Fall Encampment 2009: October 16-18

Update: Encampment Cancelled due to weather.

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Stupid Boys

This is classic.  Obviously, they did not read the instructions in the Dangerous Book for Boys.  They figured the pictures were enough.  Notice also the camera-girl laughing.

This is why men get a bad name.  Funny thing is we generally never regret having done stuff like this.

Reminds me of something Anthony Esolen wrote:

Never marry a woman who does not laugh at your jokes or your buffoonery.  That is one of the nicest ways in which men “serve” women, and women respond by taking delight in the antics.  That is why God made impersonators of Marlon Brando, Sean Connery, and Homer Simpson.  It may in fact be the principal justification for the existence of Marlon Brando, Sean Connery, and Homer Simpson.  This rule is simply an instance of the more general rule that you should never marry a woman who does not genuinely admire you, nor should a woman marry a man whom she does not admire.

Too Much Fun at the Encampment

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Men will be boys.

Summer Encampment 2009 – Tug of War

I am off to Indiana early in the morning.  I will try to get back to blogging when I can catch my breath.  The encampment and then getting ready to go have kept me occupied.  I will also have the video of my encampment talk back online in the morning.  (Video Restored.) Meanwhile, enjoy the encampment Tug of War:

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Our Strategy: Prayer, Mortification and Fraternal Charity

I based the following talk, given to the boys on Saturday at the encampment, on an article St. Maximilian Kolbe wrote in November of 1924. The title of his article, at least in the Italian translation is “Our Tactics.” I don’t have a Polish copy so I cannot be sure if it is accurately translated into Italian. I only mention this, because if one takes into account the military distinction between strategy and tactics, which I explain in the talk, what St. Maximilian is speaking of seems more like strategy than tactics. A minor point. In any case, here is my translation of his article.

Update: Missing Video Video Restored

I won’t try to explain the technical difficulties, but the video was inadvertently deleted from our account on gloria.tv and is currently inaccessible from our computers. I will get it back up just as soon as I can.

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Encampment Gallery, Summer 2009

Summer Encampment Opening Ceremony and Conference

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Living Off the Land

During the encampment last month, one of the activities for the boys was called “Living off the Land,” in which they were taught what plants on the property were edible and which were not. It was no surprise, then, that at the First Friday activities this month, certain little boys, at least one of which had not been on the encampment, were raiding all the presumably edible purple flowers.

I had not actually attended the class and I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between dandelion leaves and deadly nightshade, so I did not really know what to tell the panicked mothers. The next day the friars found half-eaten purple flowers all over the parking lot.

Turns out they are clover flowers. Not a problem. Watch.

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