This Saturday, we went for a quick overnight camping trip to Camp Currier, a Boy Scout camp located in Eudora, MS and operated by the Chickasaw Council. Currier was established by the Council in the 1920s and we went there this weekend to take part in Joe’s Cub Scout “pack” graduation ceremony, when each rank advances to the next level.
Joe transitioned from a Tiger Cub to a Wolf, where he’ll remain throughout the next year. It was pretty special for us to get to watch him and his friends advance to the next level and with any luck, they’ll stick together over the next four years as they cross the line into to the Boy Scouts. It’s been interesting to watch each of them grow as individuals and as a “den” throughout the year. It’s also been great to meet other parents, the older boys, and the “leaders of the pack”, who put a lot of time and energy into providing a good program for the boys.
Our trip to Currier brought back memories for me, as I was there as a Boy Scout in the late 1980′s and early 90′s. I remember thinking to myself the first time I rode to Currier with my troop, how far away it seemed (only about an hour back then, 20 minutes today). But then I had such a good time while I was there, I didn’t want to go back home when it was time to leave.
So, it was nice to get to be there with Joe’s for his first time at Currier. It was a short first time though , too short—less than 18 hours from the time we pitched the tent to the time we pulled in to the driveway back home, just in time for Mother’s Day. But it was good to get back out under the stars for a few hours, while we left the rest of the world—and it’s worries—far behind.
See you on the trail…