Summer looks a lot different this year with many sleepaway camps shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic. But summer camp memories—whether glorious or traumatic—last a lifetime. Scratch your nostalgia itch with this collection of great long reads about the loved and loathed summer ritual.
There were open bars, Slip’n Slide competitions, and hookups, but trying to recapture childhood can turn dark really fast.Save
Summer-camp movies are less about applying bug spray, and more about like-minded people banding together to make something impossible and wonderful happen.
At twelve years old I was sent away for one long hot summer of obediently serving the Lord. But instead of finding God, I discovered my rebellious streak.Save
Curious about the parents’ point of view? “I’m alone with my husband for the first time in 10 years.”
Camp and ghost stories used to just go together. But the tradition seems to be increasingly rare at American summer camps.Save