What an interesting week!! Paul , Sam, and Lizzy had scout outings, we visited the Hong Kong science museum and John was in a police lineup.
Starting with the most unusual happening of our week....I received a call from a friend of a friend who has teen boys, too. Her sons have often worked for a talent agency doing various extra type work for commercials and print ads when they need Anglo boys. So she received a call from the talent company asking if her sons could be the extras in a police lineup at the Mongkok police station the following day. Apparently an Anglo teenager committed a crime and a witness needed to ID him in a lineup. Her sons couldn't go because of a prior commitment, so she thought of John. I contacted the talent person and got all the details. Steve and I discussed it and decided to let John do it if he wanted. He did! Especially when he heard it paid $800 HK (about $103 USD). He called his friend Oliver and Oliver fit the bill, too, so they went together. I believe it was worth it without the money, because all afternoon whenever someone asked where John was...I got to say, "At the police station....doing a lineup".
Paul and Sam spent Saturday doing a modern navigation exercise. The troop is divided into 4 patrols consisting of 5-6 scouts each. Paul and Sam are in different patrols. The patrols are led by an older scout. At their last meeting, each patrol chose a museum in Hong Kong and they made plans to go together the following Saturday. Pauls patrol went to the Hong Kong university museum of art. Sam's patrol went to the Hong Kong History Museum. They each had to meet their patrol at the nearest MTR station then navigate together to the museum and home again safely. Steve and I spent some time going over the route with each one and making sure phones were charged, etc... They each got off at the appointed time and both returned safe and happy. Whew...
Lizzy and I boarded a bus in the Discovery Bay north plaza and rode for about an hour till we arrived at the Pak Tam Chung park about an hour later. We met hundreds of other scouts from our district (the 29th Silver Jubilee Discovery Scouts) for a fun day. Lizzy and her fellow Beavers participated in an orienteering activity, an activity about explorers, a cookout, and a campfire. We sang songs and watched skits...Very similar to scouts back home...some of the same songs, some of the same skits, and lots of the same scout fun. Pretty cool! Lizzy and her friend, Lucy had a wonderful time together. Lucy is the daughter of a missionary couple who are now ministering as full time pastors of a local English speaking church, while the pastor husband attends seminary for his D.Min. Nice young couple who've been in China for 6 years, Hong Kong for mom of this couple grew up in Deatsville, Alabama! Nice family and Lizzy and Lucy at two peas in a pod. This family homeschools, too!
Here are some photos of the scout fun day:
Lucy and Lizzy on the bus.
Not quite a real challenge for monkey girl
Getting ready for the campfire
This is only one side of the crowd. There were 300 scouts total there.
And because it was so cute...here is a picture of a dog waiting on its owner outside a shop in the plaza the other day. Lizzy and I laughed and laughed at it.
And here is a picture of our sweet Dixie playing ball in the grassy area outside our flat.