Troop 26 Christmas Party

The party is from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Monday December 16 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Scouts should arrive by 6:15pm to help with setup and greet guests.
Uniform is normal Class A (as for normal Monday meetings).

Our troop has been working with a group of developmentally handicapped folks since 1969. Many of them used to live at Hissom Memorial Center until it was closed many years ago. Most of the residents moved into group homes after the center closed. For many years, we took them camping once a year as well as hosting a Christmas party for them. Unfortunately, we had to give up the camping a few years ago. They are no longer able to tent camp because of health issues that go along with getting old….just like some of us in the troop. When we stopped camping, our oldest camper was Francis, who was 81 at the time. She loved to camp….sunshine…rain…it didn’t matter to her. We still do the Christmas party and will continue as long as we have guests to attend. Our friends range in age physically from 40 to 80. On average, most of them function at a 10-12 year old level, with some higher and some lower.

Terri and I still have several gift cards left. I was planning to take them to the meeting Monday night, but it was canceled due to weather. Fourteen of the remaining gift cards are for specific people at Woodland Park and Alpha House. Rather than post them and possibly end up with duplicate gifts, if you would like one of those cards, please call me and I will let you know which ones are left. For those troop members who have not picked up a gift card, please consider buying a generic gift and bringing it to the party. The extra gifts will go back to Woodland Park and be given to the folks who are not able to attend. For many of them, the gifts that they receive from Troop 26 will be the only gifts they receive for Christmas.

Gift Guidelines:
Cost:  Gifts should not exceed $10-$15 in cost. Many of the gifts requested can be purchased for under $10.

Movies:  Rated “G” or “PG”. Please use discretion when purchasing “PG” movies. Movies containing violent content or sexual themes should be avoided.

Music:  Music CD’s having a “Parental Advisory” label should be avoided.

Gift ideas:
Fleece throws (Walmart $2.88). Having their own fleece throw is a big deal to a lot of the folks at Woodland Park. It is sort of like our scouts and the latest pair of Nike’s.
CD’s – Country, gospel, contemporary, Christmas. Many of them can be purchased in the discount bins at Walmart for $5.00.
DVD’s – Westerns, action movies, comedies. Again, many of them can be purchased in the discount bins at Walmart for $5.00-$7.00.
Stuffed animals
Toys for children, ages 3-12. No toy guns or swords.
Board games, ages 3-8. Chutes and Ladders, Sorry, Candyland…..etc.
Puzzles – 25 large pieces
Men’s or Woman’s watches – Walmart for less than $10.00

Gift cards (3×5) should be attached to each wrapped gift. The card should tell what the gift is and if it is for a boy or girl or either. That helps us sort them out before Santa arrives. If you cannot come to the party, see if you can get another scout to take your gift for you or drop it by our house and we will take it to the party. Please try to arrive by 6:15 on December 16th. We will have to move around a lot of tables and chairs and we like to have our scouts there to greet our guests when they arrive. We could use some help from a few moms to organize the gift table. All of the gifts are arranged on tables to make it easier when it comes time to pass them out.

Parents and siblings are welcome to attend. There will be a small band. Our guests do love to dance. Cookies and punch will be served. Towards the end of the party, Santa and his goofy elf show up to visit with each of our friends and to give them their gifts.

If you have any questions or would like to buy a gift for a specific person, please call Terri or Tony Duncan (918-494-8631).

See you on Monday!!!