Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, October 1, 2007 8:26 am

Cub camp

Filed under: Hooper — Lex @ 8:26 am

Hooper and I attended the Family Fun Campout this weekend at Camp — well, I forget the name of it at the moment, but it’s a camp down off U.S. 64 West in the Uwharries, beautiful country. Weather was perfect.

We didn’t spend the night — we had no equipment, and I wasn’t sure whether Hooper was more in love with the idea of camping out than with camping itself. As it turned out, I think he would have been OK. Even so, we got to get better acquainted with the other kids and some of the parents.

He didn’t care much for the field games — not only wouldn’t he take part, he wouldn’t even watch. (It was sort of like his practice sessions for his soccer team two years ago.) But he did well at archery.

He also had an absolute blast at the catapult range. I guess it’s more a slingshot range. There’s a two-story fort that some of the dads go up into with full-face helmets on, and then the kids shoot tennis balls at them with big slingshots made of thick rubber tubing. I was one of the targets, and unfortunately for me I only counted three slingshots. There was a fourth one, hidden by leaves, and it hit me right in the side of the head the second firing commenced. Rang my bell darned good, too. Hooper didn’t hit me, but he got one of my co-workers, Robert Bell, twice.
I overheard one of the den leaders afterward saying that a properly executed shot created a muzzle velocity (muzzle?) of better than 90 mph. “OK, then,” I thought. “Lawsuit much?”

Well before the end of the evening program he was ready to go home, but we hung in ’til the bitter end before heading back. I’d do it again, but there are a number of things I’d want to bring next time, including camp chairs and a cooler with real drinks. The camp has a bathroom and water fountains at each campsite, so it’s not like you’re really roughing it, and that’s OK with me.

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