NEW YORK (MainStreet) —Those of us of a certain age remember the old song “Camp Granada” by Allan Sherman, and while we might not be writing to our Muddah and Faddah – much less sending anything these days by snail mail – we might not have lost that yearning for a good time at summer camp.
Adult summer camps aren’t much different from the ones of our youth: they can still teach us new skills, help us learn new things and yes, allow us to have a little fun.
Mainstreet compiled a list of 10 adult summer camps you might find very entertaining:
1. Canine Camp Getaway: According to the American Pet Products Association, 46.3 million households claim a dog as part of the family and this camp in the Adirondack Mountains caters to you and your pooch. Dogs are welcome everywhere from the swimming pool to the bar at "Yappy Hour." Dogs can also enjoy swimming, hiking, agility and many other activities. For the pet parents, there is of course, a spa and Wi-Fi throughout the premises. Two camps, one in June and another in September. Price starts at $1,000 for the four day camp.
2. Windells: This Snowboard, Ski, Skateboard and BMX camp on Mt. Hood, Oregon, is for the outdoor adventurer. Adults are chauffeured through their session at Windell’s; transportation, food, lodging, and adults-only activities are included in registration fees. June-August. Prices start at $739, depending on the package and season.
3. Summer Classics Program: If literature is your game, the St. John’s College Summer Classics program offers attendees the chance to study and discuss the classics of literature, science, history, philosophy and opera in beautiful and culturally rich Santa Fe, New Mexico. Field trips include nature hikes, museum visits and performances of the Santa Fe Opera. July. Fees start at $1,250 + room and board.
4. Biking Camp: They say once you learn, you never forget how to ride a bike and at Camp Noho in Northampton, Mass., three-day mini-camps will teach you the skills and techniques that will allow you to ride more comfortably, safely and efficiently. You will learn riding etiquette, climbing strategies, descending skills and how to ride in groups and pacelines. Price starts at $540.
5. Lake Field Music: You can hit a high note at this music camp located at Lake Field College School, just north of Peterborough Ontario. The camp offers more than 20 internationally recognized faculty members and the opportunity to participate in more than 45 classes and ensembles for all levels including 3 Choirs, Latin American Percussion, Symphony Orchestra, New Orleans Funk Band and a fully staged musical theatre production. August. Prices start at $1,199.
6. Long Island Wine Camp: This is definitely not the type of camp you might have attended as a kid. Attendees to this camp at the North fork of Long Island will learn how to taste wine like an expert, discover the history of Long Island wine country, work with talented winemakers, have fun with the chemistry of winemaking, blend their own wine, learn the influence of barrels from different regions and age, enjoy the magic of food and wine pairing, and experience the journey from the vineyards, to the crush pad to the fermentation area to the cellar. Three April, June and July. Price is $1,299 per person.
7. Drummer’s Reality Camp: They say the drummers in the band don’t get any respect, so if your dream has always been to bang it out on a set of skins with a bunch of other drummers without the rest of the band, the Drummer’s Reality Camp in Pasadena, Calif. is for you. No matter your skill level, you can refine your beat with the pros, play with them and also get a private lesson. $699.
8. New Life Hiking Spa: This is an adult fitness camp for sure, with activities such as hiking along the Appalachian Trail, kayaking and yoga, but you will also have the opportunity to relax with therapeutic massages and learn healthy cooking techniques. About 600 people attend the camps in Killington, Vermont each season. The camps have been going strong since 1978. The price is $229 per night.
9.Surf with a Legend Surfing Camp: Perfect for first-time surfers and seasoned pros alike, this getaway offers guests the chance to ride the waves with surf legend, Pat O'Connell who also starred in The Endless Summer II; pro surfer and founder of Waves For Water, Jon Rose and 2011's Women's World Champion, Carissa Moor. Attendees also attend a private reception with the pros, receive a gift bag full of surfing goodies and more. September 13-15. Rates begin at $1,350 for single occupancy.
10. Learning Camp: If your quest is to seek knowledge, then the Renew your Quest Adult Summer Program at Quest University in Squamish, B.C. Canada may be for you. The one-week program is for adults who share the belief that education is an ongoing process of exploration and reflection. With subjects ranging from political language, media and political thinking to discussions on how to clone genes, this program promises to reignite your love for learning. July 7-12. Price starts at $400.