Sweet Shot Tuesday 102
This past weekend we had our boy scout troop’s court of honor. This is an event held twice a year to honor the boys and distribute awards for their achievements. Usually it is held indoors in place of one of our regular meeting slots.
For this court of honor we decided to do something special. We held our court of honor during our monthly camping trip. The camp site was at a local state park and all the parents and non-campers came out Saturday evening to visit us and celebrate. Dinner was potluck and delicious.
Another parent assembled a slide show and brought her projector and computer. During the day I asked the scouts to build a movie screen from some pieces of bamboo and a queen sized sheet. They did and it was impressive.
The images began to play on the scout-made screen and everything was perfect. I walked around the back of the crowd to take in the whole group along with the photos. The photos streamed with music in the background and it struck me. The importance of these photos. Everyone had contributed photos to the overall slide show, much like the potluck dinner. The exposures and white balances were are over the board, but it didn’t matter. No, the importance of those kids and the events and activities they were involved in were the only focus. Everyone’s story was clear and part of the overall whole big story.
Watching all this on a screen made from scratch made the whole experience that much better. When the non-camping parents and siblings left and went back to their comfy, non-bug infested homes for the evening, we stayed in front of the screen. We played a 20 minute video of Eagle Sscout, Mike Rowe from the 2010 National Jamboree. It was an inspiring address, that I was fortunate enough to witness first-hand. After that was complete, I popped in Captain America to wild surprise and enthusiasm from the scouts.
We kicked off the generator (ya, I know, not really part of camping) at 12:45am and did a final lights out patrol of the tents at one a.m. In my exhausted state, I walked across the camp with my flashlight off, stars glowing overhead, as I thought. How amazing it is the impression photos make on us. From photos of our past to motion pictures that tell elaborate stories, where would we be without photos? Luckily enough, we won’t ever really know the answer to that question.