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5 dangerous things

As we go through the packing list for Scout camp, in getting my youngest son ready, I recognize that we need to go buy a pocket knife.

All of my boys have owned pocket knives (some of them have owned several knives), and each of them had to earn that right to carry a pocket knife by obtaining a totin chip from scouts. 34234B_sm

I’m sure there are a lot of “fun” things that happen at scout camp that a mom doesn’t want to know about.  Scout camp is the highlight of each of my boy’s summer once they have reached scouting age. They always come back full of stories of the adventures that they never could have had at home.

I heard this talk on the radio a few days ago, with one of my sons, and we thought it was entertaining, but we also agreed with the concepts. It was fun to have this experience with my son, and see his reaction to the recommendations.  I’m not sure I would let my kids do all of these things, but I think my kids have somehow experienced most of them throughout the years.

Having watched the video and heard the talk, I decided that my kids needed just a little more freedom.

Today, they asked if they could take apart a few older computers and put them together to create a more powerful, faster computer.

I thought, “they’ll be spending time exploring, tinkering, and possibly researching how to do what they want to do. How bad could it be?  I was going to throw out the old computers anyway, so why not let them see what they can do?”

They have grand ideas of what the final result is going to be. And who knows, maybe it will be awesome… maybe it won’t… but at the very least it will be a fun learning experience.

If anything exciting comes of it, I’ll let you know.

I hope we can enjoy a little more exploring of our world this summer, and step a little more out of our comfort zone, inspired by these 5 dangerous things that Gever Tulley suggests.

1 Comment

  1. Arnold Miller

    This is really good.
    My favorite engineering professor at the University once told me that he thought the kids that grew up in environments where they were allowed to “break” things made the best engineers. Where they could find out what made things tick, how much stress it took to break materials of different composition, what it took to get it fixed, how improve it, etc. These kids grew up learning how to meet the world’s needs and make things better.
    I hope I gave my kids those opportunities.
    Tremendous insight in this post.
    Thanks to Paul Watts for teaching me this powerful lesson.
    And thanks to my daughter for reminding me.
    – Arnold

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