Harrison Ford worked with reptiles at scout camp when he was a teenager

When he was a teenager, actor Harrison Ford got a job at a summer camp working with reptiles.

Ford, who was a Boy Scout, worked at Camp Napowon in central Wisconsin when he was 15 way back in 1957. His experience at camp and in the scouts would later inspire director Steven Spielberg to depict Indiana Jones as a Life Scout who was deathly afraid of snakes.

Ford’s film debut came in 1973 in the movie American Graffiti, which was directed by the man who would later make Ford a household name, Star Wars director George Lucas.

A recent post in the Bryan on Scouting blog includes a photo of a paddle at Camp Napowon with Harry Ford’s name on it. Below is a photo of River Phoenix playing a young Indiana Jones in a scout uniform in the 1989 movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.


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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