5 Adult Summer Camps

Beach-perfect temperatures and gulping-down tall glasses of lemonade, the sweltering days of summer are almost upon us. What does this mean? This is a time for kids and adults alike, to pack-up and head off to camp. That’s right, adult summer camp is all the rage these days.

Letting Loose

Traditionally thought of as an activity for children, adult summer camp means different things to different people; some chose this option to relive the nostalgic events of adolescent camp. But, most of all it’s a time for adults to live out a childhood fantasy or explore a new hobby, according to The Wall Street Journal. Just think of adult summer camp as adult camp, but with a twist to it.

One million adults went to camp last summer.

One million adults went to camp last summer.

If you’re considering adult summer camp this year, don’t worry, you won’t be alone; a tally by the American Camp Association reveals 1,000,000 adults went to camp last summer. Camps for adults also have expanded roughly 10 percent a year, over the past decade or so. What does this equate to? That’s about 800 in total, says Internet Brands, owner of Grownupcamps.com.

Nancy Diamond, marketing consultant to camps offers her take on why adult summer camp is so popular. Says Diamond, “It appeals to the inner child in all of us.” “We participate in activities, develop new skills, and cultivate new friendships.”

And, adult summer camp accommodations can range from being very luxurious to rustic, you also can pick sessions that are adventurous or more reserved in nature; it simply depends on what your likes and dislikes are. The sky literally is the limit when it comes to adult summer camp ideas. With that said, below is five adult summer camp suggestions.

A-Camping We Will Go

1. Co-Ed Soccer Academy:

Happenings: A five-day camp allowing players to develop (and/or fine-tune) their technical and tactical moves. Coaching will take place with the help of former professionals from both the U.S. and Europe.

Location: Westminster, Md.

Dates: July 7-11.

Cost: $685, accommodations are included.

Level: Any skill level is welcome.

2. Ballroom Dance Camp:

Happenings: You will spend five days learning ballroom dancing from world-renowned ballroom instructors, for up to seven hours per day. (Please note, that female participants may have to sign-up with a male partner.)

Location: Provo, Utah.

Dates: July 29-August 2.

Cost: $460, meals or lodging is not included.

Level: Any skill level is welcome.

3. Cowgirl Yoga Ranch Camp:

Happenings: This camp is for women-only. It consists of a long weekend of yoga and horseback riding at a Montana ranch. And, instructors will train you in poses and breathing techniques to help improve balance and posture.

Location: Wilsall, Mont.

Dates: Aug 22-25.

Cost: $895–$1,350.

Level: Any skill level is welcome.

4. “Clown Camp” With Wavy Gravy:

Happenings: You’ll spend a week in the woods of Mendocino, Calif., dressing up and clowning around with ’60s legend Wavy Gravy. Look forward, too, to his team of professional circus performers and artists.

Location: Mendocino County, Calif.

Dates: June 2013.

Cost: $120/day or $650 for the week.

Level: Any skill level is welcome.

5. Cattle-Herding Camp:

Happenings: Vista Verde’s Fourth Annual Cattle Round-Up is this summer. Campers can ride over the ranch’s 16,000 acres searching for 400 head of cattle.

Location: Steamboat Springs, Co.

Dates: Call for more information, (970)-879-3858.

Cost:  A weeklong stay (Sunday to Sunday) costs $2,700 per person; also included are luxurious accommodations in private cabins plus gourmet meals paired with exquisite wines.

Level: Any skill level is welcome.

Leveling the Playing Field

Overall, all camps are not created equal. As you can see from the above list, all you need is a little creativity and the willingness to branch out and try something new or the need to accentuate what you already are familiar with. Either way, your inner-child will thank you for it, later.

Web Links:

http://www.parade.com/news/2012/07/22-summer-camps-for-adults.html;

http://www.nextavenue.org/article/2012-06/summer-camps-cater-grown-ups

-Kimberly Williams

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