Are there other moms out there with a son in boy scouts? I am finding myself immersed in a world of merit badges,camp outs,popcorn sales & the annual scouting for food drive. Don’t get me wrong I love the fact that my son is a scout. We joined (I say we because as you know parents are part of it) as Webelos which for those not versed in scout talk means: We Be Loyal Scouts= WeBeLoS. My son had never been in scouting prior to this so I was totally unprepared for what came with it.OMG! the books,the uniform,the camping trips = big bucks! I don’t know how but we managed to make it thru that 1st year.Unfortunately being as he was already 11 and in the 5th grade he was not able to qualify for the highest award in cub scouting “The Arrow of Light”. That requires a 2 year commitment to the Webelos.He did earn quite a number of belt loop awards and passed his safety requirements to carry his pocket knife.Now as we embark on the first year of real Boy scouting I am watching him develop into a strong and thoughtful young man.Of course the whole process means some accomendations from me.He is working towards his very 1st merit badge; Reptiles & amphibians. Ewww. I dont mind the critters as long as they stay out doors,but part of the task involves keeping one alive in a terrarium or other container for 1 month.So help me if that lizard escapes I will freak! I went online with him to research what wild anoles eat.Florida has a large population of these little guys and for the most part they are kinda cute, but not when they scamper across your foot or wind up in your bed at night.I am eternally grateful that he did not choose to keep a snake! So as we enter the 1st week of lizard tending, I am noticing that I see fewer small insects, hmmm this may turn out to be a win win situation for all.I get rid of the flies that always seem to get in somehow, and the lizard gets free room & board for a month.You know on the flip side I think this can work. I will definitly keep you posted as to how things are going.