Last year, I promised myself I wouldn’t take the competition trail again. This year, a group of scouts all much younger than me went to take first against patrols of high school kids. I’m proud of them. I don’t regret my decision to not go, but I am amazed that this group that I once saw as hopeless, immature, and incompetent went and accomplished this. It kinda pains me knowing that I’m becoming less and less active as school and band has swallowed me up, but I must say I’m amazed.