Johnnies Letter From Camp
Dear Mom and Dad,
Our Scoutmaster told us to write to our parents in
case you saw the flood on TV and are 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
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
neat. We never would have found Adam in the dark
if it hadn't been for the lightning.
Scoutmaster Keith got mad at Adam for going on a
hike alone without telling anybody. Adam 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 didn't burn, but one of the tents did and
also some of our clothes. Matthew is going to look
weird until his hair grows back.
We will be home on Saturday if Scoutmaster Keith gets
the bus fixed. It wasn't his fault about the wreck.
The brakes worked okay when we left. Scoutmaster
Keith 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 neat bus. 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 45 people in a bus
made for 24. He lets us take turns riding in the trailer
until the highway patrolman stopped and talked to us.
Scoutmaster Keith is a neat guy. Don't worry, he is a
good driver. In fact, he is teaching Jessie how to drive
on the mountain roads where there isn't any cops.
All we ever see up there are logging trucks.
This morning all of the guys were diving off the rocks
and swimming out to the rapids. Scoutmaster Keith
wouldn't let me because I can't swim, and Adam was
afraid he would sink because of his cast. It's concrete
because we didn't have any plaster, so he let us take
the canoe out. It was great. You can still see some of
the trees under the water from the flood.
Scoutmaster Keith isn't crabby like some scoutmasters.
He didn't even get mad about the life jackets. He has
to spend a lot of time working on the bus so we are
trying not to cause him any trouble.
Guess what? We have all passed our first aid merit
badges. When Ryan dived into the lake and cut his arm,
we got to see how a tourniquet works.
Steven and I threw up, but Scoutmaster Keith said it
probably was just food poisoning from the leftover
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 said he sure figured out how to get
things done better while he was doing his time. By the
way, what is a pedal-file?
I have to go now. We are going to town to mail our
letters & buy some more beer and ammo. Don't worry
about anything. We are fine and tonight it's my turn
to sleep in the Scoutmaster's tent.
Love as always, your only son,
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