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Camp (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama | 22 February 2013 (USA)
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10-year-old Eli finds himself at summer camp.

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Eli
Betsy Roth ...
Eli's Mom
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Eli's Dad
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Ken Matthews
Kristin Wolven ...
Katelynn
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Margaret Summerfield
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Tammie Parker
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Lifeguard Pete
Casey Leet ...
Bridget
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Lacee
Michael Kenyon ...
James
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Bella
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To impress a potential client, financial adviser Ken Matthews signs up to be a counselor at a camp for children in the foster system. He is paired with Eli, a 10-year-old determined to hate camp. However, when Ken discovers Eli's dark past, his apathy turns to compassion. But is he to late to help the scared boy nobody wants? Inspired by true stories of ordinary people providing extraordinary help for abused and neglected children, "Camp" is a tale of hope shining in the dark places for forgotten children. For his performance in the role of Eli, actor Miles Elliot won Best Performance in a Feature Film by a Leading Young Actor at the 35th annual Young Artist Awards. Written by Anonymous

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Hope is found in unexpected places.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some violence, a crude gesture and brief language. | See all certifications »

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You can actually volunteer at a Royal Family Kids Camp in real life! Mandatory training is required, often several months beforehand, so get in touch with your local Royal Family Kids organization ahead of time so you won't miss out on the opportunity. See more »

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At the beginning of the film, the Camp Director is reading an online request for Eli to be accepted at the camp. The text of the request notes that his mother recently died of a "heroine overdose". See more »

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One Week Can Bring Hope
2 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

I will admit that my first fear with some of these smaller inspirational films is the quality of the acting. Let's face it. I pretty much hid my face in embarrassment during the first 20 minutes of Facing the Giants because the acting was so bad. (Though the movie redeemed itself in the end.) So I was relieved when I realized the acting was good, great in some cases. Miles Elliot shines as Eli and lets you peek into his vulnerability in between moments of spitting and running. Asante Jones kills it as veteran camp counselor Sam. And Matthew Jacob Wayne as the alien-obsessed Redford…well he's adorable.

I found myself smiling through the first 1:30 minutes of the film, not because the film is always happy, but because it's REAL. Through my own experience with adopted kids and my conversations with other mom's, every bit of this film is honest, yet filled with hope. Though the first 5 minutes of the film deal with Eli's dark family situation, the rest of the film layers on the joy and hope that the camp counselors are determined to pour into the kids during the short week at camp.

Hollywood loves to entertain us. But Camp does more than entertain – it inspires. It beautifully illustrates the huge impact the small sacrifice of a weeks time can make in the life of a child in foster care.

I hope this movie inspires thousands of adults to realize what a big difference they can make by just giving up one week of their summer to spend at CAMP.


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