Reviewed some Scout paperwork and did just a little bit of prep for a new pack activity today. The bigger thing wasn't directly Scout related, but I think it was indirectly. I took the day off of work to chaperone my son and his 4th grade class on field trip to see the Shrine Circus. I intentionally wore a Cub Scout shirt as a kind of advertising to any kids who might be either thinking about it or missing it. We watched the circus, and the kids, of course, had a great time. As we were heading back to the van, I overheard that one of the mom's (a neighbor of ours) had a flat tire. No offense to the ladies, but being the only guy around, I felt obligated to offer to change it for her.
Before I started, I ran the camera bag back over to our van where my wife, son, and a few of his classmates were waiting. As I was heading back to her SUV, they asked me why I wasn't coming with them. When I told them, they asked why I had to do it. There are several reasons, but I told them it was because I'm a Scout leader. We set examples. I'm sorry now that I can't remember whose blog it was, but someone had a post recently along the lines of, if we don't do it, who will. And that's exactly what I was thinking. I know I'm not a hero, and it wouldn't have been the end of the world if she had to wait for AAA, but dammit, I'm right there and I'm completely capable. I couldn't NOT offer to help. Plus, it turned out that today is her birthday, so it was nice to put a little bit of a silver lining on it. I don't care if my kids grow up to be rich or famous, but I want them to be the kind of people who'll stop to help when they're able. So that was by big Scout event of the day.
After the circus, the kids actually got a two-for-one field trip day. They went straight to the Community Center for an Arbor Day presentation. The forest ranger did a great job helping the kids to understand why trees are so important us. He even told them that he wasn't worried about having them remember every fact he gave them, but that he'd rather have them come away an appreciation for trees, and a love of nature. If that guy isn't a Scout already, he just became an honorary one! Today was a good day.