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Famous Campers, Local Camps

Find out where local stars like Tina Fey and Bill Cosby went to camp.

Tina Fey went to Upper Darby Summer Stage, Upper Darby, PA

“As a mom I look back on what Harry [Dietzler, executive and artistic director] and Summer Stage offer the community and it blows my mind. You didn’t just perform, you worked in the box office, you worked in the costume shop, you taught what you were learning to the younger kids. Most of us Summer Stagers went on to careers in fields other than entertainment, but the life skills we learned . . . were invaluable.”
—“Delaware County Summer Showtime,” Bossypants

Bill Cosby went to Camp Green Lane, Green Lane, PA

“When I was a child, they had a thing out at Camp Green Lane. We were living in Richard Allen Projects, and I was about 8 or 9. Through the center at the projects, my mother paid $9.50 and the bus picked us up and we spent 10 days at Camp Green Lane. I had never been in the forest before. But this was a camp that took boys from the housing projects and lower economic level.”

Sportscaster Seth Davis went to Camp Equinunk, Equinunk, PA

“My experience as a camper and counselor at Camp Equinunk was by far the most significant, formative experience of my life. It made me who I am. Best of all, it gave me a huge community of friends who to this day are the closest and most important people in my life.”

The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg, a native of Jenkintown, PA, went to Stagedoor Manor, Loch Sheldrake, NY

“[Fellow camper] Evan really took pity on me because I was maybe the geekiest kid around, and he taught me how to pick up girls and how to shoot a jump shot.”

Local Camp Celeb Roll Call

The Actor’s Center Summer Camp, Phila.


  • John Gallagher, Tony Award-winning actor, The Newsroom
  • Seth Green, actor, Dads and Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Mark Indelicato, actor, Ugly Betty
  • Aubrey Plaza, actor, Parks and Recreation
  • Bianca Ryan, winner, America’s Got Talent

Appel Farm Summer Arts Camp, Elmer, NJ

  • Jonathan Adler, potter and designer
  • Connor Paolo, actor, Gossip Girl and Revenge
  • Adam Schlesinger, musician, Fountains of Wayne

Burn Brae Day Camp of Creative Arts, Dresher, PA

  • Sarah Chang, violinist
  • John Tartaglia, Broadway performer, Johnny and the Sprites

Camp Galil, Ottsville, PA

  • Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin, musician
  • Ron Bloom, Obama administration
  • Jack Markell, DE governor
  • Judith Rodin, former UPenn president

Camp Ramah, the Poconos, MA & WI

  • Max Bemis, singer, Say Anything
  • Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve
  • BJ Novak, actor and author, The Office
  • Chaim Potok, author, The Chosen
  • Jake Tapper, CNN newscaster
  • Henry Waxman, Congressman (D-CA)

Camp Towanda, Honesdale, PA

  • Hank Azaria, actor, The Simpsons
  • Dylan Lauren, owner, Dylan’s Candy Bar

Indian Head Camp, Honesdale, PA

  • Jonah Hill, actor, The Wolf of Wall Street

Island Lake Camp, Starruca, PA

  • Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder
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