bears and rockets, rockets and bears

October 03, 2014

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, members are asked to serve in a "calling." I know that word may make it sound like a really, really big deal to someone who isn't used to hearing it used that way. But these callings change all the time - every few years I'd say, on average. And a member can be called to serve in thousands of different possible roles - with the children's program or the teenagers, playing or leading music in meetings, teaching Sunday School (that's Stefan's calling right now - teaching the twelve year old Sunday School class. I usually go with him, but I'm mainly just the treat provider these days) or even . . .  (drum roll, please) . . . with the Boy Scouts! Our church uses the Cub Scout/Boy Scout program a whole lot. It's such a great program that helps the boys learn important values, develop character, and other great things I just read on the website. ... And I am now serving with our nine year old Cub Scouts - the Bears!

Having obviously never been a Cub Scout myself, I asked Stefan for ideas about what nine year old boys like to do. His very first answer was stomp rockets. And as it turns out, there really is an achievement they are supposed to earn in their little books about building models - one of the options being to build a model rocket out of whatever materials you choose. Perfect! So yesterday I spent a lot of time watching instructional videos and making a supplies list, then we went to Home Depot because Lowe's said they wouldn't cut my pvc pipe in the store for me (rude). Ten points for Home Depot, they were so much nicer.

Stefan is a saint because he came with me to buy the supplies and came to help build rockets. I don't know why I was so nervous, I just really want these boys to have fun! We only have two boys, but they're both awesome. They're good friends and so much fun to watch and listen to. They're also just really nice and respectful and smart. I've been really impressed with them as we've gotten to know them over the last month or so. Also my co-leader is the sweetest woman in the world. Neither of us know a thing about Scouting, but we sure are trying. My favorite thing about this angel lady is that she always has a a "healthy treat" for the boys when we meet at her house. Usually it's just some frozen juice they can eat kind of like a slushy, and they love it!

Checking out the view from the deck at my co-leader's home. It's fine by me if we meet there every week! (PS, if anyone out there has ever served with the Cub Scouts, send all your great ideas my way!)


LauraP said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a cute lady! I've never served in cub scouts but I'm a 12 year old Sunday school teacher! So if Stefan has great ideas send them my way. Clark is in charge of the 11 year old Boy Scouts... They play a lot of soccer and ultimate frisbee. haha!

Jake said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You are following in the footsteps of your grandma who was an amazing Den leader and mother. Keep up the good work and if you need help with knots, just ask Norda.

Jake said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh, and, GO BEARS! (In more ways than one.)

chad said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have grandma Emmett's book of cub scout activities. Happy to let you use it. I used it to teach my Webelos how to make a terrarium.

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