Sunday, February 22, 2009

Accident at the Original Camp Crystal Lake

With the remake of Friday the 13th raking in the money at the box office over the last two weekends, it seems appropriate that we take a trip to the original camp that doubled as Camp Crystal Lake - Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in New Jersey. The camp is privately owned by NNJC Boy Scouts of America and is completely off-limits to Friday the 13th fans - in fact, it has often been reported that the managers are less than thrilled about their camp's appearance in the 1980 film directed by Sean Cunningham. Friday fans are entirely discouraged from trying to set foot on the property.

However, before it became the infamous hunting grounds of the Vorhees family, Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco witnessed a real-life tragedy in the midst of World War II. On this date in 1944, a B-17 Flying Fortress got lost in a heavy fog and crashed into the nearby Kittatinny Ridge. The 11 Army officers and one Royal Air Force navigator were killed instantly. With many of their families and friends serving in the military overseas, the scouts of Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco came to the plane's tail-gunner section one month after the crash and lit a council fire to memorialize the lost airmen.

Several years later, horror filmmakers would come calling and launch Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco to a whole new level of fame as Camp Crystal Lake in Friday the 13th. Two decades after that appearance, it became Camp Spirit Lake with tales of murder, ghosts, and satanic rituals for an episode of the MTV reality series, Fear. Today it is known worldwide for the fictional carnage depicted in the two works, but few know about the very real-life tragedy that descended on the camp years before.

Pay a visit to Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco.

-Casey H.

1 comment:

Wings said...

Never knew that about the camp, very interesting. I do see that on the Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco site, they have NOT ONE mention of the movie filming there. There is a "history" of the place, without mentioning this fact. Funny, cause I bet there isn't anyone who DOESN'T know it, especially the locals!