If the warmer weather of summer gets you nostalgic about your years spent at sleepaway camp as a kid, you’re in luck. Adult summer camps are trending in a big way thanks to their unique ability to transport us back to the sun-baked days of our youth. Want in? Here are the top 5 adult summer camps across America.
What was once a prohibition-era speakeasy in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, is now a picture-perfect summer camp thanks to the loving care of proprietors David Hernandez and Tereasa Surratt. Room and board are top-notch, while activities range from the usual suspects (nature hikes, fire-building tutorials) to the eclectic (an embroidery class dubbed Stitch ‘n’ Bitch). Plus every element of this place has a story behind it.
These camp-inspired retreats take place on the East and West Coasts, encouraging women to shed their fears and stressors, and instead embrace a connected community. The focus? Taking a time-out to be present with a group of likeminded strangers and experts, all in the name of purpose, impact, balance and belonging.
The world’s largest summer camp for adults, Camp No Counselors hosts public camps in California and New York as well as private retreats for companies, large groups and the like. The brand’s tag line? Play like a kid; party like a grown-up. That means daytime activities like friendship walks and lip sync battles transition to live music and foam parties come nightfall.
The word “halcyon” refers to a calm, peaceful, tranquil time, so it’s an apt name for this Wautoma, Wisconsin, getaway. Accommodations are simple, letting campers enjoy nature and one another’s company. Plus there’s delish food and activities galore, making for the ultimate escape.
This Kent, Connecticut, camp is considered the premier all-inclusive adults retreat, letting grown-ups release their inner child. The 50+ onsite activities range from mixology to wakeboarding to slip-and-slide kickball (yes, it’s a thing). The popular partying playground, with its “rustic chic” cabins and epic bonfires, was even immortalized with its own Bravo show.