Monday, October 26, 2009


I spent last weekend with my kiddos' Boy Scout troop at the recreation area of a military installation.  One of the boys has a military contact.  Thursday night when we were packing, I asked Kid #1, if he knew the whereabouts of any of our air mattresses, because another mom coming along needed one.  "Oh, y'all are coming, too?  Awesome!"  How many 14 year old boys think that it is awesome that their mom goes camping with their Boy Scout troop? 

We camped on the side of a lake and had modern conveniences (flush toilets and electricity) within easy reach.  The day time weather was beautiful.  The night - a little cooler than I would have liked.  Even though I have a pretty decent sleeping bag, I could never get everything warm at the same time.  Then there was the soothing sound of gunfire (night target practice) in the background. 

The boys worked on a few outstanding requirements from some of the merit badges that they had started at summer camp or winter camp, but other than that there was plenty of time just to "be".  They spent time canoeing, fishing, hiking, skipping rocks on the lake, and beating sticks on a dead tree (??).  They cooked in their patrols with little adult interference. 

A few pictures:

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