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"Pirate Camp" is a pirate-themed episode of The Backyardigans from the third season. It marked the only time in the show in which everybody appeared without Tyrone.



"Garage rock music blasts as Uniqua and Pablo go to Pirate Camp to train under Captain Austin. But what happens when the fearsome ghost Tasha captures the great pirate captain?"


Uniqua is in the backyard chanting pirate phrases. She tells the viewer she and Pablo will attend Pirate Camp today, a camp for wannabe pirates. She looks around for Pablo and finds him hiding behind the door of his house. Pablo is afraid to go and wants to stay, but Uniqua won't let him. She drags him out from behind the door and sings, "To Pirate Camp!" to cheer him up. The backyard transforms into a large dock. Next to the dock is a wooden pirate ship.

Uniqua and a shaking Pablo walk slowly toward the ship. They meet a brave Captain Austin, the camp counselor. Uniqua politely asks where the stairs aboard the ship are, and Austin laughs. He explains to Uniqua that stairs are unnecessary to board a pirate ship. Austin starts steering the pirate ship away from the dock, leaving Pablo and Uniqua behind. Pablo's frown turns into a smile as he tells Uniqua they can no longer attend the camp. He starts to head away from the ship.

Pablo is disappointed and tells Uniqua they will go to pirate camp no matter what, as uniqua have an idea. She jumps onto a wooden board on top of a barrel, forming a seesaw. Then there was trouble: this causes Pablo to bounce into the air and onto another seesaw. Uniqua uses this process to bounce herself and Pablo onto the pirate ship. Pablo lands on a treasure chest, causing it to open. He admires the sparkling red boot. Captain Austin shuts the chest and tells them that they must never touch the boot and that it belongs to the ghost of Captain Redboots. Austin explains that if the boot is touched, a mysterious force will pull the ship to Redboots' island and that the ghost there can turn people who tickle into other ghosts.

Captain Austin tells the two that they must have "pirattitude" to be real pirates. He sings the song "Ya Gotta Have Pirattitude." Then he begins the first lesson of pirattitude: learning to heave-ho. Austin tells Uniqua and Pablo that they need to raise the sail, but only by doing "heave-ho." Austin demonstrates by pulling the string that raises the sail and shouting, "Heave...ho!" several times. Uniqua and Pablo try, but then there was trouble: they accidentally fall down. They pulling the string, Pablo knocks onto the treasure chest again, causing it to open. He admires the red boot for a second time until Austin stops him.

Captain Austin tells his new students that the next step to being pirates is to swashbuckle. They all climb up to the top of the sail, and Austin demonstrates swashbuckling by removing his handkerchief and using it to slide down a rope. Uniqua looks down to find Pablo nervously clinging to the ship's mast so that he does not fall. Uniqua picks him up and shows him how to swashbuckle. Pablo goes first. Uniqua follows, but Pablo's slow speed causes the two to bump into each other and fall.

Pablo looks the treasure chest, but Austin is already there to stop Pablo. "Don't even think about it," he angrily instructs Pablo. He explains that they will learn to scalawag, the final step to being true pirates. They sing the song "Scalawag." Then there was trouble after singing the song, Austin trips and falls on the treasure chest again. It opens, revealing Austin's foot firmly in the red boot. A green light starts to make the boat sail to the island that Captain Redboots haunts.

When the boat arrives at the island, Austin disappears. Uniqua and Pablo explore the island, where there are many trees. They notice footprints and follow them until they come upon Captain Austin's pirate hat. They sing the song "Redboots" until the two find themselves in front of a cave. Uniqua and Pablo walk inside to find Austin being chased by a glowing, flying ghost. It's Captain Redboots.

Uniqua orders Pablo to distract the ghost while she removes Redboots' boot from Austin's foot. She also advises him to stop being scared and be brave like a pirate. Hearing her words, Pablo swallows his fear and agrees. Uniqua swashbuckles over to Austin, and Pablo runs to Redboots. Redboots runs after Pablo to tickle him. Pablo sings a reprise of "Scalawag" as a distraction. Pablo asks Redboots if she knows how to scalawag. She reveals that she can, and even shows Pablo some moves. Meanwhile, Uniqua is pulling forcefully at the boot while Austin pushes. Pablo ends the last verse of his song.

Redboots floats toward the trio as Uniqua finally pulls off the boot. The three wants to hold the boot, leading to pass-off. Pablo gives the boot to Redboots, she puts it on her foot, and the ghost begins to land, lose her glow, and change back into a normal hippo. Austin is surprised that she did not turn the three into ghosts. Redboots explains that she did not need to, as she wanted her boot back. A happy Austin officially makes Pablo and Uniqua pirates.

Redboots' stomach growls, and she reveals that being a ghost has made her hungry. Uniqua invites them all to her house for tuna melts. They all agree as the cave transforms back into the backyard and Redboots transforms back to Tasha. The four (except Tyrone) enter Uniqua's house. Uniqua and Pablo open the previously closed door and shout, "Arrr!"




  • This is the first (and only) episode:
    • Where everybody except Tyrone appears.
    • Where one of the main characters absent wasn't Tasha or Austin.
    • Where Tyrone never uses the line "That was a _ adventure" (Tasha uses it instead).
    • Where the episode differently features four main characters instead of 5.
    • Where Tasha and Austin appear in together with four characters.
    • This is the first and Only Uniqua hold Pablo's hand.
    • This is the first and Only Uniqua take Pablo to Pirate Camp.
  • It is also the second episode:
    • In the DVD or production where Tyrone doesn't appear.
    • Second out of 5 episodes where Pablo is seen without Tyrone.
  • There was a flash game based off of this episode entitled "Pirate Adventure".

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Backyardigans - 58 - Pirate Camp

"Me and My Friends" • Nick Digital pilot
"Pirate Treasure" • "The Heart of the Jungle" • "The Yeti" • "The Snow Fort" • "Secret Mission" • "It's Great to Be a Ghost!" • "Riding the Range" • "The Key to the Nile" • "Knights Are Brave and Strong" • "Viking Voyage" • "Castaways" • "Race to the Tower of Power" • "The Quest for the Flying Rock" • "Polka Palace Party" • "Surf's Up" • "Eureka!" • "Race Around the World" • "Monster Detectives" • "Cave Party" • "High Tea"
"Mission to Mars" • "Samurai Pie" • "Scared of You" • "Whodunit" • "The Legend of the Volcano Sisters" • "The Secret of Snow" • "The Swamp Creature" • "Horsing Around" • "Special Delivery" • "International Super Spy: Part 1" • "International Super Spy: Part 2" • "Movers of Arabia" • "Cops and Robots" • "Sinbad Sails Alone" • "Best Clowns in Town" • "Save the Day" • "Into the Deep" • "News Flash" • "Catch That Butterfly" • "A Giant Problem"
"Who Goes There?" • "Blazing Paddles" • "Garbage Trek" • "Fly Girl" • "What's Bugging You? " • "Chichen-Itza Pizza" • "To the Center of the Earth" • "Front Page News" • "Tale of the Mighty Knights: Part 1" • "Tale of the Mighty Knights: Part 2" • "Le Master of Disguise" • "Match on Mt. Olympus" • "The Great Dolphin Race" • "Caveman's Best Friend" • "Ranch Hands from Outer Space" • "Robin Hood the Clean" • "Escape from Fairytale Village" • "Pirate Camp" • "The Two Musketeers" • "The Masked Retriever"
"Robot Rampage: Part 1" • "Robot Rampage: Part 2" • "Catch that Train!" • "Attack of the 50 Foot Worman" • "Dragon Express" • "Flower Power" • "The Funnyman Boogeyman" • "Follow the Feather" • "Break Out!" • "The Action Elves Save Christmas Eve" • "Los Galacticos" • "For the Love of Socks!" • "The Flipper!" • "Elephant on the Run" • "The Magic Skateboard" • "Pablor and the Acorns" • "Super Team Awesome!" • "The Big Dipper Diner" • "The Amazing Splashinis" • "The Tale of the Not-So-Nice Dragon"