Fun

Be Safe or Be Sorry!

A staff guide to summer safety at Camp Maple Mountain.

Wet Hot American Summer, 2001

Dear NEW STAFF MEMBER,

Congratulations on being chosen as a counselor for the upcoming summer session! We’re looking forward to spending the summer with you, making memories—and friends—that will last a lifetime. We have two top priorities at Camp Maple Mountain: fun and safety. You can’t have one without the other! Lord knows we tried three years ago, when [REDACTED DUE TO PENDING LAWSUIT].

It’s important that all new staff members are aware of our strict—but fun!—safety policies. In order to prepare you for your upcoming duties, we’ve asked several prominent staff members to share their own safety tips and camp experiences. Please read this guide thoroughly, so that you’ll be ready for adventure/escape/avoidance of legal action over the course of the Summer 2012 season!

Lila Finch, Lifeguard
The lake is gross as hell. It smells like dead fish and roughly 50 years of accumulated camper pee. The kids barely swim in it at all, but when they do, you basically just have to watch them and tell them not to run, or to drown, or to swim near Eel Point, where all the eels hang out. There’s this one eel named Duke of Eel that has been here since like 1925 or something and he’s like the size of a school bus. There’s all these rumors that he ate a camper in the ’70s, but the director swears that’s just an urban legend. I’ve only seen him once: he’s enormous, he has a French accent, and he wears a fedora made out of aluminum foil. But, I mean, that was also the day that Evangeline and I ate those berries in the woods that we thought were raspberries. Guess what? They were NOT raspberries.

Evangeline Lowry, Counselor, Group 2-A
Stay away from nature’s candy. No joke! You really need to be careful about the harmless-looking stuff that you find along the trails. I ate some berries with my friend Lila once and I almost died. We thought they were raspberries, because we didn’t bother to check the trail guidebook. I threw up for three days and kind of lost my mind? I also apparently told everyone in the infirmary that I was missing my wedding to Gordo from Lizzie Maguire. At one point, I got off of my cot and yelled, “Gordo, I’m coming for you!” and proceeded to poop my pants while whistling “Here Comes the Bride” and stumbling across the infirmary. Class. Real class.

Patrick Wallis, Counselor, Group 3-B
PUT SUNSCREEN ON YOUR DAMN TOES I AM SO TIRED OF TELLING NEW-ASS STAFF MEMBERS THAT THE SUN CAN ALSO BURN YOUR FEET PLEASE STOP ACTING LIKE YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THE SUN WORKS

Angelica Provera, Soccer Instructor
Don’t do it in the staff lounge—it’s haunted. Don’t do it in the canoe room—totally haunted. Don’t do it in the lake—Duke of Eel, duh. Don’t do it in the cafeteria—ghosts with bad attitudes. Don’t do it in the old pool house—ghosts with herpes.

Lila Finch, Lifeguard
The ghosts won’t fuck with you if you offer up Starbursts from the canteen every Wednesday night. But don’t put the lemon ones in there, because it’s their least favorite flavor and they will haunt the fuck out of you all summer.

Evangeline Lowry, Counselor, Group 2-A
This whole place is pretty shady, but the pay is decent, you know? My friends always make fun of me for working here. They call it “Camp Murder Mountain,” because of some stuff that allegedly happened here in the ’50s. Something about making lemonade and a fight breaking out and then chainsaws or axes or something? I don’t really know the details. That was like a million years ago, who cares? It’s probably all fake.

Ghosts, Staff Lounge
SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSGETTTTTTTTOUTTTTTTTTTTTSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Frank Westmore, Co-Director, Camp Maple Mountain
There are no such things as ghosts. And there is no such thing as murder if there’s no evidence to prove it! But do you know what does exist at Camp Maple Mountain? Pancake Fridays! What a fun summer experience! We can’t wait to share it with you!

Kylie Noland, Co-Director, Camp Maple Mountain
Pay no attention to the rumors and the legends. The only death at Camp Maple Mountain is our famous Death by Chocolate night, which is held on the second Tuesday of July. There’s a chocolate fountain! You can dip things in it! How fun is that?!

Angelica Provera, Soccer Instructor
Don’t do it in the woods—psycho murderer ghost. Don’t do it in the bathrooms—fungus. Don’t do it in the tree house—some kid got scabies there last year. Don’t do it in the bandshell—everyone does it in the bandshell, so cliché. Don’t do it on the soccer field because that’s where I work and I don’t need your nasty self all over my area, thank you very much.

Patrick Wallis, Counselor, Group 3-B
PLEASE TAKE THREE SECONDS TO LOOK UP POISONS OAK, IVY, AND SUMAC ON WIKIPEDIA SO I DON’T HAVE TO SEE YOUR OOZING CALAMINE-COVERED SKIN FOR TWO MONTHS K THANKS.

Frank Westmore, Co-Director, Camp Maple Mountain
My only warning would be to try to not eat yourself sick! The food here is fantastic. And nobody was ever murdered here. Just so we’re clear: good food, no murder.

Kylie Noland, Co-Director, Camp Maple Mountain
The meatloaf is always a big hit, and it’s my own recipe. The secret ingredient is FUN!

Lila Finch, Lifeguard
Don’t eat the meatloaf.

Evangeline Lowry, Counselor, Group 2-A
Avoid the meatloaf, if possible.

Angelica Provera, Soccer Instructor
Don’t do it with anyone who has ever eaten the meatloaf.

Patrick Wallis, Counselor, Group 3-B
PRO TIP IF FOOD DOESN’T LOOK OR SMELL GOOD DON’T EAT IT DUMMY

Duke of Eel, Lake Monster
I would like to state, for the record, that I have never eaten a camper. They are vile creatures who sweat and urinate in my lake. They smell of sunscreen and instant potatoes and they never invite me to Pancake Fridays, which is incredibly rude. To eat one would be akin to eating feces, or vomit, or the camp’s meatloaf, which is absolutely atrocious. If I had thumbs, they’d be pointing downward at this moment.

Well, there you have it! We can’t wait to welcome you into our camp family this summer. Please disregard any rumors you may have heard about [REDACTED] or [REDACTED] or the [REDACTED] living in the boathouse. That power plant was closed years ago!

Looking forward to a summer of sun, fun, and safety,
Your Friends at Camp Maple Mountain ♦

28 Comments

  • mayaautumn June 15th, 2012 7:08 PM

    twas a very good read.
    funnyyyyy!!

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  • burn-your-flesh June 15th, 2012 7:13 PM

    Yessssssssss, it’s on Netflix

  • kitterfly June 15th, 2012 7:29 PM

    Poor Duke of Eel :(

    Haha, this was wonderful.
    I wish I hadn’t missed the deadline for enrolling at Camp Maple Mountain! Everyone seems so nice!

  • June 15th, 2012 7:37 PM

    LOL this is hilarious :)

  • Abby June 15th, 2012 7:45 PM

    I just died haha. SO FUNNY.

  • SpencerBowie June 15th, 2012 7:49 PM

    HAHAHAHAHA!!! Omg this is too funny! I hope they move ahead with the sequel!

    :)

  • katrinaexplainsitall June 15th, 2012 7:49 PM

    this camp maple mountain sounds like such a nice place

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  • Cerise June 15th, 2012 8:03 PM

    I love this so very much.

  • Skatapus June 15th, 2012 8:32 PM

    Wet Hot American Summer <3. Pretty much the best/funniest camp movie ever, with the best cast ever. Anyone that hasn't seen it please go watch it now!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwQzEVJ1zj4&feature=related

    (Note: While I don't think the entire thing can be watched on youtube, I'm sure that in the past I've found it online…definitely legally….of course)

  • fairy_grrrl June 15th, 2012 9:14 PM

    Oh my god I laughed so hard reading this, I love these!!!

  • Hedwig June 15th, 2012 9:42 PM

    God this makes me so pumped for my summer camp:)))))

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    Best place in the world. I know everybody says that about their camp BUT THIS IS SO TRUE. Rustic rainbows, late night dancing, and relaxing music galore.

  • Moxx June 15th, 2012 10:17 PM

    ~G~L~O~R~I~O~U~S~

  • cakethepop June 15th, 2012 10:18 PM

    Holy butternuts is that Bradley Cooper? lol

  • Juniper June 15th, 2012 10:32 PM

    Lol
    I love this, especially “I don’t need your nasty self all over my area..”

  • Miss Erin June 15th, 2012 10:50 PM

    Omg so funny. This is my favorite thing I’ve read in a while, THANKS, PIXIE.

  • Whatsername June 15th, 2012 11:40 PM

    I’m dying omg
    You guys’ sense of humor is so great

    • Whatsername June 15th, 2012 11:40 PM

      Oh, another thing: Is that Amy Poehler? I swear to God it is.

      • Anaheed June 15th, 2012 11:45 PM

        Yes, it’s Amy Poehler & Bradley Cooper, in Wet Hot American Summer, which is a great movie that you should see!

  • Susann June 16th, 2012 2:51 AM

    That was so funny! I loved the part with Gordo from Lizzie McGuire (who wouldn’t want to marry him?)

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  • Lillypod June 16th, 2012 6:23 AM

    i started laughing and snorting as soon as i opened this page!!!!!!!!

  • Maddy June 16th, 2012 10:32 AM

    thus, why i don’t go to camp (once it says Lila fitch instead of finch). I’ll have to watch that movie!

  • Hunter June 17th, 2012 2:29 AM

    My aunt was a camp counselor and she loved this movie so I saw it when I was like way young and I’ve loved it ever since love michael ian black & bradley cooper as a couple ughuh also DETECTIVE ELIOT STABLER IS THE WEIRDO CAFETERIA GUY

  • TheGreatandPowerfulRandini June 17th, 2012 8:06 AM

    “Good food. No murder.” I’m beginning to think a certain Mr. Westmore may have murdered someone.

  • julalondon June 17th, 2012 8:33 AM

    I LOVE YOU DUKE OF EEL!!!

  • MaebyTruly June 17th, 2012 5:37 PM

    I’m signed on to be a councillor next summer in Salem, Oregon. The camp’s so old there are apparently like nine ghosts at any one time, so from this I at least now know how to appease them.

  • cfsizz June 25th, 2012 4:57 PM

    THIS IS SO GOOD
    I LOVE YOU PIXIE

  • MiaSt August 9th, 2012 2:47 PM

    hahaha the duke of eel was hilarious ☆