Friday, November 11, 2011
Yesterday was the first day of snow here at camp, which means the cold season is not too far away (not to mention the holidays, but let wait until after Thanksgiving for that) One great thing to do in the winter is curl up with a good book in warm clothes, a blanket and maybe hot cocoa! As you curl up in the cold months, why not think about summer? There are several books out there that focus around the experiences of youngsters (and older folks too!) at camp. Here are a few that we've either read or heard about:
For the Kids
Off To Camp by Myra Pravda and Jeanne Weiland, JSP Publishing
A young girl named Samantha decides to head off to overnight camp! This book was written by two nurses who have worked in camping who believe that "a child should be prepared for an overnight camp experience." This book may help!
Lights Out!: Kids Talk About Summer Camp by Eric Arnold, Jeff Loeb
The editors of this book spent a summer interviewing kids at camps in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The campers' observations, broken down into such categories as "Why I Went to Camp," "Camp Food" and "Parents Day," give readers a great peek into real-life camp experiences.
The Great Summer Camp Catastrophe by Jean Van Leeuwen
Three mice living in Macy's department store accidentally arrive at a Vermont summer camp, where they have fun and fantastic adventures including fleeing from an owl, matching wits with a dog, and learning to water-ski. Can they stop having fun long enough to return home to New York?
It's Off to Camp, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz
This collection of comics features the classic Peanuts gang in outdoor situations and in camp scenarious!
For Young Adults
Cabin Pressure: One Man's Desperate Attempt to Recapture His Youth as a Camp Counselor by Josh Wolk
This lighthearted book chronicles one man's attempt to recapture his youth as a camp counselor. Josh returns to his beloved boys' camp in New England for the second time as a counselor, but as an adult now. This most recent return occurs the summer before he is to marry while he takes time off between jobs. His adult perspective provides new insights to lessons learned as a young counselor.
Camp by Michael D. Eisner
This memoir by the former CEO of Disney provides one successful business man's story about the impact camp made on his life. In it, he tells in own tale, while weaving in the stories of two scholarship kids that he helped get to camp in the early 2000s.
Camp Camp: Where Fantasy Island Meets Lord of the Flies by Roger Bennett and Jules Shell
This humorous, adult-focused book is a compilation of photos and stories from the camper's perspectives. The authors solicited camp stories for a good chunk of time before piecing them together for this hilarious book. The book does well at providing a good idea of camp culture. Chapters include: "Letter Writing," "Camp Romance," "Counselors," "Camp Fire," "The Last Night."
P.S. I Hate It Here! Kids Letters From Camp Edited by Diane Falanga
This collection of 150 real letters written by children ages eight to sixteen to their parents about their adventures at summer camp are laugh-out-loud funny and will have readers laughing and reminiscing about their own camp days. The letters cover several scenarios of sleep away camp, from acing the cabin lice inspection, to breaking the bad news about a retainer lost in the wilderness.
We hope this book list provides you with a few ideas for books to cuddle up read this winter or to give as gifts this holiday season! What other camp books have you read, do you recommend to the Pendalouan Community?