Can we just take a minute to talk about how great pizza is? The savory triangle smothered in sauce, cheese and a variety of toppings has been a part of American culture ever since Italian immigrants from Naples touched down on New York soil and started making a culinary statement that changed the country.
Fun fact: There are around 75,000 pizzerias in the United States.
Now let's talk about the wonders of summer camp real quick. Sure, it was a way for our parents to get rid of us in between school sessions so they could have a moment of peace, but we didn't know that. There was only one place a kid could learn how to kayak, become an archer, make lanyards and forget to shower for two weeks to a month. It was glorious. Fun fact: There are approximately 12,000 summer camps in the United States.
The camp offers pizza from a variety of businesses, as well as build-your-own pizzas, pizza-themed snacks and an all-you-can-eat pizza bar. There are chefs on site that will make sure your pie is made to perfection. No hard alcohol is allowed, but craft beer is in full supply.
Even though everything is pizza themed, the camp is still, well, camp. Visitors have the opportunity to do activities like archery, canoeing and wilderness survival. Just like camp when you were a kid...but with beer.
The night is capped off with a live performance by The Time Life Pizza Collection, "A duo with a supreme repertoire of 100-plus pizza cover songs across every genre who are flying in to perform for Pizza Campers." Yup, covers of all of your favorite songs made to be pizza-themed. Still unsure whether this is a positive or negative in the grand scheme of things, but it's there for you should it strike your fancy.
Lucky for us, The Time Life Pizza Collection has a catalogue of their saucy renditions of your favorite songs online. I recommend their cover of Britney Spears' "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Pizza."
All campers get a "Pizza Camp Swag Package" that includes a t-shirt, beer koozie, tote bag and enamel pin. None of that compares to the friends and memories you'll make along the way, I'm sure. The camp goes from Friday night to Saturday afternoon, all for $99. For a weekend-long pizza party, it sounds like a steal.
This year's Pizza Camp is already underway, but that shouldn't stop you from getting ready for next year. Stay updated at Pizza Camp's website so you can be the first to know when and where you can get your cheesy, crusty swag on.