Wednesday, July 15, 2015

One million adults went to a camp last year.
Here are some of the camps catering to grownup campers—only.
As the ever-growing popularity of Comic-Con attests, kid
stuff isn't just for kids anymore, so it's no surprise that summer camps
for grownups are thriving.
An estimated one million adults are attending camp each year, according to Tom
Holland of the American Camp Association.
"In a hectic world, camp offers an oasis for everyone of all ages,"
Holland said.
Of course, these camps are timed for long weekends for those workforce members
who don't have the whole summer off–and most of them allow and even
provide adult beverages.
"Many adults are finding a camp vacation to be more rewarding than a week
at a resort," he said.
"Camp experiences allow adults to spend their vacations building new
relationships, learning new skills, or trying their hand at new activities
that are both fun and rewarding.
" There's a getaway out there for every
kind of 21-and-over camper, from oenophile to aspiring astronaut.
If one of the following events is already sold out or if it's too far away,
fear not: in most of these categories, there are others like it in other
places.
Camp No Counselors Locations: Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York
Dates: 3 weekends in August (TN) September 17 - 20 (NY) October 1-4 (CA)
Cost: $575/ individual or $550 with a group + $10 fee Camp No Counselors
offers an adult version of classic, All-American sleepaway camp, only with
open bar.
Attendance is "curated" for a mix of "fashion and food bloggers, media
execs, music moguls, financiers, lawyers, doctors and more.
" Campers
can set their own schedule, choosing from activities like waterskiing, tubing,
water slides, archery, ropes courses, kayaking, arts and crafts and scavenger
hunts.
Similar classic-style summer camps for adults include: Camp Bonfire, Camp
Throwback, and Club Getaway.
Camp Grounded Locations: Mendocino, Calif.
, Hendersonville, N.
C.
Dates: August 27 - 30 (N.
C.
location) Cost: $545 - $645 plus $26 - $29 in fees Camp
Grounded offers a classic summer camp experience, only with the specific
theme of "100% IRL" -- In Real Life.
That means three days of unplugging from technology, schedules, and
business-speak, set among Northern California's redwoods at Camp Mendocino,
or at Camp Pinnacle in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
It's got play shops, typewriters, color wars, meditation, analog
photography, stargazing, and more.
Not allowed: digital technology including wearables, strict schedules,
"W-talk", networking, drugs and alcohol, Dubstep and glow sticks.
Campers stay in shared (same sex) cabins with assigned bunks, or have the
option to sleep their own tents or rented tents.
Healthy food served at Camp Grounded accommodates diets from vegan to
carnivore, and all meats served are natural and cage-free.
Wine Camp Location: Peconic, NY Dates: April and September, TBA
Cost: $1299 pp, double occupancy Wine Camp is four days of wine education
and appreciation in the wine country of the North Fork of Long Island, set at
the Harvest Inn bed and breakfast which is also adults-only.
Campers learn about sustainable vineyard management and Long Island's
terroir, and they learn about wine tasting, food pairings, and they get to
blend their own wine.
Oh and also--there is wine to drink.
In fact, campers are sent home with a case of wine for further study.
Wine Camp provides four breakfasts, a dinner at an acclaimed local
restaurant, and lunches are served al fresco in the vineyards.
There's also free time to visit the beaches or other local vineyards.
Soul Camp Locations: Pennsylvania and California Dates: September
9-13, October 28 - 31 Cost: $1,100 - $1,500 Billed as a
"mind/body/spirit immersion," Soul Camp offers yoga, meditation, dance,
"breathwork," arts and crafts and flower-crown making.
Campers can also attend  "SOUL-versations" from wellness experts and
thought leaders in their fields, which sounds like TED talks for
yogis.
 Soul Camp East is located in Pennsylvania's Pocono mountains
and Soul Camp West in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas.
One of the bunking options at Soul Camp East is called Highly Sensitive:
"This cabin is specifically designed for those who consider themselves
highly sensitive.
Your counselor is trained in creating an environment that allows you to take
care of YOU.
" Add-ons at the camps include a luxury airport shuttle for
$100 - $140, a private healing massage ($120), a dreamcatcher weaving workshop
($25), a mala bead workshop ($125), and a private astrology reading ($100).
Space Academy Location: Huntsville, Alabama Dates: August 28 - 30
Cost: $499 + $50 registration fee "You know you always wanted to go to
Space Camp," cajoles the registration copy for Adult Space Academy.
These three and four day programs (it's $599 for the four day) at the U.
S.
Space & Rocket Center give adults their chance to participate in mock-up
interactive space missions and construct a model rocket to launch, and learn
the history of space flight.
Yes, the 1/6th gravity chair is also included (and presumably a large part of
most attendee's motivation for going).
Meals are served in the Space Camp Crew Galley and lodging is in the
dorm-style Habitat facilities.
Also on offer at the Rocket Center facility are Adult Aviation Challenge, and
Advanced Space Academy.
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This Box As the ever-growing popularity of Comic-Con attests, kid stuff
isn't just for kids anymore, so it's no surprise that summer camps for
grownups are thriving.
An estimated one million adults are attending camp each year, according to Tom
Holland of the American Camp Association.
"In a hectic world, camp offers an oasis for everyone of all ages,"
Holland said.

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