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?