Summer Camp Stories

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Ah, the good old days of warm weather, blue skies — and summer camp. Find out what's new on the camp front and what's still the same. And why do campers still talk about their good and bad experiences 40 years after they last set foot in a canoe? Join NPR's Lynn Neary and her guests to relive the summer camp experience.


Susan Stamberg
*NPR special correspondent
*Happily attended Camp Ponemah (poh-NEE-muh) in Milford, N.H. many years ago

Buzz Ebner
*Owner and director of Camp Awosting (uh-WAH-sting) and Camp Chinqueka (chin-KWEE-kuh), one of the oldest continuously operating private camps in America

Andrew Froug
*Rising senior at Santa Rosa High School in Santa Rosa, Calif.
*Attended Brighton Foundation's college admissions prep camp

Ari Ackermann
*CEO of, which provides online photo and video services for parents who have children away at camp

Katie Graeff
*Camp counselor at Camp Pinecliffe in Harrison, Maine
*Camper at Pinecliffe for 7 consecutive years
*Rising sophomore at Bates College in Lewistown, Maine



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