News & Notes – June 17, 2012

• “Early on I noticed an obvious need for late night sweets. My bunkmates and I would purchase Peanut Chews, frozen Rolos and Snickers at our camp’s canteen, but when we returned to our bunk, our collective sweet tooth was still wanting. I purchased a few snacks at the next canteen visit and instead of eating them there and then, I smuggled them into the bunk, locking the chocolate bars in my trunk, out of reach of the counselors. I did the same the following week.” -From the Jewcy article by Jeffrey Yoskowicz entitled, “Discovering My Entrepreneurial Instinct at Sleepaway Camp”

• This is so not summer camp.

• Tim Hortons Camp Day on June 6 raised a record $11 million, which will help “send more than 15,000 deserving kids from economically disadvantaged homes on a once-in a-lifetime camping adventure.”

Velvet Roper talked to a bunch of people I had to Google about their summer camp memories.

• The site hit 50,000 pageviews this week, which is a fun milestone to reach in less than two years for a little hobby blog.

• “Last summer, as the employees of Chicago-based startup Belly were preparing to launch their first iPhone application, they needed their main developer to fix a technical problem. There was just one hitch: Jonah Grant, the brains behind the iPhone app, was at sleepaway summer camp in Wisconsin.” From a Chicago Tribune article about 16-year-old Jonah Grant. The summer camp is not named in the article.

• There is now a Summer Camp Culture Tumblr, if you’re into that sort of thing (I still completely heart WordPress).

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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