Monday, March 1, 2010

Scouting for Fun

On Saturday morning C & I got up at O'dark Thirty and went to Girl Scout Thinking Day. This is a day where every troop in the service unit makes a booth that reflects their ideas on the "topic" du jour. This year's topic was WORLD HUNGER. Heavy stuff for a bunch of 5 - 12 year olds. Our booth was all about the Heifer Project. It's such an amazing concept: If you give a man an egg you feed him for a day, give him a flock of chicks, and you feed his entire village. No really, did you know that a hen can lay 200 eggs a year? And chickens survive on practically nothing to eat. Crazy. So the idea is that you donate a set amount of money to Heifer and they send a flock of chicks, or a pair of bunnies, or a goat or cow, etc and so forth to some part of the world that has a need for these items. This lowers village birth rates (nursing mamas are better able to care for their existing babies), childhood death rates, etc. I was just amazed by this organization that swears by their chinney chin chins that a $20 donation can save a village one flock of chicks at a time. We had a neat educational day learning about different world charities (including some local food banks), and then we did lunch at an all you can eat salad bar. No, the irony of that was not lost on me either. There are no photos from Thinking Day, because I was in charge of reading to the 5 year olds & that is not a multitasking kind of activity.

BUT, On Sunday.... My Son G had his cub scout Pinewood Derby.

He wanted to build an EARTH CAR. Uh. OK, sure. So that's what we set out to do, and it turned out wicked cute. Here he is with his earth car.
Then, since his car was so slow last year he wanted to make it fast. After the earth was painted, H screwed a little weight to the bottom. The car had to weigh less than 5 oz. It weighed 4.98 oz. The pinewood Derby is very boring. Imagine watching 50 little model cars repeatedly roll down a little ramp.
But the kids enjoyed it.

I was there from the first heat all the way to the awards ceremony, which turned out to be a good thing because....

Here is G, after winning the Pinewood Derby for Fastest WOLF Den Car AND the contest for the "Coolest Paint Job/Best Car Concept".
GO G!!! He's so cute, I could eat him up! And I DON'T only say that because he's my kid. Well...

Walk 1.9 miles (I had a dr's apt, I had to cut the walk short)
Today is a Dr. mandated Rest Day - this means PT tomorrow, fun times.


MCM Mama said...

Sounds like a fun family weekend!


Yay G!

Jen said...

So cool. Glad it was a "scouty" weekend.

BTW: Thanks for your comment on my blog... the feeling is totally mutual!

Allie said...

Congrats G! I remember when my brother's would do the pinewood derby, so cool that it's still around.