My personal scouts career include one hazily remembered year in Cubs in Rexdale, Ontario. I think I got a woodworking badge for a game my father built. I remember selling apples at the grocery store across the street from my house. As hard as I try, that's it. I wish I had more to draw upon...but that's it. I don't even have any photographs from that time.
Now, 25 years later, as an honorary Volunteer Leader, I'm about to get on a bus with my daughter and 22 other scouters and drive from Southern Ontario, to the 2013 Jamboree in Calgary and back.
I won't lie. The idea of this trip scares the bejeezus right out of me. 18 days. On a bus. With 20+ kids. Camping every night...
It's also an opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime.
The purpose of this blog is to try and help share the amazing experience these kids are going to have with those parents who aren't fortunte enough to experience it with them. It's also a chance for me to share my experiences as a parent, who is trying to connect with his daughter during one of the most influential times of her life. As a writer, it will also give me insight into one of the oldest youth organizations in North America while having the opportunity to explore this great nation of ours.
I will go into more detail in the posts that follow, but wanted to give you an idea of what to expect in the weeks to come. I will do my best to keep it updated as frequently as possible. I will upload as many photographs as well. You can also follow me on Instagram using this handle: @preciousmutator or twitter
I encourage feedback and interaction, but please do not try to use this as a message board to have a conversation with those on the trip.
Thanks so very much.