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The Camping Episode

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The Camping Episode
Season №: 3
Episode №: 57b
Airdate: April 3, 2004
Sister episode(s): "Krabby Land"
Writer(s): Jay Lender
Sam Henderson
Merriwether Williams
Storyboard Artist(s): Caleb Meurer
Storyboard: Jay Lender
Dan Povenmire
Animation: Sean Dempsey
Creative: Derek Drymon
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Previous: "Krabby Land"
Next: "Missing Identity"
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"The Camping Episode" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season three. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick go camping on SpongeBob's front lawn, to Squidward's dismay.



Squidward looks forward to a weekend of peace and quiet when SpongeBob and Patrick decide to go camping. However, he is extremely exasperated and disappointed to learn that they are camping in SpongeBob's front yard, right outside his window.

Squidward confronts them and tells them that they can't be "camping" if they're ten feet away from SpongeBob's house, and decides to join them in their "camping," after getting the impression that the gang think Squidward to
The camping episode

Squidward camping with SpongeBob and Patrick.

be not manly or qualified enough to camp. After he is unable to set up his automated tent, he decides to sleep under the stars.

The gang begin roasting marshmallows while Squidward goes to his house to get his can opener. However, they stop him from doing so, saying that it "just doesn't seem to fit the camping spirit." So Squidward decides to eat the marshmallows, but Patrick repeatedly blows on his burned ones, sending them flying into Squidward's face. SpongeBob then plays the "Campfire Song Song." Squidward dislikes it, and begins playing "Kumbaya" very badly on his clarinet, and SpongeBob stops him by shooting a marshmallow through his clarinet and into his windpipe, causing him to choke.

After Squidward recovers and yells at them, SpongeBob claims that it's not safe to play the clarinet outside at night, and then begins talking with Patrick about sea-bears and the things that attract them. Squidward attempts to disprove their existence by doing all the things that supposedly would attract a sea-bear, such as eating cheese cubes, wearing hoop skirts, waving flashlights, wearing clown shoes, etc.

Sure enough, a sea-bear soon appears and begins mauling Squidward. SpongeBob and Patrick draw an "anti sea-bear circle" in the dirt, of which Squidward is also skeptical. After being attacked for the sixth time, Squidward leaps into the anti-sea bear circle. When the sea-bear leaves, SpongeBob mentions the sea-rhinoceros. Squidward fearfully asks what attracts them, and Patrick replies "The sound of a sea-bear attack". A sea-rhinoceros then appears and grunts at Squidward, and SpongeBob says: "Good thing we're all wearing our anti-sea-rhinoceros undergarments," except for Squidward didn't have a pair on.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Tom Fool - Van Phillips [title card]
  Lonely Heart's Club (a) - David Bell, Otto Sieben [SpongeBob and Patrick camping ten feet from SpongeBob's house]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [Squidward joins them]
  Andy Anorak - Chris Marshall [roasting marshmallows]
  The Campfire Song Song - Dan Povenmire, Jay Lender
  Kumbayah - Brad Carow [Squidward playing clarinet]
  Dramatic Cue (b) - Ronald Hanmer ["Oh, no! I'll save you, Squidward!"]
  House of Horror (1) - W. Merrick Farran [SpongeBob warns Squidward about sea bears]
  House of Horror (2) - W. Merrick Farran [SpongeBob and Patrick tell Squidward what attracts sea bears.]
  Co Co Baby (a) - Gil Flat [Squidward doing everything that attracts sea bears]
  Dangerous C - Mladen Franko [sea bear attacks Squidward multiple times]
  Dangerous A - Mladen Franko [sea bear growls at Squidward]
  Hula Festival - George Elliott [ending]


  • This episode is #4 on Tom Kenny's Top 20 on iTunes. His description says:

"I always laugh even though I know the sea bear attacks are coming. By the way, SpongeBob singing the ever-accelerating verses of 'The Campfire S.O.N.G Song' isn't artificially sped up. People always ask about that."



  • This episode was originally going to be called "Squid Gets Mauled," but was then changed to "The Camping Episode," most likely because the original title of the episode was deemed too violent and unfriendly for kids.
  • In the early days of the airing, this episode would be paired before "Krabby Land," but was paired two months later.
  • This is the second episode Patrick is left-handed. When he is writing down how to set up a tent he is writing with his left hand, but in other episodes he is right-handed. The first episode to show Patrick as a lefty is "Jellyfishing." This means that he could possibly be ambidextrous.
  • In the episode "Idiot Box," Squidward finds the same sombrero when he looks for a box and says: "Why haven't I worn this yet?"
  • Things Squidward did that attracted the sea bear:
    • Play the clarinet badly
    • Wave a flashlight back and forth really fast (Patrick says flashlights are a sea bear's natural prey)
    • Stomp on the ground (SpongeBob says sea bears take that as a challenge)
    • Eat cubed cheese
    • Wear a sombrero in a goofy fashion (When the sea bear came, he turned the sombrero upside-down)
    • Wear a hoop skirt
    • Wear clown shoes
    • Screech like a chimpanzee (Judging by the amount of times SpongeBob and Patrick say never, this is a very big attractor)
  • The "Campfire Song Song" is heard in the Family Guy episode "Road to Rupert," which was also directed by Dan Povenmire, in which Peter Griffin watches the episode's scene were SpongeBob and Patrick sing the song.
  • This episode and "Krabby Land" were the last episodes where the closed captions appear before the lines are actually said.
  • Like the episodes "The Great Snail Race," "Snowball Effect," "Procrastination," "The Fry Cook Games," "Life of Crime," and "Ugh," fire is able to exist underwater.
  • Squidward imitated SpongeBob too, later in "Sponge-Cano!"
  • Running Gag: Rhe sea bear mauling Squidward.
  • The drawing of SpongeBob and Patrick on the calendar shows pine trees, but it is impossible since they do not inhabit the ocean. There was support that pine trees can't exist underwater but, not without air in "I Had an Accident." Forests under the seas were kelp as proven in several episodes such as "Club SpongeBob."
  • On the contrary, there have been several episodes where forests of pine trees were visible, such as "To Save a Squirrel" and "Bummer Vacation."
  • The Campfire Song Song is mentioned again in "Frozen Face-Off" and Squidward acts annoyed.
  • The drawing of anti-sea bear circle, which is a perfect circle that Squidward can't draw as SpongeBob mentioned, is similar to that on "Artist Unknown."
  • There is a game based on the Sea Bear attack called "Camping Chaos!"
  • In the Indonesian version, on the line where SpongeBob asked Squidward about can openers, it's instead turned into asking him about sea bears.
    • Also, usually the Campfire Song Song is cut in Indonesia (Due to time constraints).
  • This episode is considered to be one of the best episodes, due to the sea bear attacks and the Campfire Song Song.
  • The part where SpongeBob says "I met this guy who knew this guy..." has became a very poplular internet meme. Some videos even have SpongeBob saying it for 10 hours.
    • In Indonesia, instead of saying "I met this guy who knew this guy..." SpongeBob says "I met this guy who knew his cousin..."
  • This episode premiered on Alec Baldwin's 46th birthday, Alton Brown's 42nd birthday, and Sebastian Bach's 36th birthday.
  • Tom Kenny revealed he sang the Campfire Song Song very speedily during recording; When SpongeBob sings fast, it was purely Tom Kenny, it was not edited to be fast.

Cultural references

  • The article I married a sea bear is a reference to the film "I Married a Monster from Outer Space."
  • "The Bikini Bottom Inquirer" is a reference to "The National Inquirer," a tabloid newspaper notorious for printing exaggerated or outright false stories.
  • Patrick playing Tic-Tac-Toe on his clipboard may be a reference to an old Rugrats episode ("Momma Trauma") where the psychiatrist played Tic-Tac-Toe on his clipboard and all he said was, "I see."
  • SpongeBob and Patrick smashing a guitar and some drums are probably a reference to Peter Townshend (guitar) and Keith Moon (drums) of the Who, who would destroy their respective musical instruments at the end of every live set.
  • Patrick's line "It may be stupid! But it's also dumb!" may be a reference to Fonzie's quote from Happy Days, "Stupid? Yes. Also dumb."


  • When Squidward was doing stuff SpongeBob told him not to do, he was not playing the clarinet again, like he did before this scene. However, he was screaming like a chimpanzee, which was a no-go that SpongeBob and Patrick stressed more than the others, so Squidward was probably trying to do something that would be more likely to attract the sea bear (even though he did not believe it existed) to prove them wrong.
  • When Squidward looks at his cup of tea while in bed, the wrinkles on his forehead are gone, but when Squidward looks at his book, his wrinkles on his forehead appear, but when he imitates SpongeBob's laugh, his wrinkles on his forehead are gone again.
  • After SpongeBob and Patrick "force" Squidward to come camping, Squidward changes (from pajamas to a shirt) (he could have changed while packing) and packs instantly. When he sets his backpack down and pulls out his tent, the screen changes to only Squidward's face. When it shows the ground by his feet again; his backpack is gone.
  • When SpongeBob starts the song, he is sitting on a log. When he sits back down; the log is gone.
  • Despite claiming he had "done everything to set a sea-bear off," Squidward had never eaten the cubed-cheese as he was supposed to. It is possible, however, he ate it off-screen when the screen was focused on only SpongeBob and Patrick when they were freaked out that a Sea bear will come and when they drew the circle into the dirt.
  • When the Sea Rhinoceros snorts, one of the bubble groups stops in mid air.
  • When Squidward tries to set up his tent, he rips it. After the tent is put up; the rip is gone.
  • When SpongeBob said: "Nope! We got something even better!," Patrick and the tent were next to SpongeBob. But when SpongeBob pulled out the marshmallows, they were gone.
  • After Squidward shows up with a sombrero, a hoop skirt, clown shoes, a flashlight, and a plate of cubed cheese, he walks up to SpongeBob and Patrick, when the flashlight and cheese are gone.
  • The last time Patrick blows his marshmallow, he did not put it in the fire.
  • The song Squidward tries to play on his clarinet is "Kumbayah," but the captions say that he was playing "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore."
  • When the sea bear attacks Squidward for the first time, he is shown with bandages on his arms and legs. In the next scene, they disappear, only showing an arm cast. In the end, they reappear.
  • The marshmallow cannot go through the clarinet that easily because the rear end is smaller than the marshmallow itself.
  • When Squidward attempts to organize his tent, SpongeBob is on the left observing him via binoculars while Patrick (even donning a pair of eyeglasses) writes how to set up a tent down. But when the two are clapping, they switch sides.

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