Win Or Lose: A Summer Camp Story

Not sure what to think about this documentary after watching the above clip from YouTube, but I was competitive and testosterone-fueled enough without attending a camp even remotely like this as a kid. The film’s website describes it this way:

A character driven, personal documentary about winning and losing at summer camp. ‘Win or Lose’ follows several counselors and campers through a ten day, competitive extravaganza at Camp Ojibwa. What does competition do to natural winners? Will they be able to handle defeat? Could a less popular kid succeed in this environment? And then there are the kids that just don’t care if they win or lose. Will they step up to the plate at all? Most importantly: what does it mean for kids to come of age in a competitive environment? Throughout the film the filmmaker recounts his own personal story of competition at camp utilizing animation. By the end of camp, the campers, counselors and filmmaker have learned a valuable but difficult lesson: how to lose.

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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