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Summer Camps for Adults Are a Thing and You Should Go

where to find adult summer camps

Adulting is hard.

You have to get out of bed every day, usually earlier than you’d like. This is because you have to do awful things like “pay bills, ” and “buy food.” If you’re a parent, you have to take care of the kids, who expect to eat, like, three times a day.  You’re supposed to get them to school. And make sure they have clean clothes. And that they bathe sometimes. And this is just the basic stuff.

You should take a break. You should go to camp.

Remember camp? Camp was awesome. Someone else mostly cooked the food. Making the bed consisted of zipping up your sleeping bag. Counselors were on-hand to keep you entertained. You made lifelong friends and ended up with some great stories about close encounters with raccoons or bears or something.

And because we all long to relive our childhoods in some form — now you can go to grown-up camp! There are quite a few in Colorado, actually. And like kid summer camps, grown-up summer camps offer a variety of experiences. You can learn to survive in the wilderness, or raft a river, or drink a Bloody Mary at breakfast and have Color Wars. It’s up to you.

where to find adult summer camps

Camp No Counselors — An all-inclusive, weekend long sleepaway camp that allows you to “Play like a kid, party like a grownup.”  You can hike, do water sports, make arts and crafts, and participate in nightly theme parties.

Camp Play Mile High — this weekend camp offers Color War competitions, swimming, hiking, disc golf and traditional camp activities (including s’mores!) And taking the group bus to camp is required, to get everyone acquainted on the way.

where to find adult summer camps

Women’s Adventure Camp — the YMCA Camp Chief Ouray offers a 4-day women’s adventure camp. Bring your friends and try out archery, mountain biking, hiking, canoeing and things like arts and crafts and s’mores. This is my dream Girls’ Weekend!

Active Older Adults — Camp Chief Ouray also offers a camp “for kids ages 50 and up.” Go hiking, do arts and crafts, woodworking, horseback riding, and participate in theme nights or talent nights in the evening.

Vista Verde Ranch — check out offerings at this guest ranch in Steamboat Springs. There are family camp offerings, but also adult-only weekends where guests can ride horses and cook under the stars.

Outward Bound — Outward Bound also offers a variety of weeklong (or longer!) mountaineering and backpacking sessions for older teens and adults. Check their website for details.