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Camping It Up!
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: DP Battle Dimension Char. of the Day: Conway, Angie
Episode №: #554 Main: Ash, Dawn, Brock
Aired: JapanFlag August 7, 2008 Recurring: Jessie, James, Conway
UnitedStatesFlag January 3, 2009
Opening theme: We Will Be Heroes Minor: Angie, Professor Rowan, Yuzo, Kendall, Mitchell, Other Trainers
Badge(s): Coalbadge Forestbadge Cobblebadge Fenbadge Setting: Pokémon Summer Academy
Pokémon: Pikachu (Ash's), Meowth (Team Rocket), Piplup (Dawn's), Shinx (Angie's), Monferno (Trained by Angie; debut), Raichu (Trained by Ash), Grimer (Trained by Dawn), Magnemite (Trained by Brock), Venonat (Trained by Conway), Smoochum (Trained by Jessie), Makuhita (Trained by Kendall), Slakoth (Trained by Mitchell), Oddish, Drifloon, Dodrio, Bidoof, Wooper, Graveler, Loudred, Bagon, Scizor, Mightyena, Croconaw, Sandshrew, Rhyhorn, Linoone, Cherubi, Growlithe, Snorunt, Electrike, Nuzleaf, Rattata, Drowzee, Butterfree
Major event(s)
Ash, Dawn, Brock and Conway enroll in the Pokemon Summer Academy. Ash and co. meet Angie.
Pokémon: DP Battle Dimension


Ash and his friends are just in time for the Pokemon Summer Academy at Professor Rowan's research facility on Mt. Coronet, where young Trainers have gathered to make new friends and learn about Pokemon. Among the campers are Dawn's one-time tag partner, Conway, and Jessie--now Jessilinda--who's forgotten about Team Rocket's plan to steal the Academy's Pokemon. Each Trainer is assigned a team and a new Pokemon; Ash nearly gets into a fight over a Pokeball with Angie, another Trainer on Ash's Red Team, before ending up with a Raichu. Angie has a Monferno, Dawn gets a Grimer and Brock has a Magnemite. Angie's Monferno is out of control and Ash's Raichu is too shy, but tomorrow Professor Rowan will judge how well everyone has done with their Pokemon!

When they're not busy getting on each other's nerves, Ash and Angie are busy falling asleep in class. But after a full day of excitment, bedtime finally rolls around. Everyone is still wide-awake, so Angie plays cards with Ash and his friends until Professor Rowan's assistant, Yuzo, angrily enforces the lights-out rule. The next day, Ash works to build up his Raichu's confidence and Angie challenges her Monferno to let out all its aggression. Pokemon and Trainer are finally bonding, just in time for the day's battles!

Brock is up against Jessie and her Smoochum, but Smoochum is so cute that Jessie cuddles her Pokemon and forfeits the battle. Dawn's Grimer faces Conway's Venonat, then Ash's Raichu and Angie's Monferno take each other on in a match that perfectly demonstrates their Trainers' attack-oriented styles. At the end of it all, Dawn gets an award for bonding with her Pokemon, but the Red Team--including Ash, Angie, Brock and Dawn--is currently last in overall points, thanks to Ash and Angie's behavior the previous day. Conway's Blue Team is first in the points, but it's not over yet. There are still more Pokemon Summer Academy adventures ahead!





  • This is the first episode of the four-part Pokémon Summer Academy arc.
  • Summer Vacation Fan Club is used as background music.
  • In past episodes Jessie wanted to have her own Smoochum. In this episode, she gets to train one.
  • None of James's Pokémon appear throughout the Summer Academy arc.
  • Team Rocket doesn't appear in their standard uniforms throughout the Summer Academy arc.
    • They also don't blast off or recite their motto during the entire arc.
  • The three teams' names come from the first Pokémon games Red, Green, and Blue.


  • When Dawn first sent out Grimer her Piplup was not on her head. After Grimer was sent out, Piplup was back on her head.


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