It’s about that time that kids are starting to daydream about their summer plans. And they should be. Ain’t nothing better. There are not many places on Earth I’d rather be than Lake Plantagenet in Bemidji, MN when I was 12. Anyway, if you haven’t already seen it, check out Summercamp. It’s just about the best thing you’ll ever see. Work sucks.
Summercamp! follows the day-to-day drama of 90 kids let loose in the woods at Swift Nature Camp in northern Wisconsin. Camp is a place where kids can be kids, where their home and school lives momentarily fade into the background as they go through the highs and lows of adolescent rituals: sing-alongs, talent shows, homesickness, counselor mutiny–and first love. Amidst group activities, showy arguments, and secret conversations, filmmakers Bradley Beesley and Sarah Price submerge themselves into this curious camp subculture, capturing a diverse array of adolescents from all economic and social backgrounds. Through the non-calloused eyes of kids, Summercamp! captures the raw emotional experiences that will endure with them for the rest of their lives.