So this last weekend was my son's first "bag" overnight camping trip.....we went with the cub scouts Friday through Sunday....man I was soo proud of him he did great. It was funny because all the other parents had these HUGE "Condominium tents" you know, the kind that sleep 50 people....well all my equipment is actuall hiking equipment, so my tent is a two man expedition tent....well my son say's "Dad we have the smallest tent " hahaha the first night we got hit with some MASSIVE storms...you name it thunder, lightning, sideways rain, hail...everyone woke up wet in the morning except who? you gueassed it, US anyways he did extremely well....we did a small 1.5 mile hike and I had him do it with his pack (trying to get him used to hiking with a pack) we did some fishing.....not a single bite ....anyways I'm planning a camping weekend for the two of us with maybe a 2 mile hike into camp, somewhere along the AT.....man he is sooo excited.
Oh and the Jeep did great as well I think I'm going to go with an expedition basket for my first Mod....I wanted to place my son in the front seat (he just turned 7) and I was going to put all the equipment in the back...well the wifey had something to say about that....I still cant figure why he cant ride in the front seat, hell we didnt even wear seat belts when I was a child :o ....so I had to place everthing next to him in the back as well as the front seat. so I am definitley going to be looking at a basket...especially since my son really enjoyed camping we will be going quite a bit.
well this went long enough, as you can tell I am very proud and excited.
It is a great thing to enjoy the out of doors. My Dad did that for me. Taught me to appreciate camping, hiking, and we did most of the AT, but in sections. We even went into Canada, and did a two week canoe trip through some awesome wilderness. That seems to be missing with the newer generation. The couch, and square box, has replaced the time that should be spent enjoying nature. My hat is off to you Beeker, your starting your son out with good values. Glad you both had a great weekend like that. He will always remember those times, spent with you.
Jeepsrus.....I agree the couch and tv/video games have become the new baby sitters.....thats all kids know now.
Jeeptales....I was a scout as well (Eagle ) and I have some of the greatest memories from that as well.....between the scouts, camping and hikiing w/my dad, spending entire summers in TX and AZ on ranches (allot of family that own massive ranches....these guys are the real deal cowboys) the majority of my memories were always OUTSIDE.....Jee what a novel idea huh?
Well hopefully I can teach my kids the same thing....only thing is my daughter (8 years) who loves to rock climb, doesnt like camping she cant get over going potty behind a tree but hey as long as she sticks with the rock climbing I'll be happy as a pig
I'll post some pic's of the camp out ( as soon as I figure out how to resize them....reason why I havent posted pic's of my truck yet)
Man, that's great. I was fortunate to grow up with a mom and dad that loved camping. You still are hard pressed to find my o man in town on the weekends when the weathers above freezing (of course he's moved up to a trailer now ).
I was a scout too (although didn't make to Eagle because football became more important. I think I had the one with the heart right before Eagle?) But those were definitely some great times as a kid learning how to survive in the forest alone and shoot guns and bow and arrows, rock climbing etc... Every boy should experience that.
There's nothing better than packing the rig up with the gear and beer and heading out to some place unknown and pitching it for the weekend.
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You will have fun Scouting with your son. Im an Eagle Scout
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My parent's took me outdoors regularly when I was a kid - visiting places such as archeological cave sites in France, and multi-day trecks across the swiss alps (I lived in Holland until I was about 10). This was the time when my desire to be outdoors was burried deep inside me - when I moved into the US I joined the scouts and had a blast as well, lots of backpacking treks, rock climbing, spilonking, etc. When the troop scoutmaster was replaced with someone who was more of the 'car camping' type I quit at around age 15 and started going and planning these trips on my own with a group of friends and continued to have a blast - respect and enjoyment for the great outdoors is something this is indespensable and immensely rewarding. On the occasion I don't get a chance to go into the backcountry every few weeks I go absolutley insane - I don't know how people can live inside their box inside city limits their entire lives and never have a chance to just leave all worries and stresses behind and live for the moment. It's something I definitely hope to pass down to my kids when I get further along in life. There's nothing like packing for a week, going out backpacking, and coming back two weeks later in an utter state of 'zen,' it can be a total shock to have to readjust to the pressures of every day life.
WOW thanks alot guys for the great words, it's good to know that there are many like minded people here in this community
1BLKJP you were a "Life" scout still not many scouts make it that far, be proud.
R.P.M.....conrats on the Eagle, not too many of us around..in fact they say that only 3 in every 100 make to Eagle.
Well you knew it was coming, here are some pic's of the rugrat.....everyone calls him Moose (I hope there arent any wierdos here )
Hey I met my girlfriend about 9 months ago and she has a 8 year old boy and he brought home a paper telling her that he wanted to join the cub scouts .She ask me what I thought and me being in the scouts I said it was probaly some of the years (9 to be exact) . Well 4 months 3camping trip a pine wood derby race later we are having a great time to make a long story short.