As fictional camps go, the Camp Granada in Allan Sherman’s 1963 hit song “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah (A Letter From Camp) isn’t exactly a great place.
The “counselors hate the waiters,” the “lake has alligators” and the campers are afflicted with poison ivy, ptomaine poisoning and malaria.
I was surprised to discover recently that there are at least two real-life summer camps that share a name with the camp from the most famous summer camp-inspired song of all time.
One, a residential camp for kids with diabetes, has been operating for 38 years in Illinois. Another is a day camp offered on the campus of Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. The latter has a stated mission of providing the “highest quality summer music day-camp experience in a child-centered environment that encourages participation, stimulates creativity, and focuses on fun.”
Camp Granada in Illinois is held at a 4-H campground and operated by the American Diabetes Association. The camp aims to allow campers “to identify with one another, learn about themselves and learn to cope with diabetes on a daily basis.”