So, I’m a Cubmaster. Of a Cub Scout Pack. We’re okay with gay people now! And trans kids! Which obviously ymmv and as a whole the BSA is still fairly conservative (you can be any religion but you have to be *a* religion, which I sort of mumble through), but I feel like I have to combat the image of the BSA as regressive anti-gay Christians.

And there’s a pretty good optional STEM program. I’m the STEM chair of my district, because of course I am.

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Tonight was my Pack’s first meeting, so I had us do one of the STEM Nova awards, “Nova Wild”. It’s about wildlife, invasive species, etc.

I brought up the food chain, asked what it was, then asked for a volunteer. No info provided. My son raised his hand, because he’s my son, and I chose him because I figured he could roll with this.

“Okay, you’re grass.”

He figured out how to roleplay as fucking grass pretty quickly. I asked for another volunteer. He was a grasshopper. The next was a frog.

Then snake, then owl, each hopping or flapping or whatever as necessary, eating the previous kid before something comes along and eats them.

I ask for another volunteer, and everyone is raising their hand. I choose an older kid, he walks up. “You’re a mushroom.”

The look he gave me, I swear to god.

I’m not a science teacher but this was a lot of fun and I feel like they learned stuff, or at least it reinforced what they had already learned. Which felt pretty good.

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