Receiving the Bobcat Badge

Ben received Bobcat badge tonight, which was his first badge. In order to meet the requirements, he had to….

  • Learn and say the scout oath.
  • Learn and say the scout law.
  • Show the Cub Scout sign and tell what it means.
  • Show the Cub Scout handshake and tell what it means.
  • Show the Cub Scout salute and tell what it means.
  • Read information about child abuse with a parent.

Update 2/16/17: Ben had to do one good deed in order to get his patch turned upright and today he revealed to us that he helped a classmate at school up after he fell on the ice during recess. We are so proud of him.

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Rock Climbing with Matthew

Tim and I took Ben and Matthew to a rock climbing gym called The Edge Halfmoon. It’s one of the biggest such gyms in the area with 14,000 square feet of textured climbing terrain.

And it’s the real deal in which the climbers are connected to a rope, and Tim and I were belayers for the kids, meaning we managed the rope to make sure they didn’t fall and to make sure there was enough slack. The boys had to wear special rock climbing shoes too.

At first, the boys were only able to go up about 25 percent of the walls, but eventually they broke through and climbed the full 40 feet several times. Tim and I were shocked at how quickly they grasped it.

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And watch both Ben and Matthew make it to the top…..

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Pinewood Derby

Ben had his first Pinewood Derby (pack 528) today and it was a successful one. It was important that the scouts did most of the building and design of the car, but I did assist him with cutting it, drilling, and applying the weights. We designed it together and he chose all the colors. He also sanded it and painted it.

Some how, miraculously, Ben did way better than we imagined. He came in 1st place in his Wolves den, and he placed 3rd overall out of 41 cars.

During the second race, a penny or two (for weight) fell off his car and the crew took the time to glue it back for his third race, which was very nice of them. The only other hitch was that Ben and I completely forgot about his uniform, but it was the big Steelers playoff game tonight, so can you blame us?

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And here’s a video showing Ben’s 3 races and the awards ceremony.

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Christmas with the Wells

After spending a couple of days at the Brogan’s, Ben joined Jodie at the Wells for another Christmas celebration. It was a cousin overload week for Ben and he loved it.

They also found time go bowling (see Brogan’s Christmas). This time it was the conventional style, which he is more accustomed to. Ben was proud to tell me he used a 6 pound ball with three holes in it. He used a 5 pound ball with 5 holes in it the last time he bowled.

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Christmas with the Brogans

Ben and I headed to Franklin, MA on Christmas afternoon to visit the Brogans. He had a great time playing his new game, Ticket to Ride, with Tyler and I. We also enjoyed the Steelers big victory over the Ravens, which was so very similar to the game between these same 2 teams while Jodie was in labor 8 years ago.

We also found a little time to go duck pin bowling. It was a first for Ben and my first time in probably 35 years. Ben did very well as he almost scored 60 points in his second game.

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Here’s one scared kitty….

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And here are video highlights of us bowling….

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