Thursday, July 14, 2011

Camp Parsons

Turning 12 brings a lot of firsts. A couple weeks ago I took a week off and joined Landon and Mason on their first scout camp and Camp Parsons on the Hood Canal. It is a great camp with a lot of history.

They are lucky to have a great Scout Master, Rob Curtis, who is dedicated to helping all of the boys and gives up a lot of his personal time in doing so.

The camp staff provided three meals a day, which were served in a crowded, but serviceable mess hall. The food was, well, about as good as you could expect.

You appreciate their food more on the day that you have to cook your own.

Their troop did a lot of fun activities together, including archery shooting and a service project.

They spent every morning and part of each afternoon working on merit badges. They were able to earn badges for Environmental Science, Emergency Preparedness, Fingerprinting and Wilderness Survival. The last one required them to spend a night in the woods with nothing more than what they could fit in their pockets. Luckily the weather cooperated and they made it through the night. They were back in camp by 5:00AM, in time to get a real wink of sleep before breakfast.


I had the chance to take our Star Wars and Harry Potter fans out for a battle closer to reality -- paintballing. Our friends, the Smeltzer's, invited us to join them at a nearby course. Landon and Mason had never done anything quite like it, but I think they got the hang of it and had a good time. They were pretty concerned about how much it would hurt when they got it, but manned up and enjoyed some fun battles.

Vote for Landon. He's Outstandin!

I'm not sure where he got the nerve to run for class Senate (certainly not from his parents), but somehow Landon got the idea got in him and he gave it go. Having only a weekends notice from the school as to start dates and rules he hurried and put together a pretty good campaign. He came up with a slogan -- Vote for Landon. He's Outstandin! -- made posters to hang and buttons to hand out. It only lasted a week and then he gave a brief speech to all of 6th and 7th grade.

There were over twenty candidates and only four could be voted in. Once the votes were tallied, he was informed that he was not elected. Not sure if that will end his political aspirations or not, but we thought he did a great job and our proud of him for going outside his comfort zone and giving it a try.

Landon is definitely Outstandin!

General Conference

Every April and October we have the opportunity to hear from our prophet and apostles in General Conference. Since it is in Salt Lake we have always watched it over a satellite feed to the church, over TV or the internet. Even though I grew up near Salt Lake, I don't recall every going to a session in person. In April we had to opportunity to go to Salt Lake and take Landon and Mason to see a couple of sessions in person. It was a neat experience.

Temple Baptisms

Last March we took Landon and Mason to do baptisms in the Seattle Temple. They are eager to learn and participate in everything they know about the gospel. They had been looking forward to going inside the temple to perform baptisms on behalf of those who did not have the opportunity in this life.