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Think back to your first summer at camp. The land of slow days on the lake, wrist to elbow covered with soggy friendship bracelets, sing-along songs that somehow everyone knew the words to. A place where first crushes were made and second bases were stolen (I see you, Zac B.) A euphoric land of quick friends and loose rules.
Well, I’m here to tell you that summer camp is back, baby. A nostalgic rendition of your childhood summers, but this time with spiked juice boxes, no curfew, and zero wifi. Here’s a look at some of summer camps for adults sparking this fast-growing trend.
Camp No Counselors
Locations: Austin, Boston, Chicago, LA, Miami, Michigan, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, San Antonio, Madison, Denver, Seattle, Calgary
Camp Motto: Escape to Happiness
What to Expect: Bullies need not apply. Camp No Counselors brings together 200 like-minded, fun and friendly adults for a week of water sports, arts ‘n crafts, epic nightly theme parties, gourmet meals, and an open bar. There’s even a Talent Show. You might meet your new best friend since the absence of wifi and cell phones will actually make you [gasp] talk to strangers. Dates for 2017 are filling up quickly, so get on it!
Locations: Northern California, New York, North Carolina, Texas
Camp Motto: Pure, Unadulterated Camp for Grown-Ups
What to Expect: Camp Grounded is less about the party and more about connecting with others and untethering yourself from “the grind.” Activities include yoga, creative writing, photography, ukulele lessons, spoon carving, pickling 101, dream catcher making…you get it. Sapce is limited, so get a jump on your 2017 camp plan.
Location: Lake Owego, Poconos (2.5 hours outside of NYC)
Camp Motto: Real Summer Camp for Adults
What to Expect: Camp Bonfire says they aren’t here to fix you, cleanse you, or launch you. They’re just about relaxation, adventure, and connecting with one another. Since they only have one date and location, it’s a bit more exclusive than other camps on this list. And if you’re looking to play flip cup all day, this isn’t the camp for you. Drinks are served in the evening only. 2017 sessions are June 16-18 and September 8-10.
Adult Space Camp
Locations: Huntsville, Alabama
Camp Motto: They don’t need one because it’s freaking SPACE CAMP.
What to Expect: Always wanted to go to space camp but never won a Nickelodeon game show? Here’s your chance to become a real live astronaut (kind of). This two-night experience allows you to join hands-on, interactive space missions. Meals and lodging are included, but just like regular space camp, you’re going to need a full piggy bank to afford this childhood dream.
Locations: New York, LA, and Chicago
Camp Motto: Adult Sleepaway Camp for the Soul
What to Expect: Soul Camp brings together world-renowned teachers, authors, and motivators for their camping experience. It’s alcohol-free, and focuses more on the detoxification of the soul. Also, their meals might be the most healthy-looking things to ever grace a mess hall. There are day camp opportunities as well as sleepaway.
Welcome Campers // The Wild Honey Pie
Location: Camp Lenox, Massachusetts
What to Expect: If you’ve ever dreamed of playing kickball or singing by the fire with your favorite indie artists? Welcome Campers is the place for you! Now in its fifth year, this all-inclusive, music-filled sleepaway camp weekend for grown-ups is taking place at Camp Lenox in The Berkshires. Join artists and friends for classic camp activities, meals, parties and more, plus experience the nostalgia of summer camp alongside exciting performances in an intimate setting.
Location: Big Bear, California
What to Expect: Unique CAMP is a non-conference “conference” designed to provide new skills and inspiration. Whether you work in a corporate environment, run your own small biz, or freelance, CAMP’s unique mix of curriculum and outdoor activities will break you out of your day-to-day grind and help you rediscover your childhood sense of wonder.
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