Archive for July, 2008

It’s Officially Summer — Time for Camp!

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Do you have fond memories of camp?  Or maybe it’s a horror story of mosquito bites, outhouses and sweltering nights in a tent — okay, those are my memories of Girl Scout camp back in the good old days. Whatever the case may be, why not check out these memoirs and a documentary of summer camp?  It will bring you back to the time when summer meant CAMP! 

Camp Camp: Where Fantasy Island Meets Lord of the Flies by Roger Bennett & Jules Shell Through a zany compendium of letters written home, top-ten lists, photographs, stories, inter-bunk notes, and other camp ephemera, the authors of Bar Mitzvah Disco shed new light on the phenomenon of summer camp and the experiences that transformed the lives — and hormones — of an entire generation.





Cabin Pressure: One Man’s Desperate Attempt to Recapture His Youth as a Camp Counselor Traces the author’s “farewell to childhood” summer spent working at a beloved Maine boys’ camp throughout the eight weeks leading up to his marriage, a period fraught with adolescent antics, swimming lessons, and memories about the writer’s own youth.





Summercamp! Featuring original music from the Flaming Lips, this entertaining documentary follows the antics and adventures of the campers and counselors at Swift Nature Camp in Wisconsin.





Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp  Follows the coming-of-age years of the author, whose life profoundly changed in her twelfth year when she spent a summer at a weight-loss camp, a personal journey that shaped her subsequent philosophies about body image and self-acceptance.

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