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Why Choose a Mountain Biking Summer Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Nov 18, 2020

Does your teenager love to mountain bike? Does your teen want to ride mountain bikes everyday and gain skill while having fun? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you should consider a summer camp that has a focus on mountain biking. Attending a mountain biking summer camp has the potential to be a very positive experience for teenagers. It provides the perfect opportunity for them to learn mountain bike specific skills that will take their riding to the next level. There are mountain biking camps are in different parts of the country. Some things to consider when choosing a mountain bike summer camp for your child include:

  • The location of the camp
  • The type and quality of the mountain biking trails
  • The experience level of staff
  • The safety record of the program
  • Whether the camp provides mountain bikes or campers need to bring their own bike

Parents can compare the several camps available then choose the best that can work for their kids. Kids who get the opportunity to interact in the camps have the best opportunity to develop life skills. Here are some of the reasons why parents should choose mountain biking teen camp:

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Topics: Mountain Biking, Mountain Biking Teen Camp, Why Choose a Mountain Biking Summer Camp

A Message from SMA Teen Camp Director Jud Millar

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Oct 23, 2020

Time to Reflect…

It is hard to believe that the Crazy COVID SMA Summer of 2020 ended over 8 weeks ago. With the passage of time we have been able to reflect on the summer and our accomplishments. We ran camp this summer for 6 weeks at or close to capacity and due to our vigilance, our devotion to our COVID Protocols and our attention to details we stayed 100% COVID Free! 
 
There are so many incredible people that contributed to the SMA Summer of 2020 in small and large ways and share in our success:
  • Cara Exten, our camp epidemiologist who assisted us in creating our COVID19 Protocol Document which gave us a roadmap for how to navigate this summer. 
  • My fellow camp director colleagues who helped keep our vision for the summer strong during our endless zoom meetings.
  • Dr Allison Buza-Holmes (our camp Doctor) and the other health care professionals as well as the super stars at the CSI COVID Testing Facility
  • To you, our SMA Families that stuck with us and had faith that we could and would keep your child safe this summer.
  • To our campers who accepted the COVID changes of this past summer and fully embraced the active outdoor SMA lifestyle and helped to make the SMA Summer of 2020 one of the record books 
  • And finally to the Incredible All Star SMA Staff Team of 2020 (camp counsels and support staff included): it was because of your work ethic and dedication to our campers that we were able to run camp this summer. Through all the late nights and early mornings and camp activities and the crazy of camp your commitment to our mission and your enthusiasm camp all things camp remained steadfast and we all owe you a debt of gratitude.
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SMA Teen Camp Session 4 Slideshow is here!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are thrilled to be about to share our SMA Session 4 Slideshow with you:

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Topics: slideshow, summer camp slideshow

Session 3, 2020 Slideshow: Summer Camps for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures Summer Camp for Teens are thrilled to share the Session 3, 2020 Slideshow... enjoy!

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Topics: slideshow, summer camp slideshow

Here is the SMA Teen Camp Session 2, 2020 Slideshow!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Sep 14, 2020

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are SO EXCITED to share the Session 2, 2020 Slideshow:

 

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Topics: slideshow, summer camp slideshow

Here are more Session 4 SMA Teen Camp Photos!

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Aug 18, 2020

 

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Topics: Teen summer camp, Session Update

SMA Teen Camp Session 4 Update!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Aug 17, 2020

Session 4 Blog Post

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Topics: Session Update

Session 3 Update from SMA Teen Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Aug 1, 2020

            Session 2 ended on a very high energy and enthusiastic note and all of us here at camp could not wait for session 3 to begin! Intersession was a good time to rest and recharge before beginning another phenomenal 2 weeks here at Stone Mountain. Right now, we are at the halfway point and we have had tons of fun and great laughs with many more to come. This session is full of more than 60 lively and charismatic campers who are always challenging themselves with new activities and forming new bonds.

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Session 2 Update: SMA Rock Climbing Teen Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Jul 17, 2020

SMA 2020 is off to an amazing start! The first week has been the perfect escape from the new and stressful world around us. At camp, instead of watching funny shows on Netflix campers are making their own skits that make us laugh even more, instead of at home workout videos we’re sprinting to capture the flag, and instead of listening to the news we’re listening to funny stories of the day while we all sit together at evening meeting. Never before have we all needed the joy and adventure of SMA quite this much!

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Topics: Session Update

Introducing the SMA Teen Camp 2020 Staff Team!!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are thrilled to introduce the SMA Staff Team of Summer 2020!

 

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Topics: SMA Staff Team, COVID19, Staff Training

SMA Teen Camp COVID19 Protocols

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Jun 29, 2020

This is Camp Director and Owner Jud Millar: Our initial goal was to determine if it was safe and responsible to hold summer camp in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic assuming we are allowed to open by local government. After working through the nuances of camp with Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, Cara Exten, and utilizing guidance published by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, CDC, WHO, and the American Camp Association (all resources listed on page 18), we have determined that it is possible to run a safe and responsible summer program with some changes to our programming and the addition of certain safety protocols. Bear in mind, if we are not permitted by law to open, we will not legally be able to hold our summer program.

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We are Jumping for Joy that we can run SMA Summer Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Jun 17, 2020

We recently learned that  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that Huntingdon County will move to the Green Phase this Friday, June 19.

Now it's our turn to make an announcement:

                                              WE CAN RUN CAMP THIS SUMMER!!

 

We are literally Jumping for Joy!

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Topics: COVID19, sma summer 2020

SMA2 Decision Delayed + COVID19 Protocol Update

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Jun 11, 2020

We are close to making a decision about the SMA Summer of 2020 but we are not there yet:

  • On Friday, June 5th Governor Tom Wolf announced that 12 PA Counties would move to the Green Phase. Unfortunately, Huntingdon County was not one of them and remains in the Yellow Phase due to cases in the 2 state penitentiaries located in our county. 
  • We have been advised to delay making a decision until Saturday, 6/20 to make a decision about SMA Session 2. That will give us all 22 days notice If we can or cannot run that session. 
  • Click Here to learn more about PA Governor’s Red, Yellow Green Phase Re-Opening Plan and how it affects Stone Mountain Adventures.

SMA COVID19 Protocol Update

Our conversations with Public Health Epidemiologist from Penn State Cara Exten have been very thorough. We continue to evaluate the recommendations for overnight camps from the CDC, the American Camp Association and PA Dept of Health. We are working to create a SMA COVID19 Protocol Document which will give a very detailed outline of how exactly we can run Stone Mountain Adventures safely this summer.  You can expect the SMA COVID19 Protocol Document to be in your inbox next week.

Important changes for the SMA Summer of 2020:

As part of our "Prevention" protocol we are asking the following from everyone attending camp:

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We are still hiring for the SMA Summer of 2020!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Jun 3, 2020

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Topics: camp counselor, SMA Staff Team

A Message From Camp Director Jud about SMA1

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, May 27, 2020

This is Camp Director and Owner Jud Millar from Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA).  First, I want to start off by thanking you all for your continued support, patience, and understanding during this difficult time. We are incredibly grateful for all the positive phone calls and e-mails in response to the video that my daughter Molly and I made addressing the “What If’s” of the SMA summer of 2020. I’ve always said we’ve had the greatest families at Stone Mountain Adventures and this was even more evident during this extraordinary time. 

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Topics: COVID19

The benefits of rock climbing: SMA Teen Rock Climbing Camp

Posted by Chase Cloward

Thu, May 7, 2020

Rock climbing has changed quite a bit over the past few decades. The gear has gotten better, the safety protocols have improved, and the general knowledge of climbing has increased. People are pushing themselves even further than what was previously thought possible, and climbing routes that used to be looked at as “impossible” are now being conquered.

 

        With all of these advances in climbing though, a few aspects have remained unchanged; how good climbing is for one’s physical and mental state and the inevitable improvements with hand-eye coordination.

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A COVID19 Interview with SMA Teen Camp Director Jud Millar

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Apr 30, 2020

Check out this video of Molly Millar trying to solve the biggest mystery of all: What's Happening With Camp This Summer?  

 

Due to the ongoing COVID19 Pandemic we have extended the due date for tuition balance from May 1st to June 1st.
June 1st is 33 days away and we feel that we will have more information about the summer by then.  Please remember that our absolute number one priority is and always will be the health and safety of our campers and staff. Since my parents Pam and Biff founded Stone Mountain Adventures in 1983, we have been bringing campers and staff together from around the country and around the world. We are working hard to understand this complicated situation and this new ever-evolving reality that is COVID-19. Please know that every decision we make moving forward will be based on the health and safety of your camper.

We feel that the summer of 2020, if permitted to proceed, has the potential to be the most important camp season in our children's lives. Not since 9/11 have our children been exposed to such stress and an increased level of anxiety. Never have positive face to face social interactions been so important and needed.
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Topics: COVID19

How Summer Camp and Travel Can Boost  Mental and Physical Health

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Apr 27, 2020

Life can get busy and in the hectic daily routine of school, family and work, taking time to plan various trips (including summer camp) can help to improve many aspects of mental and physical health.  It is indeed that physical activities can enhance the courage, strength, stamina, and durability of the body.

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Thanks to Everyone Who Posted #smaTshirtWeek: SMA 2 Week Teen Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Apr 14, 2020

We are all living in uncertain times.  COVID19 has altered every aspect of our lives as we all shelter in place and practice social distancing.  Social connection is still important  to all of us and it has been incredible to see how many people in our Stone Mountain Adventures family took time to dig out their favorite SMA T-shirt and post it online.  Check out this video #smaTshirtWeek:

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Topics: 2 Week Teen Camp, COVID19

This is SMA Camp T-Shirt Week

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

We are excited to announce that this is Stone Mountain Adventures Camp T-Shirt Week! #SMAtshirtweek

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