Sunday, October 9, 2011

Cub Scout Fall Camp Out

In the five years that we've been doing Cub Scouts with our boys and our community troop, I think this is the first time we've been able to go to the fall camp out.  It usually conflicts with General Conference, but this year they were a week apart, so we were able to go and camp out for one of the two nights.  (We don't camp out Saturday to Sunday, so this only works if the pack is camping for two nights.)

I had the privilege to take the boys on the trip.  It's usually Todd's job, but it's gotten too cold at night for Mr. Zero Percent Body Fat to comfortably go without getting sick.  Ironically, as I'm writing this the day after the camp out, I have a fever.

We could not have asked for better weather!  It was cool at night and in the early morning, but no more that a few layers could fix, and the afternoon was nice and warm.  We had sunshine the whole time!  This is a miracle in Ohio.  By next month, we will enter the gray season, and won't really see the sun again until April.
 Beautiful changing trees!  Every time there was a gentle breeze, the pretty yellow and orange leaves came fluttering down upon us en masse!

 I don't know what you all do on a camp out, but our boys play chess.  These boys were thoroughly engrossed for at least two hours in the tournament they had set up.
 We were in a huge open camping area, so Caleb had wonderful amounts of space to wander while I could still see him from my spot at the fire pit.  He loved it!
 Nathaniel and Caleb both wanted nothing more than to play in the fire and were not amused by the strict "no scout may throw anything in the fire unless supervised by an adult.  And any stick you stick in the fire, we will throw in the fire."  Lame safety rules.  ;)
 I listened to a church talk a couple of weeks ago that talked about not just looking at your children, but truly beholding our little ones.  I took as many opportunities as possible this weekend to behold two of my sons.


Mom24 said...

It looks beautiful. I'm glad you and they had fun. But oh no! to come back sick. Feel better quickly, you have a big week.

I love the idea of truly beholding our children, I'm going to work on that.

Emilia said...

Here is an expansion of the quote: “He spake unto the multitude, and said unto them: Behold your little ones.” (3 Ne. 17:23.) Jesus specifically directed the attention of the multitude to the children. To me, the word behold is significant. It implies more than just “look and see.” When the Lord instructed the Nephites to behold their little ones, I believe he told them to give attention to their children, to contemplate them, to look beyond the present and see their eternal possibilities.