X-lax Surprise Camp Prank On my grade 8 end year trip we went camping. The girls wanted to get the boys good. So what we did was made brownies and put x-lax in them. The boys were eating them all the way to the camp. When we arrived at the camp, we hid all the […]
Most of the following camp pranks were conceived of and played out while I was a counselor at an overnight summer camp for youth, ages 7-12. Many more come from visitors who have submitted their own camp pranks. Several of these jokes I still use to this very day. Practical jokes helped the counselors last through the grueling weeks of the job and are responsible for some of our fondest memories during our time at camp. I attended the camp, for 6 years as a camper, and always enjoyed the jokes the counselors played on their fellow staff and on us. Although some of the jokes I mention were played on the children, and at first may sound cruel, former campers have told me they look back and appreciate their camp experience. We also never played jokes on campers we disliked, or those who we thought would suffer long-term damage by our camping pranks and gags.
I have heard from other counselors that the camps they worked at were also breeding grounds for practical jokes. I believe this phenomenon comes about for a variety of reasons, some of which include:
- You are living with and working with others so closely you begin to know their daily patterns and routines and can anticipate their next move, thus having control over one of the needed elements in any great joke, timing.
- Access to living quarters of other counselors makes for easy placement of materials involved in jokes.
- Counselors are usually very young, a little immature, and carefree. If a pie is pushed in their face they may chase you but they won’t request you be fired.-