August 23, 2005

Let The Scout Fodder Begin

Well, those who know me know I don’t do anything half way. If I’ve decided to commit, I’m fully committed. Now I am a Den Mother and today, I jumped in feet first. Well… the commitment stops when someone tells me what I have to wear. I have issues with that.

Let me start with last night when the ‘supportive Mom’ asked me if I had my uniform.

Me: Uniform? You mean have I bought my kids’ uniforms?

Her: No. YOUR uniform.

Me: I’m not wearing a uniform. Those shorts make my butt look big.

Hey, I said I was not a high maintenance woman, I didn’t say I didn’t have ANY girly girl attributes. Much conversation ensued following that comment.

Dad#1 : Just get a pair of the uniform pants like this. (tugs on his olive green cotton boy scout issue pants)

Me: No.

Dad#2: Oh I just got one of those hats for when we go camping.

Supportive Mom: One of those Indiana Jones hats! (Looking at me) They have hats and everything.

Me: Those pants make my butt look big and I don’t do Indiana Jones hats. I’ll wear a ball cap. And jeans. And a t-shirt.

Her: You know, I saw they have these cute blue skirts…

I gave her a blank look and the topic was dropped.

So this morning I realized I am in fact committed to this and Son#2 is just as excited that I’m the Den Mother as he is at Christmas. I picked them up from school and went to the local boy scout store so I could pick up: my Bear T-shirt, my Bear handbook, and a book of ideas for meetings. If I have to run these daggum meetings, they’re going to be fun dammit!

While I was there, I found this small paperback book called, “Cooking on a Stick”. I picked that up too. It has assorted recipes of things one can cook on a stick on a campfire. I figured, what the hell. If we never use it at a campfire, we’ll cook with a stick over my electric eye on my stove. You think I joke. I do not.

And I think this camping thing… I think that Cub Scouts kind of go as families. It’s a family event, siblings etc. When they go to Boy Scouts in 6th grade, its men and boys only. And I think with Cub Scouts… all the Den Dads seem to have wives that stay in local hotels and I’m banking on the fact that this Den Mother’s husband will be too. I haven’t told him about the camping yet… or the fact I’m buying a tent that sleeps five tomorrow. I haven’t figured out how to broach that topic yet. It could be touch and go. He’s not a camping kind of guy.

Posted by Boudicca at August 23, 2005 08:16 PM | TrackBack

... bring them up to Tennessee this winter... we'll dig snow holes up in the mountains and stay a day or two... that'll be sure to get you fired.. it certainly did me when I tried it.. although, the Scouts had a blast..

.. besides, camping in snow is TWICE as much fun... trust me... heh heh...

Posted by: Eric at August 23, 2005 08:56 PM

*tries to hide rolling on the floor laughing at the thought of Bou camping*

Forget Tennessee, come up here this winter and we can do real snow camping, take them out to Wolf Park, and more. Those that survive get a badge. *G*

Have to admit, though, that I wish we had had leaders like Eric, or when I was older... *VBEG*

Posted by: Laughing Wolf at August 24, 2005 03:01 PM

Better him than you. I like the idea of "camping" at a hotel, that's just my kind of camping.

Posted by: annette at August 24, 2005 03:27 PM

Bou, you must stop living my life! I too am a Den Leader, but God smiled on me last night at recruitment and we decided to combine with another den. We have 15 Wolf Cubs and 4 Den Leaders. Of course 3 of the Cubs are mine...

Anyway, I just bought and wore my uniform for the first time yesterday. Our Pack only requires that the Den Leaders wear the shirt - jeans, slacks or Scout issue bottoms are fine. Same goes for the boys. However, they are the Den Leader shirts are the ugliest shade of khaki I've ever seen. There's a nice butter yellow, for women as well, but no one wears them. Since I'm a real girly girl, I just made sure that my hair and make up were extra nice and that I wore flared jeans that fit well and chunky high heeled boots. That way I didn't obsess over the pukey color I was wearing.

My boys were Tigers last year, so we've already done the camping thing. I'll give you some tips. I don't know about Florida State parks, but we only go to Texas State parks and they all have REAL toilets and showers. That was very important to me. I don't think I could do it otherwise. We got a huge tent and two queen size air mattresses with battery pumps. The boys all share one and my husband and I share the other. We have battery operated lanterns and fans. My husband makes fun of all the stuff I got, but he never complains because he benefits. I shopped at WalMart and the dollar stores to make up big Rubbermaid bins of stuff (cooking utensils, scissors, duct tape, paper towels, batteries, etc.) that remain packed in the garage so we can go camping at a moments notice if we want to. That way I can just pull out the bins do a quick inventory and restock the paper goods, etc. Then I have another bin for dry food and snacks and a huge 5-day Igloo for drinks, meat, etc. We also have a big Igloo water jug - like outdoor workers use - so that our den always has cold water. I am prepared for everything. It makes me feel in control. You'd also be surprised how many people come completely unprepared without even a hammer or mallet to put up their tent or a knife or scissors.

Anyway, I found that I really liked camping - at least my way of camping - and we'd like to do it with just the family some time. It is very relaxing and the kids have so much fun. I try to encourage all of the moms to try it once. We actually have a lot of moms that camp every time. Of course our Pack has about 130 Cubs - that's pretty huge. Some like to go a lot more "rustic", but I'm a city girl and I like some of the comforts of home. We even got the cold weather camping patch for camping last winter in below freezing weather. That was fun and invigorating!

Try to get someone to help you out - recruit an Asst. Den Leader and also try to keep your meetings more active than "sit down, do a craft" kind of things. You'll do fine and your family will have a great time.

Just wait until Pinewood Derby...wait, didn't you do the Derby last year?

Sorry for yet another superlong comment, but I just had to give you encouragement!

Posted by: Momotrips at August 24, 2005 05:16 PM

I bet you will surprise your self and have fun! Take some good skeeter repellent and a porta potty for emergencies. Good luck!

Posted by: GUYK at August 24, 2005 05:33 PM

Hahahah! "They also have cute blue skirts" Blank Look! Hahahahaha! This is gonna be too funny :)

Posted by: Napster at August 24, 2005 06:43 PM

Eric- I'd let them camp with you in the snow in a damn heartbeat!

LW- That's all I get if I survive? A badge? Sheesh! But... the Wolf Park would be very cool...

Momotrips- I took notes off your comment!

GuyK- Yeah, I'll have fun. And if I don't, 10 years from now we'll have fun laughing about it.

Napster- Just wait. The tales we shall tell... but none of them with a Boy Scout Blue Skirt.

Posted by: Bou at August 24, 2005 09:12 PM

We have some land in the Ozarks... snakes and turkeys and coyotes, oh my! No hurricanes, though. I can't wait to hear about your adventures.

So, do the pants and shorts have pleats? That is never attractive... on anyone.

Posted by: Jody Halsted at August 24, 2005 10:54 PM

I'm afraid of Bou's electric eye.

And you people just thought she was a queen -- you didn't know about her hidden superpowers. Of course the story of how she got her electric eye is a story for another day...

Posted by: Ogre at August 25, 2005 07:00 AM