Today's Prompt: A favorite memory from the great outdoors...
My favorite memories from the great outdoors, all include camping or summer camp. My parents took us camping every summer, and it normally included a fishing trip. I will never forget the time we set up camp, and let the tents air out, while we went to Silver Dollar City. When we returned we found standing water in both of our tents, due to a surprise torrential down pour that afternoon. My mom and I spent the rest of the evening, at the coin operated laundry mat, trying to dry out the sleeping bags and clothing! (You better believe, I have never left off a tent fly again!) On another trip, my Dad taught me how to catch Catfish, and how to clean it. I will never forget being absolutely horrified at the process, and could not wait to get the poor thing into the frying pan. I also learned that you shouldn't trust your brothers to roast a marshmallow for you, as they will only let it burn to a crisp, and it just isn't worth eating any more. Many fond memories are of the five of us sitting around the camp fire, listening to the sounds of nature!
I want our boys to love the outdoors, and to embrace nature in all of its splendor! Every boy should know how to put a tent together, build a fire, put a hook on a fishing line, and know the secrets of camping. If they join Scouting, I will be right there ever step of the way! I know it is just a matter of time, but I am really looking forward to them making their own memories of the great out doors.
Does your family camp? Did you attend summer camp as a child? What memories do you have of the great outdoors?