Hooking up at camp is almost a rite of passage, and it’s easy to see why it happens: You’re away from home, you’re bonding with new people, and it’s usually summertime–when people want sex the most and cover up the least. Between the canoeing and hiking, for a lot of people, hooking up at camp is common, even if it’s against the rules. And a lot of camp counselors aren’t really trying to stop it.
In fact, some camp counselors actually encourage hooking up, even if they don’t say so directly. To be clear, it’s not like they’re throwing condoms at you and pushing campers together! But they don’t do anything to stop campers from hooking up. Jewish sleepaway camps in particular have been turning a blind eye to teens hooking up in the cabins, in part because most camp counselors were once regular campers, too (so they know how it is) and in part because a lot of religious camps like their campers to develop relationships within their own religion that will become the norm for them later–though a lot of more conservative camps will do everything they can to discourage anything sexual from going down. A lot of camp counselors give a lot of leeway for hooking up at camp, whether it’s not reporting people sneaking into one another’s cabins or deliberately giving extra alone time to couples.
And we kind of think that’s a pretty good idea.
Chances are whether hooking up at camp is allowed or not, it’s still going to happen. Whether or not there are religious or moral motivations behind a particular summer camp, putting a stigma on campers hooking up isn’t going to stop them from doing it–and if anything, it’s going to give people the bad sort of sexual hangups that haunt them as adults. We say as long as you’re being safe and responsible, there’s no real reason why hooking up at camp should be such a taboo–especially when it’s so ridiculously common anyway (even in pre-American Pie days!).
Think about it: Chances are, people you go to school with are hooking up with one another, right? Summer camp is sort of like school in that way: You have a bunch of potentially horny people with raging hormones in close quarters for a long time bonding over a common experience, minus parental supervision overnight. Things are pretty much bound to happen, so we might as well let them. Just be careful not to get caught up in pressure from other campers, and try not to get in trouble with your counselors–and if you’re going below the belt for anything, use condoms!
Have you ever been caught hooking up at camp? Do you think counselors encourage hooking up at summer camp? Would you ever hook up with a guy at camp? Tell us in the comments!