The 2001 spoof "Wet Hot American Summer" is a fun look at how camp counselors can learn the same lessons in friendship, love and life as their charges. Pictured: Michael Showalter, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles. Click through the gallery for more on-screen camp experiences.
Scouts from a local camp are enlisted to find two young lovers who have run away in the film "Moonrise Kingdom," starring Edward Norton, center. From scouting camp to arts camp, there are a ton of summer sleepaway options for kids.
Twins separated at birth reunite at summer camp and plan to bring their parents back together in "The Parent Trap," starring Lindsay Lohan. Who knows what lifelong friends kids will meet at camp?!
In the 2003 movie "Camp," young performers practice all summer to stage a musical, showing that camp isn't only about whittling figurines and capturing the flag. Pictured: Anna Kendrick, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin De Jesus and Sasha Allen.
Summer camps often have a costume competition; if you're not a seamstress, you can farm out the costume creation to someone who is. Pictured: Christina Ricci in 1993's "Addams Family Values."
Camp can be the place for romantic lessons and sexual awakenings, as in the 1980 film "Little Darlings." A talk about the birds and the bees might be in order before shipping off adolescent camp-goers. Pictured: Alexa Kenin, Jenn Thompson, Simone Schachter, Krista Errickson, Tatum O'Neal, Cynthia Nixon, Abby Bluestone.
The Olsen twins (Ashley, left, Mary-Kate, right) play the old switcheroo in 1995's "It Takes Two." Obviously camp encourages creativity and role playing.
Meeting characters like maintenance man and country philosopher Ernest can make camp a growth experience for kids. Here in 1987's "Ernest Goes to Camp," Jim Varney takes campers for a spin.
This one time, at band camp ... you know the rest. "American Pie" sequel "American Pie: Band Camp" built on the raunchy reputation of its predecessor. But your kids' camp is PROBABLY not like this one. Pictured: Tad Hilgenbrinck, Eugene Levy and Arielle Kebbel.
The wisecracking kids of Nickelodeon's early '90s show "Salute Your Shorts" worked overtime making life hard for their counselor "Ug." Pictured: (l to r, top) Venus DeMilo, Michael Bower, Megan Berwick, Blake Soper, Heidi Lucas, Kirk Bailey (bottom) Danny Cooksey, Tim Eyster.
Cookies can be contraband at a "fat camp" like the one in the 2010 ABC series "Huge." Parents would be wise to leave them out of care packages. Pictured: Raven Goodwin, Jacob Wysocki.
The practical jokes don't stop in the 1979 camp classic "Meatballs," starring Bill Murray, center. Care packages filled with whoopee cushions and fake spiders would have kept these jokers in business all summer.