Several things happened today in the Cox Family as it related to Scouting. First, it was Scouting for Food. Each year the Scouts send out Bags to houses to be filled with canned food. On the first Saturday of December we pick them up as we go from house to house. If a house has a bag on the stoop, then they pick it up. If not, I ask the boys to knock on the door and explain what SFF is and what they are doing. That way, we get more food. Today, I was told by several parents who went along that some houses just shut the door on the Cubscouts. In a rude way as well. I explained before we all headed out that SFF is just like Halloween, but we are getting food for those who need it. I asked them to knock if need be and be respectful and say thank you. Off they went.
About 90 minutes later all the food started coming in slowly from each area. We gathered together and pitched it into the back of my Dodge 1500 truck and took a photo. A few Webelos I went to the Church where we drop off. It took about 30 minutes to unload. According to the official bag counter we had 300 bags. Which, I estimated to be about 5 pounds or so. We did well. The lady said that combined we brought in more than all the rest up to that point. That felt good.
With SFF done, my wife took my son to the Mom & Lad outing at the local Scout Camp. From what I could tell, they had a great time. All the basic’s of BB Guns & Archery were had. There were crafts, some very edible and games. This was the first for the Council and it seems to be a hit. It was cold towards the end of a very long day, so they bailed early. It was about 11 hours total for the whole day camp. This was my wife’s idea to go to the camp. My son went along because he told her he wanted to go. It was good on that end, since I do all the events with Elliot. My wife got to experince Scouting and Elliot got to experience it with Mom.
The other fun thing is that our Scout Executive got into a conversation with my wife. She kinda knew that he was a big shot, but not until I explained who he was. She at first thought he was a District Exec. He asked her opinion on what she thought on the whole event. She let him know. I think it was a good conversation since she’s a Mom and not a Scouter. She did identify herself and who I was.
During this time I had the day with my Daughter Rachel. That was a lot of fun. We basically did everything she wanted to do. Well, we were going to do Tea, but apparently needed reservations. Oh, and either $32 or $14 depending on the place. Ok, not too excited for that. So, off we went to Sushi, eating what she wanted. Off to Puss and Boots the movie and then for two games of Bowling. We talked a lot about her stuff and what she likes. Apparently there are boys at school that get their finger and toe nails done. She thinks that weird. We then came home and had some freetime and ended up having Mac n Cheese for Dinner.
It was a good day. Spending time with others and a day with our kids.