Over the weekend, Jake and I joined Cub Scouts.
The big kick-off meeting was yesterday and we got to spend some time building a cool first aid kit/neckerchief slide, learning how to whip the end of some rope, and start a fire with a metal match.
Now, these are all skills Jake already has but it was fun to see him do them (mostly) on his own with his peers.
What I found especially surprising was the level of preparedness on the part of the Boy Scout instructors. The cordage session was run by two Scouts and a leader and they had one dull knife between them and they needed to cut roughly 15 pieces of cordage per session. Fortunately we got there a little ahead of our group and I loaned them my new Victorinox Soldier and Leatherman Micra to cut what they needed.
Then I sharpened the dull SAK on my Fallkniven DC4.
I loaned out my Light My Fire Army firesteel to the firestarting table and it was a treat watching the kids light dryer lint but I was a bit shocked at how many parents would encourage their kids to give it up and let another boy try before the scout had succeeded. If at first you don't succeed...give up and let somebody else try?!
Not in my den...
Thanks for reading,