If like me you’ve found yourself wishing that the “Notes on Camp” episode of This American Life had its own spin-off podcast, there are two new shows celebrating the summer camp experience to add to your playlist.
Both are hosted by former campers who talk openly and honestly about their own camp experiences and chat with special guests about theirs. Interestingly enough, both feature co-hosts who are Washington D.C. lawyers.
Campfires & Color Wars launched over the summer in the thick of the camp season and recently dropped its seventh episode. It’s hosted by Micah Hart, a digital marketer from Atlanta and Judy Becker, a Washington D.C. lawyer. They are connected through Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi, where Micah’s dad was the director. Though their content leans heavily on their own Jewish camp experience (Judy also attended Goldman Union Camp in Zionville, Indiana), they did step outside that world in Episode 6 with sportswriter Lang Whitaker, who talked about his experience at church and basketball camps.
Other topics have included “Sexuality at Camp,” “Evening Programs,” “Homesickness” and “Camp Traditions.”
The Happy Campers podcast launched earlier this month and is one full episode and one mini episode in. It’s co-hosted by Sammy Moskowitz, a Washington D.C. lawyer and Julia Lindon, a New York City comedian and produced by Allison Kadin, a marketing guru at Brooklyn Academy of Music. The trio all met at Camp Walden in Maine so they lean heavily on their experiences at a girls camp.
Their first full episode, “No Boys Allowed” dives into the world of girls camps and their plans for the podcast (full episodes every other week, mini-episode on the off weeks) while the first mini episode includes an interesting anecdote about famous summer camp alumna Maggie Gyllenhaal.
As a fan of summer camp and podcasts I couldn’t be happier that both of these shows are now appearing in my podcast feed.