When Scouts are Fun

Two experiences tonight illustrate why I enjoy working with 11 year-old scouts:

FIRST
We were outside doing physical fitness tests (pushups & situps and stuff) when one scout notices a large ant.
11 year-old #1: Whoa! Cool! A Carpenter Ant! A Carpenter Ant!
Everyone proceeded to crowd around the largest ant I’ve ever seen.
Reuben: That’s the biggest ant I’ve ever seen….
11 year-old #2: Whoa! It’s Huge!
Then, 11 year-old #3 (with Down Syndrome) stomps on the ant, laughs histerically, and runs away.

SECOND
While I was playing 4-square with 3 11 year-olds, one of the boys older brother (~15 years old) wanders over and gets in line to play with us. I notice that he’s got about 15 pencils in the pocket of his jeans.
Reuben: Whoa, buddy. That’s a lot of pencils.
15 year-old: Yes. (deviously) They are my weaponry.
Then he laughs histerically and runs away without playing a single round of 4-square.

2 comments to When Scouts are Fun

  • Tara

    That's hilarious! Your lucky, I don't think 11 yr old girls would be that much fun.

  • Rory

    Two thoughts: That 15 year old sound like a firend of mine from church back home (weirdos everywhere!) and 4-square is a grossly underrated game.