Friday, September 26, 2014

Frankie's Fun Park

While Justin was gone, we took Jarin over to Frankie's Fun Park.  He had fun climbing through this play area, although he is almost to big and tall to fit now.  We played laser tag and he played video games.  It was raining, so we had to skip the mini golf and go carts.  

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Greenville Zoo

Justin went on a Venture Scout trip to Minnesota in July (pictures forthcoming).  While he was gone, I took Jarin to the Greenville Zoo.
They had just lost their elephant while transporting her to a zoo in Colorado.  The enclosure here was too small and she needed other elephants to interact with.  Unfortunately she didn't make it to Colorado, but died sometime while in her transport truck.  They have this sign up in her memory.
 African lions
 The second tragedy that struck the zoo this year had to do with Autumn, the Masai giraffe pictured here.  She was pregnant and due to give birth.  While the town watched the "giraffe cam", she finally had her baby, but he was born stillborn.
 Sleepy orangutan
 Red panda


Friday, September 19, 2014

Red, White and Blue Fest

On the 4th of July, we went downtown Greenville to the Red, White and Blue Fest.  We walked around down by the river , then took our spots in chairs on the bridge for the best viewing.
 Little did we know just how crowded it would get.  We had people standing in front of us and we ended up standing too for the show.  These were taken on my phone, so pardon the blurry.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Heading home from camp

We packed up camp and left on Saturday morning.  Then we drove over to the Smoky Mountain Rafting company to go rafting on the Pigeon River
 And zip lining through the trees
 This was the Troop's mode of transportation.  I didn't take any rafting or zip lining pictures, but we had a great time!!!  We drove home in 2 1/2 hours and the Troop had a long ride back to Texas.  A fun summer camp was had by all!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Summer Camp Day 6

After breakfast, Mike, myself and another Scout leader decided to hike the camp's perimeter trail.  It's an 8 mile hike around the property and at times it's hard to follow as there are no signs other than a small flag on the trees.
One of the older camps that is no longer used.
 Close to the lake

 Saw a couple of these signs.  Not sure if it's really an ancient indian burial ground, but thought they were interesting.
Stopping for a water break
Our Troop had swim and boat time that evening, so we went for a dip in the lake
And took some of the kayaks out
 Later that evening we had the last night campfire and were treated to some Tennessee bluegrass by some of the Scout leaders (video below)
 Even Ms. November attended the campfire!!
 Justin and his buddy Zach did a skit
 and Mike and the rest of our Scout leaders in our Troop did a skit

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Summer Camp Day 5

Jarin's group worked on knot tying on day 5 of camp.  These two boys were his leaders.
 Then they headed back to the shooting range
 and archery range
 Once they were done, they had some free time, so we headed back to the climbing wall to try the rappel again.
Justin is belaying the boy on the wall.
 Belaying requires hand eye coordination since you are responsible for a fall.
 Jarin finally did it!!  He had another Scout buddy, Zach at the top and Justin with a second belay line at the bottom.
 It's one of the big things we love about Scouts.  It builds courage
 and teaches them that if at first they don't succeed, try again until they do.
A good life lesson too.
 Justin's like Spiderman the way he climbs the walls and he is quick to get up too.

 At 60 feet up, you lose sight of him
 That evening, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) bus was at camp for the Scouts taking any of the about categories of Merit Badges.  

I don't know why Blogger won't let me post the original clip, but here is the quick version.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Summer Camp Day 4

Some of the boys from our Troop got to conduct the flag ceremony in the morning.
 Adults in one line, kids in another
 Justin with the red flag

 On day 4, I went to see how Justin's climbing merit badge class was doing.
 They were learning about belaying that day
 Each one got to belay one another.

 Justin going up

 This is the 60 ft. climbing side

 He made it to the top!
 Falling back on
 Had to get a picture of Justin with his buddy, Matt with the Coke!
 We had to move the truck this day as it was family night at camp for the locals.  We were rewarded with a beautiful view of the mountains and a long walk back to camp.
 Meanwhile back at camp, our Scoutmaster was teaching about what being a good citizen means (he is an Assistant D.A.)
 During free time Jarin went and stained his belt.
 We had that night's meal at camp.  Hot dogs, chips,
 fried fish (complements of 2 of our Dads who pulled the trailer and stopped of in Louisiana to fish),

 and dutch oven cobblers
 I thought this was so neat.  It's a leaf bug.  I thought it was a leaf at first until is started walking!
Tennessee is home to more bugs than South America!
 Beautiful walk through the trees
 This was the walk out to the climbing area