Bravo’s ‘Camp Getaway’: David Schreiber Dishes About Bouncing ‘Princesses of Long Island’ From Camp
Years ago, Bravo’s series, Princesses of Long Island was slated to arrive at Camp Getaway when Schreiber was a newly minted owner.
Schreiber offered details on the Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef podcast. He ultimately refused to allow the series to film at his camp and he turned the group away. But the encounter may have sparked the idea to film his own show.
The ‘Camp Getaway’ seed may have been planted years ago thanks to the ‘Princesses’
Schreiber discussed how the show was born, in part through his first taste of reality television immediately upon purchasing the camp. “My first year that I was at Getaway [in] 2012 when we first purchased Club Getaway, a producer approached me,” he recalls. “And they were doing this show, I think it was called the Long Island Princesses? I’m not exactly sure what the show was called.”
Princesses of Long Island was a one-season show on Bravo in 2013. “Princesses: Long Island documents the lives of six college-educated young women from affluent areas of ‘Longuyland’ who live pampered lifestyles in the comfort of their parents’ homes and at the expense of their bank accounts,” according to Bravo.
Schreiber says the cast was supposed to come to camp and film a segment. He says the previous owner was excited for Schreiber to have the opportunity. “The guy I bought the camp from was talking me into doing the show,” he says. “[He said] ‘Oh you should do the show, you should do this show!’ And it was just going to be a segment on the show.”
But Schreiber got a bad feeling about the whole encounter
He recalls the exchange he had with producers of the show and it made him uncomfortable. “The producers came up and here I am, newly running this camp,” he says. “These guys started, ‘You gotta do this! You gotta do this! This is what you need to do!'”
“And they gave me a list of what the girls wanted to do. And it was literally, we didn’t sign a business agreement and we haven’t done anything. It was literally like the girls were arriving up to camp within like an hour.”
Viewers have likely seen the party bus that transports the guests to the camp. Campers are typically pretty inebriated when they arrive so perhaps Schreiber realized this could be more than he could handle, especially since he was so new to the job.
As a result, Schreiber had to make an executive decision. “And I was like, ‘No!’ I hated these producers! You guys are like, excuse my language but are a**holes and bossing me around. They were telling me what to do, how to run my business. How to do everything. It was like, this has disaster written all over it. But, it definitely planted a seed in my mind.” He adds that for years he and his wife would laugh because they were actually living in a reality show.
Camp Getaway is on Bravo at 10/9c.