News & Notes – Week of April 22

• Camp Hope, from the movie Heavyweights, edged out Camp Chippewa from Addams Family Values to win our Summer Camp Madness.

• Season 3 Top Shot winner Dustin Hellermann, a camp director, is busy getting ready for camp while still making guest appearances and speaking engagements: The Lufkin Daily News.

• It’s weddding season, which means we get to see lots of cool photos of summer camp weddings and summer camp-themed Color War rehearsals.

• A music venue in Fayetteville, Georgia, is being renamed after musician Zac Brown’s summer camp: The Citizen.

• Mass murderer Anders Breivik called the victims he killed at the Utoya summer camp last year the “the best political target in Norway at the time”: Christian Science Monitor.

• Here’s a fun headline: “Summer vacation without summer camp is like peanut butter without the jelly.”

• Tony award-winning producer Jeffrey Seller (Rent, Avenue Q, In the Heights) is giving back to the camp he attended as a kid, Camp Tamarack in Michigan: Observer & Eccentric.

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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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