- “Dear Mom, I no longer fear hell, because I've been to Kamp Krusty. Our nature hikes have become grim death marches. Our arts and crafts center is, in actuality, a Dickensian workhouse. Bart makes it through the day relying to his unwavering belief that Krusty the Clown will come through, but I am far more pessimistic. I am not sure if this letter will reach you, as the normal lines of communication have been cut. Now my efforts of writing has made me light-headed, so I close by saying: Save us! Save us now! Bart and Lisa.”
- ―Lisa Simpson, describing the conditions of the camp
Kamp Krusty is a summer camp for kids.
Kamp Krusty is a very bad, low-budget camp. Every kid thought that it was going to be fun through a false advertising campaign that claimed it was "The Krustiest Place On Earth" (a parody of the Ringling Bros. "Greatest Show On Earth"), but in actuality, it was a complete nightmare for them. Krusty never showed up, they were forced to eat gruel, and the overweight kids were locked in an institution for weight loss where they were denied any food and put under the control of a gunny, forced to stay in drafty run down cabins with no sheets, heating or ways to stay warm. The camp counselors were Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney, who relentlessly bullied them during the time. Parcels from home, including those containing medicine, were withheld from them (all of which is illegal). The head of the camp, Mr. Black, was an evil man who deliberately set up the camp to break their spirits. Krusty himself was not the actual creator of the camp until the kids had overthrown the adults and teens, and it was implied that he was bribed to put his name on it, something he later regrets.
During this time Lisa tried to contact her parents to tell them the horrors of the camp but was ignored. Whether this was because they thought she was just home sick or like the other parents were too relaxed and happy their kids were gone for the summer to really care is unknown but it is likely a combination of both.
Eventually, in an attempt to placate the kids, Mr. Black hired Barney Gumble, had him wear a clown suit, and attempted to pass him off as Krusty the Clown. The kids were suspicious, and Bart immediately saw this "Krusty" for what he was, even before Barney broke what little illusion there was, if there ever was, by claiming he was, indeed, "Krunchy the Clown" and burping. This resulted in Bart rallying the other kids in rebellion, forcing the camp counsel to retreat.
During the time their kids were away the parents did enjoy themselves, many couples being more romantic with reach other than the kids would normally allow if they were there. Homer was even able to grow new hair and lost weight.....which immediately fell out and was regained upon seeing Bart as the leader of the child seized camp.
The camp reappears in Season 28, episode Kamp Krustier, a sequel to Kamp Krusty. The episode reimagines the kids' revolt to be far more destructive than in the original episode (the bully’s join the revolt in this case) It is also implied that the kid of the Johnson family had either died or gone MIA by the time Krusty returned them home, as Krusty, upon arriving with the children, said all of their families children were back except for the Johnsons', and stated he needed to speak to that family privately in a nervous tone. Bart and Lisa later return to the camp seeking closure for a traumatic memory of theirs, and discovered that in the absence, the camp had been rebuilt into an adult retreat known as Klub Krusty.
The Simpsons: Hit and Run
In the video game The Simpsons: Hit and Run, on the Squidport levels there, Kamp Krusty can be found. It is located near the Springfield Dam, and an under-construction bridge. Several gags, collectibles and wasp cameras can be found. The well serves as a secret on-foot route to the bottom of the mountain. In level 3, Otto will sell the school bus to the player there.
- In the episode, Kamp Krusty is a vast place with a number of buildings and nature areas. However, in the game, it is extremely small, with no nature areas whatsoever, and very few buildings.
- In real life, Kamp Krusty would have gotten sued by the camper's parents (if they found out) and also shut down for all of the illegal activity.
- When the kids are on their way to Kamp Krusty, the bridge leading to the camp collapses just after the bus drives across it. Later, when Krusty takes the kids to Tijuana, he takes them in the bus. How they crossed the gap is unspecified, but it could be assumed Krusty bought a pontoon or some sort of makeshift bridge.
- Mr. Black suggests that Kamp Krusty was an abandoned mule tannery prior to being a summer camp.
- Martin Prince is seen in the overweight institute, along with his friends.
- It is unknown how Krusty wasn't arrested due to the fact that the camp counselors were underfeeding the children, the sale of counterfeit items, numerous child laborers, and over a dozen other felonies, including federal violations (this could be because he wasn’t really responsible for it).
- The illegal activity included: Child cruelty, use of dangerous equipment, slave labour, burning tyres, use of dangerous and run down buildings and furniture, not using proper linen, failure to provide medication or first aid, harassment, not serving proper food or drink, false advertising, treating campers unfairly, and some others.