FatherSon Ventures

Building a Relationship through Adventure


Written By: Scot Butwell - Jan• 23•17

cub scout

This is D’s favorite part of a cub scout pack meeting: game and snack time. Anything involving running and a little craziness perfectly suits D’s temperament.

It is the same for all the scouts. This game was sharks vs. minnows. Blind sharks, that is. And it got crazy.

There were around 30+ scouts, all running in a roughly 15 to 20-foot area, and as the blind sharks tried to tag the minnows, while running with their eyes closed, it was pure madness and very entertaining to watch.

Like watching a bunch of hens running wild in a chicken coop or something like that.


The meeting had a stream-of-consciousness feel because the assistant scoutmaster substituted for the Scoutmaster, and in winging it, I liked how he gave several scouts public speaking opportunities.

The Pine Wood Derby winner for the past two years gave design tips on how to build a fast car: “You have to make it aerodynamic,” said the nine or ten-year-old future engineer.

“What does aerodynamic mean?” the assistant scoutmaster asked. “You know, just in case anyone here does not know what that word means.”

And the boy gave the definition which means D will be up against stiff competition and we better get started working to make his car as aerodynamic as possible.

Another scout talked about an upcoming camp out.

And then the assistant scoutmaster asked one of the older boys to explain the rules for sharks vs. minnows. And that’s when it got crazy. Fun crazy.

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