Books About Summer Camp

Is summer camp all it’s cracked up to be? Depends on who you ask. These books will give you a glimpse into the trials and tribulations of camp. Crazy camp directors. Cabin raids. Dances. Friends. Enemies. Goats. And a whole lot of problem solving. If you can’t go to camp this summer, at least you can read about it.

Boys’ Camp

Camp Average by Craig Battle 

Mack is back at camp for another exciting summer of campfires, waterskiing, and swimming. Then a new director, obsessed with sports and winning, hi-jacks the schedule and assigns each kid to a sport. All normal activities are cancelled and replaced with a full day of sports practice. Mack is not a happy camper, so he hatches a plan to get camp back on track.

Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation by Tommy Greenwald

Charlie Joe is a natural born leader. Even at a summer camp for book nerds (Charlie Joe hates to read), he manages to bring the other kids over to his way of thinking. When the camp director decides to take away the free swim time and replace it with another academic elective, Charlie Joe’s problem solving skills kick into high gear. 

Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by James Patterson

Rafe is having his usual problems. His mom has decided he could use some academic remediation over the summer, so he’s off to summer camp. He ends up in the Muskrat cabin, and he and his cabin mates are bullied by the Bobcats and their fearless leader Doolin. 

Lions and Liars by Kate Beasley

The only thing cool about Frederick Frederickson is his family’s annual cruise. When a hurricane sabotages their vacation, he takes off in a boat down the river and ends up at a camp for troublemakers. He joins the rag tag group of kids, when they mistake him for a famous kid who hasn’t arrived yet. No matter what he does to screw up, the kids still think he’s cool. For the first time, Frederick is a lion. 

Girls’ Camp

How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer by Taryn Souders

Chloe’s parents are taking a two-week cruise, so she’s being sent to a career summer camp. Camp is putting a glitch in her plan to earn money for a new bike. She decides to make the most of it and sign up for the cake decorating course, but her nemesis sabotages her attempt to sign up. The only spot left is in the veterinary course, caring for the world’s most annoying goat.

Pranked (Summer Camp Secrets #1) by Katy Grant

Kelly is worried about making friends at summer camp. Melissa is willing to be her friend, but that comes with risk. The popular girls, Reb and Jennifer, think Melissa is uncool and take satisfaction in pranking her. They are willing to be friends with Kelly, but only if she will join in on the pranks. Kelly is faced with a dilemma. Be popular and mean or do the right thing.

Co-ed Camp

Camp Rolling Hills by Stacy Davidowitz

Stephanie, aka Slimey, is returning for another fantastic summer at Camp Rolling Hills. Robert, aka Smelly, is the new camper. He and Slimey hit it off, but have a falling out after a misunderstanding at the dance. Their friendship continues to deteriorate as the boys and girls try to one up each other in the cabin raids.

Camp Shady Crook by Lee Gjertson Malone

Archie and Vivian have one thing in common. They excel at conning people. Archie is returning for his third summer of camp. Vivian is new and dreading every minute of it. Archie isn’t happy to learn that he has competition this year. If he can just humor this girl and teach her what he knows, she’ll be out of his hair after a week. Things don’t work out as planned, and one of them must go.

Connect the Stars by Marisa de los Santos

Audrey and Aaron are misfits. Audrey knows instantly if someone is lying. Aaron remembers everything he sees. Both parents think they could use a break, so they enroll them in a wilderness camp. All the kids in the camp have issues. Even the counselor is a piece of work. For two weeks, these kids will survive in the desert and learn to get along. 

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