Kyle has fond memories of (working on his Pinewood Derby cars with Grandpa 4444 (more fun than fast), and every nearly every summer, he's spent a week at Bear Paw Scout Camp. He got his first pocketknife from Grandpa 4444 and worked hard to earn his "Totin' Chip," giving him the privilege of carrying that knife at camp. At Bear Paw, Kyle developed skills, made new friends, and got eaten alive by mosquitoes, but he also had a lot of fun and reached some memorable milestones, including swimming a mile for a swimming Merit Badge (I would have drowned) and earning the Order of the Arrow honor.
As anyone who's had a scout knows, Boy Scouting requires personal sacrifice and hard work, but also that of parents and other adult leaders. I took my turn as Den Mother when Kyle was a Wolf Cub, helped with badges and service projects, and for the past few years, coordinated candy bar sales to help scouts pay for camp. Mr.4444 was also involved, of course, helping with badges and even chaperoning a couple of week-long summer camping trips to the Sylvania Wilderness Area. We've had a lot of fun as a scouting family.
Eagle Scout. Among other requirements for earning this highest rank, the scout has to organize, lead, and manage a service project This week, Kyle wrapped up a big chunk of that project, and we're very proud of him.
For his service project, Kyle chose to help his school's student council organization get, well...better organized, taking this....
And turning it into this:
with the help of fellow scouts, some of his swim team members, and of course, Mr.4444. The project took many hours of planning: phone calls, raising of funds (Thanks, Grandma 4444, Home Depot, and Figaro's Pizza!!), organizing and directing volunteers, gathering materials, and (of course) building the shelves.
Yes, I did have to light a fire under Kyle to get him going on choosing his project and writing the lengthy proposal (he is a normal kid!) but once the spark ignited, that kid took off! Throughout this whole week-long process of the project itself, I've asked a few questions (prompts, truthfully), but have been increasingly
He's going to be an Eagle Scout, which is good,
because he's going to need those wings soon.