Scouts is never the same from week to week it seems. There are constantly boys having birthdays so it seems the moment I get comfortable with one particular boys personality they are shipped off to Anthonys class (Webelos). Every Tuesday I dread putting my hideous yellow button up shirt on and dragging myself out the door, but by time I get to class I can honestly say that I enjoy Scouts, which has been a shock to me. Right now the boys that we have are particularly hilarious and have so much personality.
We have had some issues with the boys volunteering for the opening "chores". We have a routine we stick to every week:
Law of the Pack
Cub Scout Promise
Pledge of Allegiance
Whenever we would ask for volunteers blank stares would be the response. It was really frustrating. We finally came up with an incentive plan. The boys have beads they earn whenever they do a particular activity such as participate with the opening chores, help set up/clean up, and staying quiet and respectful and so on. It is amazing what a stupid little bead will do! They are so eager to help!
The majority of the boys are not religious. It is the most precious thing to hear some of the boys pray. "I will take a whack at it." What proceeds is a heart felt prayer! I think sometimes we get stuck in prayer ruts. "Please help us get home safely, help us to have fun at scouts and listen to our teachers."
My favorite prayers given lately: "Please help my rat to not get out of his cage anymore. Please bless that my dog won't bite the neighbors anymore. Please help me to wear my uniform next week so I can get an extra bead." It is hard not to giggle sometimes. They are so precious!
Today one of our quieter boys decided he would pray if someone helped him since "A prayer isn't something you memorize like the Law of the Pack and the Cub Scout Promise." The leader explained that a prayer has key elements:
Dear Heavenly Father
Thank Him for our blessings
Ask for things we may need
Close by saying, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen
It was such a wonderful experience! He listened intently and prayed for the first time by himself and he did so well. All the boys were so impressed with him. I guess I just assumed that everyone knew how to pray, it has been a humbling experience. I am so grateful that I have that particular blessing in my life. Maybe they will take that particular lesson with them.
Normally on Tuesdays I don't do much for dinner because we are scrambling to get ready for scouts. I decided around 5 that I wanted to actually make dinner. I found a simple recipe and I had just enough time to make it. It turned out yummy! Also, Anthony was impressed....2nd time this week I made dinner! It is Tuesday folks! I am thoroughly impressed with myself.
Short Cut Lasagna
Preheat oven to 375. Grease cupcake tin. I used my mini loaf tin.
Sausage/Hamburger or Turkey
I used Sausage. Brown sausage and add marinara sauce. Heat thoroughly. Meanwhile layer tin with wonton wrapper. Mix ricotta cheese with basil and oregano. Add spoonful of ricotta to wonton wrapper. After meat mixture is heated add spoonful on top of ricotta. Add a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese. Repeat layering.
Bake for about 10 minutes or until wontons are golden brown on the corners. '
I realize I didn't put amounts on the ingredients. I did this for two reasons, #1 I am lazy #2 I eyeballed it. Guess what, it tastes amazing! I have faith you can eyeball it and create something edible as well! Prep time is about 10 minutes and baking is 10 minutes! How quick is that!?!