#CamperSaidWhat 2019: The funniest things we've heard at camp

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Some people look forward to the holiday season. Others are big on birthdays. 

Me? Compiling #CamperSaidWhat is my favorite time of year. Sometimes we are lucky to do it multiple times per camp season if students provide enough fodder!

If you're new to this, #CamperSaidWhat is a heralded phenomenon; a collection of shareable statements, questions, and quirks overheard at camp during the summer. 

I mean, when you welcome 50,000+ kids and teens each season, you're bound to exclaim "SAY WHAT?!"


1. That's fowl

Camper 1: "My brother’s chicken escaped yesterday."
Instructor: "Wait, you guys have a chicken?"
Camper 2: "Ah, I remember my chicken..."
Instructor: "Wait, why did both of you have chickens?"
Camper 1: "All second graders get chickens, anyways so we lost our chicken, but our other one is still here…"

2. And don't you forget it!

Instructor: "POINTERS! Pointers are good for you! Always use pointers! Pointers pointers!"
Student: "Remember kids, eat your pointers!"

3. Lookin' good

Student picks up an accelerometer chip from the robotics kit...

Student: "It’s like a festive eyebrow comb!"

4. The essentials

Camper checking-out...

Mom: "Did you make sure you drank a lot of water?"
Camper: "Water is useless. Don’t worry, I ate a whole pack of Hi-Chews!"

Instructor assured mother he had plenty of water, too.

5. Say it ain't so, Steve

Camper made a little jail area for his kingdom in Minecraft, with some villagers inside...

Instructor: "Oh no! Why are they in jail!"
Camper: (Pointing out each villager) "This one tried to steal the throne, and so did this one, and this one, etc."

(Gets to the last one)

Camper: (Gets quiet and whispers) "This is Steve. We don’t talk about Steve."

6. Wise in the ways

Group getting ready to head home for the day...

Instructor: “Autobots! Roll out!”
Camper 1: “I don’t think we’re Autobots.”
Instructor: “OK, DECEPTICONS! Roll out!”
Camper 1: “I am NOT a Decepticon!”
Camper 2: “That sounds like something a Decepticon would say…”

7. Don't worry, I got you

Camper John: "I want to give a shout out to Jimmy for helping me with the code today."
Camper Jimmy: "I want to shout out to Jimmy for giving me a shout out…"

8. You can do it!

Camper: “Instructor, I have a question.”
Instructor: “Yes, what’s your question?”
Camper: “I can’t do this.”
Director: “That’s...not a question.”
Camper: “…Can…I…do this??”

9. The name game

While talking about nicknames at lunch...

Camper: "I’m going to name my daughter Mayonnaise."
Instructor: "Wait… what?"
Camper: "Well, I mean… IF I ever have a daughter, I’ll name her Mayonnaise."
Instructor: "No, I meant… Why Mayonnaise?"
Camper: "Oh! Because then her nickname can be May."

10. The feeling is mutual

In Java Coding class, instructor recently taught the students about loops and how to avoid infinite loops...

Camper: I wish I could make an infinite loop out of this camp so it could last forever.

11. Language!

Camper 1 : “Diddly darn dang heck.”
Camper 2 : “Excuse me, we don’t use those words here.”

12. Padded pockets

Instructor: "No one can use the vending machines."

13. You've got a point

Instructor: "We can go in at 2:15..."
Camper 1: "Why not now?"
Instructor: "Because we go in at 2:15"
Camper 1: "What time is it now?"
Instructor: "2:00"
Camper 1:…
Camper 1: "What time is it now?"
Instructor: "2:01"
Camper 1: "UGGHHHH this is gonna take FOREVER!"
Camper 2: "No, it’s going to take 14 minutes."

14. It's coming!

An instructor runs away from the room to go grab something...

Camper: (whispering) Some people are scared of knowledge…

15. Unmasked!

Camper: "Why are you wearing a ton of makeup?"
Instructor: "Oh, I guess I am wearing some mak—"
Camper: (Cutting instructor off) "NO, you are wearing a TON of makeup."

With kids, you just never know

As these quotes show, the unpredictability of hundreds of kids grouped together in the same space cannot be overstated! 

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Ryan manages blog content at iD Tech, starting with the company in 2008. He earned his MBA from Santa Clara University after obtaining his Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State. Connect on LinkedIn!