Leaving on a jet plane…by himself

Yes, today Will left for the National Boy Scout Jamboree, 100th anniversary at Ft. A.P. Hill, Virignia.  We had to leave for the airport at 5:00 am. 

I’m not sure what I was thinking of when he signed up to take this trip in Feb. of 2009,  but seeing him leave today for 2 weeks was much harder than I thought it would be.  These small trips must be God’s way of preparing parents for when they leave the nest.

They are going to Philadelphia, to see Constitution Hall, where the Declaration of Independance was signed.  They will also be going to DC to see the Declaration at the Smithsonian.

This is Will talking to his travel buddy.  His name is Jason.  They will spend the next two weeks together, sharing a tent, etc.  I hope they both survive.  Bill and I joked that if Jason falls down, Will can just pick him up and carry him over his shoulder.

There is about 40 boys from the Edmond area that he is traveling with to DC.   They broke the groups up and he is actually flying with about 20 others on Southwest Airlines.

While at the Jamboree he has the opportunity to have lots of new experiences.  He can meet 2 authors, James Patterson or Christopher Paolini, who wrote Eragon.  He can also do several merit badges, rapelling, trap shooting,  aquatics, archery, and tons more. 

He also signed up to be a hometown news reporter, he has press credentials with that, so I hope to hear from him a lot.  If I get any updates, I will pass them along.  The Jamboree is from July 26-Aug. 4.    He will be home about 7:00 pm on Aug. 4th. 

I hope he has a great time.  I got the chance to go to Washington DC. when I was a senior in high school through 4-H.  It was a neat experience.

5 Responses to Leaving on a jet plane…by himself

  • Mimi says:

    I totally understand your feelings about letting your child go off on a trip like that. I felt the same way when you went overseas on the mission trip. At the same time you can’t help but be glad he will have a great experience.

  • Mimi says:

    Your dad remembers the day you took off for Oklahoma to go to college.

  • Robin says:

    Sounds like a great experience! And that’s a long time!

  • Rachel says:

    I can’t hardly comprehend letting go for 2 weeks. But I’m sure it would be hard. I don’t even think I’m ready to let Carly go to her grandparents house for a week or something.
    I’m sure he’ll have a great time. What a wonderful experience.

  • Gena says:

    Whoa. I don’t even want to think about two week trips. I hope he has a wonderful time!

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