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Bug Juice
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Created by Douglas Ross
J. Rupert Thompson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 60 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Douglas Ross
Greg Stewart
J. Rupert Thompson
Producer(s) Laura Z. Thompson
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Evolution Film & Tape
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Release
Original network Disney Channel
Original release February 28, 1998 (1998-02-28) – October 15, 2001 (2001-10-15)
Chronology
Followed by Bug Juice: My Adventures at Camp (2018)

Bug Juice is a Disney Channel reality series that premiered on February 28, 1998. The series focuses around 20 kids and their experiences at summer camp. Together, the kids work hard to excel in their activities and become friends. The phrase bug juice is a camping slang term for a very sweet juice drink made from powdered mixes, such as Kool-Aid, which are often served at summer camps.

On August 4, 2017, Disney Channel announced a revival series based on the original, titled Bug Juice: My Adventures at Camp, which premiered on July 16, 2018.

Overview

Season 1

The first season takes place in Waterford, Maine, at Camp Waziyatah, which has been in operation since 1922. The camp is broken down into two sessions. Each session is four weeks. Season 1 premiered on February 28, 1998.

  • Camp Counselors: Peanut, Rhett Bachner (Grove 4), Morgan Will (Grove 4), Luna Hammond (Hill 4), Annie (Hill 4), Gregory Weiss is the Candyman.
  • Grove 4 (Session 1): Andrew Johnson, Asa Korsen, Connor Shaw, Everett Boyle, Andy White, Hassan A. Omar, Jon Adler, Jason Wool, Malik Sollas
  • Grove 4 (Session 2): Andrew Johnson, Asa Korsen, Hassan A Omar, Jon Adler, Malik Sollas, Max Brallier, Andy Freed, Justin Simon, Patrick Milhaupt
  • Hill 4 (Session 1): Alison Harding, Caitlin Welby, Lauren Plumley, Martha, Mary Elizabeth Bradley, Megan Tarr, Sarai Abdullah Fife, LaKisha Barksdale, Jenny, Stephanie Etkin
  • Hill 4 (Session 2): Caitlin Welby, Sarai Abdullah Fife, LaKisha Barksdale, Stephanie Etkin, Annie Friedman, Cammie Delany, Sarah Ceglarski, Molly McGuinness, Anna Korsen

Season 2

Season 2 takes place in Horse Shoe, North Carolina, at Camp Highlander. The camp is broken down into three sessions. It premiered on March 5, 2000.

Male counselors for Cabin 28 are Andrew Cohen and Andrew Foti. Female counselors for Cabin 6 are Amanda Peryln, Nikki K, Tiffany Lydon, and Ali Baske.

Female campers in Session A include Libby, Maryanne, Sarah, Jenny, Alex, Simana, Annette, Nikki, Samantha, and Michaela. In Session B, Annette and Samantha are joined by Hilary, Michelle, Kelly, Kim, Jennifer, Michelle, Baylor, and Jessica. In Session C, Kim, Jennifer, Baylor, and Jessica are joined by Jess, Gaby, Dalit, Danielle, Alanna, and Jasmyne.

Male campers in Session A include Steven, Kevin, Sam, Alvan, Jared, Austin, Ricky, Brendan, Alex, Chasen. In Session B, Steven, Alvan, Ricky, and Chasen are joined by Josh, Stefan, Hunter, Farb, Tyler, and Conor. In Session C, Steven, Ricky, Josh, Hunter, and Farb are joined by Michael, Marcellus, Brandon, Brendan, and Kevin.

Season 3

Season three takes place in Tererro, New Mexico, at Brush Ranch Camp. The camp is broken down into two four-week sessions. The season began airing on June 3, 2001.

Male campers in Rustlers include JJ (aka Shade), Lee, Alex Hurlbutt, Brendon, Josh, Bryan, Todd, Houston, Alex J., and Jordan in Session 1. Session 2 includes Jake, Aaron, Brendon, Sam, Bryan, Terrance, Will, Mike, Josh, and Carl.

Female campers in Indian Creek include Eve La Fountain, Jen, Hallie, Reid, Kelly, Amanda Bustamante, Ali C., Kristen, Megan, and Ali B. in Session 1. Session 2 includes Alana, Carrie, Hallie, Alex, Kelly, Amanda Bustamante, Leela, Sarah, Megan, Ellie, and Kiersten.

Episodes

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 20 February 28, 1998 (1998-02-28) 1998 (1998)
2 20 March 5, 2000 (2000-03-05) July 16, 2000 (2000-07-16)
3 20 June 3, 2001 (2001-06-03) October 15, 2001 (2001-10-15)

Season 1 (1998)

  1. "Camp Waziyatah" (February 28, 1998)
  2. "Getting to Know You" (February 28, 1998)
  3. "To Clique...or Not to Clique"
  4. "Adventure Bound: Bushwack"
  5. "Molecules Colliding"
  6. "Boys-to-Men Talent Show"
  7. "Unity Campfire"
  8. "Aftershocks"
  9. "No Pain, No Gain"
  10. "Nice Guys Finish Last"
  11. "Goodbye, Session One"
  12. "Ch, Ch, Changes"
  13. "Session 2"
  14. "Turn, Turn, Turn"
  15. "When the Boys Go Away, Girls Will Play"
  16. "We Shall Overcome"
  17. "Flirting with Disaster: Co-Ed Canoe Trip"
  18. "The Last Hurrah"
  19. "So Long, Farewell"
  20. "Scrapbook"

Season 2 (2000)

  1. "Your Adventure Starts Here" (March 5, 2000)
  2. "You Never Know Until You Try"
  3. "Odd Man Out"
  4. "You Get What You Give"
  5. "Brits, Frights and Videotape"
  6. "Old Friends and New Friends"
  7. "I'm Gonna Walk Those Fears Right Outta My head"
  8. "First Farewells"
  9. "Bring on the New Recruits"
  10. "The Dance of Love"
  11. "Climbing Toward Acceptance"
  12. "Outside Looking In"
  13. "You Don't Have to Be a Star to Shine"
  14. "July Goodbye"
  15. "New Kids on the Bus"
  16. "Discovering Your Inner Camper"
  17. "Countdown Begins"
  18. "War Breaks at Highlander"
  19. "And the Winner Is..."
  20. "Goodbye, Highlander" (July 16, 2000)

Season 3 (2001)

1. "Welcome to Brush Ranch Camp" (June 3, 2001)
2. "It's Bedtime"
3. "Sorry"
4. "JJ's Revenge"
5. "Let's Eat"
6. "Choices and Consequences"
7. "Bad Thing"
8. "It's Hot"
9. "Let's Read"
10. "No More Bug Juice"
11. "DJ Shade Saves the Dance"
12. "It's Rock N' Roll Time"
13. "Saves The Princess"
14. "I Give Up"
15. "Airplanes"
16. "Singing"
17. "Valentines Day
18. "Monkey See Monkey Do"
19. "Gettin' Dirty"
20. "End of Brush Ranch" (October 15, 2001)

Broadcast

The show premiered on Disney Channel in 1998, and ran for three seasons ending in 2001. Bug Juice was subsequently pulled from the schedule and was not aired again until the summer of 2004, during which episodes from the first season ran nightly in chronological order. The last episode of Bug Juice aired August 20, 2004, and it has not been shown since.

During the summer of 2006, Disney began posting mini episodes on its website, encouraging viewers of the Disney Channel to log on and view 5-minute short clips from episodes of the first season.

Bug Juice was also broadcast in the UK on Channel 4's The Bigger Breakfast.

Revival

On August 4, 2017, Disney Channel announced that they would revive the series. The first season of the revival will take place at Camp Waziyatah, the same location of the first season of the original series. The new series, given the title Bug Juice: My Adventures at Camp, premiered on July 16, 2018.

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