A Happy Camper

March 2, 2004

[Blair Witch Project]Trevor & I went camping over the weekend with the Boy Scouts to fulfill his last Cub Scout requirement. For months now, Trevor has been saying he is finished with scouting and has no desire to continue on to Boy Scouts. And the only way I could get him to go on this trip was to say that we would go prepared to spend the night, but didn’t have to. We could just spend the day with the scouts and come home at night.

But a funny thing happened to Trevor. The first thing we did when we got to the campsite was pitch our tent. And you know, once you do that, it looks kind of fun and inviting. Then Trevor had a great time with the other boys. In Cub Scouts, the boys are grouped by age — a horizontal group. But in Boy Scouts, the groups are vertical, a mixture of ages, and are led by the older boys. I think it was a real treat for Trevor to hang around older boys.

By the time we left the next morning, Trevor said, “I think I want to continue on to Boy Scouts.” Part of me sighed because I’ve been looking forward to being done with scouting (2 more weeks). But how can I say no to that?

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

2 responses to A Happy Camper

  1. Jon, Matthew is just dying to JOIN scouting! I haven’t let him yet because I felt that the real learning happens later in the scouting years. So he will join in the fall. He has already bought books and supplies.
    Hearing you about wanting him to drop, and NOT wanting him to drop. lol These extra curricular activities have their price tag. As a parent I may be over picky about what my kids are involved in.
    Glad you had a good time camping.
    How is the job search coming?

  2. Well, while I may be a little biased – I think that the moment that your son says he’s ready to join Scouting – you should do whatever it takes to get him there….I am 43, having been in Scouting since I was 8 and a Scout Master since I was 21 – I love it – If your son was/is already in Scouting by now – you’ll have had the chance for him to go to Summer Camp this Summer! What a super experience! I do hope he gets to go. It sounds like he’s really excited about Scouting – I hope he sticks with it for a lifetime….
    Yours IN Scouting…
    SM BSA T23