Summer Camp: USA
Summer Camp USA is a documentary following a group of young New Zealanders throughout the madness that is camp. This is the “big OE” with a difference and it is also the first time some of the kiwis have been overseas – only to discover that the America of camp is very different to the USA of television comedies and drama (though the experience is both comedic and dramatic).
As much a part of American life as baseball and sit-coms, there are thousands of summer camps operating across the USA. And every year, more than 500 young New Zealanders inject a little kiwi can-do into this American cultural institution.
Summer Camp USA was filmed over 11 weeks at International Sports Training Camp in Pennsylvania, where the six 20-something kiwis joined 80 other staff from the USA and around the world in looking after 270 lively and loud American children. The kiwis have their accent mocked; battle to teach touch rugby and cricket, while trying to come to terms with Lacrosse; take a wide-eyed weekend trip to nearby New York City; ration precious home comforts like Marmite; make big life decisions; occasionally cry; sleep little; and laugh a lot.
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Producer/director: Rachel Antony
Exec producers: Nigel Snowden/Derek Stuart
Network exec: Carolyn Meng-Yee
Director/camera: Stephen Baker
Story Consultant: Peter Allison
Editor: Vaughen Bayer
Production manager: Megan Douglas
Production assistant: Wendy Tetley
Director/Camera: Stephen Baker
Narrator: Mike Hall
Production accountant: Odile Simkin
Funded by: TVNZ