In less than a week, we will be on our way to Atikokan for our Troop Northern Tier Adventure. My son is going to be a Sr next year and I know this is going to be our last Scout High Adventure together. Certainly it is closing chapter on an amazing Scouting career together.
Basically we have done it all with summer camps, Sea Base, Jamboree, Philmont and now this. The time and expense commitment has been tremendous but I know the experience and memory investment return will bring great dividends in the years to come. I also am very thankful to be married to a terrific person that has with a smile dealt with her stinky post camp out men and days alone while we were off on some adventure.
As much as the time with Conner, I have been blessed on these many adventures to have great moments with many Scouts as they have grown up a bit right in front me. Really there are few greater moments than being with a kid the first time he ever is away from home for multiple days, rides a horse, catches a fish, climbs a mountain, leads a team, figures out how to get “unlost” in the backcountry and more.
These years active in Scouting with my son and our Troop have without a doubt molded both us in positive ways I do not think I yet fully comprehend. I do know that I would not trade back a single moment of it.
Now it time for a final Troop adventure. I know it is going to be amazing.