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by Andy Garcia
My mom dropped me off at the parking lot by the race track. I put on a white under shirt under the tan shirt but we were supposed to wear a gray third brigade that we either bought or borrowed. Then we were waiting for people, and buses to arrive so there I waited. Then when the buses arrived there was one bus for girl's and one bus for boy's. There was way more boy's than the girl's. The girl's only filled up half of their bus, the boy's filled up the whole bus. The trip to were the place we had to go to was about 20-30 minutes. On the bus they were announcing what people are in what platoon (group) I was in 3rd platoon. When we arrived we glad to form up in our platoons. My platoons name was CDT Gomez (we call people by their last name not their first). We had to march a little bit to get to are destination. When we got to our destination we were being introduced and being told what we were going to do there (and having fun). Then they sent us platoon by platoon to get our sleeping bag's and our other things. When my platoon was being called I went and got my thing's there was a lot of people's belongings there that it was a little difficult to find my stuff. As soon as I got my thing's I went back to formation we had to put our things in front of us. Then they said we were going to rake the rocks from were our tent was going to be and put our tents up or we were going to sleep under the stars. And if you or your battle buddy (that's what they called your buddy that you had to stay with) didn't have a tent you would have to ask them for a tent and me and my battle buddy set up are tent and we got some help to set up our tent. Then after that time to set up our tents we had lunch we ate sandwiches, chips, nature valley granola bars, juice, and a fruit. I got full after I ate lunch, but I was also hungry because I hadn't eaten breakfast. Then after that we had class time there was compass class, Guard duty class (my favorite), trap's and snare's class, and medic class. I learned a lot from all of those classes. The was about 45 minutes each class. After classes we ate dinner then we went to sleep.
The first thing I did to make my hot air balloon was to make the balloon part. To make the balloon looking part I had to blow up my balloon that I bought from the store. Next I mixed up flower and water to make paper-mâché. I then cut my tissue paper in little squares to make it easier to stick on the balloon. Once the paper-mâché was done drying I did another layer just with regular glue. While that was drying I started making my basket. First, I went to Panda Express to get a Chinese food container. I cut all the flaps off to leave the top exposed. Next, I used hot glue and yarn and wrapped it around the container. After, I was done with that I got some wire. With the wire I made a circle that the balloon will fit in. I didn't make the circle that big so only the lower balloon part will fit in. Next, I cut four long straight wire and connected it to the wire circle. After it was connected I glued the wires to the box. I covered the wire with a colorful yarn. Finally, when my balloon has dry I popped the balloon which was inside the papier-mâché. I then hot glue the balloon to the top of the wire. I was finally finished with my project.