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“Camp Rock”: This sweet Disney flick starring Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers is cute, fun, and full of positive messages about being true to yourself. (Handout/TNS)

Summer camp can be a rite of passage for kids of all ages, and the silver screen has a long history of documenting camp culture. A kid’s summer camp experience can inspire lifelong friendships and lasting memories. From the original “Parent Trap” of 1961 to “Camp Rock” starring Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite summer camp movies for kids 12 and under.

Quaintly old-fashioned by today’s standards, this classic still charms, thanks to heartfelt performances of stars Hayley Mills, Brian Keith, and Maureen O’Hara.

Recommended for ages 6 and older

Directed by David Swift

(Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, 1961)

This is a delightful remake of the Hayley Mills classic. Lindsey Lohan is utterly adorable and does a masterful job of creating two separate characters.

Recommended for ages 6 and older

Directed by Nancy Meyers

(Walt Disney Pictures, 1999)

This sweet Disney flick starring Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers is cute, fun, and full of positive messages about being true to yourself.

Recommended for ages 8 and older

Directed by Matthew Diamond

(Walt Disney Pictures, 2008)

Empowering, insightful, and, at times, deeply heart-wrenching, this documentary should be seen by every girl who’s ever doubted her capabilities or yearned to feel like she belongs.

Recommended for ages 8 and older

Directed by Arne Johnson

(Shadow Distribution, 2008)

This kid-friendly film has messages of problem-solving and finding ways to be a family. And no one could play Ms. Hulka, the militaristic camp director, as memorably as Jane Lynch.

Recommended for ages 8 and older

Directed by William Dear

(Warner Home Video, 2009)

If you want a picture of real suburban tween/teen life, this booked-based “girlfriends” story has great messages.

Recommended for ages 9 and older

Directed by Melanie Mayron

(Sony Pictures, 1995)

This early Judd Apatow film makes fat camp mischievous and fun and delivers some classic laugh-out-loud moments for the less faint of heart.

Recommended for ages 9 and older

Directed by Steven Brill

(Walt Disney Pictures, 1995)

This movie is a campy camp movie, definitely dated but not without charm. Besides being Jennifer Aniston’s first credited movie role, Camp Cucamonga is a veritable who’s-who of late-’80s/early-’90s tween stars.

Recommended for ages 10 and older

Directed by Roger Duchowny

(Henstooth Video, 1990)

The third time’s a charm for Fred Figglehorn, the scrawny, squeaky-voiced character who rose from Internet fame to star in a wildly popular movie franchise.

Recommended for ages 10 and older

Directed by Jonathon Judge

(Lionsgate, 2012)

The camp scenes in this 1993 cult classic are among the movie’s cleverest. Youngsters who have felt isolated at camp will identify entirely as misfits Wednesday and Pugsley struggle in a world of conformist blond snobs.

Recommended for ages 12 and older

Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld

(Paramount Pictures, 1993)

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