Many kids have really fond memories of spending summers going to sleep-away camp. If you long for those days, you’re in luck because, as it turns out, camp isn’t just for kids anymore.
From the traditional camp experience, to a wine connoisseurs dream retreat, adults of all ages are now able to relive their greatest childhood memories with an adult stamp of approval. Travel columnist Heather Greenwood Davis, otherwise known as the Globetrotting Mama, breaks down some of the most popular adult summer camps that will be sure to top your bucket list.
With a traditional approach to summer camp, Camp No Counselors allows adults to “play like a kid, and party like a grown up” across North America. This all-inclusive sleep away experience gives adults the opportunity to relive their fondest memories, without the hassle of wifi or electronics. Campers can also expect a lot of outdoor activities such as dodgeball, canoeing as well as plenty of adult-approved events like themed dress up and DJ parties.
So long are the days of overcooked hotdogs and undercooked s’mores with a camp catered specifically to the foodies in your life. Camp Two Islands One Weekend serves nothing but the best camp-inspired foods, with chefs across Southern Ontario brought in to take your food experience to the next level. This two night experience features the best of what camp and food has to offer, catering to all dietary needs and restrictions.
The Bennett Vineyards wine camp located in Oregon is a wine connoisseur’s dream retreat. You’ll experience the outdoors all while enjoying their specialty Pinot Noirs. Aside from the never-ending cocktails in hand, campers will have to learn to rough it, and are expected to pitch tents or reside in RVs. This one to two night retreat will have you fully supplied for the duration of your stay, but, if interested, campers are also able to take personal wine tours.
Camp for adults with Disabilities and Chronic Illness
Camp should be accessible for everyone. My Woodlands camp brings fun to adults with disabilities and chronic illness. Support staff is on sight at all times in order to ensure the wellbeing and health of the campers. Traditional camp activities such as swimming, creative arts and nature programs are adapted to suit the needs of every camper.
The original Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama has been creating the ultimate space experience for kids for decades. Now adults are able to join in on the fun. The adult modified version of this camp is a two-night getaway that allows campers to participate in a series of space related activities such as constructing and launching your own rocket, enjoying simulated missions and much more.
Camp Getaway in Connecticut now offers a LGBT weekend retreat every year called Glamp Out. This camp experience combines all things camp with a touch of adult like qualities. High ropes courses, pub hikes and Zumba classes are just some of the amazing things to expect. Comfort plays a huge role in this glamp out retreat. Campers are able to rest easy in country cabins overlooking the lake, and enjoy daily housekeeping and buffets.
If you enjoy all things wizards, warlocks and mermaids, then the Epic Nerd Camp help in Maryland is for you. From Quidditch to mermaid lessons, campers are able to channel their inner nerds in a variety of amazing nerd inspired activities. Classes such as interactive wizard duelling and chainmail armour arts and crafts are also offered.
If you’re the outdoorsy type or would like to develop a new outdoor related skill, the Outbound camp experience is where you should be. With more than 250 classes offered, campers are able to take on new skills while being taught and supervised by professionals. Nightly happy hours, meals and live music are also enjoyed. You can also check out the camp’s Pursuit Series.
Channel your inner yogi at Camp Yoga, with locations across Canada and the US. This camp runs year round, bringing in local health and wellness experts for a variety of yoga related activities and classes. Ontario camp ticket prices start at $390 Canadian.