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6 Grown-Up Summer Camps and Other Vacations for the Young at Heart

You're never too old to forge long-lasting friendships and camaraderie with bonfires, archery and spirited competitions.

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6 Grown-Up Summer Camps and Other Vacations for the Young at Heart

Camp Wandawega
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Unleash your inner child on a trip to remember.

Do you long for the days of color wars, arts and crafts, stargazing and roasting marshmallows around a crackling campfire? A spate of companies are hosting sleepaway camps for grown-ups, complete with quintessential camp experiences such as scavenger hunts, talent shows, late-night dance parties and mixers with cocktails. Whether you're yearning for a digital detox filled with meditation, yoga and dreamcatcher weaving or an active retreat including sports tournaments or cooking classes, there's a grown-up getaway for you.
Club Getaway
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Club Getaway

Like the sound of rustic cabins, kayaking, family-style meals and watermelon-eating competitions? Then slip away to Club Getaway. Aside from fun camp activities, there are plenty of enticements for the older crowd, such as late-night theme parties (think: a Mad Hatter's tea party and costumed soirees) in the Boathouse Night Club. Located in the Southern Berkshires in Kent, Connecticut, the 300-acre property offers all-inclusive rates starting at $445 for two-night adults-only events this summer, with all meals, cocktail hours and parties included. At Club Getaway you can "choose your own adventure," be it hiking, rock climbing, archery, softball, morning yoga or Bloody Mary bingo, explains owner David Schreiber.
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Unleash your inner child on a trip to remember.

Do you long for the days of color wars, arts and crafts, stargazing and roasting marshmallows around a crackling campfire? A spate of companies are hosting sleepaway camps for grown-ups, complete with quintessential camp experiences such as scavenger hunts, talent shows, late-night dance parties and mixers with cocktails. Whether you're yearning for a digital detox filled with meditation, yoga and dreamcatcher weaving or an active retreat including sports tournaments or cooking classes, there's a grown-up getaway for you.

Club Getaway

Like the sound of rustic cabins, kayaking, family-style meals and watermelon-eating competitions? Then slip away to Club Getaway. Aside from fun camp activities, there are plenty of enticements for the older crowd, such as late-night theme parties (think: a Mad Hatter's tea party and costumed soirees) in the Boathouse Night Club. Located in the Southern Berkshires in Kent, Connecticut, the 300-acre property offers all-inclusive rates starting at $445 for two-night adults-only events this summer, with all meals, cocktail hours and parties included. At Club Getaway you can "choose your own adventure," be it hiking, rock climbing, archery, softball, morning yoga or Bloody Mary bingo, explains owner David Schreiber.

Camp No Counselors

Camp No Counselors is a quintessential summer camp for grown-ups, says CEO Adam Tichauer. If you're itching to relive your memories of sleepaway camp and disconnect from the stresses everyday life, the retreat offers the chance to "just be silly and play," Tichauer says. Since there's no cellphone service at the camp, guests are encouraged to leave behind their electronic devices to enjoy talent shows, bonfires, themed parties, roasting s'mores and active pursuits such as water skiing and dodgeball, he adds. The camp has 13 locations in the U.S., including New York, Los Angeles and Nashville, and three locations in Canada. On average, the all-inclusive rate costs $550 per person for a three-night stay.

Camp Wandawega

If the words "summer camp" conjure images of vintage bunkhouses, shuffleboard and archery, Camp Wandawega might be the place for you. It offers an authentic, laid-back sleepaway experience with few frills and plenty of fun. Guests can use communal outdoor grills, access a private fishing pier and partake in recreational activities such as canoeing and boating along Wandawega Lake. You can rent out the private property with family members and friends to enjoy quality bonding time together. And unlike other camps, you won't have organized activities led by counselors or have to worry about following a regimented schedule. Located in Walworth County, Wisconsin, Camp Wandawega is a 90-minute drive north of Chicago. Available to rent on Airbnb, rates for a four-bedroom cabin start at $650 per night.

Soul Camp

Options for breaking out of your comfort zone abound at Soul Camp locations, says Michelle Goldblum, the company's co-founder. Through outdoor activities such as horseback riding, adventure ropes courses and stand-up paddleboarding, guests can commune with nature. "Adults are longing for the opportunity to play again," she says. At the alcohol-free camps, guests can enjoy speaker series from wellness experts, watch talent shows and boogie at late-night discos. Soul Camp offers multiday retreats at different locations across the country with all-inclusive pricing. A standard daylong camper experience in Chicago on June 24 costs $99; an all-inclusive sleepaway experience at Camp Echo Lake in New York's Adirondacks from Aug. 23-27 costs $1,299.

Ace Camps

At Ace Camps, guests enjoy workshops with like-minded people, from a cooking lesson in Mexico to photography styling workshops in Iceland, says founder and director Angela Ritchie. The journeys offer one-of-a-kind opportunities, such as a "dinner in a candlelit cave church in Puglia, Italy, with a live performance of traditional music" and exploring "one of the best block printing workshops in the world," she explains. "For each Ace Camp, a unique accommodation is chosen, including historical hotels, mansions and even ranches, where you can enjoy meals with the instructor and fellow travelers," she says. An upcoming food, culture and nature trip in Iceland from July 5-10 costs $2,459 and includes meals, accommodations and workshops.

Culinary Institute of America

Aspiring chefs looking to brush up on their cooking skills this summer can enjoy one of the Culinary Institute of America's boot camps in New York, California or Texas. At the Mediterranean-themed camp in St. Helena, California, from June 12-16, you can master the art of creating authentic regional dishes from destinations such as Southern Italy, Greece and Provence, France, plus prepare dishes using local techniques. The Mediterranean boot camp rates start at $2,195 per person; the price includes equipment such as knives and uniforms, and the classes are geared toward all skill levels. A typical day includes a lecture, a recipe review, a demonstration and dinner.
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