5 a.m. camper wake-up video goes viral

A video posted nearly three years ago of camper reactions to being woken up at 5 a.m. has been sweeping the internet.

The video, which the poster Mr. Indubitably says is from the California Christian camp Hume Lake, shows campers being woken up in silly and ridiculous ways.

The video was posted on July 26, 2012, but started spreading on the internet over the weekend. As of this posting, the video had more than 160,000 views.

Update: Hume Lake Web Administrator Cameron Cadiz reached out to provide some more details about the video. Thanks, Cameron!

This video was created by Hume in 2004. Neither of the guys in the video were counselors, they were actually familiar staff leaders that were on stage, up in front of these kids every day. In the video, they went to a few cabins just after 5AM and woke campers up in (very) odd ways, recording their reactions. Once they got a couple shots, they left that cabin (the kids didn’t actually have to get up at 5AM). A video was created from some of the funnier clips, and put on the end-of-the-week DVD that they got to take home. Although it was entertaining eleven years ago, Hume no longer does wake-up videos.

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.


  1. Holy crap, you are telling me about this viral video! I uploaded this FOREVER ago….in 3 years in only got like 2K views…..now sitting at over 200K over 2 days……I cannot thank everyone enough for sharing this video! This was a fun time and miss it greatly

    1. Im the one that originally shared it on Reddit this week when it had only 2k views ha!, about to head out to work at a summer camp this summer and was browsing youtube on what to expect when i came across the video, was surprised myself how quickly it went viral once people started seeing it.

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