Here is a list of some of our favorite camp movies & books. I'll be adding to this throughout April and May, so please bookmark the page. Thanks! -Jon
Positive Camp Movies
The Adventures of Spin & Marty (1955): This is one of my favorite camp-related DVDs. It's a collection of shorts from the Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950s. The story revolves around a rich kid who goes to a dude ranch and tries to fit in. What I love is that the kids are real, the staff genuinely cares for the kids, and the story is believable. A true classic.
Make a Wish (1937) starring Basil Rathbone and Bobby Breen (drama / musical). Although a random guy from across the lake hanging out at a boys' camp would seem creepy today, it plays as genuine in this 1930s classic starring Sherlock Holmes himself. You can also rent this from Amazon streaming movies here.
The Parent Trap (1961): This is, of course, a classic. Camp leaders are portrayed as being a bit goofy, but the camp is well-run, clean, and fun.
Meatballs (1979): Bill Murray almost didn't show up to make this movie, but I'm glad he did. Despite tons of things that almost no camp would allow today, this movie at its core, has a great message.
Scary Camp Movies
The Burning (1981) is a better than average 80s slasher movie. There is no redeeming camp message in this movie, but if you like horror movies, you've probably not seen this one.
Friday the 13th (1980): This is the movie that forever made camp scary. Sadly, it spawned dozens of really inferior knock-offs, including some of the sequels.