The Flapjack 20 is a Boy Scout sanctioned 20 mile hike at night that culminates with a pancake breakfast.
Personally, eating pancakes after walking in the woods for 20 miles and 8-9 hours at night makes me nauseous.
But back to Samuel.
He was decked out in his long johns, wool socks, coat and hiking boots. (Yes, jeans and a shirt) Stephen was in charge of providing hot chocolate and snacks at the 10 mile mark. So, he left sometime after 11:00 ( I had to sleep, so I’m really not sure what time he left) and went to prepare everything for the guys.
10 boys and 2 adults started the hike and at the ten mile mark, 4 boys and 1 adult were left.
Samuel was one of the ones that stayed. Sometime while Stephen was gone to provide snacks I prayed that God would give Samuel the will to persevere and have endurance. Samuel isn’t known for perseverance in other areas of his life, namely school work, and I really wanted him to see that he could complete something that seemed so very tough.
He came home at 6:30, after eating pancakes and sausage (GAG!), and went to the bathtub and then to bed. He slept for a few hours, got up to eat, and slept for a few more hours.
I was so proud of him for completing the 20 mile hike in the dark with a flashlight whose battery was waining at the end of the hike. He said he lost sight of one of the leaders for the last 5 miles.
But he kept on. I of course made a life application out of this hike. It is my job as his mother and his teacher. But I also let him now how proud I was of him. And how gross I thought it was that he ate pancakes after hiking 20 miles.