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'Glee' inspires teen summer camp. Those too old for camp sulk bitterly.

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Image Credit: Adam Rose/FoxTeens these days honestly have nothing to complain about, especially with really awesome things like this out there: In North Carolina, a music academy held a series of Glee Camps this summer, where young adults learned how to replicate the routines on the popular TV show. Pause for those older than 17 to groan in jealousy.

I’ve been to one kind of summer camp in my life: a week-long newspaper camp in a Texas city that is home to one of the state’s most famous prisons. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great time — creepy factor aside. I even went two years in a row voluntarily. But if someone had given me the option at the time between a week writing in a damp, odd-smelling dorm on a hill or a week of singing and dancing…I probably would have chosen writing, actually. I was painfully shy and likely would have thrown myself off the aforementioned hill at the mere thought of performing for strangers. More importantly, there was no choir-themed TV show to make singing and dancing socially acceptable. And that’s my point.

For show tune geeks who like to sing and dance (Woo!), a Glee-themed camp — or Glee, for that matter — would have been a God-send in high school. We could have maintained our interests under the guise of fanaticism — that it was all in admiration of a TV show — which would have made it a million times cooler.

I plan to hold out for the grown up-friendly instructional that will teach me how to Glee. (Yes, it’s a verb now.) My guess is that it will likely come in DVD form and be labeled a “workout.” Ugh.

What about you, PopWatchers? Did you ever go to any camp remotely as cool as this one? And don’t you wish Glee was around when you were a kid?

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