Yesterday was a gorgeous October Saturday. The kind you want to spend outside in the fresh air, enjoying the sights and smells of the season. I will confess to getting none of that. I was in a classroom all day at a Boy Scout area training seminar. I really enjoy these. I get to see my friends from across five states. I learn new ideas, discover new resources, and enjoy the camaraderie.
But as you know, I'm not very good at sitting still.
So I managed to knit up four of my miniature vintage Boy Scout sock ornaments during the sessions. There's a reason I'm trying to knit so many -- I'll be selling my entire selection of Boy Scout handmade ornaments at our Boy Scout Council Office in November and December to help support Scouts in our area. It combines two things I really love - Scouting and knitting.
Yesterday I thought about why I love Scouting so much. If you're not intimately familiar with the program (i.e. if you're not a past Scout or volunteer) than I would ask you why. I can't imagine a better program that teaches a broad array of life lessons - everything from adventure, to manners, to civic duties, to being stewards of the environment. In a world where we stress how much we want to lessen our carbon footprint, help our children learn to be better citizens, raise children who are self-sufficient why wouldn't we choose to be involved ourselves with our children in a positive program that teaches them tolerance, decency, and life skills.
I think that becoming a volunteer with Boy Scouts is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Being able to give back, just a tiny bit, by knitting little Christmas ornaments seems like a modest thing to do to help ensure that someone else's child can have the same wonderful experience I've had with both my sons.
The other day, I was thrilled when I heard Secundogeniture inquire about Primogeniture's weekend plans. "Hey, you wanna go camping?" It brought such a smile to my face. My heart was happy.