Category Archives: Girl Scouts

Rank Advancement

2012-08-21 20.02.34This has been a very good week in Scouting around our house.  On Monday our youngest son, Cameron, earned the rank of Second Class.  Not too bad for a Scout that just crossed over in February.  Tonight our oldest son, Drew, had is Eagle project Proposal approved at the Eagle boards.  We have been waiting a long time for this and we are stoked! Finally, Carly has begun work on her Girl Scout Bronze Award.  The only downer is that once she completes it she has chosen not to continue on in Girl Scouts but is excited that our Venturing Crew I once again active and will be in full swing once she is 14.  Mom and Dad can’t quit smiling!

July 4th Parade


Today the family and I participated in an annual Independence Day Parade that our Troop serves as Color Guard for every year. We all had a great time.

Why do I do this?

Head ScratchThe last few days have been a nightmare for me and those around me in Scouting.  Things have come totally unhinged and I wish I could have seen some things coming that I could have prevented but I cannot turn back time. But no matter what happens I still support and care for those around me.

Through all of the things that have happened I have found myself scratching my head and wondering why in the world do I put myself through this kind of torture for something that is not mine and I am just involved in as a volunteer.  I thought that it would just be easier to put the uniform in the closet and just leave it all behind.  But then I remembered why I do what I do.  I remembered that I participate in Scouting because of the kids involved in the program.

I volunteer in Scouting for my kids but I am also here for the other kids in the units in which I am involved.  I do this to help them grow to be better people and better citizens.  I do it the see the smiles on their faces.  I do it because I am not going to depend on someone else to do.  I do it because it makes a difference!

That is why I do this crazy thing called Scouting!

World Thinking Day 2012


Each year on February 22, World Thinking Day, girls participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. World Thinking Day not only gives girls a chance to celebrate international friendships, but is also a reminder that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community—one of nearly 150 countries with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

I had the honor of helping Girl Scout Troop 22 with their Thinking Day this year. My daughter, Carly, is a Junior in Troop 22 and my wife is their leader. My wife called and asked me to assist. She told me that we would be teaching about the Ivory Coast. They also learned about Japan, Russia, Guyana and Tunisia.

My wife made a candy called Kashata which is something between candy and cookie.  It consisted of coconut, cinnamon and caramelized sugar.  We cooked Fritters which are bite-sized pieces of fruit, vegetable, meat or cheese coated in a seasoned flour batter and deep fried.  Our fritter contained bananas.  We also fried a bread called Mandazi which is liked the dough used in sopapillas.  The girls also played a game called Woaley.

The girls had a blast and learned a lot about Girl Scouts in other countries and so did I.  This is not something we do in Boy Scouts so it was all new to me.  Not very often do I get the chance to help but I always enjoy it when I do.

Carly at World Thinking Day

Scouts, Museums and Baseball. Oh my!

2011-06-25 15.11.52Last weekend our family traveled with other members of Boy Scout Troop 168 to Texas to go the National Boy Scout Museum and the Texas Rangers vs. New York Mets baseball game.  A group of 50 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouters and parents made the 3.5 hour drive to Dallas.

Typically, our Troop chooses to do something other than camping in July due to the extreme Oklahoma heat. This was our “July” trip rescheduled to June due to a late summer camp slot.  We will be camping in July this year 😦 .

The day began early at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, TX.  I had never been there and it had been five years since the Troop had been.  It was well worth the trip.  Almost everything in the museum was hands on.  All except for the Norman Rockwell and Joseph Csatari collections that is.  There was also something for everyone.  They had a “scavenger hunt/quiz” for each age group/rank for the Scouts that once completed the Scout earned a ribbon to put on their unit flag.  My youngest son and a couple of his buddies from our Pack completed the Webelos quiz.  My daughter and a girl from another Girl Scout Troop also completed the same quiz and turned it in for a ribbon.  The man working at the museum said that he had never had Girl Scouts turn in the quiz.  Way to go Carly and Abi!

In the afternoon we headed out to a the Texas Rangers vs. New York Mets baseball game.  For many of the Scouts it was their first Major League Baseball game and for me it was my first since I was a kid.  The Ballpark at Arlington is quite the stadium.  I am not sure there is a bad view in the place.  The pic above was our view from our seats.  The Mets were on their game that day and beat the Rangers 14-5.  No pitching battle here.  The Scouts had a great time and I think some are baseball fans now.

We ended our day in Texas at one of my favorite places, Dairy Queen!!  There are only 4-5 left in Oklahoma and none less than an hour from our house so driving by one at every exit in Texas was way too tempting.  I will have a blizzard, please and thank you!

It was a great day for the Scouts and families of Troop 168.  Scouting is about getting out and about but not necessarily about camping.  Can’t wait to see what we do next July!

And so it begins!

Summer is officially over. The school year has begun and Scouting is approaching full swing.

Our Pack will hold its Join Scout night in about a week. Typically we pickup 5-15 kids during this time with most being Tigers. Some of the Dens will pickup 1-2 older kids but most get none.

With the school year also comes more activities is general. Both of my both boys play football and my daughter is in Girl Scouting. Both of which are in direct conflict with our Cub Scout Pack. My older son plays football for the Middle School he attends. All of his games are on Thursday night. The younger son plays club ball and his games are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Pack meetings are on Thursdays. As a result I will not get to play Cubmaster until October on a campout. Luckily the Troop meets on Mondays and generally there are no conflicts there. That is until next year and all Freshmen football games are on Monday.

That brings me to my point. When is too much too much? I am continually hearing that I need to learn how to say no. Everyone seems to think that I do too much. Sometimes I think they are right but who will do it if I don’t.

Last year my Webelos Den Leader moved Packs and left the remaining boys without a leader. None of the parents were willing to step in so I did it myself. I have had fun but look forward to the February so I have one less thing on my plate.

When is too much too much? Only you have the answer to that question.

Remember it only takes 1 hour a week!

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