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Ten summer camp movies summer campers shouldn't see

Sending your kid off to summer camp can feel pretty magical to parents -- they get to have some fun, after all, and you don't have to feel guilty about getting some long-overdue personal time. Maybe a short adults-only vacation, or just some quiet in the house instead of the soundtrack of whatever family of precocious smart-asses is currently on the Disney Channel.

But just because you've done your research, helped your kid choose a camp experience that they'll like, and paid for the thing doesn't mean your job is quite done. Now your responsibility is to make sure they see none of the films on this list, lest they get the wrong idea about what camp is -- or should be -- about.

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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
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