The Summer Camp Uprising
a novel by Arthur Sharenow
Paperback, 292 pages
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The background for The Summer Camp Uprising is the Vietnam War. The year is 1969. America is bogged down in a war which appears to be both bloody and pointless to college students subject to the military draft. Many have spent much of the past school year protesting American involvement in the war. Some of that protest went well beyond speeches and angry signs. Students have taken over college buildings and organized sit-down strikes in Dean’s offices.
The protest movement, which started with the war, evolved into clashes between young people and “the establishment” in unexpected places. One such field was Children’s Summer camps, where some of the very same student protestors obtained summer jobs as camp counselors.
The Summer Camp Uprising revolves around three men representing three different generations. Nelson Cohen is the camp owner and director and has been doing things his way with great success for years. Vico Leone is the new Head Counselor, in charge of camp programming as well as staff motivation and discipline. Joey Katz, group leader for the oldest boys, comes to camp after a school year in which he was an active protest leader. Joey has his own ideas on how a camp should be run and is vocal in his opposition to some of the camp’s parietal rules for the Counselors. The conflict of cultures is ripe to explode and does.