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Healthy Meals for Vegetarians and Vegans at Summer Camps for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, May 23, 2018

As a vegan, eating away from home can be a worry, as you wonder whether you and your family’s needs will be catered for without causing a fuss. Many teen summer camps now provide proper, nutritionally balanced, vegetarian and vegan meals, essential for when your kids are at camp without you. It's important to communicate with the camp director their camp camp can accommodate vegetarians and vegans because kids need healthy snacks and packed lunches for days out. When kids are on camping trips, where physical activity and fresh air can work up an appetite very quickly.

New Call-to-actionConvenient meals

The convenience of a vegan diet lends itself well to camping and eating on the go as you can eat plenty of raw fruit, nuts, and vegetables and there is no need to think about storing perishable dairy and meat products and worry about them becoming contaminated. For a great start to a busy day, just add water to an oatmeal or pancake mix. Pita bread filled with salad and homemade hummus makes a nutritious lunch and, in the evening, your kids can cook delicious grilled soy dogs and veggie burgers with beans or organic ketchup. Keep meals interesting with plenty of variety and taste as well as nutritional value. Grill vegetable kebabs or put some corn on the cob on the campfire and, for a tasty and filling late night supper, place some foil wrapped baking potatoes in the embers.  

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Do Teens Need to Unplug in the Great Outdoors?

Posted by Jansen Wendlandt

Fri, May 11, 2018

Have youth lost their taste for the beauty of the great outdoors? Not only are protected spaces vanishing within the world, but they are also vanishing from our schedules, and more importantly from the lives of today's teens.

A Retreat from Nature

Today’s kids are amazing – they’re creating business plans, crafting their own personal mission statements, and planning demonstrations and rallies around the topics that move them. They are purpose driven, intentional, and spend almost all of their time inside.

A wave of change has occurred as students have shifted from outdoor activities (hiking, biking, and playing tag) to indoor activities (coffee-house conversations, YouTube streaming, and video-game chatting). It’s not just the local parks that are seeing fewer and fewer kids, The United States National Parks continue to experience declining numbers of visitors year after year. While students are eating more “natural” foods, they are spending more and more time away from the natural world. I think this is not only disconcerting, but that it is hurting youth.

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SMA to Run a Teen Day Camp this August

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, May 10, 2018

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

State College Day CampWe 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. 

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SMA to Run a Teen Horseback Riding Day Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, May 9, 2018

State College Day CampAll of us at Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA) are excited about our Horseback Riding Day Camp.  This riding focused day camp is open to ages 11 to 16.  This day camp is designed to be fun and challenging and is open to beginners through advanced riders.
 
Campers will participate in riding lessons and learn about stable management.  Additional opportunities include:
  • Clinics
  • Vaulting
  • Being a part of the stable management team to help feed and care for the horses. 

New call-to-actionWith several qualified instructors, beginning riders develop skills and confidence while advanced riders are challenged on the flat, over fences on the trails, or on a lunge line. Balanced seat is taught to all riders in order to develop a strong, effective seat doing flat work. Campers may then focus on dressage, jumping, or cross-country. This is a very personalized, day camp.

 

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SMA to Offer a "Dream Day Camp": Ages 8 - 11

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, May 8, 2018

Stone Mountain Explorers Dream Day Camp (8 to 11)

We welcome your child to join us this summer 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 Golf
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Horseback Riding!
  • Rock Climbing
  • Traditional Sports
  • Stream Exploration
  • HikingState College Day Camp
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Biking
  • Swimming
  • Shelter Building
  • Day trips to Greenwood Furnace and/or Whipples Dam State Parks
  • 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

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Dates: Session 1: Monday 7/23 to Friday 7/27

            Session 2: Monday 8/13 to Friday 8/17

Times: 9am to 4pm 

Transportation Provided from State College at no extra cost. 

   - Pick up and Drop Off will be at the Uni Mart on the corner of White Hall Road and Route 26

 Cost: $385

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SMA Mountain Biking Summer Camp to Host a Youth Ride @ Dirt Fest

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, May 8, 2018

Stone Mountain Adventures Summer Camp is excited to announce we will once again host a youth ride on Sunday morning of Dirt Fest! We are excited to be able to share the magic of mountain biking AND the incredible Allegrippis trails with the kids and teens who attend Dirt Fest.

New Call-to-actionStone Mountain Adventures (SMA) is a co-ed, overnight summer camp for teenagers (12 to 16) located in central PA offering:

  • Adventure Activities (Including Mountain Biking)
  • Water Sports
  • Traditional Sports
  • Creative Arts
  • Community Service.
  • We also have a specialized Mountain Biking Program for kids who want to ride the Alligrippis Trails everyday 

What: Kids and Teen Mountain Bike Ride at Dirt Rage Dirt Fest PA       

When: Sunday, May 20th from 9.30am to 1pm

Where: (Option 1): Meet at 9.30am at the SMA Both at the Expo to catch the shuttle up to the Bakers Hollow Lot

             (Option 2): Meet at the Bakers Hollow Parking Lot at 10am

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Topics: Mountain Biking, Dirt Rig Dirt Fest, Dirt Rag Dirt Fest Teen Ride

50 Days Until the Opening Day of SMA Teen Camp 2018!

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, May 4, 2018

It is hard for me to believe that it's already May 4th, 2018.  My son Wyatt packed his school backpack because it's "May the 4th Be With You" day.  As I looked closer at my calendar this morning I realized there are only 50 days until the Grand Opening of Stone Mountain Adventures Summer Camp for Teens 2018!

 

That means we only have 4,320,000 seconds until SMA Teen Camp begins.

 

72,000 minutes until the first Party Wash Crew of 2018.

 

1200 hours unitl the first "Evening Meeting on the Front Lawn".

 

Just 50 days until camp begins - it's So Exciting!

 

                   - Camp Director Jud Millar!

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SMA Summer Camps for Teens will be at the Banff Film Festival!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Apr 11, 2018

We are excited to announce that SMA Teen Summer Camp is now a sponsor Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hosted by the Moshannon Sierra Club. This will be the 15th year the Mashannon Group is hosting the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in State College!  Come see Camp Director Jud Millar at the Banff Mountain Film Festival!

What: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 

When: "Friday The 13th" of April: Doors Open at 6pm

Where: The State Theatre in Downtown State College

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SMA Teen Camp to Start an "Adopt a Possum" Program...

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Apr 1, 2018

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are excited to announce that for the summer of 2018 we are starting an "Adopt a Possum" Program. This program will replace the very popular "Adopt a Bunny Rabbit" Program which has been operating since the founding of Stone Mountain Adventures in 1983.  

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3 Ways To Get Kids Interested In Attending Summer Camps for Teens

Posted by Jenny Holt

Wed, Mar 28, 2018

Nowadays, most teens prefer to spend a majority of their time on their phones and other gadgets. New Call-to-actionAccording to a survey, most American teens spend about 6 hours a day on their mobile phones and about 18 hours in front of the television, a gaming console, and a desktop computer. For their overall well-being, it’s imperative that teenagers spend some time outdoors as being in nature benefits both physical and mental health. One of the best ways to experience the full benefits of nature is to go camping as being out in the fresh air and sunshine can do so much to reduce stress levels, improve physical health, and it can even boost one’s mood. Moreover, it helps teens to unplug and take a breather from technology. If you don’t think you can convince your teenager to pitch a tent with you sometime this year, here are a few ways to get your child interested in camping.

 

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Real Rock Film Tour @ PSU: SMA Rock Climbing Summer Camps For Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Mar 7, 2018

Penn State Outing Club and Appalachian Outdoors are hosting a Rock Climbing Film at the HUB next Thursday!

What: Reel Rock Film Tour

When: Thursday, March 15 at 7 PM - 9:30 PM

Where: HUB Flex Theater

Check out this awesome trailer:

 

According the the description on YouTube this is what you have in store for you at the Reel Rock Flim Tour:  "We’ve been following the world’s most exciting climbers, documenting their gripping tales and groundbreaking sends. REEL ROCK 12 brings you stories from the edge, featuring big names and breakout stars. Starring Margo Hayes, the first woman to climb 5.15; Brad Gobright, an up-and-coming free soloist with a donut addiction; the return of Chris Sharma to the deep water soloing stage; and introducing Maureen Beck, a one-handed crusher who's gonna knock your socks off."

 

Tickets will be $4.99 for students and $8 for community members, and will soon be available at Appalachian Outdoors on Allen Street and at Outing Club meetings on Tuesdays at 8pm.

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Jud will be at the State College Camp Fair: Summer Camps for Teenagers

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Feb 17, 2018

Calling All SMA Alumni and Friends in the Centre County Area: Come see Jud Millar at the State College Summer Youth Fair!

 

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Come see SMA Teen Summer Camp Director Jud @ the Arlington Camp Fair

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Feb 8, 2018

SMA Teen Summer Camp Director Jud Millar will be in Arlington, VA for the Summer Activities Fair:

What: Arlington, VA Summer Activities Fair

When: Friday, February 9th from 6-8pm

Where: (New location this year) Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd. Arlington, VA 22204

This is a great time to get ready for summer by exploring the available summer activity programs throughout the region and the various enrichment programs they offer to children of all ages. 

 

 

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Come See SMA 2 Week Summer Camp at the Moorestown Friends Camp Fair

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Feb 2, 2018

 

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Meet Director Jud from SMA Teen Summer Camp in Wilmington, DE!

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Feb 1, 2018

Camp Director Jud Millar from Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA) will be at the Tower Hill School Summer Camp Fair in Wilmington, DE on Thursday, February 1 from 3:30pm-7:00pm.  This is a great opportunity to meet with Camp Director Jud in person. We hope you'll come meet us at this free event.

 
Meet us at the Tower Hill School Summer Camp Fair. Details.
 
Founded in 1919, Tower Hill School is a private, college prep school in Wilmington, Delaware, serving students in preschool through Grade 12.  Tower Hill is regarded as one of the best private schools in the U.S. Many of Tower Hill's students attend top universities and colleges.
 
Recent SMA Teen Summer Camp Campers from Delaware include:
 

Sara & Sam Wien, Wilmington, DE              

Emily Stroud, Laurel, DE                         

Jack McDermott, Wilmington, DE                  

Jordan Hill, Hockessin, DE                             

Darius  Gavris, Wilmington, DE                       

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Director Jud to travel to UK for a Teen Camp Staff Fair with Camp America!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Jan 20, 2018

I am Super Excited to be traveling to the UK today to attend the Camp America Staff Fair in Manchester on Thursday 1/25/18. 

 

While I am in the UK I plan to connect with veteran SMA staff from years past including:

  • Beth Clewes

  • Josh Lucy

  • Jemima Strang

  • Babs

  • Hannah Layland

  • Ceit Bannon

  • And More!

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Happy New Year from SMA 2 Week Summer Camp for Teens!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Dec 31, 2017

 

We will soon ring in 2018 with firecrackers, confetti, laughter and Happy New Year wishes to all!  The New Year brings with it a fresh start, new opportunities and an exhilarating sense of rejuvenation. We will make New Year’s resolutions in an attempt to improve ourselves and to be better towards others.  One thing we at Stone Moutnain Adventures resolve not to change this year are the meaningful and fun summer camp expereinces we provide for our campers and staff. 

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Happy Holidays from SMA Summer Camps for Teens!

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Dec 22, 2017

 


All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures 2 Week Summer Camp enjoyed sharing our 2017 adventures at camp: rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, white water rafting, wakeboarding and hanging around camp.  It is special for us to be able to share so many incredible summer camp experiences and memories with so many year after year.

 

Thank you for being part of our extended summer camp family and we hope that 2018 brings many new adventures.

Best Wishes.

 

         - Jud and Anne Millar

          Owners of Stone Mountain Adventures

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

Posted by Jason Lewis

Tue, Dec 19, 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

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