Cubs Scouts got off to a bit of a slow start for Owen, with the Wolf Den never really forming up. Owen did manage to race in the Pinewood Derby, but things didn't really take off until the Wolf Den merged with the younger, larger and more active Tiger Den. With a few Den meetings under our belt, and some patches and belt loops earned, we finally went out on that quintessential Scout outing, the Cub Scout camping trip.
Saturday afternoon the whole family drove out to Watkins Regional Park. Before heading over to the campsite, we rode the train and played a round of mini-golf while waiting for the rest of the Den. Then we drove over to the camp-site and found our spot, nicely tucked away in the woods with decent clearing for tents, and a fire ring. We pitched our tents, and the Scouts started collecting wood for the fire. Then we all gathered around the ring, built a nice tinder and kindling tipi inside of a fuel wood log cabin, and let the boys light it. I'm fairly confident it could have been started with one match, but with a bunch of boys playing with matches for the first time, let's just say we were lucky we didn't run out ;-)
We played some games while the fire burned down, and when it was ready to cook on we started working on dinner. Some of the kids, including Owen and Nora grilled hot dogs on a stick, and we improvised a way to cook hamburgers on the fire for everyone else. Elaine, Nora and Grandpa Fawcett all headed home before it got too late, and Owen and I stayed up with the Scouts roasting marshmallows over the fire and telling stories. We retired to our tent, which was next to a tent with a bunch of the boys, and tried to fall asleep in the less than peacefully quiet surroundings.
The dawn came all too soon, though Owen still managed to sleep in somehow. Sausages, and breakfast burritos cooked on the camp fire were the order of the day. After breaking camp, we went on a hike through the woods, and before we knew it our first Cub Scout camping trip was in the books.
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