A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this tv show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- which follows three young teens as they attend an action sports summer camp -- is pretty tame overall, though it does serve as a promotional vehicle for the camp and also prominently features logos for Red Bull. The language is pretty tame, although the boys occasionally use strong words like "a--hole" (though swearing is fully bleeped out). Although there are some female staff members, the overall experience is geared toward boys. The show will most likely appeal to tweens and teens who enjoy skateboarding, BMX biking, and related activities.
What's the story?
CAMP WOODWARD follows three teenage boys as they participate in an action sports fantasy summer camp. Under the direction of managing owner Gary Ream, the three talented athletes get to skateboard, ride BMX bikes, and participate in other activities with other talented kids on some of the world's best equipment. They also get to learn from some of the country's top action sport professionals. It's all a lot of fun -- but the best part is that they get to learn a little more about themselves along the way.
Is it any good?
The mild, kid-oriented reality show offers tween viewers a chance to watch young people as they pursue their passion in a safe, supportive environment and enjoy the chance to see some of the top competitors in their favorite sports. It also highlights safety, commitment, and challenging yourself to reach new goals.
But the series is also a showcase for the camp, showing off how well the staff trains and takes care of their summer residents. As a result, while the show promotes some positive values, you can't help but feel like you're watching one big commercial -- especially when the camp's Web address is flashed across the screen before commercial breaks. Young skateboarding and biking fans will probably enjoy the series, but they might also be convinced that this should be their next summer destination.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what inspired this series. Is this show really about the kids, or is it more about promoting the camp? Families can also discuss action sports. Do girls participate in these activities? Do you think shows featuring "extreme" sports are geared specifically toward boys? Why or why not?