I decided in January to put together a Cub Scout scrapbook for Thomas as he prepared to move into Boy Scouts. Well, I say that but I had really thought about it for months and finally got started in January. And realized how few layouts I'd done of his time in Cub Scouts.
Anyhoo... I picked up duplicate rank & insignia at the scout store to use in some way. I used the Best Glue Ever by ScrapPerfect to adhere all these patches - which worked brilliantly. You can get the details here and here. But seriously, this is the best glue to use.
Here's the finished pages -at the front of the album. Along with a few of his various shoulder patches.
And inside are scrapbook layouts, programs, mementos and more. Here's one from his first year as a Tiger.
And another from just recently getting awarded his Arrow of Light, ready to move to Boy Scouts.
Tonight's Thomas's final night as a Cub Scout. In just a couple of hours he'll be walking across the bridge to join his new Boy Scout troop.
To commemorate their time as Cub Scout, us parents made shadow boxes for our Webelos and displayed them at the Blue and Gold banquet. Here's a sampling.
They had a nice display of memorabilia alongside the boxes.
I purchased a large shadow box from Michaels. I found that straight pins and velcro squares were the best things to attach items in the box. You need to make sure you use enough pins on the top, sides, bottom and sleeves of the shirt.
Here's Thomas's box in progress. I've attached the shirt and layed out many of the items.
And this is where is stands today. I have a patch or two to remove from his Webelos shirt (which he needs for this weekend's district Pinewood Derby) and he'll be awarded his final two activity pins tonight.
I chose to put the pins and beltloops into their own box. I liked the way they looked on their own.
Yes, that's what the rest of February was like. Well, throw in 101 cases of Girl Scout cookies and there you have it.
We spent a good chunk of February getting Thomas's Webelos den ready for their Arrow of Light ceremony. Starting with a certain den leader asking me the night before the den meeting, "So what are we going to do about the colored bands??"
The Arrow of Light is the highest honor a Cub Scout can earn and is usually awarded just before the boys cross over into Boy Scouts. All 12 of our scouts earned theirs, including one scout who just joined Cub Scouting this past Septemeber -- he did the entire Webelos program in about 6 months, instead of the normal year & a half.
In our pack, the boys/parents make their own Arrow of Light arrow. The arrow contains colored bands that signify all the achievements the scout has earned during his time in Cub Scouts.
Tom found some really cool Indian arrow kits for the boys. They had to assemble their arrow, including using sinew to hold the feathers. Once the basic arrow was complete, they were ready for their bands.
I found vinyl tape at Identi-tape. They had almost all of the colors we needed and in the right widths. The only ones we had to improvise were the gold and silver, which were easily made using Sharpie pens and the white vinyl tape. The tape went on easy - quite a bit easier and faster than painting - and the boys were able to do this part themselves.
Here's Thomas's finished arrow. We really had to squish the tape rows together to get them all to fit!
And, then, you need some way to display the arrow. I found this fabulous vinyl decal from Define Your Sign on Etsy. They were super easy to work with and had the decals ready to send within a day. Tom picked up red oak boards at Home Depot and let the boys sand & stain them in our garage.
And they turned out fabulous!
Now, if only we could get the spilled stain off the floor of our garage.....
This past weekend we were up very early on Saturday morning to participate in the annual wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetary. This is sponsored by Wreaths Across America. This is run by donations, and this year they had enough wreaths donated to cover about half the cemetary.
Our Cub Scout den has participated for the past three years, and we're hoping to continue that as Thomas moves into Boy Scouts this spring.
Later in the afternoon we took the kids to see The Hobbit. Which we loved.
And these two things formed the basis for my Journal Your Christmas for the weekend.
We had our last campout with the Cub Scout pack this past weekend. I have to say, it was one of the best ones. There was a great turnout and no mosquitos, rain or snow. Real bathrooms. Plenty of marshmellows and a new favorite camping dessert - banana boats (see below!).
Ah, yes, and 4G reception....
This time I insisted we ditch the uncomfortable cots and get some inflatable mattresses instead. We picked up a Coleman queen & twin at Target along with a battery-operated air pump -- and they just about filled the inside of the tent. It was heaven (well, a bit cold but other than that...). Honestly, that's the first campout I've stayed over where I got more than one hour of sleep in a row. Should've done this years ago!
The only downside to this was Rachel, who declared that daddy long legs "freak me out" and would not go into the bathrooms if said spiders were present and had a major 20 minute meltdown in the morning when one was on the top of our tent (yet, on the outside of the tent). Sigh.....
Oh, and that I spent all day Sunday coughing up a lung or two trying to get all the campfire smoke out of my system.
So.... banana boats. Here's what you need: whole bananas, mini marshmellows, chocolate chips and tin foil. Peel a small section of the peel on the inside of the banana and scoop a little bit of the banana out. Fill the hole with marshmellow and chocolate chips. Wrap in tin foil and place in your campfire for a few minutes -- this doesn't take long! Everything gets all melty and googy. It's fabulous!
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