Summer camp for adults is a thing now

camp no counselorsA thing we didn't know existed: Summer camp for adults.

Camp No Counselors is offering three such weekends this summer at a camp alongside Paradox Lake in the Adirondacks. Blurbage:

Camp No Counselors is an all-inclusive sleepaway camp for grown-ups. Gather your crew of friends, forget about work for a weekend and create memories that will last a lifetime. Your days will be spent swimming in the lake, or bouncing above it on their incredible blob! You'll participate in every classic camp activity you can imagine, from wakeboarding and dodgeball to friendship bracelet weaving at Arts N' Crafts and even our own take on slip 'n slide. Since there are 'no counselors' and we're all grown-ups here, when evening falls, it's time to hit the open bar and shred the dance floor.

An article over at Fast Company has the backstory -- the idea started out with an informal gathering in 2013 and it's now turned into a business with camps at a few locations around the country. (The Adirondack camp seems oriented toward people from New York City -- the website details that buses will pick people up in the city.) Apparently there is a whole summer camp for adults category now.

Quickly scanning the CNC website, it looks like a weekend costs about $500, depending on how and when you register. And about registration: "For each Camp No Counselors getaway, we curate a group of 100+ adults to ensure a diverse environment and an unforgettable experience. If this is your first time registering, your acceptance is contingent upon the review of your application." Here's an interview with the founder that touches on the selection process.

So, it really is like being a kid again -- because some people won't get picked to play.

(Thanks, Jessica)

photo via Camp No Counselors website

Comments

Camp Little Notch, an ex-Girl Scout camp in Fort Ann has a Women's Weekend kind of like that - except it it classic old school authentic camping, and we do not "curate" who gets to come.

CLN also has Open Camping for $10/night.

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eaqsi9ow8007dd30&llr=vy4ok6cab

As someone who was forced to endure the torture of 4-H sleep away camp for many years (the hikes! The crafts! The mosquitoes! All hell, sheer hell) it befuddles me that there are adults who actually *want* to do this willingly and will *pay* for it?! Go figure.

I loved Girl Scout camp as a kid, but this premise seems snobbish, pretentious, and exclusive in the worst sense -- specifically "curating" the people who are deemed hip enough to attend. I suspect the group would not be all that "diverse" (age, class, probably race). I'm beginning to really hate the overuse (misuse) of that word "curate" for non-museum, non-art contexts. I see that word and think: over priced and snotty.

Really looking forward to this!

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