Commence fort building. We have old barns galore, so finding a spot to set up was not difficult. They grabbed things from the house, scavenged around the yard, and built their outdoor homes. Water jugs, tablecloths, bricks and wood to make tables and shelves and walls, snacks, coloring books and crayons, flashlights, pocket knives. They thought of everything. And much to my surprise and pleasure, even hygiene.
|Learning how to be a big kid. I saw him maybe three times all day.|
|They set up boards to bounce on and do some cool tricks.|
|They were choreographed and everything.|
|They even made stands for the audience. (Turken was in the show. He just sat down during my tour of the fort.)|
FYI: It is quite handy to have well-trained Boy Scouts when wanting to roast hot dogs for dinner. Phoenix and Star had it going strong before I even got to the fire pit.
THIS. This here is what summer is for.
While sitting near the fire, I was so overcome with the love my kids were showing for one another. When people ask me why we have so many children, I just want to whip out photos like this.
Once the hot dogs were gone, the Scouts introduced the non-Scouts to a delicious little campfire treat.
|Dad showed Buttercup how to core and fill apples with cinnamon sugar.|
|Wrap in foil and place on the edges of the fire. Let cook for approximately 20 minutes.|
|Have a big, strong, he-man carefully take them out of the fire.|
|Ooohhh, what is it going to look like??|
|Once it cools a bit, dig in!|
and one for the little kids inside.
Miraculously, everyone actually slept the entire night in their tents, despite the fact that Giant is convinced a coyote was howling right outside their tent at 2:00am.
Over the days after the campout, I asked the kids some questions for you, in case your kids ever wanted to try their own campout.
First, the little boys.
"Boys, what was your favorite part of the camp day?"