First things first….Today I:
- Attended Scout Sunday services at our home church and gave the ministry moment on Scouting
- Enjoyed the recognition our Webelos den received as they were awarded their God & Family awards
- Was presented with the adult religious award, God & Service in recognition to my service to Scouting and our church
- Finalized the advancement report to be submitted tomorrow
- Updated our advancement tracking with some recently earned belt loops
- Coordinated more with our Committee Chair on the Blue & Gold banquet
And now back to our regular blogging….
This weekend was yet another full one of scouting activities (at least something happening on both days.
Saturday morning, the pack took to the tubing slopes at Perfect North ski area for our annual trip to go snow tubing. We are fortunate here in our neck of the woods (not normally known for ski areas) to have a pretty nice ski area, relatively speaking. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, they offer tubing. For the cost, you get the use of a large enclosed inner tube to slide down one of 15 different “chutes.” You can go single or hook up with other in your group to form chains. On certain “chutes” you can hook up as many people as you want and go sliding down together. I think the most that we have hooked together at one time was 16 or 17 people. It is a blast and is one of the better attended outing we have as a pack despite the cold weather. This year we had great weather (sunny, no wind and temperatures in the 40s). It can be pretty chilly when it’s below freezing or if it is windy. All in all, everyone had a good time. To give you a sense of how it works, enjoy the video of one of my runs down the hill.
Sunday was our Scout Sunday services at our home church. Last week we served at our charter organization’s church. The Webelos from our pack (including the Girl Scout sister of one of the boys) worked on the God & Family curriculum with one of our pastors last fall. The boys in my son’s first year Webelos den used it for their Faith requirement for the Webelos rank. They actually finished up the program in early November. The boys and their parents decided that we’d award the medals to them all at once at our church with the pastor/counselor who guided them through the program. By the time we received the medals, Christmas was quickly approaching and the church was busy with Advent activities to be able to carve time in a service to award the kids their medals. Once the new year rolled around, we decided to do the presentation on Scout Sunday to enhance that service. Everyone was in agreement and the details were set. At the service I presented a “ministry moment” (shown below) and then called the kids up to receive their awards (unfortunately one of the boys got sick and could not attend). After they were presented with theirs, our senior pastor presented me with my award.
After the service, a number of the congregation congratulated the kids (and myself) on their achievement. I think the kids enjoyed the attention they received from everyone. We were also able to get a pretty decent group picture of the kids and out pastor.