Summer Camp Links: January 25-February 2

• Jezebel deputy editor Kate Dries recalls seeing A Walk to Remember for a second time at her all-girls camp in “An Oral History of the First Time Kate and Kara Saw A Walk to Remember.” The camp voted on it for movie night, she writes, and she cried watching it.

• Get to know Camp Anokljig’s new executive director Darin Holden.

• The Smithsonian Summer Camp will be offering a wide range of day camp programs in the nation’s capital for the 48th year, including new two-week intensives for campers with an interest in science, history 3-D technologies and digital arts. There’s also a one-week “The Original Selfie” and “Discovering Folklife: Circus Arts” programs among the offerings. Click here for more information.

• “Kids Share Why Camp Is Great” in NYMetro Parents.

• A Seattle Times review of Paul Auster’s new novel 4 3 2 1 refers to his “spot-on depiction of boyhood friendships — like the one Archie has with summer-camp pal Artie Federman — and the first blooms of love and intimacy with Amy are lovely and memorable.”

• Charlotte Pence, the middle daughter of Vice President Mike Pence, was working at a summer camp in Indianapolis when her dad was chosen at Donald Trump’s running mate.

• Summer camp scholarship organization SCOPE’s Junior Leaders who have launched a Camp Survival Pack service project.

• The new Friday the 13th movie, which promises to include a return to Camp Crystal Lake in some capacity, is currently in pre-production in Conyers, Georgia, according to the website Friday the 13th The Franchise.

• The Campfires & Color Wars podcast had storyteller Courtney Antonioli on their latest episode to talk about her summer camp-inspired show at the Frigid Festival, Camp Nowhere and more.

• Stanford women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer got her first taste of her future career teaching swimming and sailing at a summer camp in New York.

• A $40,000 grant has been awarded to the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh for a Guardians of Sound annual Hip-Hop Orchestra Summer Camp.

Baltimore City Paper recommends a few kid movie favorites and naturally Heavyweights is one of them.

• The sale of the 132-year-old Camp Arroyo Grande has fallen through.

• Style Blueprint features a summer camp wedding at Camp Skyline in Mentone, Alabama.

• Mississippi is getting a summer camp for children of atheist parents this summer with Camp Quest Natchez Trace slated to open in June.

Photo of Camp Skyline wedding by Dixie Pixel Photography

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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