Summercamp!

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3 out of 5 stars
The sincere, lingering shots of unkempt kids in their natural habitat—making armpit farts and playing air guitar on canoe paddles—at Swift Nature Camp in Wisconsin make Summercamp! feel more like Discovery Channel fare than Meatballs-esque mockery. With tenderness and joy, Bradley Beesley and Sarah Price capture the precious moments of preteen freedom—not from parents and school, but from self-awareness and doubt. One child, upset over being disciplined, seeks respite on the lake, saying, “I’m trying not to worry about anything right now; I’m just trying to relax and get away from it all.” Amen, little brother.

By: Jane Borden

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