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"Arthur Goes to Camp"
Season/Series: 1
Number in season: 7a
Original Airdate: United States October 15, 1996[1]
Canada January 14, 1997[2]
Germany December 17, 2001[3]
Written by: Marc Brown (original)
Rowby Goren (adapted)
Storyboard by: Sylvain Proteau
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"Arthur Goes to Camp" is the first half of the seventh episode in the first season of Arthur. It is based on the book Arthur Goes to Camp.


At Camp Meadowcroak, everything is a competition between girls and boys. Arthur has to make both sides work together to win the scavenger hunt against Camp Horsewater.


The episode starts out with Binky putting his toe in the cold lake and shivering before falling into Buster's arms and the two of them fall into the lake. Arthur speaks to the viewers about why parents send their children to camp: for punishment! Such as, it looks like a hamburger, right? Wrong! It's a worm-burger. After that, on Monday, they serve macaroni-and-fleas. And how the hungry mosquitoes try to break into the tent. A tornado then comes and sucks up the boys tent. Arthur finishes by saying the worst part of camp is the girls.

Arthur Goes to Camp

After the title card, it starts off with everyone at the camp bus stop. Arthur's mother brings him a stack of postcards stamped and addressed so he can write back. Before Arthur gets on the bus, D.W. comes running with Arthur's Bionic Bunny underwear. The girls laugh. Arthur angrily takes them from her and takes his seat on the bus. Soon, all the parents wave good-bye as the bus drives away. Arthur sits next to Francine. Binky beckons Arthur. He scolds Arthur for talking to Francine because at camp it's boys vs. girls. Binky then pulls out some Grade "A" industrial-strength itching powder and attempts to use it on Prunella. However, the bus goes over a bump and the powder falls on him. He starts itching all over and everyone laughs. On the way, the bus passes Camp Horsewater. Outside, all the mighty Horsewater kids lift weights and exercise. Then everyone gets off the bus while camp counselor Becky introduces herself. At the meeting spot, she tells everyone about winning the all-camp scavenger hunt trophy. Arthur exclaims "Hey!" Binky tells Arthur that Horsewater has won the trophy three years straight. Then Muffy arrives in the Crosswires' LimoJames brings out Muffy's fur coat and her electronic air conditioner. Counselor Becky sighs. In the tent, Binky shows all the prank items to use on the girls such as stink bombs and wind-up mice. A few seconds later, the boys hear a metal sound and they exit their tent. They see their underwear hoisted up on a flagpole. Arthur madly walks up to Francine and shouts while looking at her "I hope you know this means war!" Arthur starts writing his first postcard:

Day one Dear Mom and Dad, It's war. We made a surprise attack on the enemy today. But they were too tricky.

The boys chase the girls in the woods, but unfortunately, the boys fall into a pile of leaves. Now Arthur's family reads this next postcard:

Tomorrow we go head to head in a canoe race. It doesn't look good for our side!.

In the canoe race, Arthur and Buster are able to pass Sue Ellen and Francine, but the bad news is that they hit a rock and their canoe capsizes while the two girls pass them. Back in the boys' tent, Arthur finished writing this postcard:

I don't know how much longer we can hold out against the girls. I can't tell you where I'm writing from. It's a secret. Just get me out of here.

When Arthur finishes, the boys smell something funny. Arthur checks outside the tent. It's a skunk! Then the boys run away with their tent into the woods. The scene cuts to Brain reading the comics he brought with him. In the middle of reading, the boys hear a mysterious roaring noise. Everyone ignores it and Brain goes back to reading. The roaring occurs again. The boys go outside to investigate. They see some tracks on the ground. Brain compares them with the tracks of the midnight ghoul in his comic. They are the same! The boys run away, but they crash into Francine and Sue Ellen. It turns out that the girls didn't make the noise either. The boys said that the tracks were ghoul tracks. Sue Ellen investigates and figures out that they are bear tracks! Then everyone hears Muffy and Prunella screaming from a distance and soon find out that the Horsewater kids were making the noise. The Horsewater kids leave with one kid making bear tracks with a fake bear foot. Francine says "Lets get 'em!" Arthur changes the idea and comes up with another plan. Arthur said they could all fix the Horsewater kids at the scavenger hunt, but they have to call a truce. Everyone else declines, which makes Arthur leave. As Arthur walks away, he says that he had "a real stupendous surefire plan" to get back at them. Everyone else quickly changes their mind and runs after Arthur to apologize. The next day, counselor Becky reads the search list. When she finishes, the search begins. Arthur and Francine read the list, need to find a balloon and remember they had one by the lake. A Horsewater kid sneaks in and takes the balloon. Now, it's Brain and Prunella and they need to find a pair of blue sunglasses. Brain remembers that he had some in his tent. Another Horsewater kid beats Prunella and Brain to the tent and steals the sunglasses. Finally, it's Sue Ellen trying to catch a spotted frog. Right when she approaches it, one more Horsewater kid dives in and runs away with the frog. Then Binky, Buster, and Francine walk with nothing, but Arthur's flashlight. Arthur then feels that it's time to put his surefire plan into action. As the three Horsewater kids chant, they hear a really loud roaring sound. The Meadowcroak kids run away and say there's a bear. The Horsewater kids fall for it. Then there's rustling in the bushes. A furry figure comes out. The Horsewater kids climb up a tree. Arthur shouts to the Horsewater kids, "Throw something at him!" The Horsewater kids throw everything from their sack, with the spotted frog escaping as well. Then the Meadowcroak kids run back to the starting point. The "bear" was Brain wearing Muffy's fur coat. Even though the Meadowcroak kids secured everything on the list, there was still one more item missing, a postcard! Arthur remembers he had one in his pocket. After he finds it, Camp Meadowcroak wins the all-camp scavenger hunt trophy! Arthur and his friends chant "Meadowcroak! Meadowcroak! We're number one!" Finally, the episode ends with a letter written on the postcard:

Dear Mom, Dad, D.W. and Kate, Camp is great. I want to come back next year. Love, Arthur XXX






  • Running Gag: The girls pulling a prank on the boys.
  • Moral: Put aside your differences and work together.
  • At the end of the 2000 rerun intro on PBS Kids before this episode, Arthur’s crashing sound changes to a big splash of water.
  • This is the only episode written by Rowby Goren.
  • This is the first episode to feature Camp Meadowcroak. It later reappears again in the Season 12 episode, "Home Sweet Home".
  • Timeline: In this episode, the Brain is seen swimming in the water and enjoys it, yet in the later episode "Water and the Brain" from Season 2, it revealed that he is aquaphobic. However, he had a floaty tube and water wings.
  • In an ironic sense, as part of the plan to beat Camp Horsewater at the scavenger hunt, the Brain wears Muffy's fur coat to pass himself off as a wild bear, even though he's already an anthropomorphic bear.
  • When Arthur boards the bus, Prunella is clearly heard saying "Oh my God!"
    • This is the only episode to date to use such language in the series, likely due to broadcasting concerns.

Differences from the book

  • In the book, Arthur was very reluctant to be going to camp and said he would be too homesick, while in the TV episode, he is more than thrilled and pleased to be going to camp.
  • In the book, Camp Meadowcroak campers wore white T-shirts with a green trim on the sleeves, a green "M" emblem on the shirts and blue shorts. Camp Horsewater campers wore yellow shirts with a red trim on their sleeves, a red "H" emblem on the shirts and also blue shorts. While in the T.V. episode, Camp Meadowcroak campers wore green shirts with a purple trim on the sleeves, a purple "M" emblem and purple shorts. While Camp Horsewater campers wore black shirts with a red trim on the sleeves, a red "H" emblem on their shirts and they wore whatever pants or shorts that they wanted.
  • At the start, Arthur was getting on the bus with his friends from school to go to Camp Meadowcroak; although, in the book, the story started where Arthur didn't want to go to camp and commented it as "gross".
  • In the book, the girls' counselor was Becky, and the boys' counselor was Rocky. In the episode, Becky is the only counselor, in which she is the counselor to both the boys and the girls altogether.
  • In the book, Becky was a Fox, while in the episode, she is an aardvark like Arthur.
  • In the episode, Binky and Prunella, as well as a bunch of Arthur's other classmates were at camp Meadowcroak. However, in the book, there were only six campers in total, three per group. The six campers were Arthur, Buster and The Brain which made up the boys tent, and Francine, Sue Ellen and Muffy which made up the girls tent. Binky and Prunella didn't appear until the books Arthur's April Fool and Arthur's Teacher Trouble respectively.
  • In the book, Camp Horsewater pulls several stunts on Camp Meadowcroak. This includes throwing a stink bomb into the girls tent, hanging all of the boys clothing on the flagpole and scaring the entire camp at night by making howling sounds and making footprints on the ground with a stamper. In the T.V. episode all that Camp Horsewater does, is scare the campers at night by making scary sounds and stamping footprints into the ground with a stamper.
  • In the TV episode, the girls do not place frogs into the boys' beds as joke. Instead they hang all of their underwear on the flagpole as a joke.
  • In the book, The Brain and Buster secretly stand watch at night to find out who is scaring them. They find out it is Camp Horsewater. In the TV episode, Arthur, Buster, Binky, Brain, Francine, and Sue Ellen all secretly find out at the same time it is Camp Horsewater scaring them.
  • In the book, it was Brain who came up with the plan to trick Camp Horsewater that a bear had shown up and make them to scare to participate in the scavenger hunt. In the TV episode it was Arthur's idea.
  • In the book, after Camp Meadowcroak tricks Camp Horsewater into thinking a bear has shown up, they all work together to complete the scavenger hunt. In the TV episode, the Camp Horsewater campers are so scared, they throw the items at the "bear" to make it go away. Then it runs to the finish line with all the items.
  • In the book, Arthur eventually tries to runs away from camp. In the TV episode, he is happy and enthused to be there and stays the entire time.
  • The balloon is red in the episode, but was yellow in the book.
  • In the book, the last item to find on the scavenger hunt list was a flashlight, which Arthur showed up with by sheer luck, while in the episode the last item to find on the scavenger hunt list was a postcard, which Arthur had in his pocket.
  • In the book we see that the bear trick managed to keep the Camp Horsewater Campers scared all day, as camp Meadowcroak leisurely took their time and the story ended at late at night when Arthur showed up with his flashlight. In the TV episode we see that the bear trick worked very fast. Then the Camp Horsewater campers threw all the items at the "bear" to make it go away. Then the "bear" immediately ran to the finish line.
  • In the book, it is Brain's first appearance, while in the TV episode it is clear that Arthur and his friends have already known Brain for some time now.


Artur goof

Sue Ellen floating error

  • When the boys bash into the girls after seeing the "ghoul", Sue Ellen floats in mid-air when they get up.
  • In the scene when Arthur sits next to Francine, she is shown wearing band-aids on her legs, however, in the next scene, her band-aids disappear.
  • In the scene where the scavenger hunt starts, you can see in the background that the sky is dusk, but when the scavenger hunt ends, the sky is blue again.
  • In the bus, Mary is first seen wearing a Camp Meadowcroak shirt, but when the bus arrives at camp, she is wearing her yellow crewneck.
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Sue Ellen's maroon hair.

  • After Arthur walks away from his group of friends in the bushes, Sue Ellen has maroon hair instead of her regular orange.

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