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The Summer of a Lifetime

Since the late 19th century, people have been escaping from urban areas in the Midwest to camps in the lakes and woods of Wisconsin to seek a temporary respite from the modern world. The Summer of a Lifetime traces the history of summer camps from Lake Champlain to Wisconsin. Throughout the program, cultural geographer Tim Bawden and YMCA camp specialist Gary Forster offer fun facts about summer camps. Rich with photography and vintage film footage, the documentary reveals the ways camps have remained essentially the same over the decades while simultaneously reflecting larger cultural transformations.

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