Following the Arrow

5 Mar 2014 by admin, No Comments »

Recently, Oliver graduated from Cub Scouts and earned his Arrow of Light.

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He has been in cub scouts for three years and was very eager to move up to a big scout troop. So eager, in fact, that he was counting down the days until the Blue and Gold Banquet, where the crossover ceremony took place. In the years he’s been a scout I’ve seen him grow to love camping — including sleeping away at summer camp in a buggy canvas tent (he loved it). He’s learned new skills and responsibilities. He’s taken great interest in serving his community (scouting for food and volunteering for our local “make a difference day”). Much hiking happened and my boy’s natural love of nature has grown. It’s been pretty cool.

John and I were very reluctant about embarking on scouts. Neither of us like camping in a tent and many things about the scout organization kind of rub me the wrong way. We took a risk and signed him up — a choice we made because we trusted the people in charge of our local group. We don’t regret it one bit. Our leaders (and now friends) have made this experience a highlight of Oliver’s childhood. I’m actually excited to see what else is in store as he continues his scouting journey.

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