|One of the "best" things about this|
campsite was that there were
already bathroom facilities!
No latrine digging necessary!
Because I arrived (with all four of our boys in the van) as one of the very first adult leaders, one of the Primary Presidency asked if I could help out with that.
I said "I suppose Dave and I could probably do that, if there isn't anyone else."
What she heard was "Yes! Please oh please let me do this! I'm so excited to wrangle 40 boys and adults on an unplanned hike through terrain I am largely unfamiliar with, even if the rains come rolling in and the boys are not interested in trekking anywhere!" The title of this blog is the question Dave asked me when I advised him, via text, that we now had the closing flag ceremony AND the evening hike.
|Our campground was approximately just to the left|
of the big yellow splotch below the word "contours."
Even better than the way this ended up being very easy to facilitate, was the really cool experience of having our four boys lead the education piece prior to the hiking excursion. There were (coincidentally) four sections of "Safe Hiking" rules to review, so we assigned each boy one section before dinner and explained to them that they would need to educate their peers on their assigned section before we headed out on the hike. It was so impressive to see how well each boy prepared for his assignment and even more impressive to see how well they spoke clearly and loudly when it came time for them to present. One of the boys is usually quite shy and quiet, but even he spoke in a tone loud and clear enough for all to hear and understand.
I was so proud of the boys for stepping up in a pinch (even though they didn't know they were) and knocking one out of the park (no pun intended). A fun hike event was had by all and the winning team identified over sixty plants, animals, and bugs!