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Cabin Pressure: One Man's Desperate Attempt to Recapture His Youth as a Camp Counselor

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  236 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
What happens when a grown man returns to the site of his fondest childhood memories? A wry, clear-eyed, and laugh-out-loud look at the transition to adulthood

Three months before getting married at age thirty-four, Josh Wolk decides to treat himself to a "farewell to childhood" extravaganza: one last summer working at the beloved Maine boys' camp where he spent most of the

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 5th 2007 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction

Who has not been to summer camp, even if only for a day? And as an adult, who has not sat in his or her industrial beige/grey cubicle on a clear, beautiful summer day and wished they were once again that carefree youngster jumping into a frigid lake or pounding initials into a piece of leather?

Josh Wolk, a senior writer for Entertainment Weekly, decided to spend part of the summer before his wedding doing just that. He returned to his boyhood haunt as a counselor, hoping to find his boyhood bef
May 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Oh, summer camp...

"Since it was dark all around me, I didn't see any of them coming; I'd be in the middle of a chapter when a moth suddenly landed right on my sentence, and with a jolt I'd shake the book to make it flit off. I made it through about six pages and four regulation-sized moths when the most enormous mother moth appeared on my pages. In the 0.0003 seconds before I suppressed a scream and tossed the book on the floor, I think I saw it drag one of its legs across its own throat and the
Julie Ehlers
I wanted to read this memoir because I used to read Josh Wolk's writing on and always found it hilarious. I figured the book would be just as hilarious, but unfortunately there were not nearly as many laughs as I was expecting. Still, it was entertaining enough and some of the depictions of the campers were truly touching, even if the whole thing felt like an extended visit to the boys' locker room.
Oct 09, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: adultnonfiction
This definitely had some laugh out loud moments, as I expected. I am a huge Josh Wolk fan from and his recaps there of AMAZING RACE are often better than the show itself. That being said, I think a) boys or b) people who went to camp might like it better than I did, since I am not a boy, nor a former camper.
Jason Blythe
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
After reading this book it makes me want to sing...

Hello Muddah,
Hello Fadduh.
Here I am at
Camp Granada.
Camp is very
And they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining.

Very enjoyable book. Never have gone to a camp for the summer it allowed me to live vicariously through the author.

Anybody that has been to a summer camp would sure enjoy this book.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
summer camps were a staple of my childhood summers and also i am a 90's kid and super nostalgic all the time so when i saw this book i was SO EXCITED!!!

it's non-fiction and the premise is that josh goes back to work at the summer camp where he spent his childhood as a camper and young adulthood as a CIT and counselor. it's the summer before he is going to get married and become a real adult and he wants to just have one last carefree summer.

he is in charge of the Bears cabin, a group of adolesc
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it
The subtitle of this testosterone-fueled novel really sums it up well - "One Man's Desperate Attempt to Recapture His Youth as a Camp Counselor." Growing up, I longed to go to sleepaway camp, but had to settle for the second-best day camp option. To fill that void retroactively and vicariously, I am often drawn to books set at summer camps. Josh Wolk's book is alternately nostalgic, introspective, funny and sweet. The narrative recollections are ok, but what really stand out are the cabin dialog ...more
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: camp people
I've given this book the rare and elusive five-star rating because not only was it good, but I encountered it at the perfect time of my life.

A couple of weeks ago, while unemployed, broke, and nostalgic about my own camp days, I came across a job ad seeking resident camp counselors. I, too, am 34 years old and, after considering it for a couple of days, I decided not to spend my summer at camp. My last camp days were over a decade ago, and at least 30 pounds ago - and I think I crave privacy mo
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved summer camp as a kid: swimming in the lake, hiking through the woods, sleeping out under the stars. Now, I prefer my exposure to nature to be at a safe distance. But I did enjoy reading Cabin Pressure. It brought back so many happy memories and the old envy of kids (mainly East Coast kids) who were able to spend 4, 8 or even 10 weeks away at camp, while my CYO camp never offered more than 10 days (reduced to 7 days after my second summer). Like the author, I too dreamed of returning to c ...more
Josh Wolk decides to spend the summer before he gets married back at his childhood summer camp. He’s older than most of the counselors at thirty-four, and has a hard time fitting in with them, but his rapport with his cabin – a bunch of fourteen-year-old boys – is strong, and their experience of camp is much as he remembers. Although some of the activities have changed, and the faces are slightly different (older or completely new), camp is largely the same. For anyone who shares Josh’s summer c ...more
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