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A podcast for those who may have left summer camp, but camp never left us.

A podcast for those who may have left summer camp, but camp never left us.
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A podcast for those who may have left summer camp, but camp never left us.




Ep. #55: Alana Horowitz Satlin

Fireworks on the 4th of July are a staple of summer camp. Huffington Post Senior Editor Alana Horowitz Satlin joins to tell one hell of a tale about fireworks gone wrong from her days at Camp Pocono Ridge. Plus we debate the merits of having a birthday at camp, the sports version of camp goggles, and much much more! Don't waste a minute, take a listen!


Ep. #54: The Camp Reunion

Micah and guest Michelle Weltman recount their experiences from attending GUCI's 60th reunion weekend, and how easily you slide right back into your camp ways when back on the campgrounds. Plus a stunner of a first-kiss story, embarrassing coming-of-age issues, and much much more! Don't waste a minute, take a listen!


Minisode: Like The Time I Almost Got Kicked Out of Camp For Eating a Cheeseburger

Jonathan Goldman stops by to give a full account of the story told on the last episode, of the time he nearly got kicked out of camp for eating half a cheeseburger (and some corndog nuggets) on the big summer trip to the water park. So much drama! Don't waste a minute, take a listen!


Ep. #43: Molly Tolsky

Molly Tolsky is the editor of Alma, a Jewish pop culture site for millennial women, but before that she was just your average shy girl at summer camp. Join us as we discuss mean girls at camp, the scandal that almost sent campers home from a water park, and much more. Don't waste a minute, take a listen!


Ep. #41: Blake Wexler

Blake Wexler is a hilarious comedian, and his new album "12 Years of Voicemails from Todd Glass to Blake Wexler" explores his relationship with fellow comedian Todd Glass, who in many ways served as a camp-counselor-like role in Blake's life. We talk about our favorite counselors, the scariest things that ever happened to us at camp, finding camp in every day life, plus much much more! Don't waste a minute, take a listen!


Ep. #38: Like the Time I Made Out With the Son of the Head of Homeland Security (w/ Rebecca Caplan)

Rebecca Caplan got her start as a comedy writer putting together dramatic plays at Camp Timber Tops, where she also penned the world-renowned Forrest Gumpstein for Lip Sync Night. Join us as we discuss the difficulties of being a counselor, the importance (or lack thereof) of keeping a clean bunk, and hear her tale of romance torn apart due to government interference. Don't waste a minute, take a listen!


Ep. #37: Like the Time We Gave Thanks For Camp (w/Jare Akchin and Daniel Kaufman)

Camp Newman is home to so many fond memories for people who went there, which makes it all the more devastating that it was burned to the ground after the wildfires in California this year. Daniel Kaufman and Jare Akchin join to talk about what made Newman so great and how the community is rebuilding the camp, plus we talk about what we're thankful for from camp, embarrassing first kisses, plus an unexpected tale of an unrequited display of affection. Don't waste a minute, take a listen!


Ep. #30: Like the Time I Asked Out Every Girl at Camp (w/Jason Sattler)

Sometimes if you feel like you don't fit in, you end up on the sidelines making fun of all the perceived cool kids. Perhaps that experience helped shape the comedic voice of Jason Sattler, aka @LOLGOP on Twitter, who takes some time out of his busy schedule roasting the embattled leaders of the free world and fighting for progressive causes to join us this week. Jason recounts his times at an Orthodox Jewish Camp in California waiting on the arrival of the Messiah, gives tips on who to...


Ep. #29: Like The Time Camp Was Ruined By An Electric Razor (w/Stephanie Butnick)

Deputy editor of Tablet Magazine and co-host of the popular 'Unorthodox' podcast Stephanie Butnick joins Micah to discuss her time at Camp Point O' Pines, the differences between Jewish camps and camps for Jews, and tells a harrowing story of a summer gone wrong thanks to an electric razor (or few). Take a listen!


Ep. 28: Like The Time I Had a Threesome at Camp...Sort Of (w/Lindsay Fram)

Noted sex educator Lindsay Fram is back to dish on the latest from the frontlines of gender and sexuality at summer camps. Plus we discuss the definition of "Camp Hot", our favorite camp cheers, the best way to spend a day off, and of course, Lindsay's super-mature Shabbat Walk threesome (spoiler alert - it's not as sexy as it sounds). Take a listen!


Ep. #27: Like The Time We Talked to The Camp Directors of Our Childhood

With summer camps in full swing, we talk to longtime directors Macy Hart (father of Micah) and Ron Klotz about their years running summer camps in Mississippi and Indiana and how they prepared for each summer. We learn about how they got involved in the camping world, the funniest postcards ever sent home from camp, and answer the age-old question, "What do camp directors do in the winter time?"


Ep. #26: Like The Time The Director Was An NFL Quarterback (w/ Jay Fiedler)

Every camp is special, but not every camp can boast the former quarterback for the Miami Dolphins as camp director! Longtime NFL signal caller Jay Fiedler joins Micah and Sara to talk about leading Brookwood Camps in upstate NY and his summers growing up at Lenni Lenape, as well as the similarities and differences between a season in the NFL and a summer at camp.


Ep. #25: Like The Time Paris Hilton Broke Color War (w/Stacy Davidowitz)

A summer at camp wouldn't be complete without a good ole fashioned Color War (aka Maccabiah Games, Yom Sport, or Special Day...). Whatever you want to call it, everyone left it all on the field for the green, the red, the yellow, and the blue. Author Stacy Davidowitz joins Micah and Sara to recount her days at Tyler Hill Camp and talk about her newest book in the Camp Rolling Hills series, "Breakout", which takes place during Color War. Plus we discuss great Color War fakeouts and breakouts,...


Ep. #24: Like That Time I Made a Movie About Camp (w/Micah Barber & Tony Faia)

Austin-based filmmakers Micah Barber and Tony Faia didn’t go to camp together, but they did make a movie about a young boy who escapes from his lonely summer camp in the magical “Into the Who Knows”. In our conversation with them, we hear stories from Micah’s days at band camp (where he played the french horn) and from Tony’s days at boy scout camp (where everyone showered with their swim trunks on). We reminisce about the magic of camp nights, lament the lack of romantic opportunities for...


Ep. #23: Like The Time I Made A Big Mistake (w/Mike Sacks)

On this week’s episode, we talk to Mike Sacks - author, comedy writer, and host of the podcast, “Doin’ it with Mike” - about his summers at Camp Airy and Camp Seafarer in the 80s. Despite his tough exterior, Mike turns out to be quite the sentimental camp philosopher. Like most of our guests, camp had a big impact on how he sees the world and shares what we all know to be true: “Camp time is like living through amber.” Poetic, right? An accomplished writer, Mike shares that the most precious...


Ep. #22: Like The Time I Bought That Camp (w/Joe Mendes)

Some of us live for camp, dreaming and wishing that we could spend our entire life in the place we truly call “home.” But would you actually ever *buy* one? Well, this week’s guest, Joe Mendes did just that. When Camp Roosevelt-Firebird came available to buy in 2015, Joe finally realized his decades-old dream of helping kids learn, grow, and develop in ways they did not think possible! This year will be his second summer as owner/director and he tells us about the trials and tribulations...


Ep. #21: Like the Time I Pulled That Other Prank At Camp

This episode is the second part of our interview with Michael and Sarah Marks, two great storytellers who had us cringing in disbelief at some of the stories they shared about both the pranks they pulled and the pranks that were pulled on them. Turns out, Sarah LOVED having her underwear run up the flagpole... and she almost convinces Sara that pranks are a sign of affection. You’ll also hear about Sarah’s first camp kiss (it's the absolute best) and how having your dad at camp can...


Ep. #20: Like the Time I Pulled That Prank At Camp

If you’ve ever peed on a plastic wrap toilet, found crickets in your sleeping bag, or raided a camp kitchen, you’ll appreciate this week’s April Fool’s-themed episode about pranks and the campers & counselors who pull them. We talk to Camp Sierra Vista lifer, Sarah Marks, and her radio-producer, bird-call expert husband (and literal Boy Scout), Michael Marks, about escalating prank wars, shower shenanigans, dining hall antics, and the general mayhem created when the summer camp season...


Ep #19: Like the Time Someone Put A Goat In the Shower

Poet and writer Abigail Welhouse joins Sara and Micah to discuss her experiences growing up and working at a horseback riding camp for girls, plus we discuss why being a summer camp counselor is the best paying job you can find as a teenager.


Ep #18: Like The Time We Talked To That Camp Guy We Met On Instagram

Sara and Micah talk to Aaron Greene, a longtime camp veteran with a penchant for posting memes on Instagram with the #campconfessions hashtag. What confessions do we discuss? Take a listen and find out!