Max started cub scouts when he turned 8 this month. He was SUPER excited about it. I was a den leader when I was pregnant with Juliet and he saw the things we did in scouts when he would come with me. (I hated scouts then and never thought I would let any of my sons in the program because it made me throw up. 7 sweaty little boys in your first trimester will make you hate anything) He couldn't wait until it was his turn to put on the scout uniform. Wednesday night was his first Blue and Gold Banquet. He put on his new shirt (with no patches on it yet...bad scout mom) and grabbed his book and was ready to roll! He HATES jeans! His Den Mother said that for the first 2 years she was ok with jeans and not the scout pants (40$ scout pants) because when her boys were little they put a hole in the knees the first night they wore them. I love her. Max was happy to wear jeans and tuck in his shirt for this one time affair.
At the Banquet he was presented with his hat, his kerchief, his slider, and his BOBCAT patch. They pin the bobcat on upside down and you get to put it on right side up when you do an act of service. I was air brushing a client when Max got home and when I came out he showed me his bobcat was right side up. He quickly unloaded the dishwasher for me so that he could turn it the right way! I love this sweet boy!
As much as scouts made me crazy when I was serving in that capacity, now I love that he loves it! He is learning a ton, he is gaining confidence, making friends, and setting goals. I am not quick to jump in and be a den mother but I do love what it is doing for him! Besides who could resist this little man in uniform!?