The Conclave is a gathering of many Order of the Arrow lodges and the first one that Nolan was invited to attend, his lodge also hosted. It meant a lot of work and pressure, especially for a newly inducted
"My son decided not to attend the Conclave" said the mother on the other end of the phone. We didn't pry as to the reason, we fully understand that life gets in the way of Scouting sometimes, and we've made that call before ourselves, but as we hung up the phone we realized that it left Nolan going camping with 149 virtual strangers for the weekend. We were due to pick him up directly from school and take him to the campout, so there would be no advance warning for him. Nolan has a naturally gregarious nature, but even this would be a stretch for him. My wife actually picked him up and headed out for the event. He seemed a little lost in thought, but finally realized that they were headed out of
|Nolan working on signs for a fundraiser|
No call came. We spent the weekend involved with friends and doing some things together, but our
|Nolan cooking at an informal campout in the garage|
We installed a hot tub in our back deck a half a dozen years ago, and I have never regretted that decision. I like it for the pain relief I get soaking my old bones in it, but also for the time we get to spend
He affirmed that it was. So our son, the weekend that his girlfriend broke up with him, the weekend that his buddy bailed on him and the weekend he camped with 149 virtual strangers, came away with the award for being the most Cheerful Scout, and he earned it at a gathering of 5 lodges full of the region's Cheeriest ! That boy got Zig's advice and took it to heart. I've posted 2 pictures of Nolan at OA events, and his OA brothers spontaneously hoist him onto their shoulders, I wonder if that's because they recognize his potential altitude?