Summer Camp Cheerful–Attitude Adjustment for Adults

By Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes

Inspired by the HAMAS and UN summer camps in Gaza, we are asking, “Why should Palestinians have all the fun? For that matter, why should kids have all the fun?”

Summer should be a time for fun and relaxation for everyone, but we all know people who do their best to prevent any fun or relaxation from occurring. Camp Cheerful is the answer.

image by U.S. Navy

image by U.S. Navy

Situated in a Caribbean location of incomparable beauty and perfect climatic ambiance at the eastern tip of Cuba, with swimming and diving opportunities in Guantanamo Bay, Camp Cheerful is the perfect getaway for those fun-challenged individuals in your life.

So stop for a moment and think. Who has taken a head start on ruining your summer? Is it a hard-drinking relative? A thoughtless, annoying neighbor with three barking dogs? Perhaps there’s someone in your professional life who doesn’t even wait until summer to spread the agony of her own miserable existence, insisting on sharing the “joy” with everyone around her. Camp Cheerful is just the place to send them to ensure happiness this summer–for you.

All campers will be cheerfully greeted by our Certified Happiness Specialists. We’ve recruited some of the finest soldiers and marines with experience in great vacation resorts like Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, the Balkans, and East Los Angeles. These healthy and enthusiastic men and women are well prepared to assist our campers in achieving life-altering experiences.

Camp Cheerful Happiness Specialists at Play image by GySgt Michael Walker, US Marine Corps

Camp Cheerful Happiness Specialists at Play
image by GySgt Michael Walker
US Marine Corps

For your summer enjoyment, all campers’ activities will be live-streamed on the Internet. Our Certified Happiness Specialists have prepared several thrilling activities guaranteed to keep our campers busy all summer long. We’ve updated some of the more traditional, boring summer camp activities to make them far more interesting, and we’ve created a few completely original activities, as well.

After enjoying a morning of rigorous exercise and fasting, the campers will be treated to a thrilling round of bobbing for apples. To make this game a little easier for tired campers, we’ve attached a five pound diving weight to each apple, allowing the apple to settle conveniently at the bottom of the five foot barrel. Our loving camp staff will assist each camper in entering the barrel after securing their wrists with the lanyards the campers wove themselves in arts & crafts class. What could be more cheer-inducing and fulfilling than using their own handiwork in such a practical application?

Feeling more cheerful already, aren't you?

Feeling more cheerful already, aren’t you?

Many children have memories of the humiliation caused by their failure to ever hit the target on the archery range in summer camp. To avoid that emotional distress, our campers will reverse roles and will act as targets as our staff demonstrates proper archery technique. For safety, each arrow tip will be replaced with steel blunts, and campers will be required to remove all eye wear.

And what summer camp would be complete without a broad array of aquatic activities? Like any good summer camp, we stress safety first. Campers will learn important water survival techniques, such as how to use chicken blood on their swimming trunks as a shark repellant, how to safely tread water for four hours over sharp coral reefs, and how to spend a long day of swimming in the bright Caribbean sun without relying on the crutch of sunscreen. And don’t worry. No life vests allowed!

Camp Cheerful Swimmer getting more cheerful all the time.

Camp Cheerful Swimmer getting more cheerful all the time.

After a scrumptious lunch of cold gruel and a thirst-quenching draught of water from the local sacred spring of Baca Podrida (translation “Rotting Cow”), the staff will choose the Distinguished Camper of the Day, who will then serve as the star in a thrilling round of Pin the Tail on the Jackass. Given the larger size of some of the campers’ rear ends, the players will be allowed to use nail guns, rather than thumb tacks, to ensure the firm placement of the tails.

Most campers look forward to horseback riding as part of their summer camp activities. In spite of the lack of horses in Guantanamo, we have no intention of disappointing our campers. So we’ll be saddling up the campers for competitive steeplechase exercises. To help encourage those young foals to do their best in clearing those quicksand bogs and barbed wire fences, the “horse” that finishes last will be subjected to an extra round of Pin the Tail on the Jackass.

During our evening campfire time, campers will learn thrilling new songs that they will likely remember the rest of their lives. We’ve contracted with some of the world’s leading songwriters (us) to come up with unique songs that our campers will cherish for a lifetime. A Hundred Broken Bottles of Beer On My Head; Row, Row, Row Your Boat Across the River Styx; I Wanna Go Home (But They’ll Kill Me If I Try), and the trademark Camp Cheerful Song, If You’re Happy When You Suffer, Clap Your Hands.

Please notify us now of who you’re intending to send to Camp Cheerful this year, and we will reserve our special 3’ x 7’ dog kennels luxury suites for their vacation pleasure. Enroll your camper today!

Who would you like to send to Camp Cheerful this year and why?

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Disney World Elitists? Send Them to Camp Adios Pendejo!

By Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes

This past week, Piper noticed a scandal at, of all places, Disney World. Supposedly, a social researcher uncovered an underground concierge service that hooks up wealthy Manhattan Moms with disabled people to accompany them on their family trips to world famous theme park. Once there, the “upper crust” mothers claim these disabled people are part of their families so they can skip to the very front of the lines.

Walt Disney World image by Krismast, wikimedia commons

Walt Disney World
image by Krismast, wikimedia commons

Our initial investigation into this scandal reveals that many reporters writing about it are assuming that this “rent a disabled person” scheme is accepted practice among wealthy New Yorkers. Even to not-wealthy working class Joes like us, this assumption seems to defy human nature and the history of New York.

For one thing, New York’s elite don’t need to hire a disabled person to cut to the front of a line. Disney sells VIP tours to wealthy families from anywhere, providing backstage access and all-day escorts. The “VIPs” already bypass the lines, and the “disabled guides” don’t come with the backstage passes. The cost difference to those people who happen to be morally impoverished enough to stage the deception would not justify the loss in privilege. And besides, why not just rent a wheelchair for the day and have one of their own family ride in it?

While we can’t be certain how many actual cases of “sleazy, rich parents at Disney” are occurring, we know that some people would probably do this dastardly deed just to boost their own feelings of clever superiority over the unwashed masses. We here at Bayard & Holmes, ever alert to chances to turn your problems into our opportunities, feel that, while these integrity-challenged souls are not suited for being around thousands of innocent children at Disney, they should not be excluded from summer fun.

Therefore, we tasked our legions of Bayard & Holmes Vacation and Entertainment Specialists (us) with expanding our own theme park services beyond our Happy Camper Programs at Camp Cheerful on Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. We have acquired a top secret Pacific Ocean Test Range in the lovely Marshall Islands and established our new Camp Adios Pendejo, designed to provide your most despised elitists with satisfying alternatives to a Disney experience.

Our enthusiastic Happiness Technicians, recruited from among retired phone solicitors, bill collectors, and graduates of our special Depraved Congressmen Rehabilitation programs at Camp Cheerful, will greet our over-entitled guests upon their arrival with their special vacation fun suits.

Actual Photo of Camp Adios Pendejo Vacationers image from Library of Congress, public domain

Actual Photo of Camp Adios Pendejo Vacationers
image from Library of Congress, public domain

Then they will march escort our reprehensible visitors to our outstanding dining facilities where our nutritional experts devise new recipes that immerse them in a cultural experience their taste buds will remember for a lifetime. What our retired prison chefs can do with a few scorpions and sulfide is the stuff of legend.

And every theme park needs exciting rides. You’ve heard of the famous Pirates of the Caribbean Disney Ride? Hah! Our vacationers get a vastly superior experience on our thrilling Pirates of Somalia Ride. Our special guests—and we consider all of our guests to be special—will paddle their canoes through a shockingly realistic gauntlet of Somali Pirates as those wild and crazy seamen pretend to attempt to mutilate them. The screams of laughter will be heard for miles!

Those who survive will then be treated to our luxurious paddle wheel cruiser, dubbed the Endless Nightmare by our previous guests. The heartless bastards cheerful vacationers will delight in the the glowing walls of the water caves carved out by the nuclear testing as they are auto-piloted past smiling youngsters from the Al-Qaeda Youth Brigade, who will serenade them with a charming rendition of It’s a Short Life After All while firing thrillingly realistic Chinese assault rifles at the boat.

Campers will finish off their day with a special treat! Unlike the Parachute Rides you find at third rate state fair carnivals, we provide our first class guests with a special Bayard & Holmes My Chute Didn’t Open Drop into shark infested waters. Our dedicated camera crew will be waiting in a boat to snap vacation photos of these morally indigent creatures using their best swimming skills to evade those fun-loving reef sharks.

We are sure many of you readers know deserving folks who could use the restorative, rehabilitating qualities of our Happy Camper Programs. Please nominate the person you feel most deserves a long vacation at our exclusive facilities. Tell us why they should skip the lines and crowds at Disney for the far more elite experience of Camp Adios Pendejo. We’ll do our best to get them a scholarship discount for a summer of fun that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives—all twenty minutes of them. It will be so much fun, they might never get home.

Camp Cheerful Summer Camp for Adults

By Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes

Inspired by the HAMAS and UN Summer Camps in Gaza, we here at Bayard & Holmes are asking, “Why should Palestinians have all the fun? For that matter, why should kids have all the fun?”

Summer should be a time for fun and relaxation for everyone. There are always a few folks around, though, who will do their best to prevent any fun or relaxation from occurring. It’s those people we had in mind when we conceived the idea of Camp Cheerful.

Situated in a Caribbean location of incomparable beauty and perfect climatic ambiance at the eastern tip of Cuba, with swimming and diving opportunities in Guantanamo Bay, Camp Cheerful is the perfect getaway for those fun-challenged individuals in your life.

So stop for a moment and think. Who has taken a head start on ruining your summer? Is it a hard-drinking relative? A thoughtless, annoying neighbor with three barking dogs and teenagers who party until two a.m.? Perhaps there’s someone in your professional life who doesn’t even wait until summer to spread the agony of her own miserable existence, insisting on sharing the “joy” with everyone around her. Camp Cheerful is just the place to send them to ensure happiness this summer (for you).

All campers will be cheerfully greeted by our Certified Happiness Specialists. We’ve recruited some of the finest soldiers and marines with experience in great vacation resorts like Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, the Balkans, and East Los Angeles. These healthy and enthusiastic men and women are well prepared to assist our campers in achieving life-altering experiences.

For your summer enjoyment, all campers’ activities will be live-streamed on the Internet. Our Certified Happiness Specialists have prepared several thrilling activities guaranteed to keep our campers busy all summer long. We’ve updated some of the more traditional, boring summer camp activities to make them far more interesting, and we’ve created a few completely original activities, as well.

After enjoying a morning of rigorous exercise and fasting, the campers will be treated to a thrilling round of bobbing for apples. To make this game a little easier for tired campers, we’ve attached a five pound diving weight to each apple, allowing the apple to settle conveniently at the bottom of the five foot barrel. Our loving camp staff will assist each camper in entering the barrel after securing their wrists with the lanyards the campers wove themselves in arts & crafts class. What could be more cheer-inducing and fulfilling than using their own handiwork in such a practical application?

Many children have memories of the humiliation caused by their failure to ever hit the target on the archery range in summer camp. To avoid that emotional distress, our campers will reverse roles and will act as targets as our staff demonstrates proper archery technique. For safety, each arrow tip will be replaced with steel blunts, and campers will be required to remove all eye wear.

And what summer camp would be complete without a broad array of aquatic activities? Like any good summer camp, we stress safety first. Campers will learn important water survival techniques, such as how to use chicken blood on their swimming trunks as a shark repellant, how to safely tread water for four hours over sharp coral reefs, and how to spend a long day of swimming in the bright Caribbean sun without relying on the crutch of sunscreen. And don’t worry. No life vests allowed!

After a scrumptious lunch of cold gruel and a thirst-quenching draught of water from the local sacred spring of Baca Podrida (translation “Rotting Cow”), the staff will choose the Distinguished Camper of the Day, who will then serve as the star in a thrilling round of Pin the Tail on the Jackass. Given the larger size of some of the campers’ rear ends, the players will be allowed to use nail guns, rather than thumb tacks, to ensure the firm placement of the tails.

Most campers look forward to horseback riding as part of their summer camp activities. In spite of the lack of horses in Guantanamo, we have no intention of disappointing our campers. So we’ll be saddling up the campers for competitive steeplechase exercises. To help encourage those young foals to do their best in clearing those quicksand bogs and barbed wire fences, the “horse” that finishes last will be subjected to an extra round of Pin the Tail on the Jackass.

During our evening campfire time, campers will learn thrilling new songs that they will likely remember the rest of their lives. We’ve contracted with some of the world’s leading songwriters (us) to come up with unique songs that our campers will cherish for a lifetime. A Hundred Broken Bottles of Beer On My Head; Row, Row, Row Your Boat Across the River Styx; I Wanna Go Home (But They’ll Kill Me If I Try), and the trademark Camp Cheerful Song, If You’re Happy When You Suffer, Clap Your Hands.

Please notify us now of who you’re intending to send to Camp Cheerful this year, and we will reserve our special 3’ x 7’ dog kennels luxury suites for their vacation pleasure. Enroll your camper today!

Who would you like to send to Camp Cheerful this year and why?