Unhealthy Competition, Melodramatic Ballads Still Going Strong at Summer Camp

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Little has changed about Color War, that ancient summer-camp ritual, according to the Times this weekend. At Camp Wah-Nee in Connecticut, where a Times writer embedded herself for the “four-day blitz of competition,” Color War is still tough on the psyche, but warm to the soul. For example, here’s a scene from a seemingly innocent game of Color War baseball at Wah-Nee:


Oh, the sting of first defeat! So strong at summer camp. But mostly this piece just reminded us how utterly ridiculous those ballads that they make campers sing are:


Chilling, indeed.

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