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.