I survived a Joey scout hike…

August 31, 2008 at 10:03 pm 3 comments

It’s funny but when Owen started to show an interest in camping and outdoorsy type stuff I thought that I would look into scouts for him. I was thinking he had to wait til he was 7 for cubs but as it turns out they have Joey Scouts now for 6-7.5yr olds.  I emailed for some info on Friday and got a call Sunday night saying hey bring him along tomorrow night! He has been going for a couple of months now. In that time he has already had a sleepover at scienceworks and today a hike in the You Yangs. He missed a hop (amazing race style event) in the city (as I already had made plans for the day) and roller-skating – he was at Daddy’s and I was sick.  He is loving Joey’s.  He has (by participating in the hike and sleepover) now earned himself his ‘adventure’ badge (he will be over the moon when he gets it)!  He is loving being active, they are re-enforcing the ideal of ‘helping other people’, his confidence is growing…all things that I hoped for….

the surprise came from another perspective…scouting apparently isn’t just about the scout – it’s a family thing.  The hike today was one that a parent had to join in with – thank goodness that Stephen came along to ‘look after’ Owen as Mummy was clearly bringing up the rear! But hey what else would have got me to walk up a very steep long hill? I hiked at a pretty steady (read definitely not the slow and gentle described in the notice) rate for two hours solid…and it didn’t rain until we were safely all downhill which is ace.  Not only that but just yesterday Stephen and I put a big family tent on layby with plans to take the boys camping over summer. Today I was informed that there was a Joey Scout family camp in November… who would have guessed that getting Owen into scouts would make me more active and get me outdoors more? But am enjoying spending the time outside with the boys…am remembering that I used to love camping…it’s all good. I knew that Joey’s would be good for Owen….I just wasn’t prepared with how good it would be for ME too!

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jen H  |  September 1, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Thats awesome Jude!! Looking forward to reading about lots more adventures and seeing the photos!
    Jen H

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  • 2. steph  |  September 2, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Thats fantastic babe!! The youyangs is a great place to hike!!

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  • 3. Pam  |  September 7, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    That’s fantastic Jude. Sounds a real family affair. You can keep the camping btw LOL

    Reply

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