Films set on American Summer Camps

It’s that time of year again. The time of year where Timehop reminds me how excited I was about working on American Summer Camps a whole 4 years ago now. I still remember I left for camp on Friday June 15th like that date will be embedded in my brain like my birthday or my wedding day or something.

As with every holiday or upcoming occasion, I watched a ton of films and TV shows to get me excited about going to the States. Blue Bloods was getting me excited about going to New York in a I-can’t-even-contain-myself kind of way. As was the weird TV show Beaver Falls, which was about 3 guys from the UK working on an American summer camp.

I also watched many of the below films set on American summer camps before crossing the pond. And even now, I seek them out knowing that even if it’s a crappy film, the nostalgia effect will pull at my heartstrings regardless.

Films Set On American Summer Camps

The Parent Trap (1998)

© 1998 Walt Disney Pictures
© 1998 Walt Disney Pictures

I’m sure my sister would be very disappointed in me if I didn’t mention The Parent Trap first. It’s an AWESOME film.

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

© Eureka Pictures 2001
© Eureka Pictures 2001

Warning: If you think your summer at camp is going to be anything like Wet Hot American Summer, it’s not. And you probably shouldn’t be a camp counsellor.

Addams Family Values (1993)

© Paramount Pictures 1993
© Paramount Pictures 1993

Ah Wednesday Addams, every weird girl’s heroine for the scene depicted in this still alone.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

© 2012 Focus Features
© 2012 Focus Features

The camp depicted in Moonrise Kingdom is probably more similar to what kids in the UK might have been subjected to had they been in the Scouts/Guides/Brownies. Except by the looks of things, their sock game is much stronger.

Friday the 13th (1980)

© 1980 - Paramount Pictures
© 1980 – Paramount Pictures

I have never seen Friday the 13th and I don’t want to. But, you know, if that’s your thing then it’s most definitely a movie set on a camp!

Meatballs (1979)

© 1979 Paramount Pictures
© 1979 Paramount Pictures

Perhaps one of the first proper American summer camp movies, this one stars Bill Murray as a camp counsellor and wouldn’t you just love Bill Murray as your counsellor?

Other camp films: American Pie Presents Band Camp (2005), Camp Nowhere (1994), Ernest Goes to Camp (1987), Heavy Weights (1995), Camp (2003), Space Camp (1986), Indian Summer (1993)

Do you have any favourite films set on American summer camps?

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4 thoughts on “Films set on American Summer Camps

  • May 20, 2016 at 4:31 pm
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    Love this! I watched some many summer camp based things before I left and I still love watching them now! Brings back so many happy memories! When I went (in 2008), Camp Rock had just come out, so those were huge in building up my excitement!

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    • May 20, 2016 at 4:40 pm
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      Ohh it does! There’s nothing like a good camp set film for the nostalgia to come flooding back. Oh I remember Camp Rock – I’m not surprised it helped you get excited!

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  • May 23, 2016 at 2:12 pm
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    Moon rise Kingdom is fantastic. I’m also a big Friday the 13th fan. I personally would add slasher classic Sleepaway Camp.

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    • May 23, 2016 at 4:20 pm
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      Oooh I haven’t heard of that one! But if it’s a slasher that’s probably your reason…

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