This weekend I successfully completed BSA's Order of the Arrow Ordeal. It was strenuous and challenging. I was nervous. Of course, with my Marine Corps training I should have had nothing to be nervous about (but I was!). The Scouts and I had a great time. I won't share any state secrets with you, but here is a picture of me with my new OA sash and the beginnings of a forest green sock. I wanted to share a group picture, but you know how teenagers are about having their picture published in uniform. They don't want to be embarrassed. I, of course, have no such qualms (Obviously!).
I thought it was appropriate that I wore Knitting Iris' handknit socks for my outdoor adventure (at least the non-uniform portion) since she's the original outdoor gal.
It was a great experience. If you or your son is in Boy Scouts, I highly recommend becoming a member of the Order of the Arrow. You'll be glad you did.
P.S. If you were worried about me maintaining a vow of silence, don't worry, I was too! I managed it. I had to do it for ten weeks during Marine Corps Officer Candidate School, so I guess one weekend with the Boy Scouts wasn't too bad. It may have been the most challenging part though.