I am totally jealous of my kid. I covet her summer in a way I would a winning lottery ticket or a first-class
seat to Paris.
While I’ll be tethered to a glowing metal
box, pounding my fingers upon a myriad of keys branded with letters and numbers, in a few weeks my
girl will be learning to animate clay figures, fine-tuning her unicycle riding, honing her creative writing skills, tinkering away at a Maker camp and spending a glorious week in the redwoods with her peers.
fun-filled week, my dear daughter will be having the time of her life,
while her parents (my working-stiff husband and me) will be toiling away to
keep a roof over our heads, food on our table and to afford to pay for all the
summer magic she is about to have.
Seriously, we parents need to have fun, too. Why can’t my husband or
I or both of us run off to our own camp? A place where we get three meals a
day, learn a new skill or craft and have s’mores by firelight?
There are options, it turns out, and some pretty awesome ones. Here are eight ideas for you and, yep, one of them is space camp (I know!).
Instagram post by Brittany Gibbons * May 28, 2015 at 1:46pm UTC
Where: Camp Graham in Clarksville, Ohio
When: August 11-14, 2016
Popular blogger Brittany Gibbons of Brittany,
Herself created Camp Throwback to celebrate the summer camps of our youth. “Archery,
arts & crafts, sloppy joes, waterfront, campfires, s’mores, field day, all
these things are happening, plus booze,” she announces on her website. “It’s
like 'The Parent Trap' meets 'Wet Hot American Summer.'” The schedule includes
highlights such as Hangover Yoga, Dodgeball and a Camper Talent Show.
The 2016 Camp Season begins today in Austin, Texas! Can't wait to see everyone tonight. Register now for camps across North America. #campnocounselors #adultcamp #AdultSummerCamp #summercampforadults #austin #boston #chicago #LA #miami #michigan #nashville #newyork #sanfrancisco #toronto #summer16
Where: Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Michigan, Nashville, New York, Miami and
When: Various weekend dates
Camp No Counselors’ mantra is “Play like a kid, party like a grown-up.” This
all-inclusive sleepaway camp for grown-ups offers standard camp fare such as
art & crafts, archery, and talent shows. But when they say “party like a
grown-up” they mean it. At breakfast they serve mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, at
lunch there’s beer and wine and from happy hour until the end of the evening
they have a full service open bar. Regular sessions are
mostly populated with people in their twenties and thirties, but they also just started to offer weekends
for the more “seasoned campers”: those over 45.
Grapes harvested at #Sonoma County Grape Camp. -Linda
Where: Sonoma County, CA
When: September 20-22, 2016
If you’re an avid wine drinker, or just want to learn more
about the process from grape to glass, then you might want to consider the
Sonoma County Grape Camp. Here, “[C]ampers have the opportunity to harvest grapes
in some of the region’s most spectacular vineyards, taste and tour through a
variety of our wineries, blend world-class wines, savor farm-fresh, gourmet
meals from renowned chefs, and relish in the stories of our winegrape growers
Enjoying a morning stretch at Kuchumaa gym. #savortheranch #sunsalutations #stretch #yogaretreat
Where: Tecate, Mexico
Are you in the market to “[R]enew your mind, body, and spirit
on a journey to true wellness?” I can’t think of a single harried mother who
isn’t. While Rancho La Puerta, where they've been providing relaxation, rest and reflection
on their 3,000 acres since 1940, isn’t a “camp” per se, they have all the
makings of one. You can spend the afternoon painting watercolors, sculpting, or
making your own jewelry, or by taking a fitness or yoga class, go on a hike or
indulge in a massage. They also have visiting chefs providing culinary
experiences, concerts and special classes like iPhoneography & Smartphone
Photography and Yoga & the Spirit of Poetry.
Where: Texas, North Carolina, New York and Northern California
When: May through October
While Camp No Counselors is all about mixing old school camp activities with
partying, Camp Grounded mixes old school camp activities with getting in touch
with your inner self. Along with talent shows, arts & crafts and archery
they offer meditation, yoga, sweat lodges and wellness tipis.
They emphasize a digital detox, no laptops, no phones or clocks—a place to "unplug and get away."
Instagram post by John C Campbell Folk School * Mar 23, 2015 at 7:21pm UTC
Where: Brasstown, North Carolina
Would you like to delve into blacksmithing tomahawks and
axes, playing the autoharp, learning gluten-free homestyle cooking or get into the
fine art of traditional split-oak basketry? These are just a few of the 860
week-long and weekend classes that the John C. Campbell Folk Camp offers each
year. Their adult-only classes in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening,
nature studies, photography and writing are led by experts in the field. Along
with the classes, they host events like square dancing and yoga. They’ve been
offering classes since 1925, so they really know what they’re doing.
We can't wait to be back at @wondervalleyranchresort for #SoulCampWest this October! From the moment you wake up to the moment you lay your head down to sleep, your day will be filled with delicious food, thought-provoking conversations, fun and nourishing entertainment and activities for your mind, body and spirit. Sound good? Learn more and book your bunk... Tickets are available! www.soul.camp [link in bio] #SoulCamp #nature #california #liveauthentic #soulcamplove #linkinprofile #spiritual #meditation #transformation #healing #camplife #inspiration #motivation #inspire #fun #joy #blessed #happy #findyourtribe #goodvibes #manifest #grateful #love #instagood #yoga #spiritjunkie #connection #community #adultcamp
Where: New York and California
When: Aug 24-29 and October 25-29.
Soul Camp is a “sleepaway camp for the soul.” The focus of Soul Camp is on
nourishing the body, the mind and the spirit. Their offerings include “[K]undalini yoga, oneness
meditation, dance, cardio, bootcamp, stand up paddleboarding, breathwork,
dreamcatcher creating, energy work, essential oils 101, mala-bead making and
While they also have
traditional camp activities—talent shows, s’mores and sing-a-longs—they also
have something called fear burnings. This camp is not for the partier, since
drugs and alcohol are strictly prohibited.
Adult Space Camp trainees learn about the Saturn V from a NASA Docent.
Where: Huntsville, Alabama
When: July and September
Did you beg and plead for your parents to send you off to Space Camp when you
were a kid but they never did? You can have those space-y dreams of yours fulfilled
at Adult Space Academy. The camp includes “[M]odel rocket construction and launch
(weather permitting), training on our astronaut simulators, including the 1/6th
gravity chair and Multi-Axis Trainer, plus hands-on spaceflight history
education amid one of the world’s largest spaceflight collections.” Lodging is
on-site in their Habitat facilities.
All these camps and you don't to write home to mom (but maybe the kids?).