early on a Saturday morning so we had a late start to breakfast.  Made our way to a little service project clearing felled trees and took a break to sled.  It’s slightly tricky to avoid trees, stumps and people.  We managed to survive and get back in time for lunch and the remainder of the service project.

Never a dull moment

Never a dull moment

Nothing too exciting but the weather was brisk, new friendships were made and most importantly we presented a crew member with the rank of Life Scout.  Times are always good when spent among friends, especially while ‘camping’ at Camp Wokanda.

Our new Life Scout!

Our new Life Scout!

Ingersoll Scout Reservation

Lake Roberts

A small band of our Crew spent a lovely weekend at our council Boy Scout Camp, Ingersoll Scout Reservation in London Mills.  We were supposed to tent camp but at the last moment we got an upgrade to a new and improved campsite.  Tent camping was quickly left behind as we drew near to the luxury of Buckskin.  The Crew was asked to try out Buckskin’s platform four-man cabins.  Let us just say they were pretty fancy.  If you think platform tents are nice you need to try out the platform cabins!

the AMAZING platform cabins

Our merry little band ate like kings!  Chicken stir fry, delicious bacon, eggs and fried potato wedges, and a killer dinner of fresh fried fish from Lake Roberts with fried sweet potato chips!  There is nothing more satisfying than having dinner of a fresh catch of fish!  Outdoor fried sweet potato chips just have an extra special taste of flavor, one that cannot be ignored. Enjoying meals around the campfire is the absolutely best way to enjoy dinner!

frying the day’s catch

before they were dinner

yep, ate the whole batch

Now it might seem like all we did was eat the whole weekend but we were active too.  Fishing was the mainstay but tromps through the woods were in order and one crazy nut spent a half an hour in the FREEZING creek.  Making  sure we had to time for a service project was also squeezed in between the rain.  And we can’t forget the turtles.  Someone, who will remain nameless, terribly wants a turtle of his own and decided to see how many he could find.  Now just a little sidebar: No turtles were harmed or mistreated this fine rainy weekend.  One turtle, Franklin, quickly found its place in our hearts.  While they only remained with us for a short while, Franklin the Venture Crew 91 Turtle will always be our friend.

the crazies

our turtle friends

yes, he was crazy enough

service projecting