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Summer Camps

Kids in grades 1-12 may visit summer camps during summer vacation.  The following is a typical summer camp:

The camp is sponsored by a church, a scouting troop, or a foreign language society.  The camp lasts one week and is located in the woods near a lake.

The campers ride to the camp in school buses 1).  They stay in cabins or lodges, and sleep in bunk beds.  Meals are served in large dining halls.

There are many activities at summer camps, such as arts and crafts, archery, canoeing, swimming, fishing, softball, sand/beach/water volleyball, hiking, sailing, and even horseback riding.  In the evenings, campers gather around campfires to chat, watch the fire, sing songs, tell stories 2), and toast marshmallows 3).  At foreign language camps, campers are usually required to use only the foreign language they are trying to learn, such as Spanish, French, German, etc.

Summer camp may cost as much as several hundred dollars, but the kids have fun, make new friends, and improve social skills.  Their parents also enjoy being free from their children for a week.

Here is an example of a Summer Camp.” 

Independence Day

July 4th is Independence Day 4).  We celebrate this day with parades, fireworks, and cooking out with family and friends (picnics).   Even small towns host parades and celebrations.  This day has the biggest fireworks displays of the year.  New York , Washington , D.C., and Boston are famous for their televised fireworks.

Some states ban people from using fireworks, unless they have a license.  Minnesota used to ban almost all amateur fireworks, but beginning this year residents may now play with limited types of fireworks: for example, firecrackers are still illegal.

1)  School bus: 23.5 million elementary and secondary school children ride school buses twice a day throughout the United States! 450,000 yellow school buses provide transportation service daily nationwide! :  Sources: < http://www.schoolbusinfo.org/ >

2) Scary stories are typical.  These fictitious stories are usually about a murderer, monster, or ghost that is lurking near the campground.  The older kids like to scare the younger kids with such things.

3) In order to toast marshmallows,
you can use a stick (often a long twig), or you can use long metal forks: http://www.firepies.com/forks.html  >  for example.

4) Independence Day celebrates the birthday of the United States of America. America became independent from England on July 4th, 1776 , with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and America is celebrating its 236th birthday this year, 2012:  Sources: < http://www.holidays.net/independence/  > < http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration.html > 

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