Summer Camp Links: January 4-10

• Former summer camp director and current North Carolina Rep. Chuck McGrady was quoted in a recent Asheville Citizen-Times article about his advocacy for the state to no longer treat 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in criminal prosecution saying: “As a former summer camp director, I do know the difference between a 16-year-old and 18-year-old.” McGrady used to be the director of the boys camp Falling Creek and a gym at the camp is named in his family’s honor. He’s also been involved in the camping industry as the executive director of the North Carolina Youth Camp Association and as a board member of the American Camp Association.

• The Arizona Jewish Post has the story of an Arizona couple who first met at a Jewish summer camp in Pennsylvania. They were among 10 counselors recruited to work at Capital Camps in Pennsylvania from the University of Arizona.

• From a humor piece in the New Yorker titled “A Selection of The 30 Most Disappointing Under 30” comes this gem: “Tim Harris, twenty-seven
Started a Bay Area ‘summer camp’ where exhausted tech bros can “unplug” for two thousand dollars a weekend.”  The scare quotes around summer camp are my favorite part.

• If you haven’t heard already, the Girl Scouts are celebrating 100 years of raising money for summer camps and other programs by selling their now famous cookies. There’s a new s’mores flavor being introduced as part of the festivities.

• Gold Arrow Camp has a history book coming out this fall titled Sierra Summers: The History of Gold Arrow Camp. It’s written by long-time staff member Chuck “Woody” Radke.

• Actor/comedian Michael Ian Black briefly touches on the sex scene from Wet Hot American Summer in his new book Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine. “I suggested that my sex scene with People magazine’s future Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper be shot with the two of us wearing tube socks,” he writes. “Although I pitched the idea for its comedic effect, the real reason was to avoid anybody seeing my feet. Thankfully, the director agreed, or else the movie would have made even fewer dollars in the theaters than it actually did, which was already very close to zero dollars.”

SCOPE (Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education) exceeded their holiday fundraising goal of $13,500 and ended up raising a total of $28,191 for camp scholarships thanks to a match from the organization’s board.

• ExxonMobile CEO and Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson grew up in scouting and spent many years on staff at summer camp.

• Kiddie Snuggies, as this article suggests, are the latest in sleepover and summer camp fashion.

Production has begun on Disney’s Magic Camp, starring Jeffrey Tambor, Gillian Jacobs and Adam DeVine.

• The Hoffstadt Visitor’s Center near Mount St. Helens in Washington has been sold to a church group that plans to turn it into a summer youth camp.


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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