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Bug Juice Bummer July 9, 2016

Remember a while back when I promised I would tell you all the stories from my time at the camp where bug juice was filmed. Sorry it took me so long. I got caught up in being green, but now we shall begin.

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         It’s not easy being green.

For those of you who didn’t have the Disney channel in the late 90’s, there was a reality show about a summer camp. It had the usual kid drama: crushes, ruined friendship, and competition for team captain. When I went to the camp the year after it was filmed, I thought those were the sorts of things I had in store. Nope. Totally wrong.

There was a fair amount of drama I had to deal with (I’ll tell you about that next time), but those bug juice kids were worse.

See, the producers manipulated the situation, as you would expect. They told the kids who to be friends with, who to dance, even what personality traits they should show off. I mean, sure, you expect that kind of thing from reality TV, but these were kids. Super impressionable, hormonal teenagers. So when they showed up to camp the next year expecting to see their friends or frienemies, they ended up meeting completely different people, and chaos ensued.

I think the saddest was the boy who thought he was going to see his camp girlfriend again. It had been one of the sweetest plot lines of the summer. The “will they, won’t they?” The implied first kiss. Everyone watched with bated breath to see if they would dance together. And they did! I was true love at summer camp!

Until they got there the next year and she really had no interest in him. In fact, she had a camp boyfriend that wasn’t him by the end of the opening bonfire. So the poor guy was stuck watching her date around all summer with people constantly asking him what had broken them up. Reality.

Reality had ruined their summer lovin’ and a few other things, too.

Next up, the boys in the bunk.

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2 Responses to “Bug Juice Bummer”

  1. avwalters Says:

    “Reality” sucks when it’s not real. This is a core problem in our culture today.

  2. […] the closeted boys and the heart broken geek, I think the saddest post-Bug Juice tale was of the underage […]


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