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The Underage Drinker July 16, 2016

Besides the closeted boys and the heart broken geek, I think the saddest post-Bug Juice tale was of the underage drinker.

She seemed so nice and normal. The whole season on the show she had been the happy, positive one who was always cheering her friends on and having a great time. The next year she seemed to be the one who had known that everything that had happened on camera was fake from the start. She was still happy and goofy and seemed to be enjoying running around under the summer sun. No hint of the confusion, secrets, and disillusionment the others were facing. She even had parents who sent her awesome care packages. Really, really great care packages. With fancy bottled water in them.

But… it wasn’t bottled water. (more…)

 

Boys in the Bunk House July 11, 2016

So back to Bug Juice.

Along with the poor boy who found out that his summer lovin’ hadn’t really even liked him, there were those who were told they couldn’t be who they were at all.

This is a short but sad story. There’s too much I don’t know about it to write anything lengthy.

There were two boys who had been on the show. It seemed like they were good friends. When they got back to camp the next year, they still spent all their time together. Registering for all the same activities, skipping those activities together. (more…)

 

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. (more…)

 

The Way of the Water May 28, 2016

I’ve never had the best relationship with water sports. I mean, I love water, and swimming, and boating. But the water seems to hate me. Either that or it’s trying to tell me I’m actually Poseidon’s daughter and is trying to take me home.

There have been a few head injuries on boats and one true near death experience, but while people start heading to the lake for memorial day, the waterskiing incident seems most appropriate.

For three summers in my early teen years I went to camp Waziyatah. If the name sounds familiar, it’s probably because of the Disney summer camp reality show Bug Juice. I wasn’t there the filming year; I started going to next summer, but a lot of the kids were still coming to camp and damn did that show mess with their heads! I’ll tell you all about it sometime, but for now, back to our story.

I had never been waterskiing before. My family is much more into canoes than boats with motors, but all the cool kids had signed up for waterskiing, and, my being thirteen, I wanted to try it. I went down to the boat, lifejacket strapped on, expecting a super intense lesson before we really hit the water. Nope. (more…)