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Why Teen Summer Camp Is Important & How to Choose the Right One

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Dec 13, 2017

There are few experiences that kids and teens can have in their formative years that are more beneficial than attending a quality summer camp.Camps give you a taste of freedom and the responsibility that comes with that. Summer camp also helps kids develop new skills, hone in on what kinds of activities they truly enjoy, learn how to build relationships with others, and keep them safe from unsupervised temptations.

 

 Why summer camp is so important

 

I met my best friend at summer camp. Of course, I didn’t know he would become my best friend at the time. We bonded over our shared love of basketball, and though our competitive natures threatened the friendship in its nascent stage, ultimately we found that common bond to be helpful. For many kids, camp is all about building relationships and this is such an important benefit of it. Camp teaches you how to interact with others when you have some independence - a skill that kids will use over and over as they grow up.

 Why Choose SMA

“Camp is the best emotional preparation for a successful college experience, because you practice being on your own, keeping track of your clothes; you practice living in a community and getting along with roommates you don’t love — all of the skills you need for true independence,” notes The Washington Post.

 

Beyond the social benefits, camp is also great for letting kids figure out what they are good at and what they truly love to do. It was at camp that I discovered my love (and aptitude) for boating/sailing.

 

Camps give kids “A powerful identity that makes the child feel confident in front of others,” says Psychology Today. “Your child may not be the best on the ropes course, the fastest swimmer, or the next teen idol when he sings, but chances are that a good camp counselor is going to help your child find something to be proud of that he can do well.”

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'17 Session 4 Reflections: SMA Summer Camps for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Dec 8, 2017

 Isabelle Kough:

4th session was amazing- all the overnights, meeting new people, my cabin, the activities, and just everything made me want to come back. The counselors have made everything more fun. The camp itself didn’t change me but the people did. Darius taught me not to care what people think. Ben the counselor made me realize to laugh. On the overnight was fun because Will was fighting everyone with lightsabers. I had an amazing session with everyone especially Adi and Jordyn. I can’t wait to come back next year! I love Jem (because she made me write this).

 

Matthew Weitzel:

This was my first summer camp that is an overnight, as it was the longest time I’ve been away from family. It started to feel normal after about 2-3 days. By for this is the most outdoor activities I’ve done this summer. The adventures beheld a mass of emotions including the happiness of belly whomping to the pain of falling off my bike and cutting my arm and leg. Overall, I think I learned a lot and became a lot tanner which I’m happy about, but in all seriousness I will leave a better person and with a lot more skills (and scars).

 

 

Jack Weiman:

I like Ben. Ben is cool. So is Jay. Jem is cool. Will is one of my favorites. He used to look like a cool Viking warrior but then he was lame and shaved off his beard and now he looks like a British person. Helen is cool because she is majoring in what I want to major in. I also love Connor and myself. Ben is my favorite. I learned how to wakeboard and had a lot of fun on all the activities. My favorites were sailing, mountain biking, white water rafting. I made a lot of new friends and I really enjoyed my time here.

 

Mary Zaher:

Coming to camp, I was excited and relieved to have finally made it here. The moment I stepped into my cabin, I was greeted with friendly faces. I got to know my cabin mates better, and tried several new activities with them. Some of my favorites activities were the Amish market, the fair, white water rafting, and overnights. The Amish market and the fair were both opportunities to learn more about the Amish culture. White water rafting was exciting as well as scary, and it required teamwork and cooperation as well as the ability to listen to instructions. While I was on my overnights, I had to learn to coexist with the critters and bugs living in the forest. I had a lot of fun learning how to get up on the kneeboard and hiking through the woods. Overall, I had a great time at camp. I made new friends and tried new activities. I was an unforgettable experience and I hope that I will be back again next year.

 

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Topics: 2 Week Summer Camp, Reflection packets, Camper and Staff Memory Books

'17 Session 3 Reflections: SMA Mountain Biking Summer Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Dec 4, 2017

Ruben Matell

This session at SMA was probably the best two weeks of my life. Last year, I was so shy and insecure when I came here. This year however, I felt instantly at home when I stepped out of the car. SMA helped me to completely come out of my shell and be who I really am. I am so happy that I was able to be myself, be happy and be confident for the most part. I hope I am able to take it home with me.

As far as activities go, I had so much fun on the wakeboard and I was far better at it than I expected. I also really enjoyed the Yough; it was such a crazy experience with the water that high. I also really enjoyed getting to know everyone here. I made such close friends. It always astounds me that in two weeks I am closer to the people here than I am to people I’ve known my whole life. I love this place with all my heart 

 

 

Aiden McAleer

My time at Stone Mountain was amazing, I will 100% be coming back for next year. I found my better self. I have went outside of my comfort zone so many times, I have taken care of a bunny during my time here, I don’t know if I’m taking him home with me but it was fun! I stood up on a wakeboard for the first time and it was the best thing ever! I have met many people at this camp that I will never forget.  Im not very good at writing but this is the best I could do to explain my time here! If  you could draw a line for how good it was, the longer the better

 

Meghan Lewis

I could not have asked for a better last session. I got to meet many new great people and spend time with old friends. There was not a single time this session where I was unhappy. All of the amazing activities and people made this a session I will never forget. I am going to bring home with me all of the memories I have made and the happiness of myself and others around me!

 

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Topics: 2 Week Summer Camp, Reflection packets

We have a new camp puppy at SMA Summer Camp for Teens!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Nov 22, 2017

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are so excited to announce that we have a new puppy named Jack!  

Jack is a Bernese Mountain Dog and is about five months old. He is growing like crazy and has an average weight gain of about 2.5 lbs a week.  The other camp dogs (Comet, Piggy, and Frisbee) are adjusting to life with Jack and love to play in the front lawn.  
 
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Session 2 Reflections:  SMA Fun Summer Camp for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Nov 6, 2017

Georgia Millman-Perlah

This was my second summer at SMA and I had the most amazing 2 weeks of my life. I had so many firsts this session- my first time waterskiing and my first time climbing barefoot. This session at SMA has most definitely changed me as a person. I have learned to accept myself and anyone else. I have more close friendships than I can count and I’ve become SO close with all of the counsellors and next year is not going to be the same without a lot of them.

 

I made so many amazing memories. I went on the canoeing overnight and saw my first shooting star. At the Yough I stood under a waterfall and I saw a red sun. My cabin and I have had so many deep conversations that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. My favourite memories this summer were the small candle light meeting and the yough. My group at the candle light was so deep and intense and that’s a conversation I will remember forever. SMA is my home and I’ll always have a safe place here. Life at home is going to be so difficult without this routine. I’m going to miss it so much, I’m already counting don the days to next year.

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Jamie Masterson

In these 2 weeks I have found out many things. I found out that ‘I like pina coldas and getting caught in the rain. That I’m not much into yoga and love the taste of champagne.’ I also love that song! It’s the last day of camp right now. Yesterday I went mountain biking and I think that I just really got the hang of it. I also went waterskiing yesterday and I really got the hang of that too. This time white water rafting was a lot better and the water was 4ft high so the counclers didn’t guide the rafts the pros did so we didn’t have to stop before each rapid. I tried hot sauce and I think it will help withal my Dads food.

 

Oscar Grosjean

This session I made some friends. That was cool, I liked wakemasters and wakeboard overnight. I made really good friends with Noe and Ryan. This was my first year at SMA but it will not be my last year. I had a pretty good experience, I learnt to talk better in English which will help me a lot in the future at school and if I travel. The councelors were super great and they are always here. The place was beautiful and it was great to sleep in little cabins with people we don’t know before. We were like a family and I loved it.

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SMA Teen Summer Camp Session 1 Camper Reflections!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Oct 30, 2017

Scout Kranick

This was my first year at SMA. I had spent 3 summer at an all girls camp in Maine. My first year there I didn’t make many friends. I saw all the other girls laughing and hanging out with their friends. Therefore, I kept going back because I wanted what the other girls were having and getting out of camp. However, I never did find it. By the end of my third year, I decided I was done trying to find something I was never gonna get at my old camp. So I searched on the internet for a new camp. I found Stone Mountain Adventures. I was really excited when my parents said I could go. A few months later, (aka 2 weeks ago) my dad was driving me to camp and all of a sudden I got sad and began to cry because I was scared this camp would be like my old camp where everyone was a brat and had all their cliques. But I got here and Swags came and told me that everything was gonna be ok and it wasn’t gonna be like my other camp. Then I started making friends with everyone in my cabin. Everyone was so kind and opened up to me. Soon, I had many friends from all different cabins and we had fun, laughed together and cared about each other. Here at SMA, I finally found what I was looking for at camp: fun, memories, and friends that will last a lifetime. Next year, I wanna come back…maybe even for two sessions. So thanks SMA for giving me a second home and being the camp I always hoped to find.

 

 

 

Jordyn Bitton

This session was very strange. One second I was unpacking, the next I was going down the Yough. Personally, I could have been more mature this session, therefore moving into Mattawanna. There are obviously things to improve on but I have 6 more weeks to do so. I spent most of this session worried about a lot of things which I know I need to stop but I made new friends and I can’t wait for more of my friends to arrive in session 2!

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SMA Session 4 Slideshow, 2017: Rock Climbing Summer Camps for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Oct 2, 2017

During Stone Mountain AdventuresSummer 2017, we saved the best for last! From awesome evening activities to wakeboarding to white water rafting to super-fun camping overnights session 4 was truly incredible.  During the session campers and staff alike took photos and we have gathered them here in a video slideshow.

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SMA Session 3 Slideshow, 2017: 2 Week Sleepaway Camps

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Sep 30, 2017

Stone Mountain Adventures Session 3, 2017 was one of the best sessions ever at SMA!  Our group just seemed to gel from day one.  We had an awesome mix of returning and new campers.  I think everyone agrees that the dance party in the parking lot of the McDonalds on the drive home from White Water Rafting was one of the highlights of the session if not the summer.  During SMA Session 3 campers and staff took photos, we have gathered those photos into a video slideshow:

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SMA Session 2 Slideshow : Mountain Bike Summer Camp PA

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Sep 25, 2017

 Stone Mountain Adventures Session 2, 2017 was an epic overnight summer camp experience for all involved.  From awesome camping overnights to wakeboarding to white water rafting to super-fun evening activities session 2 was awesome.  During the session campers and staff alike took photos and we have gathered them here in a video slideshow.

Here is the SMA 2, 2017 Video Slideshow:

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Session 1 Slideshow 2017 - SMA Summer Camp for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Sep 11, 2017

Stone Mountain Adventures Session 1, 2017 was an incredible experience for all involved.  Now that summer has ended we have had time to recover and reflect on what an amazing experience this 2 week session was for all involved!  We have also gathered all the best photos from Session 1 and put them in a slideshow... Enjoy!


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SMA Summer Camp for Teens Announces our 2018 Dates!

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Sep 7, 2017

 

2018 Dates at Stone Mountain Adventures


2 Week Sessions                                     Enroll Online    *Great for young 1st year campers

  • Session 1 (SMA1)         Sat 6/23            to       Fri 7/6
  • Session 2 (SMA2)         Sat 7/7              to       Fri 7/20
  • Session 3 (SMA3)         Sun 7/22           to       Sat 8/4
  • Session 4 (SMA4)         Mon 8/6             to       Sun 8/19

4 Week Sessions                                     Enroll Online   *This what most families choose

  • Session 1 + 2                Sat 6/23           to       Fri 7/20
  • Session 2 + 3                Sat 7/7             to       Sat 8/4
  • Session 3 + 4                Sun 7/22          to       Sun 8/19

6 Week Sessions                                      Enroll Online        

  • Session 1 + 2 + 3          Sat 6/23            to       Sat 8/4
  • Session 2 + 3 + 4          Sat 7/7              to       Sun 8/19

8 Week Session                                       Enroll Online         

  • Session 1 + 2 + 3 + 4     Sat 6/23           to       Sun 8/19

 

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SMA Dream Day Camp Slideshow!  Summer Camp for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Aug 20, 2017

SMA Dream Day Camp Was Awesome!

 

Here is the Dream Day Camp Slideshow!

 

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SMA 4th Session Update:  SMA Summer Camp for Teens!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Aug 14, 2017

 

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SMA Session 3 is Awesome!  SMA Summer Camp for Teens.

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Jul 29, 2017

 

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SMA to offer an Explorers Teen Day Camp this August!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Jul 15, 2017

Stone Mountain Adventures is excited to announce that we are offering an Explorers Teen Day Camp this August!

 

We are thrilled to offer a new Explorers Teen Day Camp this August for 12 to 16 year olds.  Each week campers will experience adventure activities, water sports, traditional sports, and creative arts.  Explorers will have the opportunity to challenge themselves on activities while making new friends. Transportation will be provided from State College. 

Activities in the SMA Explorers Teen Day Camp May include:

  • Team building activities and events
  • Disc Golf
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Horseback Riding!
  • Rock Climbing
  • Traditional Sports
  • Sailing
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Day trips to Greenwood Furnace and/or Whipples Dam State Parks

SMA Explorers Teen Day Camp: Ages 12 to 16

Dates: 

  • Monday 8/7 to Friday 8/11
  • Monday 8/14 to Friday 8/18

Times: 9am to 5.30pm 

Cost: $475

Contact Camp Director Jud Millar to learn more:

Jud@sma-summers.com 814-667-3874

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SMA Session 2 Camper Photos: Summer Camps for Teens!

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Jul 13, 2017

Here are our 2017 SMA

Session 2 Campers!

 

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SMA Session 2 Off and Running @ SMASummer Camp for Teens!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Jul 10, 2017

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are so excited the Session 2 is finally here!

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Introducing the 2017 SMA All Staf Staff Team!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Jul 2, 2017

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures Summer Camp for Teens are Super excited about the 2017 SMA Staff Team... 

 

Chase Cloward

Age: 26

Chase has made a very long journey from Southern California to be with us for his 4th Summer at Stone Mountain. Well liked for his down-to-Earth personality and admired for out-of-this-world climbing skills, he sets a great example for us all. This year not only will Chase be giving the local camp-gibbons a run for their money on the rocks, but he is taking a spin on the bike trails and creating a splash on the wake-boat.

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2017 SMA Session 1 Update: SMA Summer Camps for Teens!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Jul 1, 2017

SMA Session 1 All Camp Day Blog Post

 

The start of the SMA summer 2017 went off like all sessions do- an evening meeting in the barn, complete with a mix of both excitement and nerves. During our first full day of camp, we started off with our masters programs going out and since then they have been super busy each day-the Horsemasters in the barn each morning- working on position, rising and sitting trots, and going on trail rides through the woods. While, the bike masters are killing it on the Allegrippis- biking miles and miles of the winding, wooded, hardest single-track on the East Coast and learning bike maintenance as they go.

 

 

On the first day we also have belay school and swim check for all our campers, just to get everyone heading to kick SMA into high gear. Since then, we’ve had SMA biking, wakeboarding, tennis better than Wimbledon, freezing headlong sprints into Greenwood Furnace, games of ultimate, successful fishing trips (catching fish, sticks, and the occasional super secretive boots), soccer better than the pros, volleyball and ‘nuke ‘em’ tournaments, campers climbing conquering rocks, Power Hour games of basketball, knock-out, pool, touch rugby, keep-away, cuddle-puddles, ukulele jams, and many a relaxing afternoon doing SUP and sail on the shores of Raystown Lake.

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SMA to Offer Explorers Dream Day Camp: Ages 8-12

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Jun 12, 2017

Stone Mountain Explorers Dream Day Camp

We welcome you to join us this August at the Stone Mountain Explorers Dream Day Camp!  This program is designed to introduce younger campers to everything that is Stone Mountain Adventures. Campers will explore the wonders of the natural world around our camp and be exposed to many of the summer camp activities that we offer for older campers. A daily lunch will be provided while campers will need to bring a daypack, a full water bottle, sunscreen, and their sense of adventure!! Dream Day Camp activities may include:

  • Team building activities and events
  • Disc GolfNew Call-to-action
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Horseback Riding!
  • Rock Climbing
  • Traditional Sports
  • Stream Exploration
  • Hiking
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Biking
  • Swimming
  • Shelter Building
  • Day trips to Greenwood Furnace and/or Whipples Dam State Parks
  • An overnight at camp on Wednesday, August 16 complete with a campfire, s'mores, skits and sleeping in a cabin
  • Parents are invited to join us for an ice cream social on the closing day of camp - Thursday, August 17 from 2 to 4pm

Dream Day Camp Ages: 8-12

Dates: Sunday, August 13 to Thursday, August 17 (5 Days)

Times: 9am to 4pm with an Overnight on Wednesday, August 16

Cost: $290

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