Blog Cruise time again, only with Thanksgiving, I totally forgot. So this post is very last minute. At least it is a topic I don't have to think about much.
The question this week has to do with extra-curricular activities.
We don't do a lot. We have had a couple of times where we were. But right now, no, not all that much. I don't want to schedule my kids' lives so that they never get to play. And honestly, we simply cannot afford to be spending the time or money to do most of the great looking stuff out there.
Our recurring extra-curricular activities basically boil down to Scouts and swim lessons. We also have some non-recurring things.
Scouts. This year, all four boys are involved. Connor and William are Boy Scouts (a Life and First Class scout, respectively), Thomas is a Webelos, and Richard is a Tiger. I have blathered on about the huge benefits I see in scouting once or twice on here, but in a nutshell:
- My boys are getting the opportunity to interact with other loving, Christian, mostly homeschooling MEN. Particularly at the Boy Scout level, but also in Cubs.
- My boys are getting the opportunity to interact with their peers. Boys from loving, Christian, mostly homeschooling families.
- My boys are getting the opportunity to learn a lot of great stuff. Things I am simply never going to teach them. Like the Cubs playing Ultimate Frisbee. Like knot-tying. Like anything beyond very basic first aid (I am HORRIBLE with first aid).
- My boys are getting the opportunity to learn about leadership. That has been interesting, to say the least.
- And Scouts is FUN. The big two do a lot of camping, cooking, hiking, etc. The Cubs don't have as frequent of chances to do extra stuff, but their meetings are more fun week to week.
- And my boys are challenged. There is always something new to strive for, something else to achieve. Which brings up another point...
- My boys get recognition. They get to stand up in front of the pack or troop and be awarded new ranks, new merit badges, belt loops, etc.
- And we get the opportunity to participate in a lot of other things through scouting. Community service requirements pushed us to find something that we can (almost) all do. Care & Share lets kids ages 6 and up work... so everyone but Katrina can participate.
And then we have the occasional types of extra-curriculars. Apple Camp, summer camp, a safety day being held at the city pool, a basketball event at a Christian school in town...