If Tommy wasn’t a Boy Scout, I might never learn to pitch a tent because my husband refuses to camp with me. He fears I’ll make him do all the work. In Boy Scouts, the boys have to do all the work so I’m good to go now!
Eric finds birding boring. Tommy signed up for Bird Study two years ago and now he wants to finish it. Since summer started we’ve gone biking and kayaking together and identified at least 10 birds. He needs 20 birds for the badge. You know what that means? Tommy and I are going hiking soon.
No Scout becomes an Eagle Scout without completing Family Life. And no Scout earns Family Life without doing laundry. Tommy earned Family Life; I made sure of it.
It’s come to my attention that making lists is a girl thing. Not a boy thing. However, making lists is an important life skill. So when it was time to pack for Philmont, do you know the first thing Bobby did? He made a list. It’s a start and I’ll take it.
Ga-Ga, Murder & Mafia
I still haven’t figured out what the rules of play are but one thing is for certain – when the boys are playing Ga-Ga, Murder & Mafia they are unplugged.
Boy Scouts leave their electronics behind when they go camping, including cameras. And as much as I would like to see some of the places they go without me, the stories they come home with are even better.
Personally, I won’t touch the stuff but at least I know Tommy won’t starve on the trail as long as he has a bag of beef jerky.
Less is More
When Tommy came home from Seabase with a bag full of laundry, I knew he didn’t over pack – he took only what he needed. Isn’t that how traveling should be?
Speaking of Scouting
Boys Scouts speak all the time. They speak at weekly meetings; they speak at Court of Honor; they speak to one another when they are camping. In fact, you’d be surprised how much a boy has to say when you don’t ask them, “how was your day?”
Earning Merit Badges is fun and they look good too. Even Tommy thinks his uniform looks better with 13 badges adorning it. And I think the look of pride on his face every time he earns a new badge is beautiful. But badge or no badge, the real merits of Scouting are the experiences gained every time the boys are camping, hiking, biking, skiing, rafting, caving, volunteering, orienteering or just plain cheering. No one can take that away from them; they earned it.