I’d like to thank the two dads that have been my son’s Scout Masters during his years in Boy Scouting, John and Angelo. We didn’t know anything about scouting when he joined, but figured it would be a good experience for him to try out camping with his friends. Our son loved the great outdoors and has enjoying the scouting activites for four years and counting.
His positive experience has been possible thanks to the dads who served as leaders and provided adult supervision on the monthly camping trips. We are not campers, and I have severe pollen allergies and cannot spend the night outdoors. Without scouting, our son would not have the opportunity to do the camping he enjoys so much.
I remember my son’s first camping trip, Angelo sent me a couple of text messages so I knew he was fine. I missed my guy, but he came home so happy. The troop has a rotating group of trained, volunteer dads who take the group camping, and I appreciate them giving up their weekends to sleep in a tent out in the weather and make sure the boys are safe and having fun. And a special thanks for being understanding when we all discovered that my son gets car sick on long trips 🙂
It’s cool to hear about the weekend adventures when my son comes home dirty and tired on Sunday night. The variety of the trips is part of the fun, sometimes it’s fishing, other times it’s river canoeing or geo tracking. The last trip was caving. There are fires to build, knives to use, rocks to climb, and rivers to cross. Overnights in a museum or a ski cabin are fun in the winter. I love to see the look on his face and the excitement in his voice when he describes the unplugged fun.
So my thanks go to John, Angelo, and all the dads who hike off into the woods with tents, camp stoves and bug spray in tow, leading a line of tweens and teens into the great outdoors.
Musical pairing: “(Leave the) Great Indoors” by John Mayer, 2001.