On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
brave, clean, and reverent.
I went to scout camp this year with my twin sons. It was my first time at scout camp. The past couple years they've gone with their dad. When they went with him, they slept in a tent and hauled their stuff a long ways. I got to go the year that we stayed in the castle!
A courteous young man carried my bags.
Inside is a great hall, a large bathroom for the boys, a large baracks style room for the boys, a couple smaller rooms for the adults (the moms got the smaller rooms with just two sets of bunks and our own bathroom), and another big baracks style room in the dungeon for the dads. Our den dad said, "That's a whole lotta snoring!"
We learned firearm safety.
Don't I look strong?
We learned to work as a team to build things.
This is a catapult. And, yes, they got to try it when it was done!
We have a great den leader, Kyle. His super organizational skills got us into the castle and helped us all have a terrific time at camp.
Older Boy Scouts were the leaders. The guy who's wrapped up like a mummy was in a motorcycle accident just a few days before our camp. His assistent, in the purple costume, took over some of his duties, but he was with the boys most of the time. They learned much from this young man who might not have been there but for quick thinking and a good helmet! The boys were very gentle around him as he patiently explained to them how to do things.
After the bon fire and crazy skits, we walked back to the castle by the light of the full moon.
A couple of tired guys counting stars.
Scout camp is a place where you get lots of exercise walking from activity to campsite to the chow line. It's a place to try new things and make new friends. It's a time to see moms and dads stepping up and doing good things with and for their sons. Thanks for the memories, guys!
Journaling Prompt: Write about a camp or camping experience - a memory from your youth, or a time with children.