Mask: Meeting the Parents

The last day of summer camp is always a bittersweet time for campers and staff members, but it can also be an awkward time when parents arrive and are introduced to their daughter or son’s camp flame for the week.

The 1985 film Mask captures the bittersweet sadness and the awkward meeting of the parents in a way only a biopic about a teenager with lionitis who falls in love with a blind girl at summer camp can.

There are, of course, hundreds of pop cultural depictions of love at summer camp to choose from on this Valentine’s Day, but few that pack quite the emotional, after-school special punch that this one does.

Happy Valentine’s Day, summer camp lovers.

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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