Sunday, February 24, 2008
Cub Scouts, crazy science, and my new coat.
So, the world of Cub Scouts was all new to us this year. Last year, Reed showed little interest in joining (first grade being the first chance to join) and we certainly didn't push it. When school started this year, however, he begged and pleaded for us to let him join. Please please please? Can I can I can I? We agreed to allow him to try it out. Naturally, he is all over anything that has it's own guide book and lots of rules to follow! We had gotten pretty used to an open schedule so it came as a bit of a shock to have weekly meetings, fundraisers, activities, campouts, fieldtrips, etc. But, we've adjusted and he has enjoyed his first year in the scouts. In fact, last night was the "Blue and Gold" banquet for his Pack, attended by all 5 of us and about 100-150 of other scouts and their families. Opening the evening with the flag presentation and the Pledge of Allegiance:
Following dinner he received his Wolf Badge:
The Wolf Den:
Following dinner and awards came the "edu-tainment" of the night - the CAPOW Science Guy. Nothing like a flaming book...or a snowshower made from a fire extinguisher...(don't you love that kid's expression?) ... or Reed and a few others holding the tube of fire...to make an evening a little more memorable! What's funny is Kirk had this guy as a chemistry professor in college, and even I saw him do a similar presentation when I was in high school. Pretty entertaining stuff. The crowd favorite was when he blew up a balloon (actually, he did this twice) and the boom was louder than any firework could have done! A good evening in general, though it made for awfully cranky kids by the time we got home.
And, on a completely different note, I got a new spring coat for myself today. I love it.