Salute Your Shorts

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Salute Your Shorts
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Created bySteve Slavkin
Narrated byJordan G. Smith
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Propaganda Films[1]
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkNickelodeon
Original releaseJune 1, 1991 (1991-06-01) –
June 29, 1992 (1992-06-29)
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Salute Your Shorts is an American comedy television series that aired on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 1992. It was based on the 1986 book Salute Your Shorts: Life at Summer Camp by Steve Slavkin and Thomas Hill.

The series is set at the fictional summer camp, Camp Anawanna. It focuses on teenage campers, their strict and bossy counselor, and the various capers and jocularities they engage in. It was primarily filmed at Franklin Canyon Park and the Griffith Park Boys Camp within Griffith Park in Los Angeles.

The title comes from a common prank campers play on each other: a group of children steal a boy's boxer shorts and raise them up a flagpole. Hence, when people see them waving like a flag, other children would salute them as part of the prank.


  • Kirk Baily as Kevin "Ug" Lee, first in rank of the camp counselors
  • Megan Berwick as Z.Z. Ziff
  • Michael Bower as Eddie "Donkeylips" C. Gelfen
  • Venus DeMilo as Telly Radford
  • Trevor Eyster (credited as Tim Eyster) as Eugene "Sponge" Harris
  • Heidi Lucas as Dina Alexander
  • Erik MacArthur as Michael Stein (season 1)
  • Blake Soper as Ronald "Ronnie" Foster Pinsky (season 2)
  • Danny Cooksey as Robert "Bobby" Budnick
  • Steve Slavkin as Dr. Kahn, the unseen camp director


Salute Your Shorts was a relatively unique show for Nickelodeon at the time, as most of its scenes were shot on location. As Camp Anawanna was mostly fictional, producers filmed the show at several locations around the Los Angeles area.[citation needed] Scenes involving camp activities, such as baseball and basketball, were shot on location at the Griffith Park Boys Camp within Griffith Park. The lake that was frequently seen on the show was located at the William O. Douglas Outdoor Classroom in Franklin Canyon Park, interiors were shot on sets.[citation needed]

The series was not renewed for a third season due to the cast members not wanting to relocate to Orlando (the site of Nickelodeon Studios) in order to have the show continue.[2]


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Pilot1October 1990
113June 1, 1991 (1991-06-01)July 1, 1991 (1991-07-01)
213June 1, 1992 (1992-06-01)June 29, 1992 (1992-06-29)

The pilot for the series aired as a special on Nickelodeon in October 1990.[3][4] After the pilot episode was picked up to series, all of the actors had to re-audition for their roles.[5]


The series was the second highest rated cable TV series in kids 6–11 during its second season.[6] Despite having not aired new episodes in four years, Salute Your Shorts was among the top 15 highest-rated, regularly scheduled basic-cable series in 1996 according to Variety.[7]


In March 2010, six episodes from season two became available for purchase on iTunes,, and Zune marketplace. In August 2010, six episodes from season one became available for purchase on each place. Six episodes are also available on Media Go. As of May of 2018 when shut down their website in favor of social-media posts only, the series was the #1 voted show which had yet to see a physical release of a full season in all of television.

Salute Your Shorts has appeared frequently on The Splat, formerly The 90's Are All That a 1990s oriented program block on TeenNick. Because of the series' relatively short run, the series does not have a permanent time slot, but it has won several U-Picks and has also appeared in holiday blocks.


Many of the original cast and crew reunited in September 2012 for a panel at the Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles.[8] Megan Berwick could not attend, but she sent a video message for the attendees. Heidi Lucas did not attend, and her absence was unexplained.

Another reunion occurred in 2015 with most of the cast, including Heidi Lucas, attending Portland’s Everything Is Festival. Danny Cooksey did not attend as he was recording an album with country and western band Shelter Dogs. Blake Sennett declined to attend.[9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The series was also ACE Award-nominated.[6]


  1. ^ "Nickelodeon". Variety. May 6, 1991. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  2. ^ "Everything You May Not Have Known About Salute Your Shorts". E! Online. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  3. ^ King, Susan (June 16, 1991). "Summer Sights". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  4. ^ Lipton, Lauren (July 7, 1991). "Camp out with Nick as 'Salute Your Shorts' returns as weekend series". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  5. ^ Greene, James. "Michael Ray Bower". Ink 19. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
  6. ^ a b King, Susan; Mendoza, Nadine (June 21, 1992). "Camp out for 7 hours with Nickelodeon's 'Salute Your Shorts'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  7. ^ Richmond, Ray (January 19, 1997). "Numbers game puts Nick way out front". Variety. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  8. ^ ""Salute Your Shorts" Reunion". waldenponders.
  9. ^ Connolly, Kelly (June 1, 2015). "Salute Your Shorts cast reunites—and Donkeylips sings the theme song". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  10. ^ "Fourteenth Annual Youth in Film Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved 2014-06-28.

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