"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in."

-- Robert Frost

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Scout Camp

My brothers are all heap big scouters.  Growing up in the Appalachian mountains of Western North Carolina, they had Camp Daniel Boone at their fingertips.  One night of the week was family night.  My parents would load all of us kids into the van and make the trip to see the great things my brothers were up to and attend their campfire evening program.

I was up to my own great things but that trip to check out the camp always filled me with scouting envy.

Pulling up to Christian's scout camp to pick him up for our trip to Utah, dug up all that old jealousy.

On our drive we listened and listened to his adventures.  

Beginning with the bruises all over his chest once he took off his life vest.  Explanation:  Purple Nurple wrestling before bed.  "But you should see the other guys, Mom!" Great. 

And the boys calling him a legend for climbing a pine tree to pee from the top. 

And the dead bat his best friend picked up during flag ceremony accompanied by his freak out when it came back to life in his hand.

And the sneaking from tent to tent after dark to pounce on friends.

And the good natured teasing and ribbing. 

And the cool merit badge classes.

And the first aid drill where they thought their leader had really been run over by a truck only to realize after a full five minutes that the gore wasn't real.

And the homemade swing and the balance beam hand wrestling and the mud pit and the carving with knives.

And watching the other boys in our rear view mirror, chasing our car as they waved their goodbyes all the way out of camp.

Ah, the antics of boys.  Sans the nurples and tree urinal .... where do I sign up?


  1. Two things....he looks huge and grown up in the one by the water wearing his teeny, tiny life vest and two....yes, bacon does make everything better!

  2. Call me crazy, call me insane, but there is *something* about a man in a scout uniform. It may be that Bob has worn one off and on for 21 years now. I may have to beg him to wear it just for me sometime very soon!!!

  3. Some things a mom just doesn't want to know!!! And that would include nurples and peeing from trees!

  4. The church no longer runs a scout program over here which I think is SO sad!! And the nurple wrestling and your response - too funny!