This 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!
The 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!
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.