Ernest Goes to Camp (film) Ernest P. Worrell, working as a handyman at a boys’ summer camp, aspires to be a counselor and is “rewarded” by being put in charge of a group of juvenile delinquents. After initial problems, highlighted by slapstick humor, Ernest and the boys gain some mutual respect and help save the camp from developers. Released on May 22, 1987. Directed by John R. Cherry III. A Touchstone film. 92 min. Stars Jim Varney (Ernest P. Worrell), Victoria Racimo (Nurse St. Cloud), John Vernon (Sherman Krader), Iron Eyes Cody (Old Indian Chief). Filmed in Nashville, Tennessee. Released on video in 1987.