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If you want to show your kids what summer camp was like a really long time ago, the original version of this now-famous film don't worry, we're getting to that is a must-see! This fun family comedy made canoeing, singing, practical jokes and pranks part of the summer camp line-up for kids and teenagers everywhere. It's also filled with mistaken and switched identities as teenage twin sisters—who meet for the first time at summer camp—swap places and scheme to reunite their divorced parents.
If you've got summer camp lined up for your kids and they're not completely sold on it, these movies might help them get in the mood. Their camp experience may not include elaborate Disney musical numbers or finding a long-lost twin, or but they'll get an idea of the fun — and occasional angst — that are part of the camp experience. So pick a film for your next family movie night and get the conversation going for summer adventures ahead. Sign up for your weekly dose of parent fuel and Puget Sound family adventures.
Adventures, friends, and boys—all the makings of a great movie. We may be a bit too old for summer camp, but these 10 movies bring us back to those times when all that mattered was winning Capture the Flag. We can practically taste the s'mores.
Even if you spent your summers on the couch watching reruns of The Price Is Right with your babysitter Sonia who smelled like sweat and cheese balls stuck in braces instead of going to summer camp, everyone knows what camp feels like, thanks to the tons of summer-camp movies and TV shows remember Salute Your Shorts? But really, summer-camp movies have less to do with the experience of applying bug spray and learning to swim in the lake, and more to do with celebrating childhood, rebellion, groups of scrappy outsiders pitted against the more popular, and groups of like-minded people banding together to make something impossible and wonderful happen. Most of them have first kisses, too, thanks to all those girlfriends at summer camp that the other kids figured were made up.
OK, we aren't going away to summer camp, but that doesn't mean we can't daydream about the days when we did. Whether it was sports camp, band camp, drama camp, or a sleep-away camp, camps were the thing to take part in growing up, especially when the summer months rolled around. It was where you and your BFFs met up and spread your wings and let's be honest every camp was magical. Since we can't leave work to go to camp this week or ever again, sadly we are going to have to live vicariously through movies about camp adventures.
For many of us, summertime as a kid was a time of glorious childhood freedom. It was the time to roast marshmallows by the fire, douse yourself with bug spray before playing outside, and if you were fortunate enough, enroll in summer camp. Camp was a place to explore childhood independence, discover new friends, play sports, conduct bunk raids, and indulge in arts and crafts — whatever you wanted to do for fun, camp was the place to get it done.