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A Scouts Letter To Mom George Jaenicke grjaenicke grjaenicke@mindspring.com Dear Mom,

Our scout master Ed told us all write to our parents in case you saw
the flood on TV and worried. We are OK. Only 1 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 Chad when it happened.

Oh yes, please call Chad's mother and tell her he is OK.
He can't write because of the cast. I got to ride in one of the search
& rescue jeeps. It was neat. We never would have found him in the
dark if it hadn't been for the lightning.

Scoutmaster Ed 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 can will blow up? The wet wood still didn't burn, but one of
our tents did. Also some of our clothes. John is going to look weird until
his hair grows back.

We will be home on Saturday if Scoutmaster Ed gets the car fixed.
It wasn't his fault about the wreck. The brakes worked OK when we
left. Scoutmaster Ed 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 tailgate. 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 Ed 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 Ed wouldn't let me 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 Ed
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 car so we are trying
not to cause him any trouble. Guess what? We have all passed our first
aid merit badges. When Dave dove in the lake and cut his arm, we got to
see how a tourniquet works. Also Wade and I threw up. Scoutmaster
Ed said it probably was just food poisoning from the leftover chicken,
he said they got sick that way with the food they ate in prison. I'm so
glad he got out and become 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.

Love, Cole



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