Cub Scout Blue and Gold 2.10.2012

The Cub Scouts celebrate their anniversary every year with the Blue and Gold banquet. This is a time to celebrate achievements in rank and the existence of the whole program. Corvin’s group celebrated with a pot luck meal, advancement, and a presentation by a Knight.

The kids always enjoy this program and its nice to celebrate a good organization. For some reason, we only had cell phone cameras, so this album stinks 🙁

Pinewood Derby – 1.28.2012

Corvin and family participated in this year’s Pinewood Derby. Corvin had a car, and Danelle (plus Sonora) had our family car. Neither car was a superstar, but as always we had a good time. It ended up that Danelle and I were judges at the end of the track trying to decide the order that the cars finished in. There were four judges that each looked for the car that was in a specific place. So one round, I was in charge of deciding first place, then next round would be second place. This kept the judges awake and fair.


Fourth of July Parade

Each year, the city of Webster Groves hosts a very nice family friendly parade to help celebrate our nation’s independence. Last year, we made our own float for the River Des Peres Watershead Coalition. But over the winter, we sold the boat that had the trailer we used for the float. This year we decided not to create our own float. But that didn’t stop Corvin and I from participating in the parade. The Cub Scouts have their own walking float. They are supposed to ride bikes and help promote the pack. Of course I’m not one to do something easy, so we decided to participate. Corvin rode his bike for a little over half the route while I rode my unicycle.

Looking at the photos now, I look like a total sweaty disgusting dork, but it was fun for me. I need to practice if I do it again as I was very exhausted at the end of the route. Near the last turn of the parade, on of the pedals broke off my unicycle from the abuse I was giving it. Overall it was a good time.

Cub Scout Hike at Fort Bellefontaine – 6.18

I committed to lead the Cub Scouts on a hike during the summer. When I was thinking of places to take the scouts, I had to think of somewhere that they had likely not been before and that they would like. I remembered a hike I had done with the family that would be perfect. I decided to take them to Fort Bellefontaine. I first saw the fort when I was paddling on the Missouri River and passed it wondering what it could be. After some research and a previous hike in 2009 with the family, it seemed the perfect trip for the scouts. So on June 18, we set out from the school parking lot for Fort Bellefontaine.

Its interesting to note that I’ve only lived in St. Louis since 2005 and many of the scout parents have been here all their lives. Yet almost nobody else had been to this park before! Once we got to the park, I figured we would pick up a map of the area and be on our way. Unfortunately, there were no maps to be seen. I figured we could just wing the directions as we had been here once before.

After hiking for a bit, it became painfully obvious that I didn’t remember our path well enough. Luckily, two of the scout dads had their smart phones out with reception and pulled up a satellite image of the park. From that, we were able to backtrack and get where we needed to be.

One of the greatest things about this park is that there are several old buildings just off the path for the kids to explore. And at the end, there is the great staircase that first attracted me to the park.

Overall the hike was a success, but I wish that I was more prepared for the correct directions.

Pinewood Derby – 1/21/2011

This is Corvin’s first Pinewood Derby. Its very different being a dad and working on the car, but having a different kind of ownership. Instead of it being my car, I’m just the mechanic. Its my job to make the care and ensure that it doesn’t break the rules, but Corvin gets all the glory for it running down the track.

While he didn’t win any awards for speed, he got a design award. Mostly from my lack of having a place to put the weights. So I melted the weights and placed them in the bed of the truck. It gave it a rustic yard ornament look, but he was happy with it!