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

All dates subject to change
Monthly meeting first Sunday of each month* @ MAPS Museum
Meet in Library 1300 - 1600

  • April 28: Pancake Breakfast @ MAPS 0730 - 1300; Load up at Camp Cassler 1330 - 1700
  • May 3-5: Ohio Civil War Show encampment - Mansfield, OH
  • May 10: D-Day Freedom Banquet at Akron/Fairlawn Hilton 1800 hrs
  • May 26-27: Memorial Day encampment & parades
  • June 14-16: Muster on the Maumee encampment/reenactment - Perrysburg, OH
  • July 5 - 6: Steaming to Victory encampment/reenactment - Sugarcreek, OH
  • July 14: Pancake Breakfast at MAPS 0730 - 1300
  • July 19 - 21: Ride Through History encampment/reenactment - Alliance, OH
  • August 14 - 18: D-Day Ohio encampment/reenactment - Conneaut, Ohio
  • September 20-22: WWII Weekend encampment/reenactment - Gettysburg, PA
  • September 22: Pancake Breakfast at MAPS 0730 - 1300
  • October 27: Militaria Show @ MAPS 0900 - 1600
  • November 11: Veterans Day; activities TBD
  • December 14: Wreath Honor Guard @ Western Reserve Nat'l Cemetery 0730 - 1230

*No regular meetings@ MAPS in May & July due to weekend encampment

For more information contact:

Crew Advisor: Jim Cassler jim@worldwar2reenactors.org
Associate Advisors: Darren Rowland darren.rowland@aol.com
  Brian Cassler bjcassler1@malone.edu
Committee Chairman: Dale Lamm dlamm@whbc.com
Charter Rep.: Jim Felner jg38.felner@gmail.com

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