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Letter from camp  [message #68506] Sat, 07 June 2014 03:19 Go to next message
Smokr is currently offline  Smokr   United States

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I took a few liberties with an old email joke that makes the rounds from time to time.

Dear Mom,

Our Scoutmaster told us to write to our parents in case you saw the flood on TV and got worried. We are okay. Only one of our tents and 2 sleeping bags got washed away. Luckily, none of us got drowned because we were all up on the mountain looking for Adam when it happened.
Oh yes, please call Adam's mother and tell her he is okay. He can't write because of the cast. I got to ride in one of the search and rescue Jeeps. It was great. We never would have found Adam in the dark if it hadn't been for the lightning.
Scoutmaster Ted got mad at Adam for going on a hike alone without telling anyone. Adam said he did tell him, but it was during the fire so he probably didn't hear him. Did you know that life jackets burned so easy? We didn't. Matthew sure does now. He is going to look funny until his hair grows back.
We will be home on Saturday if Scoutmaster Ted gets the bus fixed. It wasn't his fault about the crash. The brakes worked okay when we left. Scoutmaster Ted said that with a bus that old, you have to expect something to break down; that's probably why he can't get insurance. We think it's a super bus. He doesn't care if we get it dirty, and if it's hot he lets us ride on the bumpers. It gets pretty hot with 45 people in a bus made for 24. He let us take turns riding in the trailer until the policeman stopped and talked to us.
Scoutmaster Ted is a neat guy. Don't worry, he is a good driver. In fact, he is taking turns teaching us how to drive on the mountain roads where there aren't any cops. All we ever see up there are huge logging trucks. We get to sit on his lap and steer!

He isn't crabby like some scoutmasters. He didn't even get mad about the life jackets and our swim suits burning up the first day. He said he'd never seen them catch fire before drying them over the camp fire. He has to spend a lot of time working on the bus so we are trying not to cause him any trouble so we leave him alone and go on hikes and stuff on our own.
This morning all of the guys were diving off the rocks and swimming out to the rapids. You can still see some of the trees under the water from the flood. Scoutmaster Ted wouldn't let me because I can't swim, and Adam was afraid he would sink because of his cast, so he let us take the canoe out. It was great, but the wood seat gave me splinters. Good thing Scoutmaster Ted knew how to get them out.
Guess what? We have all passed our first aid merit badges. When Andrew dived into the lake and cut his arm, we all got to see how a tourniquet works. Steve and I threw up, but Scoutmaster Ted said it was probably just food poisoning from the left-over chicken. He said they got sick that way with food they ate in prison. I'm so glad he got out and became our scoutmaster. He knows so many fun things to do in the tent at night. He takes turns going to a different tent each night. I can't wait for tonight because it's our last night and he said there was something extra special he wanted to show us.
I have to go now. We are going to town to post our letters and Scoutmaster Ted is going to
buy some more beer and ammo. Don't worry about anything.
P.S. Can you be sure to have plenty of iodine?

[Updated on: Sat, 07 June 2014 03:32]




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Michael-Kent Dobison is currently offline  Michael-Kent Dobison   South Africa

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Almost makes me wish I had more 'CAMP' opportunities myself Wink in SA we call it VeldSkool (Bush School ... hehehehe OMG I never saw the pun in that till now) and I remember having a god damn hoot on that trip... I learnt lots about other boys that year Wink Smile Very Happy



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