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4th Session "All Camp Day" Update from SMA Teen Summer Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Aug 12, 2018

Session four is off to a flying start! All camp day has arrived! There is blue sky and the sun is shining! We enjoyed bagels and donuts for breakfast this morning and we’re having a party camp clean up and skits before heading out on community projects and reconvening for a tasty cook out this evening.

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Our 4th Session Campers Have Arrived!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Aug 8, 2018

It's hard to believe we are already two days into SMA Session 4, but we are so excited to welcome in this new group of campers, with many new faces and a few returning to make this the best session ever! After some volleyball and swimming at Whipple Dam on opening day, we were happy to get the final campers arriving from the DC airport on Monday night for a good night of rest before the first full day of activities!

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Topics: Fun Summer Camps for Teens

Last Call to Enroll in SMA August Sessions: Day and Overnight Camp (Ages 8-16)

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Jul 29, 2018

Stone Mountain Adventures Summer Camp is still enrolling kids the following summer sessions taking place in August:

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Topics: summer camp for teens, Day Camp

The sun is finally shining down on 3rd Session for All Camp Day!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Jul 28, 2018

It’s All Camp Day at SMA which means we al;l got to sleep in!  We had a yummy breakfast of bagels and donuts and have all had time to reflect on this crazy fun week of session 3.

Since the campers arrived, session 3 has been going none stop! We have had 2 overnights mud-ultimate, mud-soccer, bunnies adopted, rocks climbing, tie-dye, birdhouses made, frisbee golf, mountain biking, horse-back riding, and wakeboarding!

 

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Topics: Overnight Summer Camps for Teens, all camp day

SMA 3rd Session Campers are Dancing Through the Raindrops!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Jul 25, 2018

Stone Mountain Adventures 3rd Session Campers arrived at camp this past Sunday, July 22nd.  As new and returning campers arrived at camp for the opening day of third session, there was a mix of excited and nervous energy.  That energy was quickly harnessed into action with camp counselors leading "ice-breaker" and team-building games.

And then the rains came... the good news for us at Stone Mountain Adventures is that our facility is location in a mountainous region of central Pennsylvania so we are in no danger of flash floods.  

 

How do we deal with rainy days at SMA?  With positive energy and action!  There are some activities that must be modified or postponed because of heavy rain.  However, most activities we just put the word "MUD" in front of them and run them anyway including:

  • Mud Soccer

  • Mud Mountain Biking

  • Mud Ultimate Frisbee

  • Mud Hiking

  • Mud Volleyball

  • and more!

 

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Topics: Fun Summer Camps for Teens, Session Update

Why Water Safety is Important at Summer Camps For Teenagers?

Posted by Jenny Holt

Sun, Jul 22, 2018

Cool Summer Camp Experiences: Why Water Safety Is Important

Every year more than 14 million children and adults attend camps in the US. Summer Camps promote a variety of activities including water sports which are very popular.

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Topics: Teen Sleep Away Camp, Water safety

It's "All Camp Day" here at SMA Summer Camp for Teenagers!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Jul 15, 2018

It’s wild to think we are already 6 days into SMA session 2! – and what a 6 days it has been. We have crammed in many adventures and belly laughs into our session 2 summer days and we are certain there are many more in store.

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Second Session is "Off and Running" at SMA Teen Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Jul 10, 2018

 Stone Mountain Adventures was excited to welcome our second session campers after an incredible first session ! We started off the week with the first Volley Ball Game and swim at Greenwood Lake, which we affectionately (and accurately) call Freezewood here at SMA. After a delicious meal, some knockout basketball and a wonderful evening meeting, we were off to the bunks to get some rest before the first full day of camp!

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Session 1 "All Camp Day" Update from SMA Summer Camps for Teenagers

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Jun 30, 2018

On this lazy all camp day morning (we even got to sleep in!), there is some time during breakfast of bagels and donuts to reflect on this crazy fun week that session 1 has become. Since they arrived, session 1 campers have been going none stop! We have had four overnights (some wetter than others!), mud-ultimate, mud-soccer, bunnies adopted, rocks scaled, tie-dye, birdhouses made, frisbee golf, LAZER TAG, mountain biking, horse-back riding, and wakeboarding!

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Topics: 2 week teen summer camp, all camp day

The SMA Mountain Bike Masters are having some fun at SMA Teen Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Jun 28, 2018

Today our Mountain Bike Masters decided to stay close to camp and have some fun!

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Topics: Mountain Biking, mountain biking summer camp, Mountain Biking Teen Camp

Our 1st Session Campers have arrived at SMA Summer Camp for Teens!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Jun 25, 2018

            Stone Mountain Adventures was excited to welcome our much anticipated first session of campers back to the farm on Saturday afternoon after ten days of staff training! We started off the week with the first ‘Nuke ‘Em’ game of summer and a swim at Greenwood Lake, which we affectionately (and accurately) call Freezewood here at SMA. After a delicious meal, some ultimate frisbee in the rain, and a wonderful evening meeting, we were off to the bunks to get some rest before the first full day of camp!

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Topics: Teen Sleepaway Summer Camp

Introducing the SMA Teen Summer Camp 2018 Staff Team!

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Jun 22, 2018

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are excited to introduce our 2018 All Star Staff Team:

 

 

Introducing Matthew Dyer (aka Flat Matt)

Age: 23

Home Town: Perth, NY

Recently graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, this particular counsellor can often be found shredding the gnarly bike trails as one of our mountain biking instructors. If he isn’t living up to the self-proclaimed title “the songbird of his generation” or being mistaken for Jimmy Hendrix, you may find him skiing or instigating search parties for his sister with reindeers in blizzards. Matt’s life aspirations include, but are not limited to, living within walking distance of a Chipotle and Chikfila, performing 6 continuous backflips on a bike, and riding the whole Encilada.

 

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Topics: SMA Staff Team

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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Topics: Day Camp

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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Topics: Horseback Riding

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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