Carrie Brownstein danced to Depeche Mode in the mess hall at camp

Musician, writer and actress Carrie Brownstein, known for starring in Portlandia and playing in the band Sleater Kinney, talks about her time at summer camp in her recent memoir.

Brownstein attended Camp Orkila in Washington with her friend Tammy.

“It was Tammy who orchestrated my first kisses and make-outs,” she writes in Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir. “Together we attended summer camp: me, so I could shoot bows and arrows, sing Harry Chapin’s ‘Cat’s in the Cradle’ in a round, and make lanyards; her, so she could meet boys from other schools and gargle with someone else’s tongue. Eventually, I decided that holding hands with a guy in a turtleneck and shorts in the middle of the woods and dancing to Depeche Mode in the mess hall was more fun than canoeing or collecting clams on the beach, though it was always in the back of my mind that I hadn’t showered or been able to go to the bathroom for over five days.”

Carrie attended the fictional Camp Portland with a mixologist played by Andy Samberg in Portlandia. Below is the camp song she sings in the sketch.

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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