Director Peter Berg has been boxing since he was at summer camp

Director Peter Berg has been doing press to promote his new film Patriots Day and in one of those interviews he mentions his love of boxing, something he’s been doing since he was a kid at summer camp.

“I try to box every day,” he said in this particular interview. “I don’t spar every day, but I’ll at least do focus mitts. I own a boxing gym in Los Angeles, and I go there every day. I’ve been doing this since I was a kid at summer camp. The counselors were sadists, and they used to take us into the woods and make a ring by putting ropes around the trees. They’d put us in there like Lord of the Flies and they’d make us fight and they’d bet on us.”

The director of Friday Night Lights didn’t mention the camp by name – and if it’s still open I’m sure they are thankful for that. After all, it’s not exactly a ringing endorsement for summer camp – I can imagine this happening when I was a kid too but not today – but does show how things you learn at camp can stick with you through adulthood.

Patriots Day opens in theaters on January 13.


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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