With the end of school just around the corner, many parents are scrambling to make last-minute plans for their school-aged children. Summer camps are a popular and cherished activity that many adults look back on fondly, wishing they too could still enjoy a week or two in nature, learning skills, bonding with new friends and getting away from screens and traffic. And with a growing number of summer camps for adults popping up across the country, grown-ups can re-visit some of their childhood memories with activities geared to the more mature camper.
Whether you are interested in a classic camp experience with canoeing, archery, hiking and fishing or a selection of more contemporary activities like stand-up paddling, yoga and rock-wall climbing, there’s an adult camp experience out there for you. The Active Older Adults YMCA camp, held at Camp Chief Ouray in Granby, Colorado, is exclusively for campers over the age of 50. Held at the end of August, the camp offers a wide range of experiences in a mountain settings where active older adults can re-live their youth or challenge themselves by trying something new; zip lining or rafting perhaps.
Not the outdoorsy type but still like the idea of taking a week this summer to share a common interest or learn a new skill? Try a Photography or Cooking Camp. At the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, the Adult Band Camp lets former band kids go back to camp for 5 days, complete with daily music classes, ensemble practice and a finale performance at the week’s end. There are also Equestrian Camps, Winemaking Camps (Sonoma County), Tennis Camps and dozens of other adventures waiting for adults this summer.
If you find yourself an empty-nester with a little extra time on your hands this summer, why not go back to camp? Travel with a purpose can open up a world of possibilities; create opportunities to develop new friendships and rekindle enthusiasm for lifelong learning. Read about more enriching summer camp options for adults by following this link to the American Camp Association as well as an older article on The Oldish at this link.