Summer Camp Links: January 18-24

• Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania is closing and selling five of its nine camp properties. The properties to close on March 31 include Camp Elliott in Lawrence County, Camp Curry Creek in Jefferson County, Camp Resting Waters in McKean County, Camp Roy Weller in West Virginia and Camp Singing Hills in Venango County. Resident programs will still be offered at Camp Conshatawba in Cambria County, Camp Hawthorne Ridge in Erie County and Camp Skymeadow in Armstrong County. Camp Redwing along Connoquenessing Creek in Butler County also will remain open but no longer will offer resident camps.

• Former Alaska governor, vice presidential candidate and reality TV star Sarah Palin recently wrote about her experience at a summer bible camp on her website. “I was saved at summer Bible camp surrounded by majestic mountains and refreshing waters. He opened my eyes to see Him through nature,” she writes. “There I realized if He could create this wondrous mountainscape, the glory of Mount McKinley, then I’d do well asking Him to shape my life – with purpose.”

• A camp counselor tells her campers scary stories about life as a woman in the Funny or Die video “Feminist Campfire Stories.

• Jared Leto and his band 30 Seconds to Mars are holding a third annual Camp Mars event in August in Malibu, California.

• Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks, who hosted a rock and roll summer camp in the Catskills every summer, has died at age 69.

• New York area sportscasters Chris Carrino and Tim Capstraw are taking over the reigns of the sportscasting camp at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center in Little Falls, New Jersey for its 16th year in July. Bruce Beck and Ian Eagle previously ran the program.

• Camp Wonder, a summer camp for children with serious and fatal skin conditions, has brought their Wonder Duck mascot to life as a plush doll that will help raise money for the camp. The “Plush Pal With A Purpose” is available for purchase at www.wonderduckpal.com.

• Actress Mackenzie Hancsicsak, who plays a 9-year-old Kate Pearson in the hit NBC show This Is Us, postponed her audition last summer for the show because she didn’t want to miss her chance to play the lead in a production of the “Munchkin Mediation” at her summer camp.

• A Binghamton, New York man wants the city to name a portion of one of its streets after President Donald Trump, in part because he attended the local summer camp Camp Hilltop.

• Apparently, it took a basketball camp to convince North Carolina to offer a teenage Michael Jordan a scholarship.

• Camp hero Lisa Loeb talks in a recent interview about how she first experienced the joy of writing and performing songs at summer camp.

• The HappyCampers Podcast is looking for stories about camp pranks. If you have one share it with them at happycamperspodcast@gmail.com. The podcast has a new episode to check out too called Camp Hollywoods!

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. 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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