An amazing glimpse into the past. A time of dance cards and intricate social games. A time of restrictive yet elegant clothes. High society and grinding poverty shown in dramatically sharp contrast. Christmas music and treats, dancing and games, fencing and photography; a good time for all.
Sounds of music filled the halls when Crew 27 brought nineteen enthusiastic singers to Brookside Skilled Nursing Facility on a cold Friday night. Accompanied by guitar and violin we moved through the halls, stopping along the way to share a mixture of sacred and secular carols with the residents and their families. Some people sang along and others were moved to tears. It was a joy to be part of such a good group of singers and players bringing holiday cheer to those who need it.
We had a fantastic time playing Ultimate Frisbee with other crews.
(Sung to the tune of "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas")
It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas,
In the boy scout lot,
There's trees all around the square
With Ventures everywhere
The sturdy crew that doesn't mind the snow
It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas,
Trees are standing tall,
But the prettiest sight to see,
Is when one of them will be
Right on top your car
Drilling some holes and sawing the trees,
Is the wish of Christy and Kat
Moving and fluffing a whole bunch of firs,
Is the job for Cece and Matt
And Pat and Dave can hardly wait for this to start again
It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas,
Our song will soon be through
And the thing that'll make us leave
Is the applause that you'll bring
Merry Christmas from crew!
We left in the afternoon to camp overnight at New Brighton State Beach before climbing at Pacific Edge on Sunday. We had a great time taking a moonlight beach walk that night. At the climbing gym some took a beginning climbing lesson, some needed to take a belay test, while others could starting climbing right away. Many challenged themselves going the chimney - just completeing, getting a new personal best, or setting a new crew record. See times
On October 26th, the Venture Crew met at Aaron's house to party it up all night long. Kat and Kristy were pastry chefs for the day and made chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate cake, pie tarts, and molasses cookies. We played plenty of games and watched The Silence of the Lambs in the last couple hours of the night.
The Venture Crew went to the Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace. We saw cowboys jumping on bulls and rangling steers, cowgirls doing trick riding, a remote control car being torn apart by a bull, and beautifully costumed Arabian horses and riders trotting around the arena.
Dear nieces, nephews, and y'all--
Once upon a time, in a land far far away, Cece, Ryan, Annie, Holly, Sam, Matt, Pat, Mr. Frydenlund, and myself left our beloved hometown of Charleston, Virginia, to fight in the second War of Independence.
It was Octover 18th, 1863. As proud Confederate Marines, we woke early on the 19th and were issued muskets, canteens, haversacks, and all the sundry equipment needed for war. We drilled for hours, the taste of gunpowder and the sound of gunshots ringing in our ears. We said our final farewells then, separating into infantry, artillery, and medics.
Upon winning our first battle, we spent the night dancing with beautiful ladies. Spinning around to the Virginia Reel and waltzing across the dance floor, it was almost possible to forget the horrors of war. This was all brought to a halt the next day as another battle began. Fighting to a stalemate, the generals agreed to postpone the battle until that night.
Fighting at night 'twas a new bloody horror. Soldiers fell on both sides of me, screaming for their mothers. Wounded men were dragged to the hospitals, incompetent doctors hacking limbs off with little regard to cleanliness. As I lay bleeding, the newly-made widows wandered the field, ghostly wails reverberating as they found the bodies of their loved ones.
As I write this letter, I wait for my future to be decided. Despite fighting valiantly, our final battle was a sad sight. The Yankees have captured my company, and we will doubtless be shot for treason tomorrow morning, so I end my letter here.
We went sea a kayaking in Monterey a few weeks ago. We got to get really close to seals, otters, and jellyfish. Luckily no one was stung. Everyone remained safely in their boats without tipping. In addition the difficulty of kayaking through kelp beds was realized. Overall the trip was a great success and everyone had a great time.
In the morning we arrived at Fort Miley in San Francisco where we completed a high ropes course which included making our way across various taut high wires and a zipline. Afterwards we drove to Ghiradelli Square where we indulged in obscene amounts of chocolate.
We went sailing all day starting in Berkeley and then all around the San Francisco Bay. Everyone got a chance to steer the boat and Mr. Yeh taught us about tying the ropes and setting the sail. We sailed under the Golden Gate bridge and then around Angel Island. Overall the trip was a great learning experience despite the cold and windy weather. When we got back to the harbor we went to Fentons and had a huge mint chocolate ice cream sundae.
On July 17th-20th, Kristy, Kat, Julia, Pat, and Matt traveled with some of the senior boy scouts to Loon Lake to help build the Troop 27 Summer Camp. With Mr. Frydenlund as Camp Director and motivated youth, the dirt-digging, de-limbing, structure-lashing, waterfront-clearing, gear-transporting, and canoeing moved smoothly. By Saturday morning, all the tasks were completed with time to spare. After three days of quick, easy meals, we were relieved to see the arrival of the kitchen crew, who provided us with balanced, tasty meals for the remainder of the trip. On departure day, the Venturers were bid farewell with clear skies and pleasant winds.
On the 10th we drove down to the beautiful Wright's lake. Quickly scarfing down lunch, we went down to the lake and spent hours swimming and hanging out on rocks. After setting up camp, we enjoyed a delicious meal of beef stroganoff and sung around the campfire. The next morning, Julia's family joined us and we spent the day on the water, practicing our canoeing skills. That afternoon, we set out down the channels again, this time disembarking at a bridge and bushwhacking our way to see waterfalls. While we didn't find the hot waterfalls, we did see several small waterfalls that were perfect to cool down in after the long hike. On Friday, we enjoyed the perfect batch of monkey bread and a final game of kube before making our way home.
Family camp was a great trip. On the trip the Venture Crew helped the boy scouts with flag decoration for Memorial day. We were provided a terrific lunch. Later we went to Spring Lake where we camped in a beautiful location. During that time period the Venture Crew swam and canoed. Due to the fact that we received complicated weather we had a wonderful adventure. To fill us up before these adventures we had two completely different breakfasts. One day we had baggy eggs and the other we had chocolate pancakes with bacon. Overall, breakfast was terrific. Also for lunch we had sandwiches were we could add what ever we wanted. In conclusion,Venture Crew had a blast.
As traditional for Troop/Crew 27 we woke up in the early hours of Saturday morning to begin family camp by honoring our veterans by planting flags on their graves. We started this tradition by meeting at the Skyline cemetery for donuts and hot chocolate. Once the members of the troop and crew were awake enough to begin their service we all gathered at the WWII memorial to play taps in honor of the veterans who have served for our country. Over the next few hours we planted flags at the graves of the veterans who have served for us. Once every veteran was honored, we finished off in the parking lot to devour some well deserved hot dogs and chips as we prepared for the fun at family camp.
During the last weekend of April we headed off to Little Basin State Park for a skills building outing wasting no time on Friday evening, we started straight into Part 1 of a leadership training course. On Saturday, we woke up bright and early to start practicing Prusik knots and climbing, first aid, and continued leadership, then walked around a local fair before heading back to eat burritos for dinner.
Sunday was filled with orienteering where we picked up a friendly lizard, after one of our favorite meals - monkey bread made in a Dutch Oven. We had sandwiches and cookies for a usual Venture lunch, then packed up into the cars to head home after a fun, productive weekend.
Venture Crew 27 youth members ran an exciting activity at the Boy Scouts of America Redwood District Camporee site.
I went as a visitor of the Venture Crew, but it was amazing. I learned a lot: how Venture Crew cleans their dishes, some ways I did not think of for crossing rivers, they have awesome stilts, and Venture Crew has really good food like Belgium waffles and Oreos. It's also fun to make a comical skit about the station you run because anyone who was part of it or witnessed it really gets the point, and everyone gets a good laugh. Even though we were working we got to go on the ropes course and go canoeing. It was a very fun experience for me as a visitor and I look forward to becoming a Venturer when I turn 14.
Each year in Panem we put our youth to the test
March 16th was the day to show who was best
The lucky ones are able to make their districts proud
And come home to heaps of riches profound
Now listen as I tell you how the trials went down
We mustered quite early, at 8am sharp
Watched a propaganda video that went straight through the heart
Full of fighting and treasure and bloodlust galore
It was now the chosen ones turn to give an encore
They were given the tools to complete their great deeds
In order to satisfy their candy greed
At 9am sharp we piled into the cars
Drove along twisty roads until some of us saw stars
They contended in the things that tributes should know
Basic knots, firebuilding, and signaling with smoke
Building quick shelters and using pocketknives
Some even know how to save lives
Moving against the clock isn't a hard thing to master
But tributes quickly learned that they needed to move faster
With only 45 minutes between each challenge
A lesson was learned in good time management
The race for the Cornucopia began with a holler
Tributes tore down the field and grabbed their loot with bravado
When their time ran out and treats still left on the field
The Ventures got sugar to snack on with zeal
At the end of the day when all's said and done
The players all ranked and the battles all won
We hope that you are wiser from the challenges you met
It is in your coming years that those skills will serve you best
Treasure Hunt is more than just a race to the top
It's really not about which competitor will flop
Or who gets the most candy or who reaps the most gold
I can assure you that's not what you'll remember when you're old
When you're stuck on a mountain with nowhere easy to turn
Or shivering in the woods wishing for a fire to burn
Or alone with a friend whose heart has stopped
You will find that these skills have not been learned for naught
Here's a shout out to the ones who make things possible
Even at times when the plans don't seem probable
To the crew of artists, good planners, and imagination galore
Who ensure that these adventures aren't close to a bore
We hope this year's hunt was something to savor
And as always, may the odds be ever in your favor
On February 16th-17th, a few intrepid souls (Kat, Christy, Cece, Pat, Mr. Frydenlund, and Matt) wanted to embark on an epic journey to twenty thousand leagues under the sea, but failing that, visited the Monterey Peninsula and canoeing on Elkhorn Slough. On gorgeous, sunny Saturday, they went to visit the beach. Exploring the tide pools yielded strange animals. Sea anemones swayed gently in the pools, scuttling crabs ran for cover, and otters frolicked in the pounding sea spray as two impertinent Canadian geese watched from the clifftops.
They next visited Point Pinos Lighthouse. The beautiful lighthouse, now a museum as well as a working lighthouse, overlooked the ocean. Kind docents explained the history of the lighthouse and demonstrated how the light at the top of the tower signaled to ships to keep them from wrecking on the reefs.
Having gotten their fill of lighthouses, they continued driving, this time to Point Lobos. Hiking through Point Lobos, they found yet more interesting specimens of the natural world to gawk over. From a tiny, spiky purple sea urchin to the gigantic bones of a whale, the lovely Point Lobos gave them all sorts of interesting plant and animal life to learn about.
Next was dinner, a delicious meal of chili, cornbread, fruit, and angel food cake. Unfortunately for the cake, being baked in a dutch oven didn't do much for its texture. Instead, everyone dined on angel food custard, a dish they would all heartily recommend for future outings.
The next morning, the breakfast crew bounced eagerly out by the picnic table until they were granted access to the food stores. Monkey bread, supplemented by fruit and whipped cream was a major success.
At Elkhorn Slough the waters were smooth, broken by the otter that almost immediately greeted them upon arriving. Pelicans and seagulls sailed overhead, while all around them curious seals poked up their noses. Otters continued to pop up with surprising regularity, and three jellyfish graced them with their presence. They canoed a total of nine miles before finally loading up to leave. They finally headed home, stopping at gas station and fulfilling Cece's most heartfelt wish. An excellent trip, everyone enjoyed themselves immensely.