So, Summer Camp for Adults Is a Thing – Would You Go?

Photo of Elizabeth Nicholas
17 December 2017

Whether you loved or loathed summer camp as a child, a new raft of camps for adults are putting a few twists on the classic camp experience that may have you ready to pack your bags.

Camp No Counselors is one such option. With a range of campsites throughout North America, Camp No Counselors is one of the more convenient choices. You can expect to share a cabin—and to sleep in a bunk bed, of course. Activities vary depending on the location, but you can expect the likes of wakeboarding, sailing, friendship bracelet weaving, tug of war, capture the flag, and a talent show. The best part? An open bar served almost continually over the course of your stay, with mimosas and bloody marys at breakfast, wine and beer during lunch, and wine, beer, and liquor from happy hour onwards. DJs and costume parties at night round out the experience.

For a slightly more sophisticated spin on the experience, consider Club Getaway, nestled in the Berkshire Mountains near Kent, Connecticut. While you’ll technically still be staying in a cabin, these cabins come equipped with air conditioning, private bathrooms, and even daily housekeeping. Dining options are more oysters than chips, more wine than beer. An entire adventure sports division includes zip lines, rock walls, mountain biking, and bungee trampolines, and yoga, massage, wine tasting, burlesque classes, and mixology are also offered.

Camp fires are still a staple at adult summer camp | © VasenkaPhotography / Flickr

Anyone looking for their summer camp to offer a side of spiritual growth should consider Soul Camp, which is held in both New York and California. Campers engage in a range of spiritually-charged activities, including kundalini yoga, oneness meditation, dreamcatcher making, horseback riding, and learning about essential oils. Wellness experts and spiritual leaders come to speak, and there are fear burnings along with late night discos and talent shows. These camps are alcohol-free.

Adult summer camp encourages campers to commune with nature | © TC Photography/Flickr

And finally, those in need of a serious digital detox should consider the aptly-named Camp Grounded, in Mendocino, California. iPhones are checked at the door, and campers are not allowed to ask about each other’s employment or age. Campers are encouraged instead to lose themselves in activities like stargazing and archery, and in conversation with one another. There are even creative writing workshops for those whose sudden mental space sparks a surge of creativity, and ukulele and macramé lessons for those looking to embrace their inner flower child.

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