Monday, September 12, 2011
Blue Knights and their tents
This past weekend was the annual Blue Knights Camp-out that we host at our house. It is such a fun event for the dads and their sons.
Our local Blue Knights group meets once a month and each year they study a different facet of the church. One year it was the virtues, another year the Beatitudes in addition to the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
In addition to their study, they take some time for physical exercise and fun by playing dodge ball, basketball and such. During another part of the evening they also study something academic. Last year it was physics in the form of different ways to move objects such as rockets and cars and such.
I love having this opportunity available to my husband and sons. The boys, who are usually being carted around to girl-type activities, look forward to this night every month.
The highlight of their year, though, is this camp out.
They start around 3:00 on a Saturday, put up their tents and break into groups: dads in one group and boys in another. The boys run amok while the dads socialize and prepare dinner. The boys are reigned in for dinner, after which they begin to run amok again until rosary time. Then they break out the campfire and roast the obligatory marshmallows. Sometime close to the next day, the dads realize it is getting late and call the boys in to sleep. By sun-up the next morning, the boys are up and running while breakfast gets prepared. Everything is cleaned up and dads and boys are on their way to church by 9:00 in the morning. A great time has been had by all!
This year, Mr 6 yo was so exhausted he made it until about 5:00 on Sunday when he promptly passed out on the couch, woke up long enough to make it to bed and then slept until 7:00 this morning. Exhausted boys: truly the mark of a good time!