My Life as a Movie Monday: Camp Nowhere

Good morning !! And welcome to the first official day of “Retro-licious” here at Words Become Superfluous !!! In case all of the exclamation marks didn’t give it away, I am so excited that you’re here !!! This week is going to be about seven kinds of awesome, and I don’t want you to miss a bit of it. If you haven’t had a chance to check out yesterday’s kick off announcement yet, here’s a quick overview of what’s happening:

Inspired by the “Summerlicious” food festival that happens in Toronto every July, we’re celebrating “Retro-licious” from July 22nd – 26th! All of our regular menu items – like today’s “My Life as a Movie Monday”, for example – will be served with a very special vintage twist. And of course I have a little something extra planned, too. Click here for all of the details.

Today’s movie selection is brought to you from the year 1994. Allow me to set the scene for you: these were some of the most popular songs of the year. (Some dedications: Andrew, the first one is for you. And Dave, that last one is yours, obviously. Meet me for a karaoke date later?)

Now that we’re all feeling the ambiance, let’s talk about last week. Last week, I:

  • Skipped out on my responsibilities and;
  • Spent a lot of time outdoors and;
  • Spent time talking to some good friends

So, last week, my life as a movie was: “Camp Nowhere”

camp nowhere movie poster

Ahh, the 90s. When movie protagonists could be named “Mud” and still be cool. This film wasn’t exactly known for it’s stellar plot and solid acting, but I didn’t care; it came out when I was eleven years old -and the idea of running your own summer camp?!? With no parents and with Jonathan Jackson and his dreamy eyes?!? Best. Summer. Ever.

Incidentally, I went to summer camp for the first time ever the following year, and had a ball. One of the girls I met there is still one of my closest friends today – and we’ve gotten into all kinds of shenanigans over the years. Jonathan Jackson would approve.

Don’t forget to like and comment on today’s post to score your contest entries! And come back tomorrow for a little trip down memory lane that I like to call: The One with Amb at the Airport. See you then!

love amb

28 thoughts on “My Life as a Movie Monday: Camp Nowhere

  1. My favorite camp movie is Meatballs. Camp movies are great because they are so silly and really lack any plot. Fun! Happy Monday

    • I’m afraid to hit “play” on this one … I feel like it will be too much for a pre-coffee Monday morning!! Giving you an extra contest entry for including a multimedia comment though, my friend. Well done, as usual!

      • It’s not that bad. It’s a POW camp with sporadic violence, but done in the totally non-graphic violence of the day. Precursor to Hogan’s Heroes, actually, but no farcical element.

      • Cool beans. I will report back after I’ve watched! Nice tie in, too, since Jack and I were talking about Hogan’s Heroes last week 🙂

      • I like camp movies, though. But I never saw Camp Nowhere.

        I agree with unfetteredbs that Meatballs is the gold standard. The camp scenes in Addams Family were good! Then there’s the Camp Crusty episode of the Simpson’s! Greatest camp song ever from 7:38.

      • Deb and otherDave are going to be THRILLED that you’re quoting the Simpsons – way to make an impression on the other readers!

  2. OMG! I loved Camp Nowhere…actually no, I LOVE (present tense) Camp Nowhere!

    When I was younger I think I watched it 3 times in 1 day! I had such a crush on Mud… 😀

    Excellent pick to start off retro week!

    • Yes!!! Present tense for me too – I love this movie with a capital L 😀

      Mud was the best … and he’s grown up very nicely too. Have you seen him at all on Nashville? He still has dreamy eyes, and now he sings and plays guitar, too! 😉

      So glad you’re here, my lovely. xoooox

  3. Huh, I’ve never seen this, and I’m usually pretty good keeping up with the light summer comedies! Have you ever seen the Great Outdoors with John Candy and Dan Aykroyd? It’s hilarious! You can probably find the movie on, the free movie site.

    • You’d be forgiven for missing this one, Jack – pretty sure it was marketed exclusively to 11 year old girls like myself when it came out 🙂 My inner 11 year old still loves it today, though.

      I haven’t seen The Great Outdoors in ages!! I love John Candy so much. Uncle Buck is one of my favourite comedies ever. Will definitely check out that movie site you recommended and see if I can find it – thanks for the tip.

  4. Uncle Buck!!!!!!!! There’s a pancake scene in that one 🙂 Agreed, excellent movie. But here’s the thing about retro: When you were watching a made-for-11-year-old-girl movie in the summer of 1994–as an 11-year-old–I was walking down the aisle at my wedding! Retro is relative.

    Was thinking I could bring snacks this week, so have brought over boxes of (virtual) cracker jacks, complete with the prizes in the bottom of the box. And Hawaiian Punch.

    Was trying to figure out audra’s comment–figured I wasn’t paying close enough attention and had missed something about numbers and cookies and tush-oiling.

    Liking the party vibe, already!

    • Liz !!! THAT PANCAKE SCENE IS MY FAVOURITE ONE IN THE WHOLE MOVIE !!! You should’ve seen the toast, I couldn’t even get it through the door

      You’re right that retro is relative – that’s a big part of what’s going to make this week so much fun! I’m so looking forward to hearing yours and other people’s stories of what they were doing way back when 🙂

      Thank you so much for the snacks! The party vibe just got kicked up a notch, thanks to you!

  5. Hi Amb…oh my goodness…Liz is right, retro is so very relative! But, since we have yet one more fun thing in common {I LOVED camp!! And became a camp counselor when I was finally old enough..first boyfriend..swoon!} so I’m gonna let it slide that when you were 11 I was finished with my master’s degree and 2 yrs into my first professional gig! Yikes! We won’t even talk about personal life stuff! So, whew, I think I survived day one of Retrolicious deliciousness. Just glad Liz brought snacks! xoxo

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