“The Camper Is Not Playing Around” – Oklahoma Youth Brings Espresso Machine To Wildlife Camp

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and Conservation

I’d expect this from an LA camp but not an Oklahoma camp.

The weather is warming up, and you know what that means if you’re a parent…time to sign those kiddos up for sleepaway camp so YOU can get a little R&R.

Sleep away camp is a right of passage growing up, in my opinion; you either love it or you hate it. You are either the kid that wants to never come home or the kid that cries nearly every day and writes letters to their parents wishing that they could come to pick you up. As someone who has experienced both of these extremes while at sleepaway camp, I know it’s not for everyone, but I think that everyone should do it at least once.

But if you ask someone like my sister, who was traumatized from the one time my parents sent her to sleep away camp, she would not agree with that last sentence.

Needless to say, the time is here; you are making plans for the summer and deciding whether to send your kids off for a week or two. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is once again blessing our timelines with some of their best camp memories from over the years (and once again proving their marketing person really needs a raise).

“Over the years we have had some.. what’s the best word to use here?… c̶h̶a̶o̶t̶i̶c̶ “memorable” students attend our Wildlife Youth Camp:”

They captioned the tweet, sharing a string of screenshots from previous years, letting fans know the “memorable” (as they called it) moments from their youth camp. But don’t let the word “youth” fool you here. The campers who can attend this camp are between the ages of 14 and 16, so they are pretty functional on their own, but based on these Tweets, you’d think otherwise.

“Good morning. A camper has been sprayed by a sunk. Keep us in your thoughts.” 

“One of these campers really just looked us in the eyes and said they were born in 2008.” 

However, the one memory that sent me was from last year when a camper brought their own espresso machine… to wildlife camp. This should be the kind of camp where they are learning to start a fire, probably s****ting in a hole somewhere in the woods. Not one where you’d assume the campers are worried about getting their craft coffee in the morning.

“Good morning. One of the campers brought their own espresso machine. Idk how to end this just had to share.” 

Fans of the account were quick to ask questions about the situation’s status, to which the OK Wildlife Department was quick to respond. They posted a status update of flavored syrups lined up—like this kid brought more than an espresso machine; he brought a full-on coffee bar.

“Respecting privacy, but let’s just say the camper is not playing around.”

I’d expect this from a Los Angeles wildlife camp but not from Oklahoma.

Needless to say, the commentary on the post was centered around the espresso machine of it all, and honestly, it gave me a good chuckle. Check out a few of my favorites.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock