This is a film that tells the story of a greedy investment advisor that works at a Summer Camp to help his career, but when he gets paired with a extremely troubled young boy, they both end up seeing the world very differently.  You can see the trailer at  Camp releases August 27th.

Director/Writer Jacob Roebuck was inspired to make this movie after joining a Summer Missions Program, for abused and neglected kids ages 9-12.  Jacob was about nine-years-old himself, the last time he spent any real time with other nine-year-olds.  Jacob didn’t volunteer to be a Camp Counselor.  He was a staff member of the church and was relunctantly made a Counselor when more boys showed up to the Camp than anticipated.

Jacob said,

“That week became the hardest and yet the best week of my life. I learned what it meant to love kids that no one else wanted.”

24/7 Modern Mom™ was given the opportunity to view Camp, before the release.  I watched it personally with my oldest children, 13 & 9.  My nine year old cried.  He said they were happy tears.  Then he said they were sad tears.  He retracted both statements and offered this commentary instead:

You know how something is very sad and you want to cry but then there is so much happy because there is so much love and you want to cry?  You know, mom? So, I’m sad-crying AND happy-crying because love fixes people. ~ Pedro Gonzalez

My oldest son, Antonio, expressed a similar sentiment.  I couldn’t have said it better myself!  This movie is about PAIN! This movie is about LOVE!  This movie is about REAL stories and REAL people!  Where’s my stamp? You know, my stamp of Approval! Done! I absolutely LOVED this movie.

I’m going to tell you a little secret.  Yep, right here, smack-dab-in-the-middle of Social Media, I am going to tell you my own Camp story.  I was just about nine years old myself when an elderly neighbor man (also a staff member of the church) took me under his wing.  He took me to church every Sunday, and always bought me a cheeseburger and soda on the way home.  I wondered why he always paid with change.  He barely had quarters.  I’m talking about dimes, nickels, and pennies.  He taught me gardening, always made me home-made fudge on Mother’s Day, brought me fresh fruits and veggies from his backyard garden, and always told me I mattered, A LOT!

I was so excited when he offered to send me to Camp!  Woooohoooooo! That’s what I thought.  Of course, because I was nine, I immediately started asking for more than just the standard week of Camp.  I wanted to do Horsemanship and other things that cost extra money.  Watching this movie, I recalled, as if I were back in time, that Camp, was one of the best week’s of my childhood life too!  I got to go to Camp two years consecutively, both paid for by my neighbor angel.  It wasn’t until I was much older that I realized how blessed I was.  Imagine how many dimes, nickels, and pennies Camp cost, even without all the extras!  I guess my benefactor thought it was worth it.  I’d have to agree.  What I got out of Camp has been with me an entire lifetime.  I learned about respect for God, respect for others, and self-respect while at Camp.  I learned that I was not alone.  I learned that everyone has a story.  I learned that God’s love is more powerful that People’s hate.  I felt like a part of something big and important.  I was.  The lessons and memory of Camp are real.  They are very much like the stories told in this movie.  Watch the movie! Watch it with your family.  Dig deep and ask yourself what this movie means to you.  Does it move you to action?

Now, I will confess that I broke my two front-teeth in swimming class, while at Camp and had to drive very far to find a dentist to handle my little emergency.  That was a little traumatizing.  But hey, I’m one of a few people who can happily sing, “all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth,” and mean it!  So even those broken teeth were a blessing because it still cracks me up to this day.

24/7 Modern Mom™  is working on interviewing Director, Jacob Roebuck, as a follow up to this review.  The movie includes interviews with real campers and counselors.  Buy the DVD. Watch the movie and the interviews.  Then, watch it again.  If you doubt the ability of a simple week of Camp being a lifechanging experience for a child, I assure you, it can be, and it was for me!

By:  Alicia Gonzalez

24/7 Modern Mom™ was provided with a screener copy of this movie.  No compensation was given. All opinions are my own.