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End of May has been a very important moment for our family, especially for our children. It was the first time for them to know about scout through a week end camping with a total of 40 people involved, consists of parents and children.
It has never come to my mind that homeschooling families in Indonesia can be involved in scouting ever. The first time we started our homeschooling, I asked some scout masters about the possibility for homeschooled kids joining any scout organization. It was said that we were impossible forever to join any scout organization. I was broken heart at that time.
Participation in scouts had been our dream for a long time. I think it is the only benefit of going to the public school for honest. We think that scouting is a great way to build nationalism for children.
I was not active in Scout organization when I went to school as a scout was so boring and something compulsory to do after the hard days of school which was very tiring. We just had to memorize codes, kinds of laws or philosophy. Tragically, I had never slept in a camping tent at all. We had camping in the empty classrooms. Until right now, the public schools where we went just have camping or sleeping over in the classroom on weekends.
The idea of having scout activities regularly among the homeschoolers in our local homeschooling community gave me a real breeze. Some parents in the community tried couple of times to get some scoutmaster to guide the kids, but we never got any. All doors were shut for homeschoolers to join the scouts.
Without any excitement and hope, I just visited the provincial scout office after a parent from our homeschooling community, Klub Sinau, gave me a suggestion. We finally had some way to get the kids join the scouts. The provincial scout officers are very supportive and optimistic for us to build our own scout organization. Thank you God for the way to go.
After a couple of meeting, we decided to open the first activity with a weekend camping to get to know each other and to make kids excited joining the scouts.
We had discussed scouting with kids from two weeks before the camp. Kids read the biography of Robert Baden Powell, the founding father of scouting. We practice singing the national anthem and the Indonesian scout hymn. We had brainstorming about the equipment we might need during the camping. A day before the camping, we prepared the lugage together. It was a bit stressful as it was our first experience in camping which is considered different from common sleeping over.
We went to the camping ground on the feet of a mountain where the weather was considered cold for us. The age range of kids was too far, from 4-13 years old. Lucky for us that we had professional scoutmasters that understand us very well. The spirits of scouting explained and shown by the scoutmasters are on the same ways with our homeschooling spirits.
We arrived on the camping ground at noon and had a wonderful lunch together after we introduced each other.
We had some orientation of the location and the patrol leaders before den division and activities. Kids were divided into dens based on their age. They introduce each other and chose a den's name or title. They had some easy activities in dens. The activities have not been specified their ages yet as they are still really new to scouting program.
In the afternoon they had some cooking introduction. The campfire was done after dinner. Some light performance was shown in the event. We sang, chanted, clapped, etc to get the night bright.
We slept on semi permanent tents. Older and more independent kids slept separately from their parents while the younger ones with their parents. Everyone was very exausted. Some kids had sleeptalking and others couldn't sleep because of being too excited.
In the morning, we had some short walking and exercise before full scouting activities wearing scouting uniforms. Kids had some orientation toward Scout oath and motto.
The camping was closed with the scouting inauguration. The scoutmasters helped by patrol leaders and parents put on the scout tie around the children's next to symbolize that they were accepted to be scouts. It was really like a dream for us. Thank you, God for giving us a way.
Regular scout meeting and training would be twice in a month on either Friday or Sunday. We hope that the activities would take place consistently. The next camping would be October and we have been very excited for this one too.
As we are very happy with the camping, here is some camping coloring pages we would like to share with our readers. Fill in the form below to download: