Summer camp comedy starring Gary Busey filming in Michigan

Camp Manna, a forthcoming movie starring Gary Busey as “a slightly-deranged born-again Vietnam vet who manages a Christian camp” is currently filming in Traverse City, Michigan.

The film described as a comedy farce is shooting at Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha through September 8.

The plot is outline on the film’s website:

“A stylistic throwback to the summer camp films of the 80’s and 90’s, Camp Manna is the hilariously revealing story of a Christian summer camp turned inside out by the arrival of wayward teenager, Ian Fletcher (Luke Michael Klein).

When a freak alligator attack botches Ian’s baptism and tears his faith (and family) to pieces, the 16 year old is sent to live with his relatives. Upon arrival, he is bussed (sic) off to Camp Manna, a remote Christian camp designed to ‘turn boys into men of faith’ by way of a Biblically themed Olympiad known as the God Games. Here Ian is assured he will find healing and friendship.

But what Ian actually finds is a world entrenched in befuddling, obscure religious culture. Founded by slightly deranged, born again Vietnam veteran Jack ‘Cujo’ Thompson (played by Gary Busey), and staffed by a fellowship of exuberant counselors, Camp Manna appears to be the last place that Ian wants to spend a week of summer. But departure is not an option and Ian must assimilate to survive.”

In addition to Busey, the film stars Joey Morgan (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) and Jimmy Tatro (22 Jump Street, Grown Ups 2). It was co-written and is being co-directed by Eric Scott Johnson and Eric Machiela.

For more on Camp Manna, check out the website at

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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