Camp Inspiration: Look Who Went To Camp

Great things happen when youth and mountains meet . . .

and when they meet at camp something extraordinary happens

For the 150 years that camp has been part of the hearts and minds of children and parents, this great experience–called camp–has provided important steps toward the milestones of their young lives–creating and fostering the artist, the musician, the articulate business person, the inspired politician, the actor, the scientist, or the visionary who lives in each child’s heart.

From a society designed just for children springs forth millions of children from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences . . . every child’s camp experience is part of the story of their lives.

The following list of famed campers might have taken an inkling of camp into their inspired work:
Business

Michael Eisner, former CEO, Disney Corporation
F. Martin Johnson, former CEO/president, JSJ Corporation
Michael M. Kaiser, president, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Frank Kelly Jr., former vice president, American Express, Inc.
Sherry Lansing, former CEO, Paramount Pictures
Lawrence Page, co-founder & president, products, Google Corporation
Frank Smith, president, FedEx
Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Ralph Lauren, designer & founder, Ralph Lauren Company
Science

Albert Einstein (staff), scientist
Richard Kurin, Cultural Anthropologist
Jerry Linenger, NASA Space Shuttle Astronaut
Sally Ride, NASA Space Shuttle Astronaut
Civic and Political Leaders

Prince Albert of Monaco
George W. Bush, 46th President, United States
Chelsea Clinton, daughter Bill and Hillary Clinton
Colby Cooper, Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of State
Grey Davis, former governor of California
Gerald Ford, 38th President, United States
Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Supreme Court Justice
Dexter Scott King, son of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Bernice Albertine King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King III, son of Martin Luther King, Jr. Yolanda Denise King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Carl Levin, U.S. Senate
Ronald E. Minsk, former Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the National Economic Council (Clinton Administration) and New York Times Op-Ed Author
Sandra Day O’Conner, retired Supreme Court Justice
Michelle Obama (staff), First Lady of the United States and Wife of the 44th President, Barack Obama
Elma Powell, wife of Colin Powell, U.S. Army General (ret.) and former U.S. Secretary of State
Nancy Reagan, wife of former president Ronald Reagan
Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State
Ann Richards, former governor of Texas
Bob Riley, Governor, Alabama
Katherine Schwarzenegger, author and daughter of Governor Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver
Music

Clay Aiken, singer
Marin Alsop, composter and music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Zac Brown (staff), country music artist
Neil Diamond, singer
Bob Dylan, singer and songwriter
Josh Groban, singer
Bruce Johnston, The Beach Boys
Norah Jones, singer and pianist
Jewel Kilcher, singer
Damian Kulash, guitarist for OK Go
Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, songwriters, Smokey Joe’s Café
Lisa Loeb, singer, musician, and songwriter
Arthur Loesser, pianist and composer
Lorin Maazel, musical director, New York Philharmonic
Jeff Marks, creator, Tony Award winning Avenue Q
Bret Michaels, singer
Tim Mitchell, guitarist
Timothy J. Nordwind, bassist for OK Go
Douglas Pipes, composer
Richard Rodgers, composer
Peter Seeger, folk singer, musician, song writer
Gwen Stefani, singer
Frank Tichelli, composer
Dar Williams, singer
Peter Yarrow, singer for Peter, Paul and Mary
Visual Arts

Sam Abell, photographer
Robert Snyder, artist
Performing Arts

Paul Adelstein, actor
Kirstie Alley, actor
Jennifer Beals, actor
Mischa Barton, actor
Meredith Baxter, actor
Mike Bender, writer and director, Indian Summer
Zach Braff, actor and director
Richard Brooks, actor
Drew Carey (staff), actor and comedian
George Carlin, comedian and actor
Justin Chambers, actor
Chevy Chase, actor and comedian
Andy Cohen, television executive and host
Courteney Cox, actor
John Cryer, actor
Matt Damon, actor, writer, and producer
Michael DeLorenzo, actor, director, and composer
Leonardo DiCaprio, actor
Robert Downey, Jr., actor
Avner Eisenberg, actor
Tovah Feldshuh, actor
Hill Harper, actor
Ed Helms, actor
Bryce Dallas Howard, actor
Lauren Holly, actor
Felicity Huffman, actor
Tom Hulce, actor
Linda Hunt, actor
Jennifer Jason Lee, actor
Keira Knightley, actor
John Krasinski, actor
Sharon Lawrence, actor and environmentalist
Susan Lucci, actor
John C. McGinley, actor
Mandy Moore, actor
Dermot Mulroney, actor
Paul Newman, actor
James Pickens, Jr., actor and equestrian
Natalie Portman, actor
Gilda Radner, comedian
Anthony Rapp, actor
LisaRaye McCoy, actor
Emma Roberts, actor
Julia Roberts, actor
Rita Rudner, comedian
Rosalind Russell, actor
Todd Schulman, producer
Trish Sie, director and choreographer for OK Go
Marlo Thomas, actor, author, and spokesperson
Glynn Turman, actor, director, and producer
Blair Underwood, actor and director
Matt Winston, actor
Stan Winston , Academy Award winning director, special effects, and make up
Reese Witherspoon, actor
Sports

Drew Brees, Super Bowl MVP
Jerry Burns, former head coach, Minnesota Vikings
Steve Fisher, basketball coach, San Diego State University
Dorothy Hamill, Olympic Gold Medalist, Figure Skating
Robert Hollway, former coach, St. Louis Cardinals and former assistant coach, Minnesota Vikings
Joe Jacobi, Olympic Gold Medalist, Kayaking
Jerry Richardson, Carolina Panthers majority owner, Hardee’s cofounder, and former Baltimore Colts wide receiver
Kerri Strug, Olympic Gold Medialist, Gymnastics
Authors

Sam Abell, author
Margaret Atwood, author
Dave Barry, humor writer
David Brooks, author and commentator
Rita Dove, poet
Eli Evans, author and member of the National Academy of Arts and Science
Kinky Friedman, author, humorist, musician, and most recently a candidate for Governor of Texas, 2006.
Seth Godin, author of Tribes and entrepreneur
Cathy Guisewite, creator, comic strip Cathy
John McPhee, Pulizter Prize winning author
J.D. Salinger, author
Michael G. Thompson, PhD, author
Andrew Tobias, journalist and author
Jill Wheeler, author
Mitch Zuckoff, author
Journalists

David Blum
Rita Braver
Pat Carbine
Tucker Carlson
Katie Couric
Nancy Gibbs
Ashlan Gorse
Michael Reagan
Frank Sesno
Dr. Nancy Snyderman
Jeffrey Taylor
Mike Wallace

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