Dr. Wilda Reviews movie: ‘Camp’

16 Sep

Moi received a complimentary DVD of the movie, CAMP.  Here is information about the movie:

Camp (I) (2013)

111 min  –  Drama  –  22 February 2013 (USA)

8.5 Your rating:

10 -/10 X  Ratings: 8.5/10 from 77 users

Reviews: 9 user

12-year-old Eli finds himself at summer CAMP.

Director: Jacob Roebuck

Writers:Johnston Moore (additional writer), Johnston H. Moore (additional writer), 2 more credits »

Stars:Michael Mattera, Miles Elliot, Asante Jones | See full cast and crew   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2371287/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm

There are actually two Camp movies in the marketplace. The other Camp movie was reviewed by Common Sense Media at http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/camp and  is not as family-friendly.  “Family- Friendly is defined:

family friendly

Web definitions

Entertainment or information is called “family friendly” if it is considered suitable for all members of the average family. …


See, Promoting Family-Friendly Policies in Business and Government    http://ctb.ku.edu/en/tablecontents/sub_section_main_1296.aspx#.UiunoCXDt20.email  and  What Does “Family Friendly” Mean?  http://www.creators.com/opinion/brent-bozell/what-does-family-friendly-mean.html

Moi viewed all the material on the DVD including the commentary. This Camp was an independent movie produced in just over two weeks. Family, friends, and passerbys were presses into service to complete the movie. Given the limited budget, the movie turned out quite well. This was a stereotypical story with characters which were, frankly stereotypes. The key to the movie was the message of the story. It helped to view the additional material on the DVD because that gave a context and texture to the movie that with always there, but was always just under the surface.

Here is an excerpt from the Roebuck Media promotional material:

The Camp Movie

Thank you for your interest in “Camp” – by Roebuck Media!

THE STORY: Eli’s life is nightmare. His mother is a drug addict who neglects his care, and his transient father floats in and out of his life. Eli is filled with rage from the physical abuse he has received from his father but he longs for his love and approval. On his 10th birthday Eli is taken to the hospital by police who respond to a domestic disturbance call. Eli is removed from his home and is placed in Locustwood, a facility little better than a youth prison. In this environment Eli spirals downward, becoming an angry and scared creature.

Meanwhile, to impress a potential new client, investment advisor Ken Matthews signs up to be a camp counselor and gets paired with Eli. When the kids arrive at camp, the chaos begins. Ken and Eli bunk in a cabin with counselor Samuel, back from his second tour of duty in the army, and Redford, a kid who thinks he is an alien. Determined to hate camp, Eli is way more than Ken can handle.

Over the course of camp, Ken’s heart is broken as he learns about Eli’s dark past. Eli slowly opens up to Ken as he starts to love Eli unconditionally. Eli begins to have hope.

An unauthorized visit from Eli’s father to camp sends everything spiraling out of control. Now Ken must decide what he is willing to sacrifice so Eli will understand the meaning of unconditional love….


A half dozen years ago, while on a church staff, I was “required” to join a summer missions trip. I noticed in the bulletin an opportunity to help abused and neglected kids ages 9-12 through a program called Royal Family Kids Camp. I thought to myself, “The last time I spent time with a 9-year-old is when I was nine.” I NEVER went to the part of the building labeled “children’s ministry” even when there weren’t kids there.

Then, in my heart, I felt the call to go help these kids. The call went against my wiring. I did not work with kids. But I also knew better than to ignore what could be a divine prompting. I still resisted interaction with children, many orphaned, who desperately need contact with loving, caring adults. Because I was on church staff, I was considered a “leader” and was given a role as support staff. I was relieved I wouldn’t be responsible for any campers.

However, when we arrived at camp, more boys showed up that we anticipated. We needed more men counselors or some boys would have to go home. Reluctantly, I was made a counselor.

I had two campers, Brandon and Angel. That week became the hardest and yet the best week of my life. I learned what it meant to love kids that no one else wanted.

The camp experience, learning to care for the fatherless, has become the heart of the story we want to tell with our film. Why was it so hard for me to connect with kids? Where did the wall come from? Why is it so hard for men to step into the place of father? “Father” is a very difficult idea for many men. For me, divorce separated my father from me for much of my childhood. My father never knew his father and sometimes felt ill equipped to be one, but he always told me he loved me.

Of course these kids, having never heard these words, become hard, angry and difficult. At camp we get an opportunity to give unconditional love to those who are seemingly unlovable. And, in return, we learn we have the capacity to love at a depth we never experienced before.

It is our hope this film will inspire people to open their hearts to forgotten children who need adults in their lives.

See you at the Movies,
Jacob Roebuck


YouTube trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5comUgeW0Ew (Preview)

In order to fully understand the message of Camp, one needs to know a bit about Royal Family Kids:

Royal Family KIDS is the nation’s leading network of camps for abused, neglected and abandoned children…

  • Annually, 3.6 million cases of child abuse*, neglect or abandonment are reported in America.
  • One of these victims dies every six hours due to that abuse*. But you can make a difference — through your support of Royal Family KIDS.
  • Royal Family KIDS, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity. Donations and gifts are tax-deductible, as allowed by law. Our Federal Taxpayer I.D. Number is 33-0380021.

GIVE NOW to enable the National Office to plant new camps so that more children of abuse, abandonment and neglect can experience positive memories!

Meet the Founders, Wayne and Diane Tesch

In 1990 Wayne left the church position to launch Royal Family Kids’ Camp, Inc. fulltime. In 2008, the organization expanded to include a school year Club and Mentoring program and changed its name to Royal Family KIDS®. In 2012 Royal Family KIDS served over 6,000 children in 160 camps in 35 states and 11 international countries. Eighty thousand children have been enrolled in the camps since 1985.

Wayne and his wife, Diane, have coauthored three books: Unlocking the Secret World, by Tyndale House Publishers (1995); Moments Matter — The Stories of Royal Family Kids’ Camps (2000); and From Despair to an Heir—Healing the Heart of a Child (2008). They wrote a Special Edition 20th Anniversary book—A Week of Memories—A Life of Hope (2010), consisting of testimonials from 20 former campers who have all returned to serve at the camps.

Wayne and Diane feel a profound sense of joy and urgency to reach out to the battered, abused and neglected children of this country. They want to see every foster child, age 6-12, experience a life changing camp, club and mentor. Wayne and Diane have seen thousands of volunteers and dozens of supporting churches all over America have help out… but we still have a long way to go.

You can help!

  • Encourage your church to launch a Royal Family KIDS Camp
  • Volunteer at your local camp
  • Become a faithful supporter
  • Pray for the work and the volunteers of Royal Family KIDS Camp


Camp is based upon real camp experiences involving abused and neglected kids.

Overall, Camp is the little movie that could. It tells a good story and delivers a hopeful message. If one focuses on the story and the message, one will have a good experience for the entire family.

Dr. Wilda highly recommends Camp.     Dr. Wilda also recommends Season of a Lifetime    https://drwildareviews.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/dr-wilda-reviews-movie-seasons-of-a-lifetime/

Other Reviews:

Review: ‘Camp’ follows a familiar script




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