Volunteered today to be one of the leaders for our group of Cub Scouts at day camp (I’m the Webelos den leader). 10 rambunctious boys ages 8 to 10, two leaders. I’m exhausted. We had a lot of fun, though. In our area, the Cub Scout day camp is a week long affair, at the local Boy Scout camp, Camp Ireland. They have activity stations (today we shot BB guns, played ultimate frisbee, and made rockets out of film canisters and Alka Seltzer), and lots of older Scouts and leaders to help out. There wasn’t much technology today, other than occasionally checking my email on my EVDO phone.
We were at the Alka Seltzer rocket station, and the guide showing us what to do was probably 16 or 18. We were talking about how the space shuttle Discovery was orbiting above us, and that it launched on the 4th of July. Our guide said something like “luckily the space shuttle doesn’t do what the fireworks do”, which immediately brought to mind the Challenger. Now, I tend to think of myself as a young guy. I’m the youngest of all of my wife’s siblings and in-laws. Younger than most all of my coworkers. But I realized that our Boy Scout guide probably wasn’t even born when the Challenger disaster happened (which he confirmed). I remember watching it on TV when I was in the fourth grade.
That was 20 years ago. I’m going to be 30 this year. Man, do I feel old.