While Grace and I were playing “tourists” at home, the boys were off at Boy Scout Camp for the week. This week was a big one. Unlike big brother, Rusty, this was Ozzie and Tyler’s first time attending Scout Camp and were both over-the-moon excited to live the adventures that are legend at our house. After years of hearing tales of lake games, “pig out,” and camp antics, the boys were thrilled to be experiencing it firsthand.
Toby had graciously volunteered to serve as one of the leaders at camp.
This was a huge sacrifice on his part.
Summer is a bad time to be taking off work when you are in the construction business, and being self-employed means a week at Scout camp is a week of no income, but being the awesome dad he is, and knowing Ozzie and Tyler’s ability to attend camp depended on his attendance, he signed up to attend.
It was a HOT week at camp with daytime temperatures remaining fixed in the high 90’s and nighttime temps lowering only to a balmy 75 degrees…way too hot to sleep comfortably!
Forestry Merit Badge:
But despite the heat, the mosquitos, and a run to the ER for Tyler to get stitches,
It was a good week.
My boys’ first experience of Scout Camp was positive and they returned home with tales of earned merit badges, gaga ball tournaments, skit night, pool time, all while singing endless rounds of “Chicken Fat.”
Tyler and Ozzie both LOVED Scout Camp!
Toby returned home looking wiped out. Being the dad of two first year campers meant his week was filled with merit badge classes and scout supervision and as a result he didn’t enjoy the downtime that other adults enjoy while the boys are off at classes.
It was a tiring week for him but it was a week of connecting and bonding because of that abundant amount of “together time.”
The boys walked through the door at 2:00 on Saturday. Toby headed for a cool shower and then to bed for a much needed and MUCH DESERVED nap while Rusty showed off some of his completed projects from his robotics, leather work, and carpentry merit badge classes.
How grateful I am to be married to a man who lives a life of loving sacrifice. What an example he is to my boys!
Next up: Miss Molly’s BIG adventure!