Campers celebrate U.S. Women’s World Cup win

One of the sacrifices sports fans make when going away to summer camp is missing out on many of the games. For baseball fans, this can mean as many as 40-50 games. For soccer fans it means missing out on a good chunk of the World Cup or the Gold Cup, which starts up this week.

When I was a camper in the pre-internet ’90s, my parents would cut out box scores of Cubs games from the newspaper and mail them to me so I could keep track of Ryne Sandberg and his teammates’ batting averages, homeruns, RBIs and more.

Fortunately, I wasn’t at camp in 1999 when the U.S. women’s national team beat China on penalties to win the World Cup for the second time. But plenty of people were at summer camp then and again on Sunday when Carli Lloyd and the U.S. Women’s team beat Japan 5-2 to secure a third star for their jerseys.

At Camp Echo Lake in Warrensburg, New York, campers thought they were going to watch the game when their annual Tribal War broke out instead. But not all campers missed out on Carli Lloyd’s hat trick in the first 16 minutes of the match.

Campers at Camp Lurecrest in North Carolina huddled around a TV under a tent to watch the game and campers at Camp Louise in Maryland had the game up on a screen in the dining hall. Check out tweets from Camp Lurecrest, Camp Louise and others celebrating the World Cup win for the U.S. Women.

So many goals! Congrats USWNT! #summerishere #campwk15

Posted by Camp Wingate Kirkland on Monday, July 6, 2015

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and 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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