KIDRUCK Bootcamp {Army} Birthday Party

We had the most fantastic party for Anton's 6th birthday yesterday.

I'm so excited to show it to you.

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He wants to be in the Army when he grows up so he requested a "KIDRUCK Bootcamp Army Party."

Challenge accepted.

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After getting geared up and ready, Ben sat the kids down for a few minutes to talk to them about what it means to be a soldier and how men & women in the military give their lives to protect us. Per Anton's request, he also explained a little about a group called GoruckΒ that Ben is very involved in. Complete with a rucksack full of bricks, these 12-17 hour Goruck Challenges are a slice of what the Special Forces go through in training.

This party's events are a kid version of what the GoruckΒ challenges are like...KIDRUCK

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First was the "Welcome Party." Each child that wanted to, came up front and chose an exercise to lead the rest of the group in. They did 6 of each, since Anton was turning 6.

They did burpees, jumping jacks, sit ups, push ups, etc.

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Though the kids initially thought of it as a race, Ben helped them understand that they needed to work together as a team on several of the events.

They sweated it out as they learned to use teamwork and carry Ben's backpack filled with 6 bricks, from one side of the field to the other...without it touching the ground.

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Another of the teamwork events is called a "Litter Carry" {basically a stretcher}.Β Ours was made using poles placed through the body & arms of 3 t-shirts.

The kids thought this was SO much fun.

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The rest of the events were running tires, hurdles, army crawl, and several climbing & balancing challenges.

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I was so excited to find fake barbed wire at Hobby Lobby. A few of the kids were a little concerned before I told them what it actually was.

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Ben made everything himself. Luckily, he was finishing up just as Anton's friends arrived.

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After several water breaks and lots of running around, it was time for snacks and cake.

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Every year, I make a very special cake for the birthday-kid. Every year it's been something different. Often it's simply a cake in their favorite color {see this post}.

This time though, I tried something I'd never attempted before.

A camo cake.

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Both the cupcakes and the large cake are camouflage inside.

I'll do a tutorial on how later this week {it's actually pretty easy}.

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It was too windy for the candles on Anton's cake to stay lit, so we did a little re-do at home later on in the evening.

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Wow it tasted good.

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I cannot believe my baby is already 6.

You are such a joy to me, buddy. You are incredible inside and out and I am so proud of you and the fun & caring boy you are. You make my heart happy.

Happy Birthday, my sweet Anton!

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