It’s been a while since I last posted and a bit has happened since then both with the family & life and scouting.
Anyway…let’s see…when last we left you, the Webelos finished up their Artist activity badge during Christmas break from school. They painted the arrowhead neckerchief slides, did some “earthquake art” of their pictures from the theatre show and learned about the color wheel and what happens when you mix colors. For this we had them use frosting as their “paint” and had them mix colors to then decorate Christmas cookies.
Christmas (all three portions of it) came and went. We were able to spend some time together with family without much scouting to do. It is one of my favorite times of the year and probably fodder for a blog post at Christmas later this year.
January rolled around and our pack outing was early in the month. We went ice skating. The local ice rink has a whole bunch of 5 gallon buckets that kids can stack and lean on as they skate around on the ice. It is a nice way to give less experienced skaters confidence on the ice. Meanwhile our Webelos worked on the Craftsman activity badge in January. Actually, they finished up the rest of the craft requirements that had been started last summer at Twilight camp. For the “completion portion” of the badge, they discussed and reviewed tool safety, made personalized door hangers out of cardboard and other paper materials. They also made “stained glass” candle holders from baby jars and snowmen made from gum tree balls.
The last craft for Craftsman was their Pinewood Derby car. That leads us to our pack’s Pinewood Derby races as our January pack meeting!! We had 20 boys compete and all had a good time. We run our races by rank first to determine the top car from each rank (although the top two racers move on to the district race later in the spring). The top racer from each rank then race each other to determine the overall pack champion. Surprisingly, over the past few years, we have had different boys from different ranks as our over all champion and no boy has repeated in consecutive years as the overall pack winner. If you follow me on Twitter you may already know that our oldest son, the Webelos Scout was our pack’s winner this year with his “Cheese Racer” car (that’s it on the left along with our younger son’s open class racer and my Army Jeep in the picture below). Being a Webelos Scout, he did the majority of the work himself (I just kept him on task with the next steps) so that made for a proud moment.
After the derby, I focused my efforts on home improvement stuff. Between 1/23 and 2/4, I (along with the help of my dad) completely redid the flooring on our first level. We tore out the carpet and took up the linoleum to then put down Pergo flooring in every room. While I enjoy that type of work, working 8-10 hours for five days straight certainly made me realize I am not as young as I was.
February has now come along….This past Sunday was Scout Sunday for our pack. We participated in the mass at our charter organization as we usually do (marching in the processional, helping with the offering, presenting the Gifts and being part of the Children’s Homily).
OK, we’re up to date (just about). Today is February 8 the anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. At 101 years, we’re heading into our next century. Last year at this time, a number of Scouters led by, among others Scoutsigns, blogged their contributions to Scouting through “100 Days of Scouting.” Since I did not have a blog at the time, I did not participate (although I read the entries of others and certainly continued with my own involvement with scouting — so that counts for something, right?) This year I decided to give it a go. So for the next 100 days, I’ll be sharing my activities and efforts in scouting with you. Some days there may be a lot to tell, some days there may be little. But at least it will be something to help better the lives of the scouts in our pack, district and council.
My “Day 1” is not yet complete. I still need to share tonight’s Webelos den meeting activity. That will come tomorrow.
For now, welcome to the journey, enjoy the ride.