Living Arrows 7/52 (2022)

OK, so this post is so late it’s almost time for next week’s already! One of these days I’ll actually get into a proper routine and start posting them on time again… Anyway, we’ve been away in the Lake District this week but I’m going to save those photos for next week’s post. This week’s were taken when we were on Cub and Beaver camp last weekend.

Last weekend the boys went on their first Cub and Beaver camp – in normal times Toby would be on at least his 3rd camp by now but with Covid it was his first, and Gabe’s first too. And as I started volunteering as a Cub leader after Christmas I was along for the ride too!

It was an indoor camp, and only in St Anne’s which is about 20 minutes from where we live, but that didn’t stop the boys having a brilliant time (and hardly any sleep!) I went with Toby and the rest of the Cubs on Friday evening – we deliberately kept them up late in the hope they would be tired enough to go to sleep when they went to bed but somehow the boys in Toby’s room managed to still be awake at 1:30 in the morning! They were awake again at 6 and according to Toby’s fitbit he only got 4 and half hours sleep. Considering he usually gets at least 10 hours, if not more, it’s safe to say Saturday was a bit of a struggle!

He got stuck in to all the activities though, and did amazingly well at climbing, especially considering he’d never done it before. He was a bit nervous at first but by the end of his session made it right to the top of the climbing wall…

Toby at the top of a very high climbing wall

The Beavers had arrived on Saturday morning, so Gabe joined us and he really enjoyed all the activities too. He was a bit too scared to go very high on the climbing wall but he had a good go and that’s all we can ask really. They both managed to get a bit more sleep on Saturday but still didn’t go to bed until about 11 pm. I was super proud of both of them though – they had been worried about sleeping away from home, and away from each other. They’ve shared a room since they were 1 and 3 and have never spent a night apart since. They both did brilliantly though, so we’ll be packing them off to stay with Grandma soon I reckon!

I didn’t actually manage to take any photos of Gabe the whole weekend somehow, so here he is in the car with Toby when were just leaving to go home – tired, but very happy, especially with their £2 bargain toys from the camp shop!

Gabe and Toby tired but happy in the car after camp

That’s all for this week, I’ll be back next week to share some of the pictures from our stay in the Lakes…

This is my ninth year taking part in this linky celebrating childhood, based on a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” .

If you’d like to see the rest of my Living Arrows posts you can find them all here.

Living Arrows

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