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Camping and Soccer and Sun

We had such an amazing weekend! It was sunny and warm – the perfect weekend for camping and soccer. You really never know what the weather will do for our annual spring camping trip with the Cub Scouts, so we were very happy with this.

Aidan fishing

The boys love fishing here and I am so glad it is part of the trip. I really don’t see me taking them otherwise!


We didn’t catch anything, but it was so nice to sit in the sun and watch the water.

Dane fishing

We were especially glad to relax for a bit because the boys had just finished Gaga ball. This is still the camp favorite. Aidan won a round.

Gaga ball winner

And Dane was the Gaga ball champion that morning.

Gaga ball champion

Bb gun target shooting is my favorite! (Well, maybe it’s tied with sitting by the fire.)

Target shooting

The boys are pretty good shots too.

Bb gun

Camp Citta is really a beautiful place. I love the flags at the range.


And the swimming area.

camp citta swim

And the lake.

Camp citta fishing

The boys love just about everything about being here. Finding really big sticks is very important, by the way.

Old friends

You can get as dirty as you want, and whittle sticks in the dirt with pocket knives.


It’s basically a boy’s dream come true. I’m so glad we found the Cub Scouts so long ago! Every night ends with hot chocolate, dessert (everything tastes amazing at camp!) and a fire. :-)


Of course we can’t forget soccer Sunday! My U9 Hurricanes played so well and won their game 5-1. The best thing about this game is that all of the boys had a great game and they are remembering how to come together as a team. I’m so proud of them. I can always count on my Dane in goal and Aidan is our scorekeeper and time keeper now. They are the best. I am very lucky. Here we are after the game with our good friend Lukas who camped with us too.

Hurricanes win

Tomorrow is Boston Marathon day! One of my SOL Sisters is running it and I am so excited for her. You’re going to do awesome Jen! :-)

Camping Weekend

This past weekend was our annual fall camping trip with the Cub Scouts. It is an amazing weekend of fun adventures with friends. It is a ton of work, but definitely worth it. It takes some time to recover though. Here are the boys bringing our gear into camp.


They helped me set up the tent this year. Then they had to try it out, of course.


Friday night we celebrated Dane’s birthday with a birthday skit where he popped out of a giant present and everyone sang Happy Birthday to him. He was so excited for this and then he stayed in the box for the rest of the night. He loved it.


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The next morning was his actual birthday. Cupcakes were perfect for breakfast number 1.


The boys love being with so many friends in the woods.



They also love Gaga Ball.  I know I have mentioned this before.


Next was archery.


And a hike for our younger guys while the older ones went fishing.


We decided to do a little geocaching while we were hiking. Have you tried this? It is a treasure hunting game that uses GPS to help you locate the treasure. You can download this app (or many others) to start. The boys and I love geocaching and always do it when we travel. On this particular hike, I chose the treasure cache that was closest to us. Guess where we found it?  In the Girl Scout camp next door!


After a deep fried turkey dinner (thanksgiving style), it was time for a bonfire and a movie in the woods.  We always watch “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” before the movie.


On Sunday the boys are free to play in the woods with their friends. They love this so much.




It was a great weekend.  Here we are food shopping for the trip at BJs last week.


So, I am wondering, have you ever gone geocaching?

Does your family go camping?

A Day In The Woods

It was a beautiful day to be in the woods doing boy things today.


Cub Scout camp gives the boys an opportunity to do some of their favorite things with their friends.  Like Gaga Ball.  I mean, who has a Gaga pit in their backyard?

gaga ball collage

Archery is always a hit (get it?  Haha, I know).

archery collage

Fishing is something we pretty much only do at camp.  The boys caught a fish or two (catch and release), a couple of turtles in the nets and a bunch of lily pads.

fishing collage

Swimming in the lake is a must at summer camp.

swimming collage

By the end of the day we had a bunch of happy, tired boys.

tired boys

So, I am wondering, did you go to summer camp as a child?

Camping Cub Scout Style

Camping with our Cub Scout Pack is an experience our boys will never forget.  We had just under 200 people camping with us this weekend at our local Boy Scout campground.  This site is amazing.  It has 9 campsites along with a beautiful lake, beach, archery and rifle ranges, a parade field and an outdoor stage area.  It is a full immersion “back to nature, back to scouting” experience and the boys can’t get enough of it.

wood fort

And who can blame them?  They get to do all of the “boy” things they dream of with their great friends ALL WEEKEND!!  Talk about a sleepover!  Our theme this year was Minecamp 2013.  It seems all of the boys at camp, even those not camping with our group, love Minecraft.

D shirt

After a camp style dinner and skits, the boys kicked off their weekend with a “creeper hunt” – fully equipped with Minecraft torches.

A Torch

DC Torch

The fun continued the next day with Minecraft themed games.  There was an involved Minecraft obstacle course where the boys had to go through game-like adventures, a scavenger hunt for Minecraft chests, a mining for gems adventure,

D Mining 1

a Minecraft bean bag toss, the creeper face and skeleton face puzzles,

puzzle game

and a Minecraft animal round up.

pig game

Fishing was fun, as always.  The lake is beautiful and the boys all love fishing.  It is a tournament of sorts – prizes for biggest and smallest fish caught.  All of the fish are released, which makes us moms happy.

D fishing pole

A fishing pole

My guy even caught his first fish!  It was very exciting, as you can imagine.  I am forever grateful to the person who took the fish off his hook!  Not my thing!

A fish

We all tried our hand at archery this trip – even me!  That is, after a lengthy lesson on archery safety (lol).

A archery

A archery shot

My little guy got a bull’s-eye!

D Archery

The older boys received a lesson in fire making that really made their day.  In scouts, only certain older boys who have passed a test are allowed to make the fire.  So this was a big deal for them.


The surprise hit of the weekend was a game new to most of the boys called “GaGa ball.”  You can find a description of the game here: http://www.fallingcreek.com/toolbox/warrior-ball.shtml  and also here: http://www.ultimatecampresource.com/site/camp-activity/gaga-pit-or-israeli-dodgeball.html.  It is kind of like dodge ball, but much safer.  My guy won his first round.

A ga ga

Ga Ga Pit

My favorite was the movie in the woods, which included our traditional movie “Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and this year “Wreck It, Ralph.”  We have a big fire and roast marshmallows and drink hot chocolate while we watch the movies.

It was a great trip.  The boys are already asking about our next camping trip!  It takes a lot of effort to make a trip like this happen.  I want to say a big thank you to all of those people who put this trip together for our boys.


So, I am wondering, do you camp with your family or are you more of a hotel person?


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