One of A’s favorite camp outs of the year is Cub Haunted. They get to use sling shots, practice using BB guns, go on a haunted hay ride, and all kinds of other fun activities. He had a blast!
I love these camp outs. It gives A and B a chance to just hang out, away from all of the hustle and stress of work and school. A always returns full of stories to share and brimming with excitement about their trip. It’s the best!
This past weekend J and I joined in our very first camp out. Let me just say, I am not a camping person. Unless it’s a desert. Or a beach. Or a place devoid of all plant life. However, A had very much been looking forward to us joining him, so I took some extra Benadryl and hoped for the best.
It also happened to be in the middle of the end of September heat wave, so it was ridiculously hot. Insert eye roll.
However, we put together Ninjago stickers:
Explored the flat trails (we opted out of the 800 elevation hike):
And found a new friend!
It was a blast getting to spend time with the boys and B. And now I’m going to go take some more allergy meds, as I recover from the trip. Ha!
This is one of my current favorite meatless meals:
Trader Joe’s cooked harvest grains + diced tomato can + laughing cow herb & garlic cheese in a red pepper baked for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. So good!
That is J climbing a rock wall barefoot:
And this was the first time A whittled with a knife for Cub Scouts:
This past weekend it was time to put our imaginations and glue skills to work for Cubadega.
And then we were ready to race:
They boys had a blast! It was a great evening of fun, fellowship, and friends!
This past weekend we gave the boys’ old boats a fresh coat of paint:
And headed out to the raingutter regatta:
Where J raced as an outlaw:
A raced in his bear den:
And A placed first in his den:
Which he was just slightly excited about, ha! B and I are both stepping up our volunteering in Cub Scouts this year, so J and I will be going to more of the camp-outs. I’m already starting to plan for what we will need extra for us going (probably a lot more allergy medicine, ha!).
This past Saturday we headed out for our first Cub Scout event of the summer, model rocket launches. It was scorching hot, even though it was early, a sure sign that summer is definitely here. Despite a last minute rocket issue (bend in the rocket) that we quickly fixed with duct tape, A’s rocket flew like a charm, and even J joined in on the fun with the help of his cousin.
And my nephew, J’s rocket also had a great launch:
And then J loved watching his brother and cousins and asked to have a turn, so they obliged and quickly got to work setting up M’s rocket for another launch:
It was a fun event! By the end we were definitely ready to head in to the air conditioning!
A’s den for Cub Scouts has been working on learning the flag ceremony, and he got the opportunity to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at a very special ceremony for Cub Scouts who earned their Arrow of Light. The Arrow of Light is the highest achievement of a Cub Scout and it takes a lot of effort, time, and hard work. My nephew received his Arrow of Light at the ceremony and we were so proud to be a part of the event! My nephew’s den was led by my brother in law and he and the other volunteers did an amazing job helping the scouts achieve their Arrow of Light.
Here’s A prepping for the pledge:
And here he is saying the Pledge and narrating the rest of the flag ceremony:
We are so proud of A!
A had his cub scout banquet this past week! He and his den are busily working through the rest of their qualifications to achieve wolf status by the end of the semester. He did a great job cheering on the other dens that have completed their qualifications!
They also participated in other fun activities, like making a little cub scout key chain:
And hanging out with his best bud and cousin:
And eating cake!
A had his first Pinewood derby this past weekend! He had a great time, and he won first place in his den! He’s already working on his design for next year. His car had to make it through four heats, but before they got started we took some pre-race pictures:
And he led the Pledge of Allegiance (I’m going to say this was my proudest moment of the day. It was packed and he did so well!):
And then the race began!
After fifty heats they announced the winners:
Both A and his cousin J earned first place for speed in their dens! They were pumped!
And finally a picture with B and A together! B put a lot of time into helping A get his car race ready. He’s the best!