Parents' Guide to

Bug Juice: My Adventures at Camp

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Campers conquer fears, make friends in fun reality reboot.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

Vegas Night at the camp was surprisingly bad

Vegas Night at the camp was awful. The kids were so young (they looked between 9-12 yrs old). Three bad things: 1) Gambling for minors. The kids had to play poker and/or other gambling games. Gambling addiction is not childs-play and is a serious matter. If Vegas doesn't allow people under 21 on its floors, why in the world would Disney make the kids do such activities? 2) Loans- the kids had to get loans during the night. What happened to hard work and avoiding debt? 3) Marriage challenge- the kids had to ask others to get married, and there were no rules, so many kids got married to multiple people (a lot, perhaps up to 7 people), and you could marry your own gender. One boy was getting so desperate and left out, that he was yelling at the top of his lungs for someone, anyone, to marry him. It was such a sad thing to watch. What is wrong with Disney? If they want to do a Vegas Night- Im ok if they did this with adults 18+ (not even 21+), but NOT with children.
age 4+

Reminds me of Girl Scout Camp in the 80's.

This is good stuff. I am not a huge Disney fan, but I actually enjoyed this. No religious jibber jabber, good old fashioned fun. I'm sure it's edited to look a certain way, but overall a good and seemingly realistic representation of summer camp. No devices, kids playing outside. Two thumbs up. For anyone worried about Vegas Night? Ridiculous, it's nothing to be concerned about. They are not playing for actual $. It is a game. Sheesh. The fortune teller is using a silver kickball on a Solo cup. Haha. I'm 46 and I enjoy watching this with my 8 yr old daughter.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

This series is an effective promotional device for the summer camp experience (and Camp Waziyatah in particular), but its broader messages about personal growth and community are what really stick with you. It doesn't take long before you're emotionally invested in several of the characters, and you share their ups and downs as they adjust to being away from home -- some for the first time -- and extending themselves beyond their comfort zone. For some the challenge lies in tackling a difficult or intimidating physical task; for others, the mere act of making new friends within a new community is a sticking point. The campers' honesty about their feelings throughout gives the show an authenticity that's sometimes lacking in "reality" TV.

That very authenticity is what makes Bug Juice: My Adventures at Camp a worthwhile title for families, as it gives insight into how kids respond to pressures of group dynamics and taking on new challenges. As the campers face down their fears and revel in their accomplishments, families can relate their experiences to similar ones in their kids' lives. This enjoyable series invites conversations about courage, self-confidence, compassion, teamwork, and many other themes that arise as part of the campers' time at Camp Waziyatah.

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