Summer camp isn’t only for kids anymore. The success of throwback-style summer camps specifically for adults (like Camp No Counselors or Camp Rahh) has spawned an entire industry of themed adult camps. So after you sign your children up for their own sleepaway camps, make sure you’ve registered for one of these 10 camps just for adults. You won’t regret it.
Learn to rope and ride animals like a real cowboy at Arizona Cowboy College. The week-long schedule includes workshops on horsemanship, horseshoeing and roping. It even includes an actual cattle roundup campout in the desert. Think City Slickers but without the bad guys.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Cost: $2,250 USD ($2,897 CAD)
Immerse yourself in the surfing lifestyle for a five-night surf camp at Endless Summer. Everything you need is included: lodging, meals, food, equipment and instruction. You’ll learn about everything from surfing basics and techniques to wave selection and etiquette. Like golf? Then combine the two sports in Endless Summer’s Surf and Turf camp.
Location: Oahu, Costa Rica or San Clemente, California
Cost: $995 to $2,225 USD ($1,281 to $2,865 CAD)
From absolute beginners to advanced musicians, no one is turned away from Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp. You’ll jam 10 to 12 hours a day with other campers and a handful of musical celebrities — the upcoming Masters of Metal camp is hosting Dave Mustaine, Zakk Wylde and Paul Gilbert. Campers are grouped into bands and participate in a series of master classes on the craft, plus roundtable workshops on songs you’ve written yourself. Two live shows from the camper bands complete the experience.
Location: Various cities throughout the US and Canada
Cost: Starting at $1,999 USD ($2,574 CAD)
Ever wanted to go to Mars? Then Adult Space Academy is the place for you. Just like in the SpaceCamp movie (except you won’t accidentally launch into space, we promise), you’ll stay in camper dorms and participate in astronaut-based workshops. You’ll even get to train on the equipment real astronauts use, like the spinning multi-axis trainer and the one-sixth gravity chair.
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Cost: $549 USD ($707 CAD)
Head to wine country for a real, boots-on-the-ground experience of making wine at Grape Camp. You’ll harvest grapes with the pros in actual, working vineyards, and then be able to blend your own wines. You’ll hear stories from vintners and grape growers about what it’s like living and working in the Sonoma Valley. And you’ll get to eat farm-fresh food prepared by world-class chefs.
Location: Santa Rosa, California
Cost: $3,000 USD ($3,863 CAD)
The Paws Up resort combines glam camping with delicious meat at its BBQ-U summer school weekend class. Learn about barbecue from the pros and try your hand at making it yourself. You’ll just need to bring an appetite for good food, a thirst for craft beer, a sense of adventure and a desire to stay in a luxury tent.
Location: Greenough, Montana
Cost: Free for anyone staying at the resort from June 22-24
Thanks to marijuana legalization in California, travellers can now take part in complete, pot-themed vacations, like the retreat at Cannabliss. This one is more about expanding consciousness than getting high though, and participants will receive a KANNA-KARE certification at the end of the program, showing they’ve learned about cannabinoid medicine. In addition, there are art workshops, sensory activities, music and pool time.
Location: Malibu, California
Cost: $1,000 to $2,500 USD ($1,288 to $3,219 CAD)
Camp NCN isn’t just a nudist camp; it’s a sexual freedom nudist camp. The 60-plus acre campground in Wisconsin hosts a variety of retreats throughout the year, and clothing is optional at all of them. Don’t worry if you don’t want to be in the nude — everyone is welcome, from people just getting a handle on the lifestyle and swinging couples to those who just want to observe the fun, fully clothed.
Location: Black River Falls, Wisconsin
Cost: Call for rates and upcoming events
It’s probably inevitable that one day we’ll be overrun by zombies. And when that day comes, don’t you want to be able to protect yourself and your loved ones? Then you’d best spend some time at Zombie Survival Camp. Participants will learn more than just outdoor survival skills; they’ll also learn about weapons, night vision and a form of zombie defense martial arts called Zombitsu.
Location: Whiting, New Jersey
Cost: $450 USD ($579 CAD)
At the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, you’ll leave behind the modern world and learn how to get by in the wilderness. The camp, which lasts three to 28 days, does its best to honour the wisdom from indigenous cultures around the world. You’ll learn to forage for food, select and build a campsite, survive as a group and survive on your own.
Location: Boulder, Utah
Cost: $395 to $4,795 USD ($509 to $6,174 CAD)