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So You Think Your Summer Camp Was Cool?

I've always felt that I had an inferior childhood because my parents never sent me to summer camp. Well, that's not entirely true. I did attend "Camp Wildwood," a day camp of arts, crafts and sunburns at our neighborhood pool. I also did things like "Young Scholars" which, trust me, did not furnish the socially formative, eye-opening experience that summer camp does. But even campgoers will feel like they missed out in light of what National Geographic has to offer. More than a camp, its summer program is an expedition.

The students, all in high school, basically get to travel the world taking photographs with National Geographic photographers, writers and researchers. Really roughing it. I don't even want to think about the price tag, but as far as formative experiences go, I'm sure this blows "Young Scholars" out of the water. Here's a selection of photographs taken by students last summer. Who knows, maybe the next Steve McCurry is somewhere in this gallery.

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