Camp Graffiti . . .


It can be fun. It can make you feel all sentimental. It can bring back memories.


It can also make you laugh.


The Camp Graffiti Project is my attempt to collect snapshots of summer camp graffiti very clever posts or artistic posts or posts that are LOL-inducing.


If you have some awesome camp graffiti at your camp, please contact me, and your picture may be featured here. In order to protect the privacy of others, I am asking that any picture submitted not include last names or the potential to embarrass anybody.


Graffiti at camp can be controversial, so please respect your camps rules on graffiti. If it’s not allowed, don’t do it!


I, personally, am torn on the issue. I LOVE walking into a cabin whose walls are full of names and sketches and funny sayings. I love seeing the names of my campers and co-counselors from the past. Those names bring cabin living full circle and are a reminder that camp is bigger than ourselves and our one week stay there. The cabins have housed hundreds of campers over the years, and they have shaped our camp and should be remembered.


On the other hand, there’s something to be said for keeping new cabin walls clean, inviting, and professional-looking. The older I get, the more I understand the reasoning behind no-graffiti policies, although I’m sure I’ll always have a soft spot for graffiti.


So without further ado, let’s kick off the Camp Graffiti Project with this gem I found just last weekend while attending a Teddy Bear Camp with my husband and kids. I’d never noticed this graffiti before, and it made us all laugh:



This prompted my daughter to ask, “Do people in this cabin usually have a hard time passing their swim test?”


Apparently, the traditional, run-of-the-mill Sunday afternoon routine activity, the swim test, was exceptionally memorable to this cabins inhabitants. So much so that they decided to memorialize the event on the wall with black Sharpie so future generations could read and be amazed at their accomplishment. They all even signed their names below the proud declaration.


The next time you’re at summer camp, don’t forget to check out the walls. You might find some fun surprises.

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