Jack came home from his week at Boy Scout Camp. He's gone there every 4th of July week for the last 23yrs. The weather is always a big part of the challenge. Boys will be boys and the food has improved greatly since his earlier stints...but the weather is a mystery that unfolds year to year. This year was probably one of the hottest. 3 digit numbers, even in the woods is nothing but hot..throw in high humidity and no breezes...and it's hellish. I remember one summer I came down on family night. It's a 1-1/2hr. drive south from Ashland. After getting there I walked into camp and the heat and humidity was so oppressive that I said hi to Jack and bye to Jack and turned around and drove 1-1/2hrs back home! But each year he comes back with funny stories, successes in merit badges, and the triumph of young men who are homesick (he calls it "marshmallow fever) wanting to leave ASAP, to those same young men who come up to him the last day of camp excited about coming back the next year. Who knows what will happen with Scout programs around the world and our country. Will the values it promotes survive? Will the rank of Eagle Scout still bring pride to those wonderful boys who achieve it? Hopefully honor of self, country, God and family will still be a goal of our youth and hopefully adult leaders who will take on the challenge to sacrifice time and effort to see it continue. Here's a pic of Jack's home last week. I think sleeping in AC tonight will be a welcome relief!
A group shot. I don't think any tent is the same!
A leader tent?
And this one.
Ok boys, I get the drift...no more pics!
I know this pic is blurry. When I looked closely at it I did have to laugh because is sure looks like the leader in the shot is crying..or wishing he were home in the AC with a cool soda in his hand (or whatever!)..I laughed because I know that would be exactly how I looked after a week of almost 100de. temps and no relief. Good job Jack for hanging in there to give our Scouts a good week.