by Victoria Simpson
Ok, so you probably know how to pick up your sleeping bag, if you still have one someplace stashed away in the garage in a dusty old box filled with broken Christmas ornaments. But did you know these days you can dust off that nylon and head back to summer camp as full-blown adult?
Not too good to be true! Amazing! Adults are driving back to the woods en masse and attractions are many, including weekends filled with a bunch of friends and strangers, camp games and water cannons off the dock, and having a plain old fantastic time.
Many camps are held in the States, and Canada has a few notable getaways of its own.
ADULT ONLY SUMMER CAMPS IN THE USA
Camp Bonfire, Pennsylvania
This camp is located in the Poconos on Lake Owego. Camp Bonfire says on their website that they “believe in fun and in keeping the summer camp spirit of community and play in our lives.” Activities include Capture the Flag, zip-line, night hikes, lake swim, canoeing, kayaking, standing paddle board, a climbing wall, glow frisbee, basketball, dodgeball, s’mores and many more. Come for the singing in the dining hall, stay for the free time.
Camp No Counselors
No Counselors is an all-inclusive sleepaway camp that hosts year-round, three night, weekend getaways at sleepaway camps across the US. 2015 camp locations are in Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, and New York
Fill your time with sports, creative activities, nightly theme parties, talent shows and dancing away to world class DJ’s at an open bar all weekend long. Sounds like a recipe for dangerous amounts of fun.
Camp Grounded, California and North Carolina
This camp gets you away from your phone. Located in the redwoods with the slogan “Disconnect to Reconnect”, Camp Grounded offers all the usual amusement including star gazing, a rockwall, a camp dance, arts and crafts and much more.
Interlochen Center for the Arts
For those who like to have a specialty, this center offers music camp. Good old band camp! Interlochen has programs for adults in choral music, concert band and chamber music. Accommodations are in lake side cabins and dorms.
ADULT ONLY SUMMER CAMPS IN CANADA
Summer Gravity Camp
SGC’s Adult Camp says it’s “the perfect way to take your mountain bike skills to the next level.” At SGC you can join like-minded riders from all over the world riding the amazing trails of the Whistler Bike Park. All levels and abilities welcome.
Two Islands Weekend
This camp is billed as an all-inclusive wilderness escape where you are encourage to “let loose, dance until dawn and meet awesome people along the way”. There are plenty of adult-oriented activities, such as wine-tastings, lakeside yoga, beer pong and writing workshops.
Northern Edge Algonquin
Algonquin is a huge park-explore the surrounding wilderness at Northern Edge, but just don’t get lost. This environmentally-conscious summer-long camp on Kawawaymog Lake includes inclusive packages for singles, couples and groups of various sizes and stripes. Their site says that “four or more friends can embark on guided overnight canoe trips into nearby Algonquin Park, while girls’ and guys’ getaways include yoga on the dock, wood-fired sauna sessions and microbrew sampling.”
Highland Wilderness Tours Horse Camp
Horses, horses. Located north of Bancroft, this late-summer equestrian weekend can coincide with the onset of beautiful fall colours along trails skirting Algonquin Park. It’s open to a maximum of 14 riders and includes cabin accommodations, all meals, horses and guides. Giddy-up! From Sept. 18-20.