Joan Rivers attended Camp Kinni Kinnic as a girl

Long before she went by the stage name Joan Rivers, Joan Molinsky was a camper at the Vermont all-girls camp Camp Kinni Kinnic in the 1940s. The camp is long since defunct and I couldn’t find too much on the comedian and television host’s time at the camp.

She did have this anecdote in her 20131 book I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me:

“Fat was a condition, it was a way of life. In Girl Scouts they had to let out my tent. I made Amos famous. I considered M&Ms one of the food groups. On my first day of summer camp I said, ‘Where should I put my trunk?’ The counselor said, ‘Wrap it around your tusks.'”

Rivers died Thursday following serious complications from a vocal chord surgery. She came to prominence in the 1960s as a guest on The Tonight Show and was known for her work as an actress, comedian, writer, producer and television host. She was 81. 

Camp Kinni-Kinnic, Lake St. Catherine, Poultney, Vermont in the 1940s
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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