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What type of summer camp did you go to?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on June 26, 2008

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Photo of Bonnie Ruzich

“A religious camp called Rural Bible Crusade where we got to memorize 300 Bible verses, although you could do more if you wanted.”

Photo of Will Marshall

“Basketball, tennis and soccer camp. I hated them all. I would’ve rather taken the time off and had a fun, lazy summer.”

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“I went to the Boston University Tanglewood Institute during the summer for singing.”

Photo of Kyle Robinson

“I went to Rock Springs 4-H camp. It was somewhere in central Kansas. It was a great time. I made a lot of friends there, so it got better each year I went.”

Comments

coolmom 5 years, 9 months ago

oh, sue i love your comments. you always make me laugh and frequently go "oh, yeah. been there!"

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coolmom 5 years, 9 months ago

camp basic training. my dad loved hauling all of us kids on week long camp outs that my mom hated and she would scream for the entire week and we would dissappear into the woods/water and have a great time. as an adult it occured to me i hated camping with my kids it was cooking and cleaning without a bathtub and knowing that every second of every trip one of the kids is doing something in a attempt to kill or mangle themselves. oh, the stress. i am strating to get somewhat more laid back but would rather go back to basic at my age then camp with the young kids again. i love going on kayaking and conoeing overnight trips with my older ones or better yet adults now though. the 6th graders here do a week at camp with the school in the hills of california and i have gone as a parent jailer a few times.

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janeyb 5 years, 9 months ago

Church and cheerleading. If allowed a do over, wouldn't paticipate in either one.

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H_Lecter 5 years, 9 months ago

Camp Geiger (St. Joe.,MO)Knots and dissections Torturing other campersThe joys of childhood

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Ceallach 5 years, 9 months ago

That must have been a rough camp, sizzle.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 9 months ago

Sue..(laughing too hard to ytep)I can't believe you did that!Where's TOB, he's missing out!Ceal..good comeback.

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sizzleplate 5 years, 9 months ago

put some panties in your mouf and shut it

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Ceallach 5 years, 9 months ago

sue, I remember her, I think she became a famous journalist or something of that sort. At the last camp reunion she mentioned that her writings are published almost daily by an award winning newspaper.

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penguin 5 years, 9 months ago

I went to two camps-Michgan State Spartan Debate Institute and the University of Michigan Classic Debate Camp on two occasions. Around a full month of nothing, but reading and preparing for policy debate. I would have to say the funniest parts were the mandatory fun day and the dance at the end of each camp. I almost miss sleeping only 3 hours a night, cutting tons of cards, and ingesting enough caffeine to supercharge a whale. Ah memories :)

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Romans832 5 years, 9 months ago

I attended a church camp on the outskirts of Arkansas City for several years. I also served as a counselor two or three times. No swimming pool on the grounds? No problem! They just bussed us into Ark City. They did eventually build a pool on site.

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sunflower_sue 5 years, 9 months ago

ohjay, I never really went to band camp (I was never really in band)...I've just always wanted to say that.I went to this one camp where my bunk mate hurt herself swinging off of the top bunk on day 1. She was a complete "downer" the first 3 days. All she did was sit around composing dreadfully sad letters to her mother. On day 4, I slipped some unknown plant matter into her pancakes at breakfast and she was great the whole day! Day 5, we went home. I wonder whatever happened to her?

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RedwoodCoast 5 years, 9 months ago

I, too, went to that Rock Springs 4-H camp. Mostly I hated it, but there were some good moments. I also went to a Kansas Wildlife camp near Rock Springs, which was only a little more tolerable than the 4-H camp. Also, I wen to Frank Childers Boy Scout Camp and Camp Arrowhead Boy Scout Camp, both in Missouri. I really hated those. I agree with Marion on the Boy Scouts, but I do find myself using the occasional obscure knot.

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terrapin2 5 years, 9 months ago

I went to an all girls camp in Northern Minnesota for 20 years. I became a counselor there in the later years of course. I started going with my family when I was 3 years old to the week long "family camp" they had at the end of the summer. When I was old enough (7 I think) I flew up to MN by myself and stayed at camp for a month. When I was a little older I would stay for both sessions (2 months). My mom hated having me gone that long, but I loved every second of it. We had horseback riding, tennis, archery, riflery, swimming, sailing, canoeing, dance, arts and crafts, drama, water skiing, camping trips etc... I ended up teaching riding, tennis, and canoeing and took out the overnight camping/canoeing trips. My parents have gone there for 50 years. My mom was roommates in college with the owner at KU in the forties. It is no longer a running camp, but we still go there for family camp and stay in some of the old cabins. We will be there at the end of July with my husband and two sons, my brother and his wife and 2 daughters, and my father who is 85 and still kicking butt on the tennis court.

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sheshapes 5 years, 9 months ago

Angeles Crest Christian camp when I was growing up in Southern Cali, and in high school, various other Christian camps in different places in California. At the high school camps, I was always the one getting into trouble (while everyone else was memorizing bible verses). Sneaking cigarettes and booze and such, and getting my friends in trouble too because they got drunk... I wasn't as bad as the girl who brought the weed though. She got sent home. And she was the preacher's daughter! Boy did she catch hell.

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canyon_wren 5 years, 9 months ago

What interesting posts! pywacket, I envy you--what a nice experience that school farm must have been--especially the chance to do those winter-type things! (I'm serious, though it sounds crazy!).

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HootyWho 5 years, 9 months ago

Camp Mt. Herman,,,not too far from Tongie,its run by the United Church of the BrethrenIt had a little bit of church stuff,,but was mostly just for fun

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Ceallach 5 years, 9 months ago

Only went to summer camp one time. Hurt myself the first day swinging off the top bunk, spent days 1, 2 and 3 watching everyone else have a great time and writing pitiful letters to my mother. Day 4 was good, then we went home at noon on day 5. Woe, despair and agony on me.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 9 months ago

Two weeks of jolly fun at Fort McClellan.It really was fun too. It was too hot to march, exercise, etc. So it was 'gun club' and classes. They had a catered mess hall, the food was fabulous, and everyone who came hoping to lose weight exercising, ended up gaining 10 lbs.

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 9 months ago

Six weeks of jolly fun at beautiful Ft. Riley.

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redmorgan 5 years, 9 months ago

Luckily, my parents never sent me off to camp...I was allowed to be lazy, swim everyday and play Nintendo games until my eyes became bloodshot in the wee hours...it was fabulous!

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Pywacket 5 years, 9 months ago

I went to the school farm: http://www.battlecreekschools.org/oec/BCPSPrograms.htm (scroll down to "Farm Garden Program.") I didn't realize it then, but my grade must've been about the first to enjoy the new location after the farm moved. We could go as many weekdays as we wanted back then.It worked like this: any day you wanted to go, you showed up with a sack lunch at the school at 7:00 a.m. The bus ride was a half hour or so, then we would work at various farm tasks--weeding, thinning seedlings, etc. We ate lunch outside, too, unless it was very hot. (No chiggers in Michigan--you can loll in the sweet grass all you like.) At some time in the day, there would be a short classroom instruction session--learning about different soils, pests, weeds, etc., then you'd work outside some more. The classroom break was nice, as the building was air-conditioned and you were out of the sun. As produce became available, you'd take home grocery sacks full of whatever you were harvesting--beets, spinach, corn, squash... I loved digging beets, then smelling them later as my mom pickled them or made Harvard beets. They were so good! Everything tastes better if you grow and harvest it with your own hands.Can you believe--we actually thought this was fun and felt like millionaires lugging our heavy brown-paper bags full of seasonal bounty home from the school where the bus dropped us off late in the afternoons? My friend and I would go 2-3 days a week over the summer, with the other days being spent in carefree pursuits or swimming at the junior high's indoor pool, which was open for public use in the summer.At the school farm, we got to see and learn about farm animals, too--and pet the calves and other animals in the barn. If it rained, we spent more time in the barn or classroom.We went to the adjoining Clear Lake Camp during the school year (each elementary school in the district was assigned a different week). That was a Monday-thru-Friday stay, with boys' and girls' dorm buildings and a lodge with an enormous fireplace room and a cafeteria. Everybody had a stint of work in the cafeteria or cleaning the dorms/bathrooms. I went in January, when the activities included ice fishing, hikes around the frozen lake, exploring an old cabin in the woods, and sledding.In all these years, I have never met anyone else whose school district had anything like our school farm. I wish my own kids could've experienced something like this--I think they would have a better work ethic for it and maybe appreciate gardening more. That was probably the beginning of my love for growing things and working in the soil.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 9 months ago

Oh, and hiding the rubber animals from the Camp Granada game around the house was great. The white mouse in the flour cannister, the spider in the sheets on the bed. The little green snake in the potted vines.Good for a few mom screams.A precursor to the summer biology trip where I found a sheep skeleton and a horse jaw in some field. I put them all in a bag and took them home. Hid them in my closet until everyone left. I went out into my mom's extensive perfect gardens and buried them all over. For the next few years, I could look out the back patio doors to see Mom on her knees digging..then a jump and a shriek as she found another one.I'm starting to figure out why my mom didn't always like me too much..hmmm.

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GSWtotheheart 5 years, 9 months ago

forgot to mention girl scout camps and another church camp near KC through Kansas City Youth for ChristI will say I had fun but sometimes, enough is enough...don't like organized religion and don't want to participate in it in any form anymorethanks for cramming it down my throat dad!

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 9 months ago

Girl Scout day camp locally, it was all good.Then, 1 week with horse backing, swimming, camping in tents on high decks at Camp Daisy Hindman. A real learning experience for me.Things I learned,1) If on the first day, I happen to notice that all the girls trunk have identical keys,(very easy to spot from a distance) and one girl is not in the tent, and all the girls concur that it would be funny to shut her key (they hung on strings on the handle) inside her locked trunk, it might not go as harmlessly as planned. I happened to not be in the tent when she returned, she got hysterical, and the others who thought it such a great idea, didn't come to her rescue with their same matching keys, they just pointed the finger at me.Of course I got hauled to the counselor's cabin for a lecture. And oddly, she didn't see it as the harmless prank we all had.Thus, the hatred set in. {strike 1}2) When you pay for horseback riding, and the group marches the very long (so it seemed) distance in the blazing sun to get to the stables (one day/time slot of horses only) and find the stable folks have scheduled someone else and your group will not get to ride at all during the stay..that was just illegal to me. That was the main selling point of the camp for me. {strike 2}3) One day, I forgot my brand new Mickey Mouse T-shirt at the pool. Horrors, In my family, you went and got those things so they wouldn't be stolen. The counselors refused to let me go get it. You all know the ones, with Mickey on the front, and his backside on the back.{strike 3} Fortunately the next day the shirt was still there.All in all, it was okay, I got swimmer's ear, my hand skin allergies went nuts, but that was okay other than not being able to swim anymore. Won the canoe races.Things the counselors didn't learn, but the rest of the camp and my friends back home did:If you tick off a camper, they really need to not have open air showers that Multi can scale along the neck high water pipe to take photos of them showering naked.

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Kontum1972 5 years, 9 months ago

fort polk, tigerland,....then ft wolters (aviation flight school) ft rucker (aviation/combat training) then one yr with the southeast asia war games...result: we came in second place, and left town and were asked to never come back again, or they would throw us out again......

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jonas 5 years, 9 months ago

I went to the 10 day scout camp at Bartell right off Truman lake, and inevitably by the fifth or sixth day I would have not only the worst case of poison ivy you've ever seen (raspberry blisters on my fingers, red patches on face, arms, legs, body) I would also get the worst case of athletes foot you've ever seen (I won't describe it, too horrible). Add that to the time that I had a herniated disc in my back, aggravating the sciatic nerve into my right leg, sleeping on cots that could barely fit me, oh it was great. I do have some good memories, though, buried under that one.

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autie 5 years, 9 months ago

Church camp. Somewhere out west of Emporia. Learned more about cigarettes, beer and sex.Oh those liberal Episcopalians.

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canyon_wren 5 years, 9 months ago

Nancy Boy--I hear you! Sounds like when we stayed at uncles' farms in Douglas and Franklin counties. I, too, ran across a black snake in the barn while looking for eggs in the hay. And I never got over my fear of cranky-looking hens sitting on their nest, while I was in the chicken house getting eggs. Doing the chores on a Kansas farm in the summer was a good experience for us city kids!Pomegranate--I'll bet Santa Catalina was beautiful. I have always wanted to go there. We used to picnic at Bodega Bay when I was a kid living in Santa Rosa, and the weather was always chilly and gray, but we loved it. I really miss the ocean, living in Utah!

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 9 months ago

I just don't seem to like the structure and every minute of your life planned at these camps.- pomegranateKinda rules out Naval Station Great Lakes doesn't it...

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ohjayhawk 5 years, 9 months ago

sue - you just reminded me that I went to band camp in addition to the others. I don't have any "this one time... at band camp" stories, however.

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pomegranate 5 years, 9 months ago

The only summer camp I really liked was when our girl scout troop spent a week on Santa Catalina Island back in about 1954 or so. We had a great time!Other than that, i went to a couple of church camps and a couple more girl scout camps in the southern calif mountains.One year, in northern calif, we took our daughters to Camp Cazadero in Sonoma county. The girls had a great time and my husband and I sneaked out and went driving around picking blackberries, and going to Bodega Bay for delicious fresh shrimp. I just don't seem to like the structure and every minute of your life planned at these camps.

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hail2oldku 5 years, 9 months ago

Marion - Naish is a piece of cake compared to Osceola.

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sgtwolverine 5 years, 9 months ago

I wasn't really much for summer camps. But last week I photographed the local high school football program's youth football camp (run by the coaches and a few seniors); does that count? I think I enjoyed that more than I would have enjoyed summer camps at that age.

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rumor_man 5 years, 9 months ago

"Basketball, tennis and soccer camp. I hated them all. I would've rather taken the time off and had a fun, lazy summer."- Will Marshall, unemployed, Kansas City, Mo.--------------Since you would've rather taken the time off instead of camps I guess you must really enjoy being unemployed then?

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acg 5 years, 9 months ago

I went to a girl scouts camp a few times. I also went to a church camp with a friend who's family was religious. Ah, good times. S'mores, learning to canoe, doing crafts when it rained, koombaya around the campfire. Oh to be young again.

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 9 months ago

Canyon wren, oh yes, the place was lousy with chiggers and ticks.......and my all time favorite: copperheads. I killed at least 3-4 per summer. And the yellow jackets and wasps. Someone mentioned putting up hay--which I did for local farmers. Nothing like the loft of a tin-roof barn throwing bales in 90 degree heat with wasp buzzing around. We had a yellow jacket "nest" in some exposed roots and everytime I mowed, it was 50/50 if I would stir them up. Finally dumped a few cups of gas down this seemingly endless network of the bee colony and torched them....but they always came back. It was an interesting place to live. I hated the livestock though, pigs and cows and even chickens can be mean----I was "smallish" as a kid---sprouted late and I guess the animals knew I was scared of them. I still have a scar on my right ankle from rooster spurs. And how could I forget reaching in a layer box to get the eggs and discovering a five foot long black snake.....no kidding!

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sunflower_sue 5 years, 9 months ago

This one time...at band camp...

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mom_of_three 5 years, 9 months ago

Unless grandma's house counts....

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mom_of_three 5 years, 9 months ago

Didn't go to any summer camps....at all......

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countrygirl 5 years, 9 months ago

I went to 4-H camp at Rock Spring Ranch too and loved it. It's south west of Junction City. Very pretty place and lots of fun stuff to do. I went back twice as a counselor.

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BABBOY 5 years, 9 months ago

i went to football camps. Too short for the position I was trying to play. Offensive guard.

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consumer1 5 years, 9 months ago

Thanks O-Bob, I was wondering if anyone would catch my reference.

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GSWtotheheart 5 years, 9 months ago

baptist...Grand Oaks in MO somewherehad fun but still don't like organized religion

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The_Original_Bob 5 years, 9 months ago

Consumer - Is that the guy that makes inmates wear pink prison clothes?--I went to 4H and a Mennonite (modern) church camp. It was fun. We did some things and mostly that was hitting on the girls. Ahhh, coming of age with no parents and 17 year old counselors that could care less what we did.

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cheer67 5 years, 9 months ago

I went to cheerleading camp. I always thought it was fun, but they never had good food.... Hmm....Last year we went to Emporia State for camp. It was disgusting and made me never want to stay in Emporia again. By the way, we stayed in the Morse dorms, I heard those are the worst.

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canyon_wren 5 years, 9 months ago

Nancy-Boy--what a nice memory of summers! I guess they don't have chiggers in the Ozarks? Yu didn't mention those. Of course, you did mention blackberries and I understand chiggers and blackberries have a symbiotic relationship! I lived in Columbia twice--out in the country one time--and don't remember much in the way of chigger bites there, but surely remember them from Kansas visits!I have to say I can appreciate Will's feelings about the sports camps--most kids nowadays don't need to go to camp to "learn" something--their lives are so organized all the time that just a camp free of lessons and any other sort of structure would be a good change. Unstructured summers seem to last so much longer.I only went to camp once--a week at a Lutheran church camp in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz mountains. It was a nice experience for someone who hadn't had much chance to be in the "boonies" at that point.

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consumer1 5 years, 9 months ago

I spent months at a very special camp in Arizona, you may have heard of it. It is located in Maricopa County Arizona. It is run by the Sherrif there. His Name is Joe Arpaio. It was a lot of fun !We got to stay in tents and everything even got to eat balogna sandwiches.

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LHS76 5 years, 9 months ago

Bailing hay. Now thats a way to spend the summer!

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jaythomp11 5 years, 9 months ago

"A religious camp called Rural Bible Crusade where we got to memorize 300 Bible verses, although you could do more if you wanted."- Bonnie Ruzich, airline clerk, Kansas City, Kan.Wow Bonnie, they allowed you to memorize all those Bible verses....what a privilege! Sounds more like a punishment to me...

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 9 months ago

The Shewmon Compound. One-hundred forty acres of bliss in the heart of the Ozarks. Swimming and sunning by a nice aqua-blue waterhole in crystal clear Sinking Creek. Picking huge, juicy blackberries, rasberries, peaches. A gigantic garden kept me busier than anything. Back then? No iPods, cell phones, Playstation, MTV......just a bike, the neighbor kids, cut-off blue jeans and a pair of waffle-stompers. Shirt optional. Summer camp? It would've been the most horrible experience of my childhood.

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blue73harley 5 years, 9 months ago

When I first saw the OTS question de jour, I was bummed knowing that I never got to go to camp. But then I read Bonnie's response and realize that maybe not going to camp is a good thing! Jeez!BTW - Do you think sunglasses can possibly get any bigger? Maybe I'll start a new trend and get a tinted face shield.

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Marion Lynn 5 years, 9 months ago

Allan Sherman........................great way to wake up in the morning!Went to Boy Scout camp at Naish. Hated it. Went home midway through the week and left them rubbing sticks together or whatever it was that Boy Scouts did there. Found my shortwave equipment much more interesting than watching them pretend to be pioneers and woodsmen.

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Kevin Sontag 5 years, 9 months ago

Hello muddah, hello faddahHere I am at Camp GranadaCamp is very entertainingAnd they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining.I went hiking with Joe SpivyHe developed poison ivyYou remember Leonard SkinnerHe got ptomaine poisoning last night after dinner.All the counselors hate the waitersAnd the lake has alligatorsAnd the head coach wants no sissiesSo he reads to us from something called Ulysses.How I don't want this should scare yaBut my bunkmate has malariaYou remember Jeffrey HardyThey're about to organize a searching party.Take me home, oh muddah, faddahTake me home, I hate GranadaDon't leave me out in the forest whereI might get eaten by a bear.Take me home I promise I will not make noiseOr mess the house with other boys.Oh please don't make me stayI've been here one whole day.Dearest faddah, darling muddah,How's my precious little bruddahLet me come home, if you miss meI would even let Aunt Bertha hug and kiss me.Wait a minute, it's stopped hailing.Guys are swimming, guys are sailingPlaying baseball, gee that's betterMuddah, faddah kindly disregard this letter.

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