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Boys Camp

Warren talks about what he remembers most about going to summer camp.

Lindsay: So we're talking about camp today. Did you ever go to camp when you were a kid?

Warren: I did. I usually went to Cub camp, you know like Boy Scouts.

Lindsay: OK. Was it during the summer?

Warren: Yes, it would always be in the summer.

Lindsay: And was it for a week or a month?

Warren: I can't recall, it probably was about a week.

Lindsay: About a week. What did you do at Cub camp?

Warren: We'd do different things. One thing I remember is archery.

Lindsay: Archery?

Warren: Yeah, like bows and arrows. So we would have a target and we would practice trying to hit the target and I was really bad at it. I remember always, it's quite difficult and I would hurt my arm with the bow. But then after we were trying to get the target I remember we did distance as well and I was actually pretty good at that. I figured out how to get a long shot away and I think, I might be lying, but I think I maybe got the longest shot than anyone else.

Lindsay: Wow. Congratulations. OK, besides archery were there other games you played or sports you did?

Warren: Yeah, we would learn how to canoe and we'd swim and we'd go on hikes. We learned how to navigate through the forest with a compass.

Lindsay: OK. Did you learn how to start fire without matches?

Warren: We did, yeah. We'd use two sticks, rub them together and start a fire.

Lindsay: Wow. What would you guys do at night? Would you play games or have campfires?

Warren: Yes, we'd always have a campfire at night. We'd sing some songs, Kumbaya, and put on some skits and tell ghost stories but my favorite thing to do at the campfire was roast marshmallows.

Lindsay: That's the best.

Warren: I'd spend hours trying to find the perfect stick to carve and roast marshmallows on. Sometimes we'd even make the chocolate smores for the marshmallows.

Lindsay: Yummy. So that food was good, how was the other food?

Warren: I don't have any memories of it being good so I don't think it was very good. We would eat together in a mess hall much like yourself and actually I remember getting really sick one time and my parents had to come and pick me up and I think I got a bit of food poisoning.

Lindsay: Oh wow, from the food?

Warren: Yeah.

Lindsay: In scout camp, wow. OK. Final question, so you were away from your family right?

Warren: Yeah.

Lindsay: Was that hard or easy?

Warren: It was easy. I remember feeling a little freer and more independent away from my parents, less rules, less regulations.

Lindsay: You weren't homesick at all?

Warren: No, I never did get homesick. Even when my parents came to pick me up that time when I was sick, I really didn't want to go home.

Lindsay: It's too bad you got food poisoning.

Warren: Yeah.

Lindsay: OK, thanks Warren.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson



We would practice trying to hit the target and I was really bad at it.

A target is an object we are shooting at.  Notice the following:

  1. I'm terrible at darts.  I can't even hit the target!
  2. My dad enjoys hunting and target shooting.



We learned how to navigate through the forest with a compass.

To navigate means to find our way when we are traveling.  Notice the following:

  1. I'll drive, you navigate.
  2. We had to navigate a difficult course through the mountains.

put on


We'd sing some songs, and put on some skits and tell ghost stories

Here, put on means to perform.  Notice the following:

  1. They put on some skits at the church charity party.
  2. We put on a play for the school.

food poisoning


I think I got a bit of food poisoning.

We get food poisoning from rotten or unclean food.  Notice the following:

  1. I often eat from stalls, but I've never got food poisoning.
  2. Food poisoning is always a concern for me while traveling.



There were less rules, less regulations.

Regulations are official rules that tell us what we can or can not do in a particular place or situation.  Notice the following:

  1. There are so many rules and regulations these days.
  2. The business community is campaigning for fewer regulations.

Vocabulary Quiz

target • navigate • put on
food poisoning • regulations
  1. It's now easier to through the woods with a GPS.
  2. The archer aimed for the .
  3. Students have to abide by the school rules and .
  4. We a musical for the tourists.
  5. Be careful what you eat out in the streets, or you might get .
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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