Headin' out

I am spending today packing and preparing for my trip with Jonathan to Camp Tomahawk.

Honestly (at first) I was actually NOT looking forward to this trip. I was slightly frustrated because as a first year Boy Scout, the troop recommended that a parent attend (at least) a portion of the week long camp with their new Boy Scout. I did actually get excited hearing this. An opportunity to spend some "one-on-one" with one of the five is a rare occasion, and to do it while camping is even better.

That evening I left the meeting feeling down, and it has been rubbing me the wrong way since. You see, I thought I heard that I would be spending their day with experienced Scouts who have been there before. (There were so many new Boy Scouts THIS YEAR, that keeping track of the new kids would be a little bit harder, and so it was decided that New Scouts (Jonathan) would be spending their day with chaperons who have been there before, and chaperons who have never been there before (me), would be spending their day with experienced scouts.) It made no sense to me. Why would I take my only vacation this year to go to Boy Scout camp, only to spend it with someone else's kid. It got to the point that I was considering opting out. I was not looking forward to this trip at all...

Well, during the last meeting (which I was unable to attend due to my work schedule) I had my wife present as my information gatherer, and my spokesman. I needed some definite answers to why I was on vacation with another kid. My wife later informed me that (as usual) I had my facts mixed up, and we would indeed be able to spend the day with our own sons.

Having received that bit of news, and being given the task to go out and do some shopping for the camping trip (ouch! Stop twisting my arm - Ok, Ok... I'll go!) I was really starting to feel that excitement!

Due to out-of-town family (my sister, her husband and their twin boys) (no need to follow the link - I set up the blog for my sister, but she has yet to utilize it - even though the stories about her boys had me (literally) laughing to tears last night) - all packing and preparing has pretty much been on hold - but it can be put off no longer. Today is the day. I have an open schedule (expect perhaps a quick visit by fellow blogger / friend / and coworker Bill - who is going to be in my neighborhood on unrelated business). Packing for this trip has jump started my desire, and am really looking forward to spending time with Jonathan, and getting away (even just for a few days).

I understand that empty spot I leave in bed already has plans to be filled. Rebecca asked mom if she could "sleep in my place" a couple of times while I am gone... (Wow, that was fast! - Will I even be missed?) But, at least it will still be "warm" upon my return!

Well everyone - This will (most likely) be it for the next week. I hope to return with some good parenting stories, a couple of good pics, and a post or two!

Until then, feel free to peruse my new sidebar column "More Fathers". I have really started getting into reading other "Dad Blogs". I have tried to slap a few up there that have given me a smile or two, and I am only just starting to scratch the surface!

See you on the other side of Boy Scout Camp!


  1. Sounds like fun. We are taking our first family camping trip in a couple weeks.
    Don't forget the bear repellant.

  2. Hey David,

    I hope your camping trip is going well and I'm glad that you ARE able to spend time with your own children!

    Sorry, I didn't get a chance to swing by the other night, the rest of my family made plans that didn't involve anything I wanted to do.....I'm sure you know how that goes!

    I did fall in love with those 10 acre lots in Jordan....very nice!

    Talk to you soon!

  3. Dad Stuff -

    Yup, it was beyond fun, and truly because I was nothing more than a tag-along chaperone, I got to watch my 11 year old, do what 11 year olds do - and that (besides the camping) was worth the price of admission!

  4. Bill

    It sure did! (go well that is...)

    No problemo - I figured something came up - Heck, I'm used to that! I think I got tied up making another "camping" run to the store anyway, so it worked out well.

    Yes, thoes lots are something else! Perhaps with the impending "promotion" a 10 acre plot may be in YOUR future??

    Take care my friend!


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