Sunday, June 25, 2006
Son#1 and Dear Hubby returned from Boy Scout Camp yesterday afternoon. They had been gone a week. It was really a great experience for them both. Son#1 tends to be a loner most of the time, preferring the company of books over people but he really mixed well with the other kids.
Their sleeping quarters were simple tents. Think M*A*S*H, minus the distillery. The adult leaders gave out gag awards ("Johnny Come Lately", Messiest Tent, etc.). Son#1 and his bunk mate, Patrick, earned The Odd Couple Award. The Troop Leader said it was as if an imaginary line had been drawn down the middle of the tent and one half was very neat, the other very messy. Son#1's side was the Felix side. (That's the neat side for those of you unfamiliar with the Broadway play, the movie, or the early 70's TV sitcom.) The prize was a pair of mismatched socks. Son#1 was thrilled. I'm frequently fussing at him because he shuffles his feet when he walks without shoes and therefore wears holes in the heels of his socks. These are his offical hanging-around-the-house socks so he can skate around on the tile floors (a la "Risky Business") all he wants.
He earned two merit badges: first aid and pottery. Most of the other kids earned their swimming merit badge, but Son#1 isn't a great swimmer to begin with, plus he didn't like the lake because you can't see the bottom. He'll eventually have to earn the swimming badge, but he still has time. I should look into swim lessons for him. He's taken them in the past, but we don't have access to a pool so I'll have to join someplace - a local athletic club, or another community's pool (some neighborhoods will allow non-residents access to their pool for a fee). In any event, he'll eventually have to get comfortable with swimming in a lake. He enjoyed pottery though. He created a few pieces, including a cool dragon.
He had a great time, but I'm glad to have him home. We took him to Semolina's last night for his birthday dinner.