Who were you at camp?

Photo by <a href='http://www.flickr.com/photos/hdport/3829056223/'>Hunter Desportes</a>

Photo by Hunter Desportes


Jun. 22 / Jul. 2

As we finally approach the summer, plenty of parents and kids are starting to think about camp. For many families, it's a time-honoured tradition: pack the young ones and ship them off for a few weeks away. 

So, for our last episode of the season, we ask: who were you at summer camp? When taken out of your element and put into nature, did you thrive? Or long for the moment you get to head home?


On this week's show:

Cathy Hughes and Karie Girling have known each other for more than 50 years, since their days at Muskoka's Camp Onawaw. They've returned year in and year out. Find out what draws them back to that camp to recreate their teenage experiences as adults. (Photo Courtesy Cathy Hughes, who is on the top right; Karie is on the right)

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What's camp without songs, marshmallows and ghost stories? Marcia Walker tells the story of how the campfire tale of "Creeper Jim" taught her an important lesson about growing up. 

Perry Rosemond's first experience at summer camp was a somewhat traumatic one. That is, until the legendary television producer met his lifelong pal, Larry Zolf, and they decided to take camp matters into their own hands.

Our very own Sook-Yin Lee laces up her hiking boots and heads out onto the streets to find out how summer camp changed you.

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Canoes, s'mores, teepees, and headdresses...We'll explore how "playing Indian" became a summer camp staple and why one Ojibway camp counsellor, Caleb Musgrave, wants it to stop. 

Sook-Yin, like a lot of kids, never got the chance to spend her summers at camp. So when her parents took off for a couple of months, she and her siblings took things into their own hands - and camped at home.

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Retired CBC Radio host Andy Barrie worked in broadcasting for 40 years of his life - but did you know that he got his first taste of radio more than 55 years ago at summer camp? He'll tell the store of getting his big break on camp radio. 

"Fred the Moose" (the moose who drank juice) is one of the most popular campfire songs of all time. We'll speak with creator Troy Glover, and find out why he thinks that s'mores and sing-a-longs can change lives.

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Tod Maffin was one of those kids who just couldn't wait to head to camp each year. In fact, he loved his experience so much that he decided to take a job as the sports director at the camp he had spent his summers at as a kid. But one particular aspect of camp life stuck with him way longer than he ever expected. 

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Heather Gold grew up in Niagara Falls, Ontario, where the Jewish population was small. So in the summers, she was sent to Jewish camp to be with other Jewish kids. But her camp experience took a shocking turn when a surprise visitor showed up.

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Letting your kids go away for weeks at a time can be difficult to some parents, so getting a letter from a young one can go a long way. We'll talk to Diane Falanga, author of P.S. I Hate It Here: Kids' Letters From Camp, about how these hilarious, terrifying, amazing letters from camp are physical evidence of how your children change when they're away. 

This week's playlist:
Steven Page - Different Sort of Solitude
Wake Owl - Wild Country
Kate Rogers Band - The Lake
Summer Camp - Better Off Without You
Billy Stewart - Summertime
Danny Michel - The First Night
Arcade Fire - No Cars Go

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