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"bed of roses" = very easy, comfortable

"Camping in the mountains is sometimes not a bed of roses."

"between a rock and a hard place" = in a very difficult situation and faced with a tough decision

"The hikers realized that they didn't have enough water to complete their trip, and they found themselves between a rock and a hard place: return to camp or continue on with the hope of finding a water source."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Summer Camp
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
In this story, a young man describes his mishaps (accidents) which occurred while he was at summer camp. Make a list of possible problems which might have happened to him before you start the listening.

HELPFUL TIP: Going to a camp can be a great way to learn new skills, make new friends, and keep physically active. Check with local organizations to see what is available in your area.

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2. Listening Exercises [Top]

First, listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What does Brad have to do before he eats breakfast?
A. clean his sleeping quarters
B. go down to the stream to get some water
C. feed the rooster and the other animals

2. What happened to Brad when he went fishing?
A. A tree branch fell on him.
B. He lost his fishing pole.
C. He slipped and lost one of his shoes.

3. What did he eat for dinner?
A. steak
B. hot dogs
C. beans

4. What was Brad doing when he got lost in the forest?
A. He was running away from a bear.
B. He was searching for wood.
C. He was wondering around looking for the cabin.

5.How did Brad like summer camp?
A. He had a great time.
B. It was okay.
C. He didn't have fun.

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Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Now retell the story from several points of view in their own words (e.g., the young man, the parents, one of the counselors at camp, etc.). What physical and psychological benefits can come from attending a summer camp? How can parents benefit from sending their children to these summer events?

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