The adult camps that include archery discourage drinking, but at some camps, there are few rules. With cabins or tents, and s'mores at night, these camps fill up quick.
Summer camp is no longer simply for children.
Parents who annually sent their children to a summer camp for a week or more at a time now can enjoy the same freedom they had then by going to camp themselves and leaving the children behind.
There are camps with cabins and tents and activities designed specifically for adults. The American Camp Association estimates one million adults attend camps every year.
These camps differ from the ones children are sent to in that many of them are merely for long weekends so adults can get back to work, and many of them provide adult beverages to add to the camping experience.
“Many adults are finding a camp vacation to be more rewarding than a week at a resort,’’ Hamilton said. “Camp experience allows adults to spend their vacations building new relationships, learning new skills or trying their hand at new activities that are both fun and rewarding.”
Sounds like what parents say to their kids when they send them off, doesn’t it.
Fortune put together a short list of such adult camps, including:
Camp No Counselors – CNC (“an all-inclusive sleepaway camp for grownups”) runs camps in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Nashville, and for $575 professionals in the work world get to be kids again at camp. All of the normal camp activities are available, like archery, water skiing, hiking, and scavenger hunts. The New York and Chicago experiences sold out this summer. Other companies providing similar types of experiences include Camp Bonfire and Club Getaway.
Camp Grounded – With camps in California and North Carolina, Camp Grounded takes its name from its philosophy, which is that no camper can be electronically connected to anything. Technology is scuttled along with schedules, and no business talk is allowed. A visit to its website is like a trip to the past for anyone who ever attended a summer camp as a child. Campers stay in same-sex cabins or can rent tents. There is an extensive menu of healthy food items.
Soul Camp – In either Pennsylvania or California, you can attend Soul Camp and attend to your soul. The workshops in yoga, meditation and dance can lift the spirits, as can the complete immersion in a Highly Sensitive cabin, where your camp experience is created just for you.
Space Camp – One of the most famous camps for children is also for adults. For three or four days, adults get to visit the facility in Huntsville, Ala., and learn about space travel, while also experiencing near-zero gravity (with a lesser likelihood of vomiting than if they attended as children). Overnight accommodations are dorm-style and meals are provided in the Space Camp Crew Galley.
Camp Throwback – The theory at this Clarksville, Ohio camp is that you do all the things you did at camp as a child, except you don’t have to sneak the booze in. Here is the website’s front page description: “Wouldn’t it be great to re-experience all the camp moments you had as a kid, now that you are legally allowed to drink and light things on fire. Oh, wait, you totally can!”
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.