Sleepaway: The Girls of Summer and the Camps They Love

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Workman Publishing, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 242 pages
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Remember how you cried when you first arrived at camp? Then sobbed when it was time to leave? From goofy pranks and late-night giggling to life-changing friendships, summer camp is an experience that girls love-and women never forget.

With the warm and nostalgic feel of a scrapbook, Sleepaway transports grown-up campers back to the treasured days of summer and their first taste of independence. Written by Laurie S. Kahn, a former advertising executive (who overcame her disappointment at not being color war captain only when she was named director of radio and television production at Young & Rubicam in New York), Sleepaway collects a hundred years of camp lore, plus vintage photographs, letters, songs, badges, postcards, and autographed pillowcases. Here are stories that instantly evoke memories of a first bunk (remember the smell of damp towels piled up on a rainy day?), of swimming tests and socials (a chance for a first kiss!), of rowdy singalongs, joyous mealtimes, mail call, and the hilarity of a short-sheeted bed. There's a recipe for bug juice; instructions for playing jacks, folding the perfect hospital corner, and making a lanyard; camp packing lists; Best Make-Out Songs by Decade; and--at last!--the complete lyrics to John Jacob Jingelheimer Schmidt. A perfect gift for every woman who wishes she still had name tags in her clothes.
 

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User Review  - AbbyR - LibraryThing

Wonderful book about summer camps - it doesn't seem to matter where you went to camp, they are all beloved. Of course, I know that Strawderman is the best of the lot, and always will be. Read full review

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Contents

THE GIRLS OF SUMMER
2
AND AWAY WE GO
10
CUBBIES COUNSELORS BM CHARTS
34
SO MUCH TO DO SO LITTLE TIME
66
BUG JUICE MYSTERY MEAT MEAL TICKETS
114
DANCES WITH WOLVES
134
TRADITION RITUALS GETTING INTO TROUBLE
150
ITS NOT GOODBYE ITS JUST SO LONG
200
AND WHY WE WENT
216
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About the author (2003)

Laurie S. Kahn attended Camp Kear-Sarge in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for nine years. She also attended the University of Wisconsin before coming to New York to work on Madison Avenue. She now bunks in Noyac, New York.

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