Nearly every summer, Calvin and his family go camping. They are all forced by Calvin's father to go on the trip, no matter how much they try to avoid it.

On such camping strips, something bad often happens, such as a rainstorm occurring or Calvin's dad losing his glasses. But Calvin's dad insists that it builds character and continues to bring the family along every year.

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Calvin and his parents have a bad day.

Calvin once nicknamed the island,"Itchy Island, Home of the Radioactive Mosquitoes."

Bill Watterson acknowledged that the camping strips were replacements for Calvin's short-lived Cub Scout strips.

"It'll build character!"
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