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The Chalet Girls in Camp (The Chalet School #8)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  249 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
High up in the Austrian mountains, on the shore of the beautiful Baumersee, the Chalet School girls are spending two weeks in camp. There's plenty of work to be done and lots of fun to be had. There are adventures too, like the day Joey disappears - and the terrible discovery in the lake.
Paperback, 166 pages
Published 1995 by Armada (first published 1930)
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LH Johnson
If there was anything that Brent-Dyer was particularly good at, it was shifting tone. She had a skill whereby the farcical could be transferred to the heartbreaking, often within moments on the same page. Whether it was from the Robin singing one of her Raising-Lazarus-esque songs or to Joey hiding behind a curtain in Penny Rest, Brent-Dyer was not afraid of wholeheartedly making her point.

The Chalet Girls In Camp is one of those points. It is fat and round and glorious, glowing with the smile
Feb 05, 2008 Vass rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: misogynists
You can REALLY tell it was written in 1930, argh.

Here's a speech from Miss Wilson (aka Bill, so frequently slashed with Charlie/Miss Stewart) on the virtues of homemaking:

"Eve's first work when she left the Garden was to be a homemaker. Of that, I am sure. It should be our first work, too. I know that many people talk a lot of nonsense about women being emancipated from such "drudgery." Believe me, girls, the woman who is above tending her husband and children or - if God does not give her those
Aug 20, 2014 Shawne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would hardly call myself outdoorsy, nor would I ever want to get into any situation that might be construed as 'camping' - and yet, I find The Chalet Girls In Camp to be an utterly engaging, appealing read, one of Elinor M. Brent-Dyer's most charming early efforts. It's all the more impressive because this is an aberration within her boarding-school series: there are no lessons to be had here, or new girls to spice up proceedings. Instead, the girls are headed to the silvery Baumersee for a tw ...more
Jun 13, 2015 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I still read most Chalet books with the same joy (and frequently frustration - 'We made the Fourth Form the limit' vs the number of characters apparently in the Third) I had as a child. But there are some aspects of the Chalet world which look different to my adult self, mainly around the descriptions of looking after babies and children. And this book is the one most affected, because I think I'm safe in saying I now have about twenty times more experience than EBD had in running guide camps.

A curious plot. My memories of Guide camp are of mornings and afternoons spent hunting for fallen wood with which to make baggage racks and wash-stands, of organised team games, of making rope ladders and bridges, The Chalet School girls go fishing, engage in a spot of flag-wagging” (semaphore?) and wash and starch their laundry. Rubbish wasn’t disposed of in a separate incinerator (what luxury!); what couldn’t be burnt on the camp cooking fire was either buried (green waste) or bagged up to tak ...more
Ruby Rose Scarlett
Well, this is easily my favourite Chalet novel so far. The Chalet School is a very poor example of the school story insofar as it's really a series of adventure novels in which all the characters attend or teach at the same school. The Chalet Girls in Camp is the most honest of the lot since it does what it says on the tin, meaning we're treated to the very best Elinor Brent-Dyer has to offer - long descriptions of meals and food, domestic work, treasure hunts - and this time it's contextualized ...more
Jan 09, 2016 Ro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always very easy to read. The world was so very different back then so it is good to read something so wholesome just to put myself back in an even keel.
Donna Boultwood
May 06, 2014 Donna Boultwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another classic story. Loved the fishing expedition and funny outcome! Some funny episodes with Jo falling down the hole and the girls washing their clothes with cornflour! Loved it!
Another tale of Jo and the gang, as this time they go camping. I love these tales-from-another-time, although I don't necessarily agree with some of the ideas about women, marriage and how it effectively ends their careers!
Another in my own growing collection of Chalet school books. This one is from earlier in the series, and Jo and the girls are off on a guides camp. Many exciting adventures ensue.
This was one of my favourites - and now I'm home I see that I DO own a copy! Hurrah! Time for a re-read, most definitely :)
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Elinor M. Brent-Dyer was born as Gladys Eleanor May Dyer on 6th April 1894, in South Shields in the industrial northeast of England, and grew up in a terraced house which had no garden or inside toilet. She was the only daughter of Eleanor Watson Rutherford and Charles Morris Brent Dyer. Her father, who had been married before, left home when she was three years old. In 1912, her brother Henzell d ...more
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