Everyone loves firefighters!

Today after work we dropped by the local fire hall, I’m trying to arrange to have my Beavers come for a visit and the staff was super friendly.  One man asked me to come to his office while he got me the information and a female firefighter took Brandon around the hall and showed him the trucks. He was pretty darn happy, all kids love firefighters & firetrucks and it was pretty cool they were so welcoming.

Hehe before we left they we took a couple of pics, those fire engines are damn cool, I can’t wait to come back with the Beavers they’re going to love it! 😀

Science Center sleep over!

Picked up a toy Saturday morning but I’ll get into that later, this weekend was the Ontario Science Center scouting sleep over and of course Brandon was attending. 🙂  There were 32 kids, 14 Beavers & 18 Cubs along with 5 leaders so we had our hands full but the kids had a great time.  I particularly enjoyed the IMAX movie Amazing Amazon, about Henry Bates adventures during the 1850s, the dedication and amount of work and sacrifice in the name of science is amazing.

After the movie we played for many hours with the kids, picked up our sleeping bags and headed to the Human Experience section to sleep for the night.  By 11pm, most of the Beavers were tired and when lights went off at 12, we got an unpleasant surprise, the lights directly above us went to about 30% and was still pretty darn bright.  Typically that doesn’t bother me but for some reason it did last night, that and I was awaken 4 times to take the kids to the bathroom so needless to say I’m pretty tired.

The lights automatically come on at 6:45 AM, most of the kids were tired but they did a great job at policing the area and tidying up before going to play more.  We had a quick breakfast and went to the original staging area for 8:50, parents were to pick up the kids at 9.  Unfortunately for some reason or another, one of the parents who’s always late came at like 9:45 but that’s how things go, Brandon and I headed home and relaxed the rest of the day.

I did unfurl both sleeping bags and mats to vacuum, they were full of sand and grit since we were sleeping on the carpet floor so everything is now nice and tidy for next time.  We played a bit at home while Maggie worked on some accounting stuff and I just put the boy to sleep.  While managing so many kids can be aggravating at times, it’s also super rewarding and I’m so happy to be able to spend time with my boy like this.  I know in a few years he’ll be too cool for me, so I’m going to enjoy this while I can. 🙂

Wendy’s Appreciation Night

On Wednesday the 5th/13th Agincourt Scouts, Cubs & Beavers held our annual Wendy’s appreciation night at Victoria Park & 401 location.  They’re a great sponsor and all the staff is always super friendly to the kids. 🙂

The kids had a great time and they’re an awesome sponsor, if you’re in the area and want to support an independent business go to Wendy’s. 😉

Let’s race!

So today was the Beaver Buggy race and lol Brandon smoked the field by a large margin.  The cars are placed on a ramp and it’s all about potential energy so we shifted the weight to the rear (so it starts with the most potential energy) and canted the wheels upwards so there’s less friction, to be fair I told the other kids and parents the secret to the race but it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing so most of the other kids didn’t do what we did, to their detriment.

Science it works, it was also a good lesson for Brandon how important school and winning is, in life winning is everything and my boy did well tonight.

A nice walk

This morning we scheduled a hike for the Beavers, it was at the Rouge Beach park with a guide from Parks Canada.  LOL they’re little kids so it was more of a walk in the park instead of a hike but in any case it was fun.

It was around -10C in the morning and thankfully the kids were dressed appropriately.  A couple of the parents were a bit cold but meh they’re adult sand can fend for themselves.  There were more people doing the guided walk than our group and it was fun to listen to Larry talk about how animals hibernate or deal with the winter weather.

Notably missing is Brandon, he came down with a bad cold (maybe the flu, not sure) Thursday night so I worked from home on Friday and well he wasn’t well enough to come with me in the morning so he stayed home with Maggie.

We walked around for about an hour and a half then the event was over and everyone left, thankfully the parents all participated so I didn’t have to stick around.

Hehe he looks like a little angel when he’s asleep…  Anyway we didn’t do much in the afternoon, Brandon slept on the sofa for much of it then played some games before going to bed early.  I cleaned my basement a bit and right now I’m looking for 1-4×24 optics.  Why I don’t know I feel like putting something on the Norinco AR-15 as I don’t like irons, I probably wouldn’t shoot that gun much but still wouldn’t mind some nice glass.  Well in any case i’m “just looking” right, doesn’t mean I’m going to buy. 😉

What a busy weekend!

I did stuff last weekend and during the week but was just lazy and didn’t post about them.  Some fun stuff was done but meh forward we go.  Anyway this weekend was the Eco Spirit hike for the Beavers and the kids had a great time.  It’s something I really enjoy doing and am glad I can share it with Brandon, unlike when we did it two years ago Brandon was not afraid of the dark and I was very proud of him.

Hehe of course I had to bring my PVS-14 along and I love being able to see everything just in case one of the kids runs off (and they do!).  We were at the Blue Springs Scout Reserve from 2-9pm and the second we went into the car Brandon fell asleep as he had a very full day.

Today we went to Estelle’s place for lunch and it was great.  She made spaghetti and it really reminded me of when we were in Italy last year. 🙂  Brandon and I also had a Pokemon raid event with some of our Valor group and my little guy became the youngest level 40 player in the world. 😀

The current record holder is 11 (10 when he hit that mark) and Brandon is just 7.  We started his account back in Oct of last year and it took just over a year to get to 40, now I don’t know what I’m going to play for but we’ll continue our journey together.  Some of the guys & gals in my group says I should get Maggie’s account to 40 and man that’s a lot of work lol.  I might boost it to maybe 35 but it’s just not worth it with the current version of the game.

A very fun filled weekend and I’ll need to recover from my busy weekend during the upcoming work week.

Park cleanup!

Last year when we did the spring park cleanup I remember sweating because it was so hot but this year it was pretty darn cold.  With that said and knowing we’d be outdoors for a few hours I bundled Brandon up with his winter clothing and I wore quite a few warmer layers too.  We also wore waterproof clothing in case the rain came but thankfully it held off.

The L’Amoreaux North Park is the one we always clean up and man this time around it was pretty disgusting.  I don’t know how people can simply throw out their trash in the woods or fields of such a beautiful park…

The kids did a great job at cleaning up the mess left over from others and thankfully there was nothing that was dangerous for the kids to pick up.  I’m almost always the odd one out since I’m always taking the picture but in the last one, that’s the only time it’s ever ok to stand take pictures standing in front of garbage. 🙂

Jungle Cat World!

So this weekend Brandon, the Beavers, Cubs and I went to Jungle Cat world for a sleep over and it was awesome!  The conditions was wet and cold but thankfully the kids were dressed properly though some still did get some wet feet after getting stuck in the deep mud.  We all arrived around 5:45pm Saturday, some of the leaders were there earlier and got the orientation and I was briefed as we walked to our respective cabins.  4 girls + 4 leaders in one and 16 boys + 2 leaders in another lol.  I did expect the worst but more on that later.

After a quick pizza dinner the show started and first the meet and greet with the smaller animals in a classroom setting.  The kids got to get up close with a bunch of pretty cool creatures and I even got to pet the female kangaroo!  When we did the night walk around the zoo, it was too dark for the SLR, I brought my PVS-14 with me along with the small FLIR Scout scope so I took some pictures with those things. 😉  The dens of the wild animals are heated so they’re not cold at night.  Anyway we got to see some large cats up REAL close!!!  It was also fun to hear either the lions or tigers roaring, frankly it was rather spooky and I’d definitely be worried if I heard something like that in the wild.

It was cute, the kids were able to get the wolves to howl as well and that was fun.  We got them back to their bunks by 12 and of course they didn’t want to go to sleep, I had to walk back and forth the cabin for 20 minutes before most of them went to bed.  At 1:15am, one of the kids had a case of homesickness so Scouter Darcy and I talked to him for a bit to get his mind off home and it worked.  Surprisingly none of the boys woke us up to go to the bathroom at night which was a surprise!    What makes things more complicated is that our cabin doesn’t have bathrooms and the closest one was closed (both boys and girls) due to frozen pipes so if anyone did need to use the bathroom we’d need to walk 100 meters or so back to the main office.  So happy that didn’t happen!

We were both awaken by the kids around 7:20am so we got some solid sleep which was awesome.  To be fair I was awoken a few times by the roars of the cats and howls from the wolves too.

In the morning after the staff checked all the pens, we took the kids around again to see the animals in the light and the large cats were so majestic!  We could get much closer than at the zoo, literally 2-3 feet away from such amazing animals.  Unfortunately as you can see it was muddy in the exhibits too, poor things but I don’t think they care too much.

After lunch we called it an event and people went home.  The rest of the afternoon we stuck around the house, both Brandon and I were tired and didn’t want to go anywhere.  Now I’m just listening to Hardwell on the Ultra Miami live stream then going to bed early to get ready for work tomorrow. 🙂

Go Brandon!

Yesterday we had the annual Beaver Buggy race and thanks to science Brandon smoked all the other Beavers and even beat the cubs!

That was the winning vehicle and while most of the Beavers placed the wooden beaver in the middle, I told Brandon to shift it to the rear.  Along with the additional weights that are put on the car to help it down the track, this meant that even though the cars were all starting in the same position Brandon’s had more available potential energy.  In addition, I installed the wheels so they were canted to one side that meant they were not making as much contact with the track and thus had less rolling resistance and friction to deal with.

In fact this combination was not only the fastest of all the Beavers, we even beat all the Cubs and their customized cars!

Sigh the 3rd picture was taken without the flash because my Yongnuo YN568EXII overheated due to constant use but as you can see B’s buggie crossing the finish line first. 🙂  The bottom 3 pictures were the runs through the various heats and Brandon had an accumulative time of 13.478 seconds with a top speed of 250.91 km/h.  The second heat was the next group of Beavers and the third the Cubs, note the top time was 13.488 which is 0.01 slower than our buggy!

Brandon handled winning gracefully and wasn’t boasting about it, it’s important to be a graceful winner and lol we used science to get us there. 🙂

2017 Beaver Winteree

Today was the Beaver Winteree and I’m not sure if we could have picked a day with worse weather.  It was snowing heavily all day and frankly there were a few times when I thought I’d bail, I probably would have had I not been a leader but just a parent who’s child was participating.

LOL I don’t usually use my phone while driving but had to take a picture of the driving conditions.  That was at Highway 7 & Warden and the drive to the Woodland trails camp site was lousy.  Manageable if you go slow but yeah there were a few times i wanted to turn home.

Obviously I didn’t and well the kids had a great time. 😀

I took pictures of the other kids too but seeing as how this is my blog, I really only care about posting pictures of Brandon. 😉  This year’s event was Pokemon themed and we played a variety of games.  Our group hosted a tobogganing/memory challenge where the kids go down the hill and try and remember the pokemon pictured.  Not sure about the other groups but our guys were busy sliding down the hill and didn’t really pay attention.

There was a scavenger hunt for pokeballs, searching for pokemon in the forest and a few other games.  On a side note, I know the Canon 70D has a bit of weather proofing (have to use an L lens though) and even though the camera was pretty wet from the falling snow, I had absolutely no problems!

The drive back was much better and we got home by around 4:30pm.  I shoveled the driveway for a second time when I returned then we relaxed the rest of the evening.  Being a Beavers leader sometimes drives me nuts when the kids misbehave but it’s the most rewarding thing I do and I’m so happy I can share it with my boy. 🙂