Connie Goes to Camp, Part 1

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#74: “Connie Goes to Camp, Part 1”
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Connie Goes to Camp, Part 1
“Connie Goes to Camp, Part 1” is episode #74 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on June 10, 1989.

Summary

The gang from Odyssey goes on another trip to Camp What-A-Nut. This time the guys and girls compete in various events and Lucy meets a new friend named Jill who leads her into trouble.

Plot

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After getting fired from her job at Whit's End, Connie decides to be a counselor at Camp What-A-Nut. She writes to her mother about the camp and the unusual activities that have occurred there during the past week. First, in her cabin are Lucy Cunningham-Schultz, Donna Barclay, Robyn Jacobs and Alison Leskowsky. Each has her own little quirk — Donna and Robyn love clothes and makeup, Allison is addicted to TV, and Lucy makes friends with a rebellious girl named Jill.

Meanwhile, the boys — Jimmy Barclay, Jack Davis, and Oscar Peterson — give athletics a bad name by severely botching both archery and canoeing, much to the dismay of their counselor, Fred Zachary.

Later, when the girls go on a nature walk/camp out, Jill persuades Lucy to sneak away-something that is strictly against the rules — to see a beautiful waterfall and a herd of wild horses. That night, the girls bed down in their tents. Donna and Robyn complain about the dirt, bugs, and rain, while Allison continues to bemoan her lack of TV. Suddenly, they hear strange noises outside. The girls are instantly terrified. Allison makes things worse by telling stories of "the Goat-Man," a supposed monster that roams the territory. The noise moves closer until it's right outside their tent. Something lifts their tent flap. The girls scream in terror.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Connie gave Lucy and Jill a warning the first time they disobeyed. How many “second chances” would you give someone who disobeyed?
    • Are there times when it's appropriate to punish without first giving a warning?
  2. Donna and Robyn were obsessed with makeup and clothes, while Allison was addicted to TV. Do you have any obsessions that you need to let go of?
    • If so, what are they?
  3. Lucy said she was sorry for hurting Connie. What did Lucy mean by that?

Cast

Role Voice Actor
Alison Leskowsky Andreanna May
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Donna Barclay Azure Janosky
Fred Zachary David Lipson
Jack Davis Donald Long
Jill Esther Kay
Jimmy Barclay David Griffin
Lucy Cunningham-Schultz Genni Long
Oscar Peterson Joseph Cammaroto
Robyn Jacobs Sage Bolte
Thelma Thud Debbie Schneider
Wilma Neidlebark John Eldridge

Notes

Trivia
  • This episode takes place away from Odyssey: Episodes That Take Place Away from Odyssey
  • VERSION DIFFERENCE: The broadcast version of this episode begins with Chris Anthony going camping on Miller's Mountain. She stops at a gas station, but finds that she forgot her wallet. While she goes back to get her wallet, she leaves the tape with the gas station attendant to listen to.
  • These episodes were made into an AIO Activity Pack, Connie Goes to Camp, Volume #13.
  • A line in this episode "We can do anything the boys can do, even better" is a reference to the song with pretty much the same title.
  • The character of Wilma Neidlebark is played by...John Eldridge, who is a well-known Christian author, who was a Focus on the Family employee at the time. Here, he is doing a great impersonation of Julia Child/Miss Piggy/Queen Victoria.
  • In the scene with the girls camping, one of the girls mention Whit and Donny McCoy being chased by a bear, a reference to #37: “Camp What-A-Nut, Part 1”.

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Quotes

Connie Kendall: No, Allison, there's no TV! I'll have someone lock it in the camp office until the end of the week.
Allison: You can't do this to me! It's unconstitutional! It's cruel! It's unusual punishment! Please, no! Give me my TV!

Connie Kendall: Oh, I forgot to tell you—I talked to the camp director, and he thinks you're right. The girls should be given a chance to compete with the boys at some things.
Robyn Jacobs: Really?
Connie Kendall: Yep, so tomorrow afternoon we're gonna compete with them in archery, canoes, and a relay race.
Donna Barclay: That's great.

Robyn Jacobs: AAAAHHHHHHHH!!!
Donna Barclay: Robyn, what's wrong?
Robyn Jacobs: Get it out of my sleeping bag!
Donna Barclay: What? I don't see anything!
Robyn Jacobs: A bug! It's crawling up my sleeping bag to attack me! There it is! Quick, stomp it, squish it, smash it!!
Donna Barclay: You mean this? This is the barrette for your hair.
Robyn Jacobs: Oh, that's where it went.

Fred Zachary: Whatchacall—woah!

Robyn Jacobs: We'll show 'em, we can be just as tough as they are! ...Anyone seen my teddy bear?

Fred Zachary: I've shown you how to use these bows and arrows, and I have to, uh, whatchacall tell ya: I didn't think you could hit the broad side of a barn, but I was wrong. That's all you've been hitting.

Fred Zachary: Hey Oscar!
Oscar Peterson: Yes?
Fred Zachary: What are you doing?
Oscar Peterson: Trying to... fit the arrow in my bow...
Fred Zachary: Well it helps if you keep your eyes open!

Jimmy Barclay: Mr. Zachary, did you see that? I almost made it to the target!
Fred Zachary: Very good, Jimmy! I bet the arrow would go a little further if you let it go at the same time you let go of the string....!
Jimmy Barclay: Wow! Great idea!

Fred Zachary: Listen, I think maybe it's time for the big leagues.
Jack Davis: You mean—
Fred Zachary: That's right. Let's get this canoe out of the swimming pool, and see how ya do in the lake!
Jack Davis: Yeah!
Oscar Peterson: All right!
Jimmy Barclay: Cool!
Oscar Peterson: Can I still keep my life preserver on?
Fred Zachary: Absolutely!