“Hey Huston,” you say. “Whatever happened to that project where you were gonna do all the Boy Scout stuff? Gave up, huh?”
No, but I have neglected it. As I haven’t mentioned it for three months, I can’t blame you for thinking I’d quit. I still have half of the second class items to do, but they all deal with outdoors stuff. Last November, my family and I went out to try a new campground where I was going to knock out the rest of it, but we couldn’t find a good spot, so we went somewhere else, but by then it was too dark and cold to set up. Long story short, we ended up at Burger King that night and I’ve had the project on hiatus ever since, tentatively waiting out the cold weather.
Still, there’s plenty I could have done, especially after I read that I could work on second class and first class things at the same time. The only thing I’ve done in the last few months was requirement 5, “Identify or show evidence of at least ten kinds of wild animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, mollusks) found in your community.” Using the animal index from Desert USA’s Mojave Desert page, the family and I took turns picking local animal life (mostly bugs) and sharing a few facts about them. (Note that not all animals on that page refer to this desert. Elephants? Ostriches? Uh…no.)
This delay has set me far back on my original schedule; I should be working on Star requirements by now. I’ve resolved to finish both second class and first class ranks by the end of May, so I can take a big chunk out of Star over the summer.