|Troop 17 Hikers|
|Be prepared, and be careful where you step!|
What encouraged me most is how the boys seemed genuinely impressed by the beauty and wonder of nature. Don't get me wrong. They spent their share of time discussing video games and arguing over silly things, but they were also excited by snakes and giant trees. They would stare up into the trees trying to spot a woodpecker chiseling out an insect breakfast. Several times I was asked to give the name of this or that wildflower. One scout even asked about some yellowing wildflower leaves and asked if I could show him picture later when he learned this one was already past blooming (Dutchman's Breeches). The moment that really did it for me, though, was when an excited scout pointed and exclaimed, "look at that!" Expecting to see cyclists on the road, or a deer, or maybe even a turkey, I was delighted when I realized he was pointing out sunlight filtered through leaves. "He's got it," I thought, and I knew I had helped a boy experience the wonder of nature.
|Noticing the difference between Poison Ivy and Virginia Creeper|
|Trees are cool!|
|Scouts are always eager to come to the rescue|