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Hunzi, glad to hear that you are having a blast with the scouts. Although I have never been with a Boy Scout Troop, I am the Cub Scout Den Leader for my Son. We are fortunate enough to have a Boy Scout as our Den Chief. This is a true “Lesson in Reality” to have a Boy Scout take charge of a small group of 7 year olds…more importantly, the Cub Scouts look up to him.

If you stop to think about it for a second, how many 11-13 year old boys do you know are willing to spend that hour or two a week mentoring and coaching a bunch of 7 year olds. I even got choked up a little when my son told me that he wanted to be a “real” Boy Scout like our Den Chief.

That is so sweet! I think my guy may eventually serve as a Den Chief for the Cubs at our parrish school. I served as the Pack's treasurer last year, (before he bridged over) and mentioned to a friend there who leads a den that he had achieved his First Class rank. She said she may ask him to help out a Den Chief. It would be a very good learning experience for him.

One helpful hint for camping trips, if you live close to a military base, you may consider making a trip out there to see if they can donate some MREs (Meal Ready to Eat). These are great little pre-packaged food containers that have a shelf life of several years. Scouts love them because of the convenience. We also got a chance to collect some Aviator survival meals (less tasty, but the boys loved them just as much) The pre-packaged meals make it less of a burden to bring along on trips.

As the wife of a 20 yr AF NCO (ret), I've run across those MRE's once or twice. ;-)

I think this time, he will benefit in the lessons of responsibility and budgeting, but MRE's will most likely be in his future. I plan to let him shop at a regular grocery store this time, then at the Commisary the next, so he can see the effect lower prices will have on his buying power.

Today he has learned the hard way that I will not hold his hand too much through this challange. He needed to check with his Quartermaster to see is anything on his shopping list was already in the troop stores. After one gentle reminder, to which I was told "he would do it in a few minutes", he came to me a few hours later asking for the Quartermaster's phone number....

"Gee, I guess next time, you had better write that down, huh?" (Can't look it up because he can't recall the last name, and I can't find my troop directory, it may have been in the things I passed on to the next treasurer of his old pack.) Lesson I hope he learned: Be Prepared isn't just a motto. ;-)

I advised he plan to call a patrol mate tomorrow (too late to phone tonight) and get the phone number, so he can get the info, so he can shop. The camping trip is Friday evening.

Always ;-)
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