Happy Campers

Sammy Moskowitz and Julia Lindon

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Figuring out what it means to be grown-up campers in the world
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Episode 87 - Camp Talk with Joey Greene from Queer Eye!

34:00 | May 20th

Sammy and Julia chat with Joey, the hero from Season 3 Episode 2 of Queer Eye! Joey tells us about how he got into working at summer camps, and his camp and life philosophies, as well as his experience on the show!
Episode 86 - Flipping the Script

28:00 | May 13th

This week Sammy and Julia are interviewed by Cole Kelly, director of camp Weequahic, and host of the podcast Campfire Conversation about how Happy Campers came to be and everything they've learned so far!
Episode 85 - Run Like an Antelope Out of Control!

0:00 | Apr 29th

Sammy and Julia chat with Julien Bousquet, co-founder and head recruiter of Running Abroad, a running camp for teens in the south of France!!
Episode 84 - Like Father Like Son!

13:00 | Apr 22nd

Julia and Sammy talk with Any Lillienthal, director of Camp Winnebago, an all boys sleep away camp in Maine!
Episode 82 - Camp Food!

37:00 | Apr 7th

Sammy, Julia and Allison chat with friend of the pod and restauranteur Julie Horowitz about the best camp food!
Episode 81 - Meet Renee from ACA!

40:00 | Mar 12th

Julia and Sammy chat with Renee Flax, Director of Camper Placement at the American Camp Association, NY/NJ about her career working with camps and families to find the perfect ACA-accredited camp for every child!
Episode 80 - The Lifelong Camper

20:00 | Mar 4th

Molly Hott, Executive Director of SCOPE, stuck around to chat with Sammy and Julia about her career in summer camps!
Episode 79 - SCOPE!

34:00 | Feb 25th

Sammy and Julia chat with Molly Hott, Executive Director of SCOPE - Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education - a non-profit organization that provides children from underserved communities with summer camp experiences!
Episode 78 - Would You Rathers Return!

15:00 | Feb 11th

Sherm Jacobs returns to do some would you rathers with Sammy and Julia!
Episode 77 - Bully Beware!

50:00 | Feb 5th

Sammy and Julia chat with Sherm Jacobs about his experience with "light bullying" as a camper.
Episode 76 - Corporate Takeover Day!

17:00 | Jan 27th

Noah stuck around for a mini episode to tell Sammy and Julia about some of his camp's unique traditions, and then played a quick game of "Would You Rather!"
Episode 75 - Quaker Camp!

39:00 | Jan 21st

Sammy and Julia chat with Noah Wagner about his summers at Quaker Camp!
Episode 74 - Jesus Camp

50:07 | Dec 9th, 2018

Sammy and Julia are joined by filmmaker and director Rachel Grady, who directed the documentary films Jesus Camp and One of Us. We talked about her experience going to an evangelical Christian camp to film the movie and learn about the camp's teachin...Show More
Episode 72 - Sammy's Punday Sunday

12:54 | Nov 19th, 2018

Sammy gives Matthew a few camp-related visual puns to decipher! Follow along on Instagram and see if you can guess before he does!
Episode 69 - Eisner Camp!

55:14 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Sammy and Julia check out Jewish Camp, and take a tour around Eisner Camp in the Berkshires! Among other things, we learned that Shabbat at Jewish camp is SUPER FUN and not at all like the services you sat through at Hebrew School. We think you'll en...Show More
Episode 68 - No Flex

28:50 | Oct 15th, 2018

Sammy and Julia chat with Olivia, a junior in high school who felt a lot of pressure to skip her last summer at camp in order to pursue her dream of playing college volleyball. However, this past summer she made a last minute decision to go back to c...Show More
Episode 67 - CAMP TACONIC!!

34:42 | Oct 8th, 2018

Sammy and Julia took a tour of Camp Taconic to get a feel for camp outside of Cinocat!
Episode 66 - Live from Taconic it's CINOCAT!

0:00 | Sep 30th, 2018

In the first episode of Season 3, Sammy and Julia kick off the 2018 Camp Road Trip Series by visiting Camp Taconic to see CINOCAT and find out what all the fuss was about!
Episode 65 - Happy Campers Live!

48:46 | Jun 10th, 2018

Join us for our first LIVE SHOW with special guests Aaron Zemach, Abby Kohn and Charlie Landsman, and special guest host Essie Zar!!
Episode 64 - Cinocat!

1:12:00 | Jun 4th, 2018

Julia chats with Nick Bernstein, who went to Camp Taconic. worked there as a counselor, and then returned to produce a comedy show with the oldest age group called Cinocat! (Taconic backwards) Since then the show has become a sacred camp tradition, t...Show More
Special Camp Bonfire Re-RELEASE!

0:00 | May 25th, 2018

In preparation for Camp Bonfire's final session, we are re-releasing our Bonfire Episode where we recounted the beautiful and amazing weekend we spent at a one of a kind adult camp. Camp Bonfire Adventured us...SO MUCH!!
Episode 63 - Love Your Sleep. Make Your Bed.

39:56 | Apr 23rd, 2018

Sammy talks to sleep expert Nancy Rothstein about developing good sleep habits at camp that we can carry with us for our whole lives!
Episode 62 - Mental Health at Camp

40:16 | Apr 16th, 2018

Sammy and Julia chat with Natalie Rothstein, a licensed therapist and former camp counselor, about mental health at camp!
Episode 61 - One Not So Happy Camper

17:22 | Apr 9th, 2018

This week Sammy and Julia have an update from "K", from The Camper Diaries episode two weeks ago, and Rachel is back to read a story she wrote when she was a kid called "One Not So Happy Camper!"
Episode 60 - The Camper Diaries

38:03 | Mar 26th, 2018

Sammy, Julia, and Allison chat are joined by Rachel to read and discuss some of Rachel's detailed journal entries about some of the (now) hilarious romantic interactions she had at camp!
Episode 59 - Bruised Ankle or Bruised Ego?

18:36 | Mar 19th, 2018

Camp All Star Alum Julie stuck around to play a sports camp edition of our favorite game - would you rather!
Episode 58 - Hey Now, You're an All Star!

0:00 | Mar 12th, 2018

Sammy and Julia chat with former Camp All Star camper Julie about the ins and outs of sports camp!
Episode 57 - The Perfect Camp

18:23 | Mar 4th, 2018

Bobby and Grace stuck around to play a game where we envisioned a world where none of our camps existed, and it was up to us to create the perfect camp.
Episode 56 - Staff Brats!

53:00 | Feb 25th, 2018

Julia and Sammy chatted with Bobby and Grace, who are the children of the former directors of Camp Caribou and Camp Winnebego respectively, about what it was like growing up as the director's kid at camp!
Episode 55 - The Very First Summer

50:00 | Feb 5th, 2018

Julia and Sammy chat with Max and Mary Pat about the founding summer of Pocono Springs Camp!
Episode 54 - Space Camp!

32:02 | Jan 28th, 2018

Julia and Sammy chat with Ryan about that time he went to Space Camp when he was ten, and then played a space trivia game!
Episode 53 - We've Got Magic To Do!

0:00 | Jan 21st, 2018

Sammy and Julia chat with Adam Blumenthal, owner of Tannen's Magic Store and Magic Camp about growing up going to Tannen's Magic Camp, and about how the camp runs today!
Episode 52 - Horse Girls Unite!

0:00 | Jan 14th, 2018

Julia chats with former horse camp camper and counselor Sarah Lazarus about the ins and outs of riding camp!
Episode 51 - Reunited And It Feels So Good!

43:09 | Jan 8th, 2018

Sammy and Julia chat with Dori and Lindsay about Camp Pinecliffe's 100th anniversary reunion!
Episode 50 - 2017 Holiday Special!

0:00 | Dec 17th, 2017

Sammy, Julia and Allison chat about the holidays, and some of their favorite Happy Campers moments from 2017, and what they're looking forward to in the new year!
Episode 48 - Yes, AND!

0:00 | Dec 3rd, 2017

Sammy and Julia chat with Aaron and Rick, a couple of improv guys from the Magnet Theater who attended IMPROV CAMP this summer!!
Episode 47 - Salute Your Soffee Shorts!

0:00 | Nov 20th, 2017

Julia sits down with her friend Randi to chat about her experience at Camp Towanda, where the movie Wet Hot American Summer was filmed!
Episode 46 - Walden Greets You Pleased to Meet You!

0:00 | Nov 14th, 2017

Sammy, Julia and Allison return to their childhood camp - Camp Walden in the last installment of the Camp Road Trip Series.
Episode 45 - Camp Sunshine Part 2

41:35 | Nov 5th, 2017

Part two of our profile of Camp Sunshine, a camp for families of children with life threatening illnesses, as part of our Camp Road Trip Series
Episode 44 - Camp Sunshine Part 1

44:48 | Oct 29th, 2017

Sammy, Julia and Allison visit Camp Sunshine, a camp for families of children with life threatening illnesses.
Episode 43 - We'll Tell You Of Camp Cobbossee So Far Far Away!

37:45 | Oct 22nd, 2017

Sammy and Julia reporting from the mysterious and wonderful land of boys camp!! We learn all about Camp Cobbossee and talk to a few campers about what makes camp so special to them.
Episode 42 - Who Would You Be If You Never Went To Camp?

22:08 | Oct 16th, 2017

Julia & Sammy went to The Summer Camp annual fundraiser and asked the ultimate question (among others): Who would you be if you never went to camp?
Episode 41 - We're Back!

53:06 | Oct 8th, 2017

Sammy and Julia profile The Summer Camp, a camp in Maine for underserved girls from low income and foster families!
That's a Wrap!...on Season 1

09:04 | Aug 7th, 2017

We have a quick announcement - Happy Campers Season 1 has WRAPPED! But don't worry! We will be back in September for Season 2 with some GREAT new episodes!!
Episode 40 - Scout Master Stew

13:30 | Jul 31st, 2017

Sammy and Julia chat with step-grandpa Stewart about his experience at boy scout camp when he was a kid in the 40's!
Episode 39 - Grandpa Stew's Camp Crew

45:26 | Jul 24th, 2017

Julia and Sammy chat with Julia's step-grandpa Stewart about when he was a counselor at boys camp in the 50's! Beware of Tim Tyler and getting left in the dust.
Episode 38 - Your Favorite Foreign Counselors

36:19 | Jul 16th, 2017

Julia and Sammy talk to Cat, Matty and Louis from Americamp about the process of placing British counselors at camps across the U.S. and Canada!
Episode 37 - Camp Bonfire Adventures You SO MUCH!

1:20:33 | Jul 9th, 2017

Julia and Sammy recount their amazing weekend at Camp Bonfire!!
Episode 36 - The Tiniest Camper!

19:00 | Jun 25th, 2017

This week, Sammy talks to Netta, who is heading into her second summer at Jacobs camp to tell us everything she's looking forward to this summer, now that she knows the ropes!
Episode 35 - Getting To Know Us

47:29 | Jun 18th, 2017

This week, we thought it would be fun for Sammy and Julia to have a one-on-one conversation about their camp experience, and all the ways it has influenced who we are as adults, and the passions we have pursued as a result!
Episode 34 - Essie's Fifteen Minutes of Camp!

12:38 | Jun 12th, 2017

Sammy and Julia hang out with Essie for a quick summer rom com movie game!
Episode 33 - Essie's Hour of Camp

43:19 | Jun 4th, 2017

Julia and Sammy are joined by Essie, host of the podcast Essie's Hour of Love, to talk about her unique experience as a camp counselor, and how her camp circle has helped shaped her life
Episode 32 - [Don't] Break a Leg!

27:00 | May 21st, 2017

WARNING: If you are squeamish about medical stories and/or stories about breaking bones, you should probably skip this episode and come back next week! If you stick around, Julia talks to our friend Katie Goodman about her epic hiking injury, and how...Show More
Episode 31 - Packing 101

47:00 | May 15th, 2017

Allison Kadin, our wonderful and amazing producer, brought her mom along to talk about the process of packing for camp - the do's and don'ts, and the best and worst packing faux pas.
Episode 30 - H is for Happy Campers

16:52 | May 7th, 2017

Playwright and author of the Camp Rolling Hill series Stacy Davidowitz stuck around to play a new game with us, and read some more of her old camp letters
Episode 29 - Stacy's Books Have Got It Going On

47:53 | Apr 30th, 2017

Sammy and Julia talk to Stacy Davidowitz about her series for teens and tweens called Camp Rolling Hills, what went into the process of writing them, as well as the musical on which they are based. She also reads some hilarious letters she wrote home...Show More
Episode 28 - Amazing Amy Goes to Camp!

49:35 | Apr 23rd, 2017

This week, Sammy and Julia chat with Amy, who decided to work at sleep away camp as an adult with her two daughters, and learned the ins an outs of camp life!
Episode 27 - Pranksters Unite!

19:45 | Apr 16th, 2017

Sammy and Julia are joined by prankster Danielle to play a pranking game, and then we hear some of the pranking stories our listeners sent in!
Episode 26 - There's A Prankster in All of Us

56:06 | Apr 9th, 2017

Julia and Sammy are back after a two week break to bring you a super fun episode about camp pranks! This week we sit down with Danielle, the ultimate prankster to talk about what makes a good prank, what about camp makes it a heightened pranking envi...Show More
Episode 25 - Fantastic Camps and How to Find Them!

1:03:53 | Mar 19th, 2017

Julia and Sammy talk to Lauren Nearpass, co-founder of Summer 365, a camp consulting firm, about her process of matching kids with the right camp, and then Julie Belgard, who shared with us her experience of finding a boys camp for her nine-year-old ...Show More
Episode 24 - Stroll Down Memory Lane

12:00 | Mar 12th, 2017

Hey Happy Campers! We have a great episode for you this week - Gail and Jesse from last week's Oldies but Goodies episode stuck around to play a quick game of Would You Rather, and to tell us a few more stories and sing us some songs from their camp ...Show More
Episode 23 - Oldies But Goodies!

42:51 | Mar 5th, 2017

Julia and Sammy are joined by Gail and Jesse to talk about what camp and life was like growing up in the 60s and 70's!
Episode 22 - Grown-Ups Just Want To Have Fun!

14:59 | Feb 26th, 2017

Jacob, Jessica and Adam stick around to answer some Rapid Fire Questions!
Episode 21 - Adult Camp: No Kids Allowed!

59:51 | Feb 19th, 2017

This week we are joined by Jacob, Jessica and Adam to talk about their experiences at adult camp! By the end Sammy and Julia are fully convinced and ready to sign up for Camp Bonfire and Club Getaway this summer!
Episode 20 - Camp Goals AF

13:51 | Feb 12th, 2017

Current camper Lauren stuck around to give Julia and Sammy some lessons on current teen lingo.
Episode 19 - From the Mouths of Babes

45:20 | Feb 5th, 2017

Julia and Sammy talk to current camper Lauren about going into the oldest bunk at camp, what happens to social media over the summer, and what it's like going to socials as a camper today!!
Episode 18 - Let the Games Begin!

13:43 | Jan 29th, 2017

Join us for another camp trivia game called Camp Taboo, and Allison and Sammy shame Julia for never having seen Dirty Dancing!!
Episode 17 - Camp Hollywoods!

39:35 | Jan 22nd, 2017

This week, Julia, Sammy and Allison reminisce about their favorite camp movies like Parent Trap, Wet Hot American Summer, and Camp Nowhere, and then Allison and Julia play each other in a heated trivia game!
Episode 16 - Boys Camp 101

14:33 | Jan 15th, 2017

Sammy and Julia are joined again by our friends Lucas and Noah to play some Would You Rather, and Julia's sister and Sammy's bunkmate Emily makes her debut on the podcast to play with us! Also, we learn about what campfire is like at boys camp!
Episode 15 - No Girls Allowed!

58:08 | Jan 8th, 2017

Julia and Sammy are joined by our friends Lucas and Noah, who attended Camp Shohola and Camp Nebagamon, to learn all about what goes on at all boys camp!
Episode 14 - Special Holiday Episode!

45:34 | Dec 18th, 2016

We're bringing you two mini episodes we haven't had time to release! First we're joined by Eric to play would you rather, and then our friend Katie to wonder what happens to baby teeth lost at camp, and read a funny letter written to President Obama ...Show More
Episode 13 - The Song Man!

13:03 | Dec 11th, 2016

Sammy and Julia talk with Josh and Charlie about Charlie's role as the "song man" at camp, and he sings an original song he wrote about camp!
Episode 12 - Summer Loving!

47:25 | Dec 4th, 2016

Sammy and Julia sit down with their friends Josh and Charlie to talk about summer love, camp relationships, and socials - we learn about "shabbat walks" and the pool book, and what it was like to be young and in love at co-ed camp!
Episode 11 - Fat Camp: The Trek Up Cardiac Hill

17:10 | Nov 27th, 2016

Sammy is out this week, so Julia invited her friend Joe on the podcast to talk about his seven summers at "new image weight loss camp" affectionately referred to as Fat Camp!!
Episode 10 - Camp as a Safe Space Part 2

43:50 | Nov 20th, 2016

Julia and Sammy talk with Zoe, who volunteers at Experience Camps, camps for kids who have experienced loss, and Eric, a former camper and counselor at Seeds of Peace, a camp that brings kids from areas of conflict together, we talk about how these c...Show More
Episode 9 - Camp as a Safe Space Part 1

43:39 | Nov 13th, 2016

Join Sammy and Julia as they chat with their longtime friend and former camper Caroline Rothstein about how camp functioned as a safe space for her, and the importance of safe spaces for all kids and people
Episode 8 - Lights Out!

14:19 | Nov 6th, 2016

Sammy and Julia dive into the end of day traditions like cookies and milk and singing taps! We also chat about the rituals around the last night of camp, and how hard it is to leave.
Episode 7 - But It's Tradition!

52:00 | Oct 30th, 2016

Julia and Sammy dive into the world of camp traditions to find out if what we considered to be normal was actually super weird by other camp standards. We talk with Brad from Camp Androscoggin and Abby from Camp Pinecliffe about their craziest camp ...Show More
Episode 6 - Getting the Hang of Hygiene

00:14 | Oct 23rd, 2016

Julia and Sammy are joined by Natalie, Julia's roommate and a friend of the podcast, to talk about the hygiene habits we learned at camp that we still maintain today!
Episode 5 - Your Body and Camp!

49:59 | Oct 16th, 2016

Julia and Sammy talk to their friends Rebecca C and Caroline M about their journeys to camp cleanliness and figuring out how to keep the pine needles off our shins and the underwear out of our beds
Episode 4 - Oh, Those Summer Songs

19:51 | Oct 9th, 2016

Sammy is out this week, so Allison joins Julia to chat about their best lip-sync night performances, and the best (or worst) summer songs that helped form their musical tastes today!
Episode 3 - There's a Performer in All of Us

50:00 | Oct 2nd, 2016

Bryan and Leigh, alumns of Camp Westmont, share their experiences performing for others at camp, and how it influenced their creative pursuits in their adult lives. They also talk about their musical, Color War: A Summer Campy Musical and a little bi...Show More
Episode 2 - Maggie Gyllenhaal Is My Friend

15:12 | Sep 25th, 2016

Julia, Sammy and Emily chat about Emily's brush with a famous former bunkmate, and Emily reads a letter she wrote home!
Episode 1 - No Boys Allowed!

47:14 | Sep 20th, 2016

Join us for the inaugural episode of Happy Campers, a podcast dedicated to making the summer camp experience last year-round. Ever wonder what goes on at an all-girls camp? Sammy, Julia and our very special guest Emily W dish on all the quirky things...Show More