Just like baseball, apple pie and shooting off fireworks on the 4th of July, an American rite-of-passage is going to “Summer Camp.”
And everyone seems to have a story about an experience at Summer Camp, whether it’s getting stung by a bee, paddling a canoe or cooking s’mores over a campfire.
At least here in America, you can’t grow up unless you’ve been to Summer Camp.
That’s because Summer Camps are uniquely American.
Few other places on the planet send their children off for a couple of weeks every summer to sleep overnight in a tent or go fishing or, at some camps, attend SAT preparation courses, learn a foreign language or sharpen their jump shot.
It’s estimated that there are over 12,000 overnight and day camps in the US. And more than 11 Million children and adults are involved in some way with a camp, either as a camper or a counselor or volunteer.
So, let’s go to camp. It’s summer time and who better to take us than our friends at the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) and Helen Borton, an NPR producer who’s got a trophy case overflowing with awards, topped off with a Peabody.
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