Henry David Thoreau
Recently, my boys and I went into the woods with the Boy Scouts. Tucked into the middle of Cranston is a 100 acre wooded oasis that felt more like the White Mountains of New Hampshire than a spot just minutes outside of Providence. Heavily wooded, with a small lake, streams, winding trails and log cabins, the Narragansett Council Boy Scouts Champlain Scout Reservation is stunning. I was lucky enough to be invited to bring my children along to attend an event showcasing the property and all that the Boy Scouts has to offer. And they gave me coffee. So I love them.
And I needn’t have been worried that the line up of activities would be boring; they made popsicle stick harmonicas, they hiked through the woods, they tried out an air cannon made out of a trash barrel (possibly the coolest STEM project I’ve ever seen) and, in what was obviously a fan favorite… they did archery! As the boys participated in the activities, played, and explored, I chatted with the staff and other parents about the camp (which is co-ed so that families can send all their kids to the same place) and drank my coffee in relative peace as the kids wandered up the path ahead of me.