The gang finds out that Michael had to leave camp because he has the chickenpox. Into his place in Bunk 13 comes a new kid, Ronnie Pinskey. Ug then places the bunk under quarentine because they were all exposed to Michael's chicken pox.
It's backwards weekend, and the campers have elected Budnick to be the weekend counselor, while Ug had to be a camper. At first, Budnick lets the campers do whatever they want, but then is forced to punish them to restore order. This upsets the campers and they all, including Ug, pull pranks on him to get revenge. Meanwhile, Z.Z. and Dina are fighting over a frog that could win a jumping contest, and its owner a night in town.
Telly, tired of losing to another boy at tennis, thnks she needs a new metal raquet to beat him, instead of her old wooden one. Budnick gives her a metal raquet, in return for a favor, to be named in the future. But Telly begins to get nervous as Budnick acts as bookie, taking bets on her upcoming match.
Dina promises everyone that she will get Jamie Mallet Jr., a huge rock star, to perform at the camp dance. She finds out that Jamie is staying at a nearby camp to relax and get some rest from the celebrity lifestyle. Dina tricks him into thinking the camp he is at is too dangerous and to come and relax at Camp Anawanna. When he arrives, he is overrun by fans. Dina then gets angry when Jamie spends most of his time hanging out with Pinskey instead of her, because Pinskey isn't treating him like a celebrity. As revenge, she spreads lies about Jamie through the camp.
The girls decide that they want to be away from each other, so they ask Ug to change the bunk assignments. Meanwhile, the boys find a buffalo skull in a cave near camp. After they bring it back bad things start to happen and Ug orders them to bring good luck back to camp by returning the skull. Budnick decides to start a "caveman club" for the boys. The girls decide to steal the skull from them and get caught in the cave during a storm.
Dina is describing to the other girls what her perfect boyfriend would be like. She then realizes that Budnick matches all of her criteria, and she falls in love with him. Budnick, after resisting for a while, decides to return the feelings and falls in love with her.
Dina decides that she doesn't love Budnick after all, but Budnick still loves her. As a way to get him to stop following her, she tries to make him change his regular habits. But he doesn't really see what's going on until she decides to cut his hair.
After sleeping through the camp's Club Choice Day, Pinskey ends up in Sponge's computer club. He then decides to use the camp's outside modem line to make long distance phone calls. Sponge gets blamed for all the calls. To try to make it up to him, Pinskey invites Sponge on a date with him and two girls from another camp.
Pinskey and Sponge start a camp newspaper. While Sponge is writing actual news stories, Pinskey starts a gossip column, which soon becomes very popular. When he writes that Telly may have cheated at a recent sports event, it starts to get everyone into trouble.
Donkeylips wants to play on the offensive side of the camp's Capture the Flag team, but even though he knows the strategy, he is put on defense because he is so slow. But when the offensive crew is captured by the enemy, it is up to Donkeylips to lead the defense team to save the day.
Mona Tibbs, the mail lady, has joined the park service to be closer to Ug. He thinks this is good because she will go easy on the camp when she comes to inspect it. Instead, she nitpicks every little thing and reports the camp for several infractions. The campers decide to make it worse by pointing out more flaws, hoping to be put in a hotel while the camp is fixed if it is shut down. They find out, however, that they would be transferred to other camps. They quickly set out to clean up camp and help Mona and Ug patch things up.
Ellen, Dr. Kahn's niece, comes to visit camp, and Ug orders the campers to treat her like royalty. She is a real brat and the gang is ready to use vigilante justice on her, but Ug, though he is also bothered by Ellen, stops them because he is trying to gat a raise. The gang decides to try the silent treatment, which sends Ellen over the edge. In the end, the gang gets the ultimate revenge, and Ug gets his raise for teaching Ellen a lesson.
The campers start a birdhouse company for career day. Dina is appointed leader and Donkeylips is put in charge of production. After seeing how the others are being lazy, Donkeylips and his workers go on strike. Meanwhile, Ug and Sponge search for items to put in the Camp Anawanna time capsule.