Summer is when we make memories of climbing trees, playing flashlight tag and catching fireflies. When we were younger these memories were sometime made at camp. Others may have enjoyed camp through movies and TV shows like “Salute your Shorts,”Friday the 13th,“, “Heavyweights,” “Race for your life, Charlie Brown,” and “Wet Hot American Summer.” 

The last one on the list above has a connection to our area. The movie, starring Paul Rudd,  Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler and Janeane Garofola, was filmed at Camp Townada in Honesdale in Wayne County.   Filming began in May 2000 and came out in theaters the following summer. The movie is about the last few days at camp filled with goodbyes and debris from Skylab on a possible collision course with Camp Firewood.

During the filming the Scranton Times covered the making of the film. Here are the links to the articles from our archives:

May 8, 2000 – County going to the movies

May 11, 2000 – Major film shoot likely if approval is granted

June 9, 2000 – Time in Wayne County has film crew bonding 

June 10, 2000 – ‘Wet Hot’ filming underway 

Here are few images captured by the a Times staff photographer while on set:

“Wet Hot American Summer” and the recent series based on the film “Wet Hot American Summer – First Day of Camp” are available on Netflix.