Last night, Caden received his Webelos badge and his Arrow of Light award in Cub Scouts. For any parent that has had a son in scouting, you know the time and effort it takes to achieve these awards. For me, it has meant a summer full of “what do you have left to do?” reminders to get Caden focused on completing his Webelos and Arrow of Light requirements. And we did a lot of work. A LOT.
I can see why mothers are rewarded with a special pin as part of the award ceremony…because any chance a child has to draw blood from a parent… As Caden was putting on my two pins (one for Webelos, one for AofL), I had to remind him, “You better not stab me…or else somebody’s walking home from the church.”
It’s hard not to just beam with pride when your child accomplishes something great, something that challenges them beyond their normal comfort zone. In this world of cell phones, iPads, Wii’s, and all other forms of electronic entertainment, scouting provides a bit of solid structure and real life applicable skills. I’m grateful he has great leaders who invest so much time in the boys to help them develop positive character traits at this young age. Well, “young” is a relative term for Caden these days; he prefers to be called “pre-teen” (since he’s eleven now). I told him “pre-teen” is just another term for “pre-brain damage” so he shouldn’t really be excited to use it.
Ah, this kid. What would I do without him?
One side note: his leader shared an analogy of a squash and the seeds it contains and how much good someone like Caden could accomplish in their lifetime. She held up the squash and asked, “Could you count all the seeds in this vegetable?” Caden nodded and then she held up a single seed. “Now, could you count all of the vegetables or fruit that could come from this single seed?” Caden shook his head. “That’s just like you. You have the ability of this seed to do so much good in the world that we wouldn’t be able to count it or predict it. Scouting helps you plant yourself in the right way so you can grow yourself just as you would this little seed.” I thought it was a very cute analogy and a nice lead in to his Arrow of Light presentation. 🙂