17 June 2013

Watching from the Sidelines



Last weekend all 5 of us went to cub camp.  You might be wondering why, with 2 girls and only 1 boy, we would choose to spend 48 hours camping with a bunch of smelly, boisterous 8-10 year old urchins.  I have to admit, that for the majority of the week leading up to our departure, I was thinking the same.

Despite having the option to pack our youngest son off to cub camp on his own, we decided to brave it - Bear Grylls would be proud (that's what we told the girls anyway!). 

Usually, we leave this kind of thing to the experts, the more outdoorsy types. You know the kind....all the right gear and enough enthusiasm for the entire campsite.  On this occasion however, guilt got the better of me and I thought we should take our turn. 

Armed with a decent supply of red wine, my trusty eye mask and a full bag of make-up (I never go anywhere without it), we set off.  Unlike our last camping experience in arctic temperatures, the weather man had predicted wall to wall sunshine and temperatures into the mid 20s - perfect!  We probably wouldn't need those extra blankets and there was certainly no point in taking a coat - shorts and t-shirts would be perfect attire for a balmy summer's evening.

Will I NEVER learn?!

Whatever those charts might suggest, the decent weather never, ever manages to make it as far as the campsite that we are frequenting. To say that we stood out like a sore thumb, would be an understatement....my only saving grace was that I managed to persuade a friend and her husband to accompany their cub scout too.  Picture Hyacinth Bouquet crossed with Patsy from Ab Fab and you'd be getting close - at least I wasn't the only one who stood out!

Apart from the guilt-factor, another reason why I stepped up to the plate was that this would be The Boy's first cub camp - I thought he might need us for moral support, or at least to know we weren't  far away if he was feeling a bit homesick. 

Who was I kidding?! 

My quiet, reserved little lad was never without a comrade calling his name, threw himself wholeheartedly into every activity and had a permanent grin on his face.  He didn't so much as glance at us the entire weekend. As I watched his movements from a distance, my heart swelled with pride.  He didn't need us.  In fact he probably would have preferred us not to be there.  He certainly didn't appreciate my comment on the second day that he might like to change his clothes as he had been canoeing, rock climbing and sleeping in the same outfit for two days!

He had somehow grown up without me even noticing.

As I put a very tired boy to bed on Sunday evening, I gave him the biggest hug; despite being in his presence for the past 48 hours, I had missed him.  I hadn't really seen him at all.  I kissed him goodnight and as I did, he whispered into my ear: "can I go to cub camp again?"  Of course you can my boy, but next time leave your embarrassing family at home eh?!

That's me in the lead, that is!

Linking this post up with Jaime's Magic Moments and Sarah Miles' Monday Club
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23 comments:

  1. Awwwww that is really lovely. I think we watching our little ones so closely that we don't see they are growing up. He sounds like he had such a brilliant time and so brave of him to do all of that, stuff even adults would find nerve wracking! (I.e me :))

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    1. He surprised me in many ways - it was great to be a spectator and not participator!

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  2. Sounds amazing...so glad he enjoyed camp..Love the pictures x

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  3. Well done you! My kids adore cub camp but I have never been brave enough to to the tent and "loo" thing with them! popping over from Magic Moments

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    1. This would be a great one for Country Kids too, please come and join me x

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    2. Thanks for joining Country Kids with your outdoors adventures.

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    3. My pleasure - I keep forgetting about your lovely linky!

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  4. Brave woman! How lovely to see him 'in situ' though! X

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  5. Well done you, I reckon! It was a hideously wet weekend, wasn't it?! I feel for you. Glad he had a great time - he probably really appreciated you being there, even if you he didn't show it. BTW We got well and truly dumped on by the weather this w/e too, JUST as my daughters den building party was about to start, and we ended up with a truly soaking, miserable 9yr old (and 42 and 43yr olds!), racing back tot he house to host 10 bubbly 9 yr olds and make indoor dens instead. Must write a post about it.....!

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  6. You're braver than me! Glad you all had a good time.

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    1. I'm not sure if 'good' would be the adjective I would choose but The Boy certainly did!

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  7. sounds like my kind of weekend! I used to love camping with the girl guides... and that picture reminds me of the grass sledging we did. Cant wait to take my boys on their first camping holiday this summer!

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    1. Camping really is great for younger children, my girls are beginning to grow out of it sadly :(

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  8. You are a brave lady, I don't think I could do that. Ever. :)

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  9. lol lol i am loving this Suzanne! you are my hero! I am so glad he had an amazing time! and that it wasn't the most horrific experience it could of been!

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

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  10. Awwww, looks at you go! I think I'll be the same as you when my boys are older :-)

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  11. Good for you for going along with your boy! I would never have dreamed of it. My younger son had his first Cub camp in year 3. He was the only year 3 there and I just packed him off without a thought. My eldest went on a 4 night camp a month after his 9th birthday. Ditto. What a heartless mummy. You must feel reassured that he is fine without you and that he thrives in this environment.

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  12. At least the weather was a little warmer for you than last time! Hopefully the summer will eventually turn up for us all to enjoy at some point! Lovely to see that The Boy enjoyed going out there and getting stuck in.

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  13. I'm very envious - not of the camping, which isn't my scene - but of the time watching your son with his peers. I really enjoy the opportunities to watch my kids playing and socialising with friends. It gives an insight into their lives (6+ hours each school day) without parents. It must have been worth the discomfort of camping.

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  14. Aww. It's lovely to be able to have a peek into the little world they inhabit when they're not with us. Well done on making the commitment and throwing yourself into it. (Makes mental note to pack more thoroughly for forthcoming campung trip ..._

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  15. Like your style! I haven't had the camping experience yet with the kids - but when I do I'm sure I'll be bringing along the red wine too - and probably pack way too many clothes.

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  16. Ah its been a few years since I camped and we haven't yet done it with the kids. I think I might actually fare better than my husband who always gets eaten alive by insects! So pleased your boy had such a lovely time x

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