Fourth Annual Christmas Truce Ball

            Looking for something to do over the holidays?  How about a gala big band dinner/dance at the fabulous La Pizzeria Restaurant in Canton, Ohio.  Crew 1944, a local Scouting-based military history group based at the MAPS Air Museum, is hosting its fourth annual Christmas Truce Ball on Saturday, December 16 from 5 until 9:00 PM.  Music is by the Moonlight Serenaders Big Band, which will be playing all of your 40’s favorites!  Come to reminisce, spend the evening with some of our WWII, Korea and Vietnam vets, or share a memorable evening with family and friends.

            This event is a fund raiser for the Crew, which honors World War II history and the contributions of America’s Greatest Generation.  Enclosed is information about registering for the dinner along with being a sponsor.  Please consider sponsoring a youth member of the Crew, a military veteran, or a table full of you and your seven closest friends!  It’s a fun evening, that many attend in their favorite 40’s attire or military uniforms.

            So don’t be among those who wished they could have been there!  Make your reservation today, and spread the word.  I can safely say that this will be the most memorable Christmas event you will attend this year.  Hope to see you there!

Happy Holidays,

Crew 1944


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What We Do

If you are between the ages of 14 and 114, and are interested in military history – particularly the World War II era - then this is for you!

A Venture Crew is a group which is organized under the umbrella of the Boy Scouts of America. Youth members are ages 14 – 20, with adults 21 and over.  Adult leaders are to be certified and trained under the guidelines set forth by the BSA.  Current members of the BSA are able to join a Venture Crew with a multiple membership with no extra registration fee. You don’t already have to be a member of the Boy Scouts to join this crew.

The Crew will meet monthly on the first Sunday of each month from 1 until 4 PM at the MAPS Air Museum, located on the west side of the Akron-Canton Airport.  Meetings may consist of a variety of things, including historical programming, guest speakers, equipment maintenance, preparation for upcoming events, training or practical experience with military equipment, field trips, service to the chartering organization, and other related activities.  Youth members will be encouraged to adopt a person from history to “become” for living history events and demonstrations.  The Crew will participate in area and regional events which honor our military and its veterans, and will be affiliated with World War II reenacting groups, so that it’s members can participate in their activities as age requirements are satisfied.  Parents of youth members are encouraged to participate and become involved as they are able.

Crew members will be responsible to assemble the gear necessary for living history and reenacting events, including period correct uniforms, mess gear, bunking equipment, and other equipment necessary for their age and impression.  The Crew will supply general equipment, such as tentage, cooking equipment, and group supplies. 

Examples of Crew activities will include:

  • Attend militaria shows
  • Participate in public events, such as parades & memorial ceremonies
  • Visit historical places like Camp Perry, the Air Force Museum, and The USS Cod
  • Receive training on firearm use and safety
  • Provide living history displays and reenactments for related events, such as The Ride Through History in Alliance and D-Day Ohio at Conneaut
  • Become familiar with historic military vehicles, including restoration, maintenance, and just getting to ride in them
  • And much more!

CREW 1944

Monthly meeting first Sunday of each month* @ MAPS Air Museum
Meet in upstairs classroom 1300 – 1600


  • November 18: Fort LaBuse Tactical
  • November 19: Pancake Breakfast @ M.A.P.S Museum
  • December 16 am: Wreaths Over America @ Ohio Western Reserve Cemetery Rittman
  • December 16 pm: 4th Annual Christmas Truce Ball


  • January 7: First meeting of the year @ M.A.P.S Museum
  • January 20: Workday/Fun Night
  • February 10: Museum Trip
  • February 21-24: Show of Shows - Louisville, KY
  • February 24: Training Day/Fun Night
  • March 9: Shopping & Museum Visit - Western PA
  • March 22-24: Auglaize Village Tactical - Defiance, OH
  • April 13-24: Militaria Show @ M.A.P.S.
  • April 19-21: Liberty Air Museum/Camp Perry CMP/Perry's Monument
  • May 3-5: Ft. Meigs WWII Weekend - Perrysburg, OH
  • May 25-27: Range Day/Memorial Day Activities
  • June 13-15: Steam to Victory - Sugarcreek, OH
  • July 12-14: Event Weekend
  • August 3: Hall of Fame Grand Parade
  • August 10: Workday - Conneaut, Load-up
  • August 14-18: D-Day Ohio - Conneaut, OH
  • September 6-8: WWII Weekend - Chardon, OH
  • October 18-20: Lauer Farm - Lima, OH
  • November 22-24: Ft. LaBuse Tactical - Bellvue, OH
  • December 14: Christmas Truce Ball/Wreaths Across America