When Thing One started work this summer, he thought he would be working at the Trading Post again. He’s putting in a few hours there, mostly to reconcile the cash register, but this year most of his workday is spent at the Archery range.
One of the earliest pictures to appear on GimletBlog, this photo was taken at Thing One’s eleven year-old scout camp, held at Camp Pigott:
Six years later, he’s the big staff guy helping the younger scouts!
The first week took some getting used to, but now Thing One has settled into a routine and is enjoying the new job.
Thing One didn’t participate in any of the skits and songs last year, but this summer he has a part in an opening campfire skit, leads one of the opening campfire songs, and leads a dinner song. The opening campfire this particular week was held in the dining hall because it was raining too hard, which is saying something for these parts.
The Gimlet happened to be spending part of a week at camp as a Camp Commissioner, and had no warning that Thing One was going to be part of the campfire until he began his song, at which point The Gimlet picked his jaw up off the floor, found his phone and began to film the performance:
Watch Thing One’s opening campfire song (QuickTime)
After this, the head camp commissioner advised The Gimlet that Thing One’s dinner song was worth the drive (and camp dinner), so the whole family visited on the appointed evening. All the drama classes in school and the hard work of our former ward choir director have paid off!
Watch Thing One’s dinner song (QuickTime)
Lyrics to Thing One’s songs can be found in the songbook (Word document) of one of our neighbor troops.
Thing Two wanted to wear his Tiger Cub uniform to camp, where a cute little brand new Cub Scout attracted as much attention as one might expect. Boy Scouts encouraged him to stick with Scouting so he could attend Camp Pigott some day; the youngest scouts seemed especially interested in giving advice to the only scout in camp smaller than they were. Adults had a new audience for all their corny jokes, all of which Thing Two loved. After all the noise and excitement of a big Boy Scout camp, he’s ready for his turn at Cub Scout camp!
At the beginning of the summer, Thing Two expressed his delight that we wouldn’t have to listen to any of Thing One’s annoying songs. Instead, all of Camp Pigott has to listen to them. However, Thing Two not only didn’t seem to mind listening to the songs, he sang Thing One’s song for the rest of the evening.