Life with Jamey is an adventure. Every day, I learn new lessons in patience, acceptance, and understanding. It’s hard for him to participate appropriately with his peers because of his special needs. So, finding opportunities for him to enjoy time with other kids his age has become very important for us. I was contacted by The Motherhood to join a local Boy Scouts of America troop and join one of their adventures.
The Boy Scouts of America is showing parents how they can “Build an Adventure” with their children today with unique, life-changing experiences their kids can’t get anywhere else. The campaign gives parents and kids a fresh look at Scouting; opening their eyes to see the possibilities are endless and that adventure is entirely attainable.
We joined Pack 840 at their annual Pushmobile race at San Jacinto College. You can see more information about that at the Council’s site. It was cool, but the wind was killer, so forgive pictures of my son bundled up like his mama can’t read a weather forecast.
Teams of 6 ran an obstacle course in relay fashion. We borrowed an unattended car for a picture. Jamey was less than impressed here. He really really wanted to participate, but he is 5 (almost 6), but you have to be 7 or in first grade to be a Tiger. Next year, buddy.
However, our awesome contact, Ms Vega was able to get him his very own patch. And that made things a little better.
I can’t tell you how much I was touched by their understanding and willingness to include Jamey. This isn’t very common, especially with people we just meet.
For that matter, we’ve got family who aren’t as understanding as Ms. Vega was with Jamey.
I wish we could have stayed longer and done more, but Jamey had all the fun he could stand, and was ready to go.
My husband was a scout, as was my oldest little brother. I thought about including pictures of both of them in their uniforms until I remembered that both of them know where I live. Scouting was a big part of their childhoods, and I want Jamey to have that too. Too many times I see kids that don’t know how to play, and I think scouting is a great place to learn it.
You can connect with the Boy Scouts of America on Facebook, Twitter, or via their site.
What are you going to do to #BuildAnAdventure with your kids?