Last week after almost two solid weeks on the road, I landed on a Friday afternoon and took my youngest son, who is in his first year of Boy Scouts to a camping trip nearby. This was a special scout weekend where hundreds of scouts set up tents and helped families with special needs children enjoy an outdoor overnight experience. Most of the Scouts, us included, arrived Friday afternoon and set up our own campsites and prepared for the families arrival the next day. The following day the scouts set up a games midway and then greeted the arriving families and helped them unload their cars. The Scouts then took the families to either previously set up tents for those who did not have a tent or helped the families set up their own tents.
After the families were situated, they spent the afternoon taking their children to the multitude of booths where they played games and won prizes. The night ended with a huge campfire with skits and a ceremony retiring an American Flag.
I was proud to watch my son carry bags back and forth and tell me how many tents he had set up during the afternoon. The Families were instructed to bring sleeping bags or blankets with them, but one of the families I met, got out of their car with 5 children and had nothing but their clothes with them. I found one of the scout leaders who calmly said, “no problem, I’ll head to my house and bring in 7 sleeping bags for the group.”
It was an amazing weekend and watching the children enjoy the outdoors from their wheelchair, walker, or by sound and smell was a gratifying experience. Events like this and our participation in them remind me that health is not just about the absence of disease. I am certainly planning to attend next years event, its good for my blood pressure and state of happiness.