8 Weeks At The World’s Wackiest Summer Camp

Camp attendance has plunged during the pandemic, but a zany memoir brings the experience to you

Janice Harayda
3 min readJul 16, 2022

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Cover of “Not a Happy Camper” / Credit: Grove Press

Remember when camp meant S’mores and “Kumbaya” instead of math, coding, or weight loss? When you went for fun instead of self-improvement? And when parents couldn’t keep checking in via texts, FaceTime, or a daily livestream of…

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Janice Harayda

Critic, novelist, award-winning journalist. Former book editor of the Plain Dealer and book columnist for Glamour. Words in NYT, WSJ, and other major media.