There's something about the summer months that take many of us back to the nostalgic freedom of school break. Even as we get older, the balmy sun reminds us that summer vacation is the time when some kids and teenagers pack their bags and head to summer camp, which is why watching summer camp movies just feels right this time of year.
You don’t have to be a middle schooler to love summer camp films — they're fun, kitschy, full of tropes, and a festive way to celebrate the season no matter your age. For those who experienced summer camp as a kid, these movies can bring back waves of familiarity. But even for people who never went away to camp, these themed summer flicks can make you feel as if you're sleeping in a bunk bed, making new friends, competing in kitschy games, and potentially looking for a romantic summer fling. The best part about summer camp movies is that they truly are camp.
So, whether the warm months make you feel nostalgic for your childhood or you simply enjoy living vicariously through characters on screen, watching a camp movie is the perfect pastime during the summer. There's an endless amount of films to choose from, so we narrowed it down to some of the best summer camp movies you'll want to add to your watchlist right now.