109: Notes on Camp

109: Notes on Camp

Aug 28, 1998
Stories of summer camp. People who love camp say that non-camp people simply don't understand what's so amazing about camp. In this program, we attempt to bridge the gap of misunderstanding between camp people and non-camp people.
Original harmonica music throughout the hour by Howard Levy.
  • Camp Lake of the Woods holds a fake Indian powwow during the summer. This kind of fake Native American-ness has been a part of camping in America since organized camping began a century ago. And ceremonies like this are just part of making the business run for any camp. By having traditions and lots of songs in which campers sing about their loyalty to their own camp, camps create repeat customers. It's an economic imperative. Of course, it's also really fun. (5 minutes)

    Read more about the history of Indian "traditions" in summer camps in Philip Joseph Deloria's Playing Indian.

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