Sesame Street
Big Bird at camp, part 1
Air date November 22, 1982
(season premiere)
Season Season 14 (1982-1983)
Written by Norman Stiles
Production August 16-20, 1982 (remote)
October 7-8, 1982 (studio)
Sponsors D, 2
Syndication Sesame Street Unpaved
Releases Old School: Volume 3


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird greets the viewers and says that he is going to a place called Camp Echo Rock. Then, the entire cast sings "Big Bird's Going to Camp."
Animation Sand D/d
(First: Episode 0640)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie and Bert explore an Egyptian pyramid. Bert is excited, but Ernie is afraid. They see statues that look like them. Bert decides to explore a tunnel while Ernie looks at the statues, and then the Ernie statue starts tapping and talking to Ernie. But when Ernie calls Bert back to the room, the statue doesn't move. Ernie is scared until the statue starts singing Rubber Duckie with him. Bert doesn't believe Ernie, until he says "Bye-bye, statue," and the statue replies "Bye-bye!" and laughs... just like Ernie.
(First: Episode 1621)

Animation 2 farmers
(First: Episode 1599)
cut from the DVD version

SCENE 2 Big Bird is sad because he realizes that Snuffy isn't going to camp with him. The adults are sad too, because they are going to miss Big Bird. Big Bird suggests that maybe he shouldn't go, but they help him to feel better. He then returns to his nest and reassures Snuffy that it's okay to be sad... which is also a good reason for the both of them to cry together.
Cartoon Vaudeville duo Herman Happy and Stanley Sad sing a song about how they live up to their names. (applause added)
(First: Episode 0772)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets A baby Honker hatches from an egg and learns to honk like all the Honkers.
(First: Episode 1616)
Film Alone Song
(First: Episode 0921)
Geometry of Circles 2 - Seven Circles with Designs
Cartoon Geometry of Circles #2 "Seven Circles with Designs"
(First: Episode 1394)
cut from the Noggin version
SCENE 3 After they are finished crying, Big Bird and Snuffy play a guessing game to guess how Big Bird will get to camp.
SCENE 3, cont'd The bus arrives, and Big Bird meets his counselor Mickey, played by Giancarlo Esposito. Big Bird takes a long time to say goodbye, and the bus gets stuck.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Dressed Up."
(First: Episode 0302)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets Harry Belafonte and The Count sing "Coconut Counting Man."
(First: Episode 1692)
Cartoon Two giraffes (Swedish animation)
(First: Episode 1468)
cut from the DVD version
Film Sounds Around the House v1: a dripping water faucet, a man playing the violin, a woman vacuuming, a teenager listening to pop music, and a passing elevated train.
Cartoon Madrigal Alphabet
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0615)
SCENE 4 While Susan tightens the bus's muffler, Big Bird meets Rusty. Then, the bus is fixed and Big Bird waves goodbye to everyone.
Cartoon B ... US! We're on the bus!
(First: Episode 0785)
Film Bus trip around town (guitar soundtrack)
(First: Episode 0926)
Cartoon Small b is a boy with a belly who walks a small d, a dog with a belly turned around.
Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1186)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets Ernie & Bert — Ernie plays a game of tag with Bert, who is reading his book.
(First: Episode 1026)
Cartoon The Typewriter: D - Daisy
(EKA: Episode 0795)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Somebody Come and Play".
(First: Episode 0047)
cut from the Noggin version
SCENE 5 Big Bird, Rusty and the kids ride on the bus to Camp Echo Rock.
This scene is reused as the opening montage for the rest of the week.
Cartoon Toothpaste on Parade
(First: Episode 1446)
Muppets Two-Headed Monster shares a pillow.
(First: Episode 1669)
Cartoon Consonant Sound Limerick: D - Dog
(First: Episode 1149)
Song "Me and My Chair"
Pinball 02
Cartoon Pinball Number Count #2
Animation by Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0987)
Muppets In the woods, a nature-loving baritone (Jim Henson) sings "Ah, For the Joys of the Countryside" about how much he loves the country, without noticing that his surroundings are being converted into a city.
(First: Episode 1008)

SCENE 6 Big Bird arrives at Camp Echo Rock, meets the camp director Aunt May, played by Marilyn Sokol, and is assigned to Cabin 10. After everyone is introduced by Aunt May and doing the Echo Rock Handshake for the first time, they all go into their cabins to unpack. Aunt May announces the sponsors.

CLOSING SIGNS Grover holds up the Sesame Street sign, while the Count holds up the CTW sign at the end.


Picture Segment Description
3 mules
Cartoon Subtracting three mules
(First: Episode 0767)
This segment replaced the "Two Farmers" animation in the DVD version.
Cartoon Christopher Clumsy, to avoid falling into a hole, jumps over it... and lands in another hole and shouts "nobody told me there were two holes!"
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0439)
This segment replaced the "Two Giraffes" cartoon in the DVD version.


  • The week of "Camp Echo Rock" episodes were taped over a 6-day period in August 1982 at Bear Mountain in New York.[1]



  1. Children's Television Workshop. Quarterly Progress Report, July 30, 1982 to September 30, 1982.

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