Let’s Camp

Break out the sleeping bag and slather on the bug spray. We’re headed to the woods for this week’s Summer Fridays collection all about sleepaway camps, pitching a tent, and the surprising things that happen when we step away from our regular lives to commune with nature.

I Went To A Summer Camp For Adults And It Was Weird

Scaachi Koul • BuzzFeed

There were open bars, Slip’n Slide competitions, and hookups, but trying to recapture childhood can turn dark really fast.

The Gooey Story of S’mores

Rebecca Rupp • National Geographic

The classic dessert’s long yet vague history, dates back at least to 1927.

15 Classic Summer-Camp Movies, Ranked From Worst to Best

Brian Moylan • Vulture

Summer-camp movies have less to do with the experience of applying bug spray, and more to do with groups of like-minded people banding together to make something impossible and wonderful happen.

My Daughter Went Away to Camp and Changed

John Dickerson • Slate

The best moments of childhood—the memories that stay with you into adulthood—are ones where your parents aren’t there.

How I Lost My Faith at a Boot Camp for Christian Kids

Leanna Moxley • Narratively

At twelve years old I was sent away for one long hot summer of obediently serving the Lord. But instead of finding God, I discovered my rebellious streak.

What Happens to Your Marriage When Your Kids Go to Camp

MZ Goodman • Cup of Jo

“I’m alone with my husband for the first time in 10 years.”

Camping with Kids: A Non-Primer

Reid Doughten • Longreads

Revising the simple equation for combining camping with parenting toddlers.

I Slept Outside for a Week and It Changed My Life (Really)

Erin Berger • Outside

What a restless coffee drinker learned from going to circadian-rhythm rehab (a tent in the woods).

Dickens in Eden

Jill Lepore • The New Yorker

What would Charles Dickens say if he knew that two hundred and sixty people had given up a precious week of summer vacation just to talk about him?

The Long Summer

Elissa Strauss • Longreads

Every year America’s schools shut down for nearly three months—leaving families like single mother Olympia and her 6-year-old daughter Raina struggling to keep up.

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