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counselor • pack up • roles
in charge • tons
  1. The same actor played a number of different in the movie.
  2. The best part of being a camp is getting to be outside all day.
  3. Let me a few sandwiches for you to take with you on your trip.
  4. Who is of planning the party this weekend.
  5. We are going to need of ice to keep all this soda cold.
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605 White Water Ride
Joel talks about a trip he took with his students down a wild river.

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camp counselor

I was a camp counselor one time for a high school program.

A 'camp counselor' is a leader for children at a camp. the counselor is usually in charge of leading activities and caring for the children. Notice the following:

  1. Our camp counselor teaches us a new camp song every week.
  2. She was a camp counselor for three years when she was younger.

pack up

The students helped pack up everything onto the raft.

When you 'pack everything up,' you put the things that you need into something that will be used to transport them, in this case a raft for the river. If you are going on a car trip, before you leave, you have to pack up everything you need in the car. Notice the following:

  1. We hired movers to pack up all our furniture.
  2. I'm just going to pack up the car, and then I'll be on my way.

different roles

The students had different roles, such as cooking, setting up tents, and building the fire.

Here, 'different roles' refers to different responsibilities that each student has. Notice the following:

  1. The teacher assigns different roles for students in class every week.
  2. All of my friends play different roles in our friend group.

in charge of

The students who were in charge of cooking prepared all the ingredients for that day.

If you are 'in charge of' something, you are responsible for it. Notice the following:

  1. Do you know who is in charge of public relations here?
  2. We are in charge of bringing dessert to the party.

tons of

We had so much fun and tons of pictures of that day.

'Tons of pictures' is the same as saying a lot of pictures. Notice the following:

  1. We have tons of different art supplies.
  2. I have tons of things to do this weekend and don't know if I'll have time to finish everything.