14 Fictional Summer Camps in The Simpsons

FXX is running a marathon of all 26 seasons and 552 episodes of the long-running cartoon The Simpsons and if you catch any of the episodes on cable television or watch them via DVD or streaming on Amazon you’ll notice a number of fictional summer camps that have made their way into the show about the Simpson family over the years.

Kamp Krusty

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Kamp Krusty is the only fictional summer camp in the series that’s gotten its own episode title. Bart and Lisa go to Kamp Krusty in the season 4 premier and quickly find that it’s a cut rate scam that like a lot of other Krusty the Clown products is inferior.

Krusty, in fact, is away at Wimbledon during most of the camp session, which is run by a Mr. Black and a counseling core made up of Springfield bullies Dolph, Kearney and Jimbo who force the campers to make knockoff wallets in the craft cabin turned sweatshop.

Fed up with the conditions, Bart organizes a revolt and the camp ends up on the evening news, prompting Krusty, sporting a “I Got Smashed At Wimbledon” shirt to answer to the media and smooth things over with the campers. He makes amends by taking the money for the final two weeks of camp and taking the campers to Tijuana.

Camp Bart

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Camp Bart is the name Bart gives Kamp Krusty after he successfully overthrows Mr. Black and the bully counselors. “You said you were going to name it Camp Freedom,” Lisa scolds after Bart puts the new flag up. “This has more zing,” he responds.

Abandoned Summer Camp

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An abandoned summer camp that isn’t named but that could very well be Kamp Krusty makes a brief appearance in “Boy Scoutz ‘n the Hood” (Season 5, Episode 8). The camp is where a group of Junior Campers led by Ernest Borgnine end up after getting lost on a whitewater rafting trip. Bart, Homer, Flanders and his son end up stranded in the middle of the ocean while Borgnine and his gang are watched by a strange character in the woods who presumably goes Jason Voorhees on them as the credits begin to roll.

Camp See-A-Tree

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Camp See-A-Tree is the camp Homer attended as a kid. It’s also where Moe was dropped off and never picked up by his parents. The camp is run down and the campers are forced to work in the kitchen at the girls’ camp on the other side of the lake. Homer talks about the camp in the flashback episode “The Way We Weren’t” (Season 15, Episode 20). Watch on Amazon.

Camp Land-A-Man

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Camp Land-A-Man is the camp Marge and her sisters attended and where Homer (aka Elvis Jagger Abdul-Jabbar) worked in the kitchen in the flashback episode “The Way We Weren’t.” Watch on Amazon.

Camp Flab-A-Way

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Camp Flab-A-Way is the fat camp Homer (aka Elvis Jagger Abdul-Jabbar) ended up after he kissed Marge for the first time, fell off a cliff and washed up on the beach, thus missing the second date he had set up with a heartbroken Marge. Watch on Amazon.

Camp Granada

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Camp Granada, the fictional camp from Allan Sherman’s “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh,” is name-dropped in the “Marge Be Not Proud” episode (Season 7, Episode 11). Bart using a tape of the song to record over an answering machine message a security guard from a store Bart shoplifted a video game from left. When Homer listens to the message, he says “Is Lisa at Camp Granada?”

The Rolling Stones’ Rock n’ Roll Fantasy Camp

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Homer goes to The Rolling Stones’ Rock n’ Roll Fantasy Camp for a week in the “How I Spent My Strummer Vacation” episode (Season 14, Episode 2). Counselors at the camp include Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, Brian Setzer and Tom Petty. Jagger describes the camp as a place where you can “experience the rock and roll lifestyle without the lawsuits or STDs.”

Expressions

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Expressions is the name of the performing arts camp Lisa goes to for a week in the “Elementary School Musical” episode (Season 22, Episode 1). The camp is staffed by counselors played by the members of the musical duo Flight of the Conchords and includes cast members from the TV show Glee. While at camp, Lisa learns how to do mime, performs in Angels in America and learn wallet making from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Elaine Stritch. Watch on Amazon.

Camp Franks n’ Pranks

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Camp Franks ‘n Pranks is the camp Bart and Milhouse are supposed to go to in the “Last Tap Dance In Springfield” episode (Season 20, Episode 11). After Nelson tells them on the bus that he’s going to pound on them all week, Bart and Milhouse sneak off the bus and spend the week at the mall instead.

Billionaire Camp

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Billionaire Camp is a camp Mr. Burns attends in the “The Burns and the Bees” episode (Season 20, Episode 8) with other billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Jeff Bezos. Activities at the camp include archery with famous paintings as the targets. Watch on Amazon.

Millionaire Camp

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Millionaire Camp is next door to Billionaire Camp and it’s where Mr. Burns must go when his wealth goes under a billion dollars after a failed venture running a basketball team he won in a card game in “The Burns and the Bees.” Watch on Amazon.

Serenity Ranch

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Serenity Ranch is a maximum security fat camp Bart goes to in “The Heartbroke Kid” (Season 16, Episode 17) after he puts on a lot of weight from new vending machines at school.

Lazy I Ranch

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Lazy I Ranch is the ranch camp where the Simpsons spend a week in the “Dude, Where’s My Ranch?” episode (Season 14, Episode 18). Watch on Amazon.

 

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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