Ferocious looking, aren’t they? ; )
The difference between these boys from the beginning of 1st grade as “Tiger Cubs” to right now, 3/4 of the way through their “wolf” year is amazing. We really are seeing them grow up right before our eyes. Tigers are like sweet, frisky little puppies compared to these guys. Wolves are on a whole other level. I’m so proud of everything they are accomplishing.
Cub Scouts is an organization that does a lot of great things. We’d like to think that even without it we’d be sure to teach our boys to organize road side clean up, build things with wood, operate a flag pole, and participate in races and such, but let’s face it, that just doesn’t always happen. Being involved in cub scouts ensures that we follow through!
The boys love it because so many of their friends are involved. We love it for the learning opportunities.
I also love how involved the dads are!!! Many of my girl friends and I LOVE having at least ONE activity that our husbands handle with the kids, rather than us having to do everything. Of course, we all pitch in when necessary, as Courtney had to do this weekend, but it’s so nice when you don’t have to.
We owe a BIG THANK YOU to our leaders!!! Mark and Eddie do an outstanding job with this Wolf den. They both put in a lot of work to set our boys up with exciting activities. I about fell over when I saw how well Mark had them all seated around a table at their first meeting this year. Amazing!!! It takes a lot of work to lead a den this size, and we are all so thankful ya’ll are taking that on for us!
I don’t have any Tiger photos in this post, but I want to thank Alec and Larry as well. That job is like herding cats, and our leaders are doing such a great job and have managed it with an incredible amount of patience. Caleb is enjoying it so much. We really appreciate all you are doing.
This Saturday, Alan took his camera to Joshua’s den meeting. They got a LOT done this weekend.
First, they learned about caring for and raising the flag and actually got to take turns doing it!!
That’s our Joshua, in the camouflage jacket, getting a turn at the flag pole.
Uh-oh. Dad’s got the camera again…
After a very well planned and executed flag raising tutorial, Mark taught the boys all about different tools and then they got to actually use the tools when they all made their own bird houses.
After the boys built their bird houses, they had to prove they met stringent local area building standards! Ha!
The boys nervously await their turn for inspection….
Oh, yeah, guess who else got to tag along? Daniel. Since he brought Pringles with him, he was quite popular.
Joshua, with his finished product! …Oh yeah, we’ve been working on our ‘picture smile,’ but don’t coach him at go-time, or the results will be disastrous.
Once the bird houses were complete, the den did some road side litter removal. Thanks, wolves!!!
They even had the proper safety gear, as any good scout would. (Thanks again, leaders!!!)
Check out the smiles on their faces. Alan said they actually cracked up pretty hard because one of them found a DIAPER. bleh.
They even covered house plans. Today: bird feeders. Tomorrow: high rise apartment buildings. ; )
They might not admit it, but I think scouting is fun for the dads too.
Joshua happily came home and answered all of Caleb’s questions about it. It was really sweet to behold the older brother, passing on the lessons he’d learned that day to his younger brother. Joshua has always seen it as his responsibility to guide his little brothers right along with him on the path to manhood.
Cub scouts truly are great men in training, and I’m so thankful my boys have gotten to be a part of such a great pack. We will miss you all so much when we move!