11-year-old Gerald "Gerry" Garner lives in Long Island, New York, and he's overweight. Gerry's parents Maury and Mrs. Garner decide to send Gerry to Camp Hope, a camp for overweight boys. The camp is owned by kindly Harvey Bushkin and his equally kind wife Alice Bushkin. When the Bushkins file for bankruptcy the camp has to be sold, it is bought by a wacko named Tony Perkis. Tony plans to force the campers to lose as much weight as they can, and he also intends to document the marathon shedding of weight and use it for an infomercial for his slenderizing program. In the eyes of the campers, Tony has made Camp Hope a living hell. As Gerry and counselor Pat Finley lead the efforts to overthrow Tony, the campers prepare for the Apache Relay against arch rival Camp MVP. The Apache Relay is a kind of race in which Camp Hope has never defeated Camp MVP before. Written by
They never met a hot dog they didn't like... until now.
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Did You Know?
in 2012, during a PBS telethon, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara spoke to the camera, side by side, just like in the Camp Hope promotional video. And the same music that played in the Camp Hope promotional video played in the background. See more
In the main dorm, there is a bathroom door that says "girls". Which is fine, but the camp is an all boys campus. However, this may not be a goof - it could be rented as a girl's camp at other points in the summer. See more
[driving to camp
Hey Sam don't lean your head out the window, I'm not going to go back and pick it up again.
Who wants my head? I don't need it anyway.
SET THE WHEELS IN MOTION
Written by Barbara Keith
Performed by The Coyotes
Courtesy of Mohawk Trail Music See more