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27 Ways Summer Camp People Are Not Like Other People

For some Canadian kids, summer means the chance to return to the only place in the world you truly care about — camp.

This ritual of shipping off children to a northern, wooded region has long had the advantage of giving parents a break, and giving kids a world to call entirely their own (perhaps best shown in the 1979, Ontario-filmed classic, "Meatballs").

Forget the life skills like learning to build fires and portaging canoes. As any adult who went to — and loved — camp will tell you, this was the place that helped form who they are today. And here's why.

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