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Cub Scouts 2017-2018

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Ben and I were able to be Oliver’s Wolf Scout Leaders this year. It wasn’t how we planned to spend every Saturday but scouts is really important to our family and the boys enjoy it so. American style Cub or Boy Scouts in Nigeria can be a challenge. There isn’t much access to nature, items can be difficult to find, we have to order our patches and belt looks from the US and have them shipped,because of habits and traffic people are so incredibly late, everything in general is more relaxed. It was a lot of work but the boys had fun, we made some good friends, and had an experience to remember.

Roger received his Arrow of Light award, the last award in cub scouting

Here is Roger crossing the bridge to join his new Boy Scout Troop.

Mr. Arias was a great scout leader. He is also the schools elementary principal.

We had fun being Oliver’s Wolf Den Leaders. It was great getting to know the boys.

My favorite part of being the Wolf Den Leader was having the boys present on their Duty to God, which they did at home with their parents, such a wide variety of beliefs.

The Pinewood Derby is always a fun event.

They recycled trash into fun statues and learned about the 3 R’s. Reduce-Reuse-Recycle which is very applicable here in Africa.

We had a friend from the FBI come and tell us about the work he does for our government. The boys were so inspired especially with bullet proof vests and handcuffs. Roger joined in the fun.

Camping is a bit difficult to do here in Lagos but the boys got to camp at the Consul General’s beautiful residence. The CG is basically the ambassador of Lagos for those not in the State Department.

Harrison got to camp several times with the Boy Scouts. With so many oil kids in his troop they have great security and he got special permission to attend.

Lekki Conservation Center for our hike. They got to climb up into this huge tree house. They saw no monkeys though. Probably because quiet, six 8 year old boys are not.

Cute Oliver. Oh how everyone loves his little personality.

More outdoor food prep at the CG residence.

The Raingutter Ragata was a blast. With all of our years in scouting we had never participated before.

Oh every Saturday morning spent in the hot sun at the school. These are the things you hope your children remember how you sacrificed for them. LOL.

You cant get more American than dodge ball.

A year well spent. Harrison will have participated in 4 different Boy Scout Troops on three different continents before he is 18.

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