This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Boy Scouts of America. All opinions from our amazing day of fun are all my own.
It’s no secret we’re a big family and with that it invariably means we have a busy schedule. I thought that as a work at home mom, I’d have more time with my kids, and I probably do, compared to the mom working outside of the home. But, the chores and responsibilities pile up while the quality time takes the biggest hit.
For this reason, you better believe I was excited to participate in Boy Scouts of America’s Build an Adventure campaign, which aims to show how parents can “Build an Adventure” with their children with unique, life-changing experiences their kids can’t get anywhere else.
Boy Scouts was unfamiliar territory for me, and something I knew very little about, other than the popcorn we buy on occasion.
I had no idea what to expect for our “Build an Adventure” experience, but it’s safe to say I was blown away, on so many levels.
We made our way down to the other side of Dallas, where we found Camp Wisdom. I had no idea what to expect and just hoped I could chalk the day up to some good one-on-one time with Langston, which is so rare these days. As soon as I got out of the car and saw an archery range, I knew Langston was going to have at least something he liked.
As soon as we arrived at the registration table, we were greeted by Greg, who was a representative from the Circle 10 Council. Circle 10 Council serves 12 counties in our North Texas area and about 55,000 scouts. Wow!
Greg and his family stuck with us for the day and guided us around the camp, along with Rachel, who was there with her own troop and was also a wealth of knowledge!
We started off with a bang, literally!
Langston shot a bb gun for the very first time, after attending a short safety class taught by Boy Scouts. I was so proud of him and LOVED seeing his excitement.
We moved over to the archery range, which was ALSO something he had never done. I was so impressed with the way older Boy Scouts were in charge of teaching the younger guys about safety before they could participate.
And because Langston had never shot a bow and arrow, he was clueless and I tried to help. But, after only a few seconds, a Boy Scout Leader swooped in and offered to guide him through it. Again, I was so impressed and again, I LOVED seeing his excitement!
It seemed that each stop we made just kept getting better and better. The pirate ships took the cake, though.
Two two story ships with catapults on each of them set up to “battle” with sponges heavily soaked in water. Perfect for soaring across the “water.” HAHA!
Rachel taught Langston how to get his sponge to fly just right.
If you saw my Instagram video, you’ll see it didn’t take much teaching before he was a pro. It makes me smile every time I watch it! 🙂
It truly was a little boy’s paradise and I picture boys playing here for hours at a time. We had more to see, so we couldn’t “battle” for too long.
It was on to the next stop…
Again, something Langston had never done. Just check out how these Boy Scouts were there to catch him and get him back on track when he started to fall.
Best moment of the day happened while we were on that rope. Another boy in our little group was just doing some innocent teasing and in his laughter said he wanted to shake the rope in an attempt to cause one of the walkers to fall. Another little boy in line waiting yelled out, “HEY, that’s disrespectful and Boy Scouts are about respect.”
I wanted to high five that little boy. And then I wanted to hug these Boy Scout Leaders because they were obviously making an impression on these kids’ lives.
I literally could not wipe the smile off of Langston’s face the entire day. It was a paradise for him and it’s obvious that every other little boy there felt the exact same way. I also left feeling so proud to be a boy mom. I was so impressed with everything I learned about Boy Scouts and I can say without a doubt that Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will be in our future.
About Boy Scouts of America’s Build an Adventure
The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with programs and activities that allow them to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence and reinforce ethical standards. While various activities and youth groups teach basic skills and promote teamwork, Scouting goes beyond that and encourages youth to achieve a deeper appreciation for service to others in their community. This is something I have always wanted my kids to know: service to others.
With Scouting, children have the chance to participate in a wide variety of fun adventures that parents are unlikely to provide on their own for their children on a routine basis. Kids will catch fish, climb rocks, explore caves, help people, race cars, camp out, make friends, and much more.
With constant time pressure for parents, mounting screen time, and decreasing outdoor play time for kids, Scouting helps make the most of the little time parents have to make a positive impact on children.
If you’re interested in Boy Scouts for your son, I would encourage you to check outwww.scoutingnewsroom.org or join the action now at www.beascout.org. You can also follow Boy Scouts of America on Facebook and Twitter.
(The Boy Scouts of America Communications Department was not involved in the creation of this content. This blog post written by Jamie Roubinek.)