Summer Camp Romance


The setting of my novel, Canyon Walls, has a special place in my heart. I loved attending camp every summer through my junior high and high school years, but my best memory of camp was meeting the man who became my husband.

The summer after my freshman year of college, I was hired at the camp I had attended since 7th grade. I moved into a tiny cabin with three other girls. I spent my time cooking in the cafeteria and cleaning cabins. Serving cafeteria food and scrubbing bathrooms wasn’t a glamorous job, but it taught me a lot about hard work. It was also fun to spend the summer among the campers.

Toward the end of the summer, a cute guy showed up at the camp to spend the week as a counselor. We became friends, and before the summer ended, he had asked me on our first date.

If you’ve ever attended a summer camp, you know that the time spent in the camp separated from the demands of everyday life can make it feel like another world. For me it also included the awesome experience of falling in love. It made a summer camp the perfect setting for my first novel. Each day writing the story of a camp director fighting to save a struggling camp allowed me to be transported back to that place and time in my life.

Did you attend summer camp? Did you have any special experiences there?

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About Julie Jarnagin

Julie Jarnagin is a multi-published author of inspirational romance. She grew up in a small Oklahoma town where her family farmed and ranched. These days she lives in a not-so-big city with her amazing husband and young son who tolerate all her nerdy quirks. Julie earned a B.A. in Journalism / Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

7 Responses to Summer Camp Romance

  1. Nina Croft says:

    I love stories about summer camp. Maybe because I’m English and we never had summer camp or anything similar – it’s so different. I would have loved to go though!

  2. Bethanne says:

    I really had to think about this… because I had some great years at summer camp, but I never had the read-about-in-a-book, awesome summer camp experience… with ghost stories, overnight adventures,… I thnk I’d watched Parent Trap one too many times. Nothing ever quite measured up. 😉 😀

  3. Jennifer Shirk says:

    I never went to summer camp! Wah! But I did enjoy the move Camp Rock. LOL AND I enjoyed your book as well, Julie!

  4. Sutton Fox says:

    I didn’t attend summer camp either. But I love your experience. How fantastic is it that you met your husband there? That is just awesome. 🙂

  5. I never went to summer camp, but I did go on a few church retreats that were for 4 days…does that count? And I do remember having a little summer romance and just being away from home did make it seem just a little more magical. Even though he was a jerk in the end, it still brings a smile to my face thinking about the fun of that trip and the flutter of butterflies seeing him across the campfire. 🙂

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