Summer Camp News & Notes – Week of Feb. 19

• Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater is now accepting applications for summer camp.

• With David Wain’s latest film Wanderlust opening in theaters over the weekend, there’s been increased talk about a possible Wet Hot American Summer sequel (prequel). Wain talks a little more about it in this ComingSoon interview.

• “We watched it from Boy Scout summer camp. The only TV set around was in the mess hall. They propped it up on a counter, made popcorn and keep fiddling with the antenna. A blob of aluminum foil squeezed and shaped just so finally did the trick. We had a picture and just in the nick of time. The door to the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) opened, Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder and hopped off into the powdery lunar soil.” -From an SC Now column about the space program.

• One of my favorite #summercamp people to follow on Twitter, @danlovescamp, talked to Travis Allison on Camp Hacker TV this week. Check out the interview HERE. Dan talks about his master’s thesis and website, Unplug at Camp.

A “suspicious” fire broke out this week at a historic camp meeting ground near my new home in Delaware County, Pa. (Chester Heights Campmeeting). What a travesty it is to see priceless old, 19th century camp cottages burn to the ground in this way.

• A Manners Matter Camp is among the day camp offerings by a Texas parks and recreation department.

• Camp Tecumseh YMCA director Dave Wright is retiring after 38 years. “The real motivation for me has always been how camp experiences change people’s lives,” he said in an article in the local paper.

• There’s a new summer camp blog on the block, Your Summer Camp Tales, that’s seeking summer camp stories.

• Reality TV star Kate Gosselin (of that trainwreck of a show Jon & Kate Plus 8?) will be speaking at a fundraising event for the Missouri summer camp Camp Barnabas.

• A documentary about a Summer Arts Camp in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, is in the works.

A 3,000-square-foot Gaga Center is opening in Manhattan, meaning New York City’s summer campers will be able to keep their skills fresh through the winter months.

• Kentucky Girl Scouts are petitioning against mining near Camp Pennyroyal.

What did I miss this week?

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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