Ben and I slept on a battleship!

Ben and I had a very memorable weekend. We had a chance to stay overnight he U.S.S. Massachusetts (BB-59) in Fall River, MA with the Cub Scouts Pack 528. This ship was known as the “Big Mamie” and served in World War II.

It was an absolute paradise for kids because there were so many places on so many levels to search and hide. The sleeping area was quite interesting as well. It was basically a four level bunk. We had Ben at the top, then Val, followed by myself, and Jay.

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Our Resident Artist

It never seemed like Ben had much interest in art, but things have changed over the last year or so. On top of his regular school art class, he has been taking Kids Art after school one day a week, thanks to Jodie. Now he seems so much more into it, and his creative side is coming out.

Recently, during his regular school art class, the kids were asked to make a print of a tree and the moon with paint. Ben’s print was selected to be showcased at the Sand Lake Arts Center.

Ben told me that he spent several days making his print, and at times he had closed his eyes imagining the tree and moon that he painted. We couldn’t be more proud of him.

Benji's art at Sand Lake Arts

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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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