Camping Experiences as a Boy Scout

In this free real English clip, a young American talks about when he was a boy scout and his best camping experience.

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Dictation

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Transcript

What is my most memorable camping experience and why?

When I was younger I was in boy scouts, um, from a really young age until about the age of 16, when I got my 'Eagle Scout'.

Uh, I, every summer we would go to a summer camp and they would have different merit badges, and different things that you can work on. One of them was called the 'wilderness survival' merit badge, and for this they would take you out, um, on a long hike, in the evening, and then you would actually just be dropped somewhere in the middle of the woods, and you would have to build your own shelter.

Ah, no tent, i think you were allowed to carry a couple of matches and a tarp, just to keep you dry. Um, but you would have to build, use sticks and things, just to build your own, you know, your own little shelter. And I was scared at first, I was probably about 13, maybe even 12 at the time, at the time I did this merit badge, I was pretty scared at first but it ended up being a wonderful experience. I learned a lot, um, and it was just a really fun night, They, I was with a friend of mine, and uh we actually in the middle of the night had a raccoon come into our shelter, and kind of mess some stuff up, and it scared the heck out of us, but, um, no, it was just, that would probably have to be my most memorable camping experience.

I did a lot of camping when I was younger, but that one really, really stuck with me. I learned a lot, um, and it was just a lot of fun. I had a really good time.

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Questions

  • What organization was he involved with when he was younger?
  • Until when was he a member?
  • What would he do every summer?
  • What would they do there?
  • What did he do for his 'wilderness survival' badge?
  • What surprise did he get that night?
  • Did he enjoy the experience?

Answers

He was a boy scout. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America.

He was a scout until he was 16, when he was awarded the 'Eagle Scout' award (the highest honor of the Boy Scouts of America).

Every summer he would go to a summer camp.

They would try to earn merit badges there.

They went for a hike, and they were left in the woods with no tent. They had to build shelter and survive the night.

A raccoon entered the shelter he and his friend had built. It scared them.

Yes, he fondly remembers that night as one of the most memorable times he went camping.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Eagle Scout - the highest achievement or rank that a boy scout can achieve in the Boy Scouts of America.

the woods - A large area of trees growing near each other. A forest.
We went for a walk in the woods.
** We went camping in the woods.**

scared the heck out of somebody - (informal) to really frighten someone.
Also scare the hell/life/living daylights/shit out of someone*
Oh, you scared the shit out of me

stick with you - to really remember something. A memory might stick with you.
My first day of school, really stuck with me

Picture Dictionary

Boy Scouts
Boy Scouts

merit badges
merit badges

tarp (tarpaulin)
tarp (tarpaulin)

raccoon
raccoon

Notes