Camp Modin adds inflatable trapeze center

The camp that helped inspired the movie Wet Hot American Summer has added an inflatable trapeze center that gives campers a chance to defy gravity.

The unique center was part of a $350,000 expansion completed last year at the Maine camp Wet Hot American Summer director/writer David Wain attended as a kid in the ’80s.

“That is an absolutely true depiction of many summer camps in the ’80s, especially Jewish ones — Modin was the dumpiest camp in the world, and I loved every minute of it,” the camp’s owner and director Howard Salzberg since 1991 said in a Jewish Exponent article. “But the days of the frumpy, falling-apart camps were coming to an end. We knew that if we didn’t improve the quality, we would not survive.”

Salzberg noted that the Trapeze Center is just the latest in a series of investments the camp has made on infrastructure improvements – $12 million in all over the last 20 years. Camp Modin, which also counts Wet Hot American Summer composer Craig Wedren, film director Shawn Levy and TV Funhouse creator Robert Smigel among its notable alumni, was founded in 1922 and moved to its present location in the Belgrade Lakes region of Maine.

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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