Just another day at Scout Camp
Dear Mom and Dad,
Hello from Scout Camp. Our scoutmaster told us to write to our parents in case you saw the flood on TV and began to worry about us here at camp. We are okay. Only one of our tents and two of our sleeping bags got washed away. Luckily, none of us drowned because we were all up in the mountains looking for Chad when it happened. Oh, by the way, could you please call Chad’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 neat. We never would have found Chad in the dark if it hadn’t been for the lightning. Scoutmaster Walt got mad at Chad for going on a hike alone without telling anyone. Chad said he did tell him, but it was during the fire, so he probably didn’t hear him. Did you know that if you put gas on a fire, the gas will blow up? The wet wood still didn’t burn, but one of our tents did. Some of the clothes in the tent didnt make it. John is going to look weird until his hair grows back.
We will be home on Saturday if Scoutmaster Walt gets the car fixed. It wasn’t his fault about the wreck. The brakes worked okay when we left. Scoutmaster Walt said that with a car that old you have to expect something to break down; that’s probably why he can’t get insurance on it. We think it’s a neat car. He doesn’t care if we get it dirty, and if it’s hot, sometimes he lets us ride on the fenders. It gets pretty hot with 10 people in a car. He let us take turns riding in the trailer until the highway patrolman stopped and talked to us. Scoutmaster Walt is a neat guy. Don’t worry, he is a good driver. In fact, he is teaching Terry how to drive. But he only lets him drive on the mountain roads where there isn’t any traffic. All we ever see up there are logging trucks.
This morning, all of the guys were diving off the rocks and swimming out in the lake. Scoutmaster Walt wouldn’t let me go because I can’t swim and Chad was afraid he would sink because of his cast, so he let us take the canoe across the lake. It was great. You can still see some of the trees under the water from the flood. Scoutmaster Walt isn’t crabby like some scoutmasters. He didn’t even get mad about us not wearing life jackets. He has to spend a lot of time working on the car so we are trying not to cause him any trouble.
Guess what? We have all passed our first aid merit badge. When Dave dove in the lake and cut his arm, we got to see how a tourniquet works. Also Wade and I threw up, but Scoutmaster Walt said it was probably just food poisoning from the leftover chicken. He said they got
food poisoning that way with the food they ate in prison. I’m glad he got out and became our scoutmaster. He said he sure figured out how to get things done better while he was doing his time. I have to go now. We are going into town to mail our letters and buy bullets. Don’t worry about anything. We are fine.
P.S. How long has it been since I had a tetanus shot?