News and Notes – Week of June 23, 2013

Photo of Wipeout at Camp Laurel via Lantern Camps

Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer made reference to summer camp in a statement about sci-fi writer Richard Matheson, who died at age 87 this week.

“Richard was a legend. Even growing up in the wilds of Michigan, I became aware of and appreciated his work at a young age. I read the paperback of I Am Legend at summer camp. He, more than any other writer, inspired me to become a screenwriter. The world has lost a great one,” Goyer said.

Amazon’s book editors picked Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings as one of the best books of 2013 so far. The novel follows the lives of friends who meet at the fictional Spirit-in-the-Woods summer camp.

My favorite summer camp-related tweet of the week:


BuzzFeed went back to the summer camp well for a post with “29 Lessons You Learned at Summer Camp.”

Avril Lavigne announced a new camp scholarship program.

The Atlantic wrote about how leaving a kid at camp can test their resolve.

This week in not really summer camp news: the death of a broken air conditioning unit is threatening a “summer camp” in Arizona.

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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