Friday, September 24, 2010

Our first Scout Den Meeting

Our first den meeting was a huge success. Someone told me I was a very ambitious den leader. I thought for a second that maybe I was expecting too much out of the boys. Our den meeting was for one and a half hours and there was not a moment the boys were board. I was so caught up with the meeting I totally forgot to take some pictures. But when it was all said and done I realized that if the boys stay interested and they are having fun then I did my job.

I started out the meeting by going over the Cub Scout promise, Law of the Pack and Cub scout Motto.

As I was going over the Law of the Pack with the boys, I struck a nerve with them. The last sentence states, The Cub Scout gives good will. I asked if anyone could tell me what that meant. They were all raising their hands letting me know what good will was and how they should help people in trouble. At that point a big red light went off in my head and I stopped everyone in their tracks. I told them I wanted to make something perfectly clear and that they should never help an adult. If they see an adult in need they should get another adult to help them. They should never go to that adult and try to help. That one simple sentence turned into a forty five minute discussion on staying away from strangers and how to be safe in public. They could have talked about that all night but I had other things planned. I told them we will talk about it again next week. So we moved on and talked about recycling. I brought in some samples of what we recycle and discussed many was to save energy in the home so we could keep our planet healthy. I thought it would be a great idea if we had our den flag. So I decided that each boy makes a flag that represented keeping our planet healthy and what we could do to achieve that goal. These boys were more ambitious than I could ever be. They put together some detailed flags and told a great story. The dads helped making the flag pole out of PVC pipe.

Going over the work.  
This was the example I gave them. 
All the felt parts I made for them to create their environment flag.   
 Completed Flag!!! For now anyway.  I have 28 boys in my den.  Ten did not attend the first meeting.  Next week is going to be very interesting.....
The Cisco Kids piece of the flag.  His says, Use the dead trees.  Don’t put bombs in the woods.  This steamed from the day he had a school.  They were doing soft and hard lockdowns.  His teacher was telling them the reason for a lock down and the word bomb must have come up because everyone in his class was bomb obsessed.   


Monday, September 20, 2010

My intentions were good

Our first campout this year! Our pack camps out for two nights at a camp site 20 minutes from my house. Last week when The Cisco Kid and the Chief were planning on staying overnight I thought it would be a good idea if I stayed with them. But the only way I would sleep in a tent is if I had a cot and a fan. So off to the sporting goods store we went. We all got a cot and I got my fan. We came home and put up the tent and put the cots in.  Everything fit very cozy. O.K. I am ready for a camping trip.

I did all the grocery shopping and prep work for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I met the Camp Master at the site at 1:00 to unload everything. Then I went back to the house to get some personal things ready and pick The Cisco Kid up from school. We arrived at the camp site Friday late afternoon and by 9:30p.m. I was ready to go home. It was HOT, MUGGY and DUSTY and I couldn't imagine staying in a HOT tent with two stinky men. I glad the boys were up for the adventure because I was out of there. I was done!!! I went home and couldn’t wait to jump in the shower. I promised the Chief I would be back first thing in the morning. I got out of my cozy bed at 6:00a.m. and went to the camp. Just in time for me to help get breakfast ready for everyone.
The boys had so much fun wondering around the camp site with their flash lights.
O.K. The adults get in the action and have a really long game of tug of war.  Both sides were so equal in strength that the rope did not move for a good 4 minutes.  Then we got the best of them and we won.  All these pictures were taken by The Cisco Kid.   
I was in the front of the line and the Chief held up the back. 
We went hiking for a walking stick and the Chief cleaned it off for The Cisco Kid.



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