Atari Computer Camp Ads, 1983

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Classic 1983 ads via Laura Moncur’s Flickr. Laura also found an article in Atari’s Antic magazine called “Computer Camp: Report from the Old West” that describes the camps in detail.

Campers paid $890 for a two-week session and $425 for each additional week, up to a total of 8 weeks. But if you stayed the whole 8 weeks you got a tuition break and paid the one time, low, low price of $2999. Don’t forget to bring your transportable cellular phone system, kids! You’ll need to call mom if you lose your Snoopy doll.

The daily schedule looked like this:

9:00-10:25 – Computer Instruction
10:30-11:10 – Drama
11:15-12:00 – Tennis
12:00-1:55 – Lunch (Rest Hour)
2:00-2:55 – Computer Workshop
3:00-3:35 – Free Swim
4:00-5:25 – Softball

7:00-8:30 – Free Time

I imagine 5:30-7:00 was dinner. “During free time… at least two of the three computer rooms are open for students either to play games or practice programming.”

My favorite part is a quote from the camp’s co-director, Marlene Applebaum:

We also had a whole group playing Dungeons and Dragons… Not on the computer, but the original game. One of the counselors really knows that game and played Dungeon-master. I think that goes along with the kind of child who comes here.

I think you’re right, Marlene.

3 Responses to “Atari Computer Camp Ads, 1983”


  1. 1 Anon October 23, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    There is very little to do with Atari or computers at this camp. Not sure if this camp is worth it.

  2. 2 2W2N October 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Yeah. What’s with Drama and Tennis? Basically the kids got to fuck around with computers from 7:00 until someone made them go to bed. There was an extensive software library, according to the article.


  1. 1 Blip #5 (June, 1983): ‘Technology + Tradition = Summer Fun’ | 2 Warps to Neptune Trackback on May 6, 2014 at 2:06 pm

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