The Definitive Summer Camp Movies List: 10 Flicks to Heat Your Nostalgia

Summer is just around the corner, and that means one thing: summer camp. Whether you were a camper or a counselor, there’s no denying that summer camp brings up some great memories. In honor of summer and all its glory, we’ve compiled a list of 10 movies about summer camps to get you in the mood for those carefree days!

Camp Nowhere

What happens when summer camp isn’t just fun & games? When three kids are left at a sketchy summer camp, they have to find their way out before the owner of the camp finds them. With this being an oldie but goodie, it’s perfect for those who want something more suspenseful!

Can’t Hardly Wait

This 1998 classic is about a high school senior who waits to graduate so he can attend the biggest party of his life at summer camp. Along with being hilariously quotable, it’s also an iconic ’90s movie that should be on every teen’s watch list!

The Adventures Of Pete And Pete

For those looking for something a little more off the wall, this isn’t your average summer camp movie. The Adventures Of Pete And Pete follows two brothers as they get into all sorts of crazy hijinks in their hometown with their friends and family!

And, yes — this is technically not a movie, but the Nickelodeon series packs more punch than five normal films combined!

Wet Hot American Summer

This 2001 cult classic is for those who like some wacky humor mixed in with their summer camp. It’s a satire of summer camp movies that follows the lives of several counselors and campers on one fateful last day at Camp Firewood in 1981.

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp

If you’ve ever wanted to jump back into the world of wet hot, then this is for you! This Netflix Original series will give you a whole new perspective on summer camp.


This 1979 summer camp classic is a little more wholesome than the others on this list (at least the later ones), but it’s still got some funny moments. It follows two counselors who try to battle an outbreak of food poisoning that threatens their camp and all the kids stay in one place for them.

The Parent Trap

This 1961 Disney classic follows two twins who meet at a summer camp and decide to switch places in order to get their parents back together again. The girls manage the trick, but end up falling in love with both of them! It’s not quite as good as the 1998 remake (just saying!), but it’s still a fun movie that will make you nostalgic for summer camp.

Girl Camp

If you’re looking for something with a little more edge, then this is for you. This Netflix Original movie follows a group of girls who attend summer camp in the woods and have to deal with some scary things after dark

Cabin Fever

This 2002 thriller is about a group of five friends who set off on an idyllic summer camping trip – but their time in the woods takes a turn for the worse when they find themselves hunted by some locals. Watch out, this one packs quite the punch!

The Girl Who Invented Kissing

In this 2000 romantic comedy, a summer camp counselor becomes smitten with one of his students and ends up falling in love. This is the perfect movie for your next date night!

Indian Summer

is a comedy about the summer camp counselor who falls for one of his students. When they have to go back to school, he concocts an elaborate plan so that she can spend her last week at summer camp with him and his friends.

Space Camp

This 1986 film follows a group of kids who are sent to summer camp where they learn about space and how it works. Don’t let the cheesy 1980’s effects deter you from seeing this awesome movie!

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th is a horror movie about summer camp counselors who are stalked by an unseen killer in their sleep. Creepy and thrilling!

Troop Beverly Hills

In this 1989 comedy, a mom decides to turn her summer camp into an elite Beverly Hills institution for rich kids. She plans on taking it from the ground up and has no idea how to actually run a summer camp!

(Like Summer Camp Movies? Then you might like our article on Best Summer Themed Movies, click here.)

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