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Camp Green Lake - Stanley's sample letter

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This is an example of a letter that Stanley might have written to his parents while at Camp Greenlake in order to communicate the terrible conditions and the horrible experience he was having there: Camp Green Lake 125, Green Drive, Texas, Ct 10645 U.S.A 5/18/06 Dear Mom & Dad, Can you believe it? I'm still alive! Even after having lived in this hell for about a month, I'm still alive. I can't tell you how bad this place is, but I'll try my best. It's nowhere even close to what we thought it would be like, 'Camp Fun&Games', To begin with, despite the name, there is no lake anywhere in a hundred miles around here! It's just a dry, barren wasteland, and to make it worse, the place is crowded with huge holes dug by campers, scorpions, rattlesnakes and worst of all, yellow spotted lizards. I know you've probably never heard of one, but they say that if one ever bites you, you won't live much longer. The worst thing is that as the punishment, we have to dig holes in this heat, such a boring and exhausting job, there are a hundred and one more things to do instead of this. ...read more.


On my first day, I almost died of thirst and tiredness, but somehow managed to survive. The food, if that's what you call it, is really crap and tasteless. The vegetables served were once green, but now look really dead and stale and the food on my plate smells like sour milk! But as always, I never leave anything on my plate, so unwillingly, I have to eat up everything no matter how bad it tastes. Because of the scarcity of water, we are only allowed to have four minutes in the shower. The water is freezing so the four minutes are all used up in adjusting to that temperature. There is a bar of soap, but I never use it, which is just as well, because if I do, I will not have the time to rinse of the suds. However, after digging holes in the hot sun, it's four minutes of heaven when cold water pours over my hot, sweaty and sore body, but still, even after the shower, I still feel really hot and extremely tired and exhausted. We are all assigned different tents, and each tent has cots for the campers to sleep in. my cot, was used by someone named 'Barf Bag' and it smells like sour milk! ...read more.


Mr. Sir's face was swollen today, and instead of filling my canteen, he simply opened the water tap and let all the water fall to the dry and desolate ground. I don't know for how long he will continue bullying me with his cruel games and jokes because of this. Now, I really believe that our family is cursed. I have to suffer everyday thanks to my no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather! I'm just so unlucky! But funnily though, when I was asked what I did, and I told the other kids that I had stolen sneakers, they all laughed at me, but when I told them that they were Clyde Livingstone's, none of them believed me, and ironically, in the court when I said that I didn't steal them, no one believed me then, and when here I say that I did steal them, still no one believes me! Funny, isn't it? Anyway, that's enough about me, and anyway all this moaning won't do anything apart from upsetting you both and making you feel miserable and me unlucky, so, how's Dad's sneaker project going on? I hope he hasn't made any more blunders and made the house stink! Wish him the best of luck on my behalf and you too, take care of yourself and don't worry, I will be out of here after eighteen long months, somehow! Your unlucky son, STANLEY ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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