Last night while watching TV they broke in with the news of the boy scout camp being hit by the tornado in Iowa. My heart sank and all I could think about was how scared those boys must have been and how paralyzed with worry the parents must be. I watched the news coverage until I fell asleep and then woke up to see the interviews with some of the brave scouts. The boys that were at the camp were 13-18 years old, attending leadership training. To see these boys tell of protecting each other, using their first aid skills, and putting themselves second just made me SO proud that Noah is a boy scout.
He just finished his summer scout day camp yesterday and had an absolute blast. It was 100 degrees each day and they were outside (with lots of shade and water) from 8-5. He fished, shot BB guns, did archery (and got a medal for getting a bullseye!), played on water slides, and most of all, built friendships with some of his fellow scouts. This will be Noah's 3rd year as a boy scout and he absolutely loves it. On their latest family campout, we watched as the Webelos (highest rank cub scouts) participated in the campfire ceremony and were promoted to BOY scouts. They picked up their packs and hiked with their new boy scout leaders to the primitive camping area...in the dark, thru the rocky terrain, with the threat of severe thunderstorms all around us. I couldn't help but wonder if any of the moms were worried about them. But you know, after seeing what those scouts went thru last night in Iowa, I really am so thankful that Noah is a scout. One of the boys they interviewed said he was glad the tornado happened at a boy scout camp. The interviewer asked him, "what do you mean?" He said, "we knew EXACTLY what to do. We are all trained in first aid, knew not to panic, and knew how to help each other." And that right there made ME proud that Noah is a part of the Boy Scouts of America. I know I'll have worries in the future, but to know that he's acquiring such important life skills makes it all worth it.
God bless the scouts!
Here is the video clip of the interview from The Today show if you want to see it.