Camps in Pop Culture: Griffith Park Boys’ Camp

Griffith Park Boys’ Camp is a summer camp located in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park that was transformed into Camp Anawanna in the early ’90s for the Nickelodeon TV show Salute Your Shorts. While the lake shots were from Franklin Canyon Park, many of the exterior shots you see in the show, particularly the ball field were done at the summer boys camp.

The camp is also listed on as a filming location for American Pie 2 and the park itself has been no stranger to film crews as various areas of the park have been used for filming locations in Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Remington Steele, Rebel Without A Cause, The Terminator, Yes Man, Van Helsing and more. That it’s a 4,300-acre park, one of the largest urban parks in North America, located so close to Hollywood might have something to do with that.

The American Camp Association-accredited boys’ camp opened in 1924 and continues to serve boys ages 7-14 on its 10-acre property. For more information on the camp, check out its website.

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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