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Camp by Michael D. Eisner

Camp (2005)

by Michael D. Eisner

Other authors: John McPhee (Foreword)

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For those who have been there, there is no forgetting the sounds and smells of summer camp: of dusty playing fields, platform tents, and wood cabins; of mist rising off the water at dawn and the sparks of a Sunday night campfire sailing up into a cold night sky. Now Michael Eisner shares a deeply personal memoir of his own experiences at one remarkable Vermont camp, of the life lessons he learned there and how they helped turn him into the man he is today. CAMP is Eisner's ode to Keewaydin, a summer camp that was already a family tradition when he was a boy and that continues as a tradition today. As he recounts his experiences at Keewaydin, from his own first night away from home to his years as a counselor to dramatic return visits back as the father of a new generation of Keewaydin campers, CAMP becomes a guide to growing up: learning to rely on yourself as you work in a team, developing the tools of leadership, competing to win but finding pride and growth in defeat, discovering the wonder of nature as well as the nature of the men and women who have gone before you. From a Saturday night dance at a nearby girl's camp to the portrait of Keewaydin's legendary leader-a strong young man in Eisner's youth and a proud octogenarian in his children's name-Eisner share anecdotes that are by turns heartwarming and hilarious, excruciating and tender. He talks about his family's commitment to helping less advantaged young people experience Keewaydin, the lifelong friendships he forged there, and how moments from those summers return when he is hard at work in Hollywood or alone with his wife and children. (0-446-53369-6)
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Over the years, as a camper and a counselor, Disney CEO Michael Eisner absorbed the life lessons that come from sitting in the stern of a canoe or meeting around a campfire at night. With anecdotes from his time spent at Keewaydin and stories from his life in the upper echelons of American business that illustrate the camp's continued influence, Eisner creates a touching and insightful portrait of his own coming-of-age, as well as a resounding declaration of summer camp as an invaluable national institution.

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The Disney CEO recounts the formative days he spent in a Vermont mountain summer camp, describing the life lessons he learned as both a young camper and a counselor and how he has applied them to his career and family.

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