Last summer my boys had the rare and special opportunity to attend Scout Camp in Idaho with their dad and their grandpa. Both Scott and Dennis were (and still are) Scoutmasters and Scott thought it would be such a great experience to join Dennis' troop and attend Camp Bradley which is the same scout camp that Scott attended as a boy.
Wow! One of the things I have loved most about my boys' experiences through Boy Scouts is seeing the memories and bonds that are built through the campouts and activities. Especially when those activities are done with a brother, dad, and even a grandpa.
They set out for a week of scouting and the special moments they racked up along the way are simply priceless! When the boys returned home they compiled a top 10 list. Here are just a few:
#5 - Sawing, chopping, and whittling wood with Papa. What could be better than hanging out with your grandpa, a stick and pocket-knife (or hatchet) in hand? These simple moments are what memories are made of.
#6 - Completing the most epic of all pioneering projects . . . the working drawbridge. This thing is amazing! Just, wow. This became the gateway to their campsite and the boys were incredibly proud of what they created.
#7 - Spending one whole day hiding under the rain shelter dodging the occasional water dumps when the top was full of rain! Sometimes the conditions are less than ideal, but that's what makes you into men! And poor Payton - it looks like the woods are aggravating his allergies. Puffy eyes.
#9 - Conner and Payton earning merit badges in the same lake as their dad and grandpa . . . 3 generations of leaches too. Yes, leaches! I know it was so special to Scott to share this camp with his boys. I love that they will forever have this connection and shared experience. And earning that lifesaving merit badge is hard! Especially when you have to do it in a cold lake with leaches! Way to be a scout, boys.
#10 - "No-one" hitting their head on the rafter of the wood craft lodge at the Stake Dinner . . . I can't even imagine how ticked grandma would have been if that had happened. You have to know the backstory to get this one. Dennis had been suffering from some concerning health issues that summer (involving his head), but this camp was so important that he put those ailments aside and made sure he was there.
Last Christmas we compiled the Top 10 List with a collage of photos and gave it to Papa Dennis. He loved it and the story goes that he immediately walked into the bedroom, removed a framed collage of Hawaii vacation photos from the wall, and replaced it with this one.
I'm so glad that these boys (and these men) could have this experience. I'm sure they will remember it always!
And if it wasn't clear enough that they had a fantastic time, here is some camp video footage:
This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Boy Scouts of America, but all opinions are my own.