Non­fic­tion

Camp Girls: Fire­side Lessons in Friend­ship, Courage, and Loyalty

  • From the Publisher
September 1, 2019

Iris Kras­now was eight years old when she first attend­ed sleep-away camp, build­ing last­ing friend­ships and essen­tial life skills amid the tow­er­ing pine trees and open skies of Wis­con­sin. Decades lat­er, she returned to Camp Agawak as a staff mem­ber, where she is now enter­ing her sev­enth sum­mer, run­ning the camp mag­a­zine where she got her lit­er­ary start. She has now writ­ten sev­en books!


A nos­tal­gic, inspir­ing mem­oir with a uni­ver­sal mes­sage on the impor­tance of long-term friend­ship for campers and non-campers alike, Iris fills the pages in deli­cious detail with cab­in pranks, canoe trips in rain­storms, crush­es on boys from broth­er’s camps and lessons in inde­pen­dence and resilience from child­hood that can shape ful­fill­ing and suc­cess­ful adult­hoods. Ulti­mate­ly, Camp Girls pow­er­ful­ly demon­strates that camp is more than a place or a col­lec­tion of activ­i­ties: it’s where we learn what it feels like to tru­ly belong to a fam­i­ly — not of blood, but of his­to­ry, loy­al­ty, and tradition.

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