Back in 2007 Josh Wolk, a writer for the magazine Entertainment Weekly, published a book about life at summer camp entitled, Cabin Pressure: One Man’s Desperate Attempt to Recapture His Youth as a Camp Counselor. To write the book, Wolk decided to go back to the same summer camp he attended as kid and be a cabin counselor, to spend a summer living with the kids, teaching activities, and eating in the dining hall. Part nostalgia trip and part a return to innocence (reliving boyhood memories before getting married and becoming “an adult”), the book is well written and is really funny. By introducing you to the campers in his cabin and the other staff members, the book helps readers understand camp from the inside. It shows the complex human relationships at play there, the funny and poignant moments happening all the time, and ultimately why so many people absolutely love camp.
Now, word is out that Derick Martini (best known for directing the 2008 film “Lymelife”) is going to film a movie based on Wolk’s book. We’re not sure about the production schedule or the cast at this point, but we know that the film will be a comedy about summer camp. Cool!
We’ll keep you posted and, meanwhile, look forward to seeing the film!