My first "camping" experience came about this year. Tommy's best man duties took him to a bachelor party for his brother, so the pack graduation duties fell to me this year. I decided to leave James home with my parents (how nice is that!) and bring the older 3. I decided to help myself even more and I paid a rising 7th grader to stick to William. I had a WONDERFUL time with the kids, and was able to enjoy the time with the other moms, as well as the pack graduation.
What I really enjoyed that day (though I was so nervous about going, and panicked a bit if the truth be told) was seeing, or not seeing, Patrick having so much fun. He was off in boy world with sticks and scavenger hunts and just having a great time. I can't say that I will be the first to volunteer to go by myself again next year, but I hope I will be able to go next year. (last year, I had a newborn and was post-c-section.)