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Old 04-24-2018, 08:46 AM
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Yes. I'm enjoying it so far. Since my accident I spent a lot of time looking back and mourning the things I couldn't do anymore. This is the year of change for me. I've got a whole different outlook on life. Being a new scout leader has shown me that I still have lots to offer. Even if I can't do it all.
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I forgot to mention, one of the cool trips we did in both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts was trips to the USS Hornet, and one to the USS Pampanito.

I am unsure of Canada, but in the US there are a number of battleships, submarines, and aircraft carriers that have overnight programs for youth groups. In the case of the Pack and Troop my son was in in N. Calif, the Hornet and Pampanito were withing a 2 hour drive.

For Cub Scouts, on the USS Hornet, you board the ship at 5pm, do a safety orientation, stow your gear, and then explore the ship and programs till dinner time. After dinner in the galley, they have continued tours and activities till lights Out. In the morning, they have breakfast, and then can leave, or are free to explore the ship as part of the normal museum activity.

For Boy Scouts, they do the same, but also have the opportunity to show up in the morning, and then earn merit badges. My son did Ham Radio, Aviation, and Space Exploration merit badges on USS Hornet.

When we went the kids and adults both enjoyed the programs.
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That sounds cool. So many great opportunities for the kids.

Two of the leaders in our troop are currently in the navy. And the main leader is ex army. We try to arrange a tour whenever a military ship is in port here. We've also toured our local naval base.
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Yes. I'm enjoying it so far. Since my accident I spent a lot of time looking back and mourning the things I couldn't do anymore. This is the year of change for me. I've got a whole different outlook on life. Being a new scout leader has shown me that I still have lots to offer. Even if I can't do it all.

None of us can do it all now; the odds are we never could. But we can do our best with what we still have even if it is a mere shadow of our former best. There are a lot, and I mean a LOT of things the 71 year old me can't manage that the 21 year old me could do and never raise a sweat! We need to focus on doing our best at the things we can do now.

You're still a relative youngster and it has to chafe to look back and see what you can no longer accomplish but you're still looking at the grass from the green side and that means you still have a chance to live a good life and do many amazing things. Hang in there!

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Exactly. I've been too busy focusing on what I can't do that I've probably missed out on what I can do.
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We took the kids outside tonight to pick up trash around the church we use for the meetings. Afterwards we went on a walk to explore some of the local history nearby. On the walk, we still picked up trash as we went. It's good exposure for the group to be seen in public in our uniforms picking up trash.

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Tonight's meeting was great. We met at our cascades hiking trails for a hike. A long time scout leader from England joined us. He's considering bringing his scout troop over for two weeks next year. Anyways, here's a few pictures from the hike.
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Looks fun!
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It was fun. About half of the trails were paved so I could use the scooter to get as far as I could which was about 100ft from the falls.

One of the "fun" things we did was a scouts baptism. Lol. Two of the leaders held a scout upside down by the ankles and dunked them head first into the river.
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I'm at our annual scout all sections camp. We've been doing activities all day with the kids. In total there are roughly 120 people here.
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I worked one of the stations yesterday using ridge poles and lashings to make a watch tower. It wasn't about how it looked but rather to show the kids how to properly tie things together to create a strong structure. Once we were done, they were able to climb up on it one at a time.
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There goes our troop off to our final muster call. They took off arm in arm strolling to the wizard of oz tune. We joined everyone else at the traditional chapel area first for a time of reflection then over to the field area for the lowering of the flag. Before the flag was lowered, our group leader called me forward in front of all 120 people there to invest me into the group and present me with my neckerchief (official scout scarf). I was rather surprised to be invested so soon. Others have taken up to 6 months to be officially invested. I did it in less than 2.
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That's great Brian. Sounds like fun was had by all.
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Yes. The weather was perfect all weekend. We had I believe 6 different groups. Enough food to feed 150 people. The kids all had fun. We used parts of the camp that haven't been used in years. The camp was built back in the early 60s.
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. I was rather surprised to be invested so soon. Others have taken up to 6 months to be officially invested. I did it in less than 2.
Easy to explain. You’ve done 6 months work in 2 months!

You need to slow down a little. You’re making the rest of us look bad.
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Lol. I'm an all or nothing guy. I always dive in with both feet.
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So tonight is the second last meeting before breaking for the summer. And with next week being a big wind up bbq, the idea at first was to take the kids for a hike around a local man made lake on a walking trail. Then the other leader said he'd bring his 3 kayaks for the kids to try. I chimed in and said I'd bring in our 3. Somehow we ended up with 9 kayaks so the hike was scrapped and we spent the evening teaching the kids about kayaking. It was a great time.
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Scouts started up tonight. We went for a 4km hike. We have a couple of new members. This is the first time since my accident that I walked that far. I did great. My new medication is really making a difference. I've done more in the past 3 weeks than I have in 3 years.
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