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Thomas C. Adler didn't want to go to summer camp. He cried on his first day at North Star Camp for boys, and he got a face full of pudding! Forty-five years later, he's still at it, serving as co-director of Chippewa Ranch Camp for girls in Eagle River, Wisconsin.
Thomas was raised in St. Joseph, Missouri and resides in the "off season" in Tucson, Arizona with his wife, Pamela, and dog, Oscar. His daughters, Abigail and Anne B., grew up at summer camp, each attending Chippewa Ranch for over twenty years.
SUGGESTED MEDIA QUESTIONS
- What inspired you to write this memoir, and what is the most important message you hope to convey?
- What's the most important life lesson you learned from your mother? And from your father?
- Campingly Yours refers to "shiny fathers" and "cobweb parents." How do they compare with your own mom and dad?
- Your mother struggled with agoraphobia throughout her life. How did you feel when you discovered she was facing this challenge?
- How was a nickname earned at North Star? Did every camper/counselor have one? Tell us more about being known as "Kid Flash."
- Which counselor at North Star most impacted your life and why?
- What does directing a summer camp teach you about human nature? Describe your most difficult campers and what you learned from them.
- You have two daughters, Abigail and Anne B.-what was it like for them to grow up at summer camp?
- Forty-two years of summer camp cafeteria food had to be...interesting. Tell us more about beanie weenie and bug juice.
- What's the strangest thing that ever happened at North Star? And at Chippewa Ranch?
- You had a unique career. What led you down this path? Would you do it all over again? What would you change?
- What does the future hold for American summer camps? What does the future hold for you?