Summer Camp Links: January 11-17

• Journalist and author Thomas Friedman brought summer camp into his criticism of Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is set to play a role in peace negotiations in the Middle East. “His expertise seems to be that he once went to Jewish summer camp,” Friedman said in an interview with John Kerry.

• Storyteller Courtney Antonioli will be presenting an hour of comedic, true stories from her time at an all-girls camp at St. Marks in New York City in February and March. The title of the show will be “18 Days. 48 girls.” and is part of the Frigid Festival. Antonioli premiered her one-woman show “Courtney Goes to Camp” in 2015.

• News 12 in Westchester has a feature on Camp Clothesline, an online consignment shop that allows families to buy and sell camp clothes that have logos.

• A New York day camp owner has been barred by a state court order from using a house he owns to board more than two dozen camp counselors in the summertime.

• An organization working to redevelop and reopen an historic Adirondack island summer camp “won a big land-use victory last week.”

• Levi Felix, the 32-year-old co-founder of Digital Detox and Camp Grounded Summer Camp for Adults died last week of a brain tumor.

• St. Louis Jewish Light profiles Jewish rock musician Rick Recht, who is “known for his summer camp concerts and Shabbat Alive services.”

• I’d hardly called The Parent Trap (1961), which was recently made available for streaming on Netflix, a hidden gem. I remember it being on TV all the time growing up and it was nominated for not one, but two Academy awards.

• Master Chess Player Hans Berliner, who died recently at age 87, “learned to play chess at 13 during a rainy day at summer camp.”

• Apparently, I’m not the only Pennsylvanian who enjoyed Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.

• The Ringling Brothers first female ringmaster, Kristen Michelle Wilson, is a former summer camp counselor. Because of course she is.

• MSNBC correspondent Mariana Atencio came to the U.S. when she was a kid from Venezuela to attend a tennis summer camp in Minnesota.

• Presidential inauguration performers 3 Doors Down are described in this article as “angsty summer camp rockers.” Whatever that means.

• Camp legend Bill Johnson, who is credited with inventing the precursor to the frisbee and what is now called the Blob during his days as the director of Camp Langhorn in Texas, founded by his former college swimming coach Tex Robertson, died on January 1. This local newspaper article pays tribute to him.



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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