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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
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  • 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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Swaggers Shares a Secret: SMA Summer Camp for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, May 25, 2017

I was 14 when I first set foot on Stone Mountain Adventures.

New Call-to-actionI was gangly, in the midst of a growth spurt that never quite happened, and terrified. The summer before, I had a not-great camp experience and I thought that SMA Teen Summer Camp would be more of the same. Worst yet- I also thought I wouldn’t be strong enough or good enough to do any of the activities. I did not want to have my folks leave me for four weeks. I wanted to go home. Immediately. Safe to say- my parents left me. My fears were proven wrong. And I had the best summer of my life. I got the best nickname. I made some amazing friends. I learned how to rock climb, I failed at wake-boarding, and I went white water rafting and swam my first rapid. I continued to go to SMA until I was 17 before finally having to come to the realization that I had to wait to become a counselor.


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The SMA Booth will be at the "New Skills Park Expo" @ Dirt Fest!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, May 17, 2017

After almost 2 years of waiting the Raystown Mountain Bike Skills Park will be Open for Dirt Fest 2017 + will feature a New Dirt Fest Expo Area!

This years edition of Dirt Rag Dirt Fest PA will take place Thu. May 18, 2017 12:00 pm - Sun. May 21, 2017 5:00 pm at the Allegrippis Trails of fantastic Raystown Lake.  This will be the first year that the Raystown Mountain Bike Skills Park will be open for Dirt Fest.  The folks at Dirt Rag expect this new feature to be very popular at Dirt Fest 2017.  It is also conveniently located adjacent to the Raystown Lake Visitors Center and closer to many of the outer campgrounds.  There also happens to be a big open field adjacent to the Raystown Mountain Bike Skills Park and this is where the New Expo will be located for Dirt Rag Dirt Fest.  

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What: New Skills Park Expo Area

Where: Located adjacent to the Raystown Mountain Bike Skills Park and next to the Raystown Lake Visitor Center

When: Thu. May 18, 2017 12:00 pm - Sun. May 21, 2017 5:00 pm


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There's Still Time to Register for the SMA Teen Camp Events @ DirtFest

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, May 16, 2017

You can still Register for the Teen Events at this years Dirt Rag Dirt Fest!

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA) 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. We work hand-in-hand with Dirt Rag to continue to make Dirt Fest PA a family friendly event!

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3 Activities to help you Unplug at a Summer Camp for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, May 11, 2017

3 Summer Activities to Help Kids Unplug at a Summer Camp for Teens

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Although technology has helped us shape a better world, it is counterproductive in some ways. The children of today live a sedentary life, while missing out on many things such as developing survival skills, leadership competence or just the ability to relax without gizmos to entertain them. These are the reasons why it is so important for youths to disconnect and unplug from their devices and just be kids this summer. Here are fun activities that will provide children with opportunities to develop life skills, enhance creativity, improve communication & interaction and appreciate nature.


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SMA Teen Summer Camp has a new Poster in Rothrock Outfitters!

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Rothrock Outfitters is central PA's premier outdoor gear shop located in Historic Downtown Huntingdon at 418 Penns St.  Rothrock Outfitters opened its doors on November 13, 2000. This historic building was built in the early 1800's.  According to Rothrock's webiste the building was "originally home to Steeles pharmacy with two additional floors housing fine apartments. During the early part of the 20th century the top floor burned off in a cold january fire. After some remodeling the building was again reopened under the Steeles name. by the middle of the 1900's the building and ownership had changed hands later becoming a hardware store, army navy store, doctors office, and most recently the huntingdon drop in center."

 

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Vestibular System & Proprioception at Adventure Summer Camps

Posted by Kyle Stapp

Fri, Apr 21, 2017

Learn How You Can Improve Your Child's Vestibular System and Proprioception at an Adventure Summer Camp


Adventure activities such as rock climbing, mountain bikinghiking, caving, wakeboarding, water skiing and horseback riding are ideal developmental mediums for balance, body awareness, and coordination.  This includes bilateral integration which is the use of both sides of our body at the same time). These adventure activities require balance and coordination, and as you improve and develope withing these sports the levels of balance and coodination needed continues to rise. Most of us learn about the 5 basic “extrinsic” senses of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. Many of us do not learn about two very important “hidden intrinsic” senses known as the vestibular and proprioceptive senses.

This blog post is intended to act as an introduction to understanding your vestibular system/sense (balance and coordination), proprioception (body awareness) and  their inherent relationship to adventure activities, and how adventure activities require you to maximize your potential if you are to continue developing with them.

Rock Climbing CampThe American urban and sub-urban environments do not tend to offer many opportunities to get to know, and thus, master our ability to balance and coordinate our whole selves. Nor, does our success in everyday societal life tend to depend on our amount of body awareness. Balance and body awareness are experientially learned abilities, meaning if you never experience them you will never develop them. Continued exposure and experience gives us opportunities to learn about, assess, and master…most anything! Crawling, childhood play, and organized sports is where most of our relationships begin and end with balance, body awareness and coordination. This lack of exposure in most Americans everyday life to activities and experiences that require an understanding and extensive use of balance (amoung other things) is exactly why adventure based activities are so important! To maximize your overall potential as a human being, you have to address your understanding of, and relationship with balance, body awareness and coordination. Period.

Staying balanced over a wakeboard, precarious rock climbing footholds on a crag, a mountain bike or skis requires constant balance, body awareness and coordination. Everyday common tasks such as sitting at your desk or in front of your television, walking to your car or class ordriving pushes you very little to get better at balancing, or getting to know yourself at all in any really valuable way. Adventure activities force you to get to know yourself at an expedited rate, compared to modern everyday societal life.  Attending one of the many overnight adventure summer camps for teens that offer adventure activities is a fantastic way to have the opportunity to be exposed to these activities.


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SMA Summer Camp for Teens to offer a Day Camp at Dirt Rag Dirt Fest PA

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Apr 10, 2017


Stone Mountain Adventures Summer Camp is excited to announce we will offer a Day Camp at Dirt Rag Dirt Fest PA 2017! We are excited to offer this service to families this year.  

Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA) is a co-ed, overnight summer camp for teens located in central PA (Ages 12 to 16) We offer:

  • Adventure Activities (Including Mountain Biking)
  • Water Sports
  • Traditional Sports
  • Creative Arts and
  • Community Service
  • We also have a specialized Mountain Biking program for kids who want to ride the Alligrippis Trails everyday that they are at SMA called Mountain Bike Masters.

What: Kids and Teen Day Camp at Dirt Rag Dirt Fest PA 2017!

When: Friday from 1-4pm; Saturday 9am to Noon, Saturday 1 to 4pm

Where: This Day Camp will take place in and around the Seven Points                Recreation Area

Who: Ages 8 to 16 (Campers will be split into groups)


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SMA Mountain Bike Summer Camp to Host Dirt Fest PA Teen Ride!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Apr 10, 2017

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

Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA) is a co-ed, overnight summer camp for teenagers located in central PA offering Adventure Activities (Including Mountain Biking), Water Sports, Traditional Sports, Creative Arts and Community Service. We also have a specialized Mountain Biking program for kids who want to ride the Alligrippis Trails everyday that they are at SMA called Mountain Bike Masters.

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

When: Sunday, May 21st from 9.30am to 1pm

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

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


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

Come See SMA Teen Summer Camps at the Outdoor Expo in State College

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Apr 6, 2017

Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer Camps will have a booth at the Spring Outdoor Expo this Saturday in State College on Allen Street!

What: the Appalachian Outdoors Spring Outdoor Exp

When: Saturday, April 8th from 10am to 6pm

Where: In front of the Appalachian Outdoors Store on Allen Street

    (123 S Allen St, State College, Pennsylvania 16801)

Who: Come see "Swaggers" Rose Miller and Nick Giltrow 

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Topics: Spring Outdoor Expo

SMA to Offer a 2 Day Adult Rock Climbing Clinic (Teens w/ an Adult)

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Mar 28, 2017

Stone Mountain Adventures is excited to announce that we will be hosting 2 Day Rock Climbing Clinic at Donation Rock and Stone Mountain Adventures Summer Camp in Central, PA.  The goal of this clinic is for participants to learn about the sports of rock climbing from experienced instructors.

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What: 2 Day Rock Climbing Clinic

When: May 20th & May 21st 

Where: Donation Rocks and Stone Mountain Adventures

Ages: Adults / (Teens ages 13 to 17 with an Adult Guardian)

 

This Guided Rock Climbing Clinic is geared toward people who want to learn to rock climb safely while improving skills.  You will have the opportunity to challenge yourself on the rocks in a fun, supportive environment while learning skills to take your climbing to the next level.  This is targeted towards people who want to gain hands on rock climbing experience and knowledge.  This clinic is designed for first time to intermediate climbers who have a sense of adventure.  No previous experience is required, however a basic knowledge of popular climbing knots is helpful.


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Topics: Rock Climbing Clinic

Biff's Kenya Trip Report: SMA Overnight Camps for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Mar 28, 2017

Pam and Biff led a Habitat for Humanity trip to Kenya in early February; a giant leap across the “pond” to Africa.   It was a trip of a lifetime.  Not easy.  Long miles to get there, wide spread poverty to witness, and equatorial sun to build a home under.   I can’t explain the feeling you get from the people, their sense of family, and making you part of their life.  Such gratitude.


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Pam's Barnyard Update: Fun Summer Camps for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Mar 28, 2017

The ever hopeful signs of Spring have begun to show itself around the eaves of the barn and in the spirit of the horses! They are anxiously waiting for the bits of green grass to grow in the pasture and are ever hopeful to lose that heavy winter coat of hair. And of course they are counting the days till the beginning of SMA when their 2 footed friends return!


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Topics: Fun Summer Camps for Teens, Pam's Barnyard Update

How long should I send my child to sleep away camp for?

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Mar 22, 2017

How long should I send my child to sleep away camp for?

  

You have decided to send your child to a specific overnight camp summer. Now, the next big question is, "How long should I send my child to overnight camp?" Most overnight summer camps offer a variety of session length options, usually one to eight weeks and everything in between. In this blog post we'll explore some questions that you can answer for yourself that will assist you in finding the ideal session length for your child.

 

New Call-to-actionSummer Camp in the “Early Days”

Parents have been sending their children to overnight summer camps for over 140 years. This “summer camp tradition” started in large cities and urban areas in the northeast. In many communities, the majority of children and young teenagers attended summer camp each year and, if you did not attend camp, you felt “left out” because there were not many kids available to play with at home. Traditionally, almost all overnight summer camps ran for the entire summer, which is generally about 8 weeks.


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How to Prepare Your Teenager for an Overnight Summer Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Mar 14, 2017

Make Summer Camp Fun for First-Timers

As a parent, you are probably planning to send your kids or teenagers to one of the 14,000 camps that operate in the US (ACA Program Report, 2017).  Camping is an enjoyable and enriching experience that your children and teens with benefit from. However, for those who never went away, this can become a daunting experience. There are things though that you can do to prepare your kids and teens for summer camp to make the experience a happy and fulfilling one.  In this blog post you will learn how to prepare your teenager for an overnight summer camp.  


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SMA @ Cabin John Mall Camp Fair: Summer Camps for Teens in PA!

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Mar 7, 2017

Come see Director Jud Millar at the SMA booth at the Cabin John Camp Fair!

 

Where: Cabin John Mall, 11301 Seven Locks Rd. Potomac, MD

When: March 12, 2017 10AM to 3PM

There are only 109 days until the Grand Opening of Stone Mountain Adventures Overnight Summer Camps for Teens 2017!

Rock Climbing Camp

 


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Topics: Cabin John Mall Camp Fair

Benefits of Rock Climbing for Teens: Rock Climbing Summer Camp

Posted by Kyle Stapp

Wed, Mar 1, 2017

Why Rock Climbing is Healthy for Teenagers


Our teenage years are a part of the foundation that shapes the rest of our lives. The influences and experiences we have during our teenage years matter, and therefore, when we have choices; the choices we make matter. Rock climbing and all it involves, is a total teenage developmental package that can set teenagers up for success in many aspects of their life.

 

Therefore, rock climbing is an incredibly healthy choice, offering a little bit of everything in one experience; maximizing what you get both monetarily and experientially (total value = maximized). Rock climbing and the Stone Mountain Adventure’s rock climbing summer camp program is healthy for teenagers for the following reasons (not exhaustive):


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5 Important Lessons You Can Learn at Overnight Summer Camps for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Feb 24, 2017

 

5 Important Life Lessons You Can Learn at an Overnight Summer Camp For Teens

 

Camping is a favorite pastime among Americans with statistics indicating that 14% of the population or 40 million aged 6 and above camped in 2013 (2014 American Camper Report). There are many reasons that camping is so popular, but a love of the outdoors and spending time with family or friends are often the main goals. For parents, signing up kids for overnight summer camps may be an important decision considering the benefits that camping provides in terms of education, social, physical and psychological development. There are in fact valuable life lessons that kids, tweens, teens and campers can learn when attending an overnight summer camp. These skills grow up with them and are useful into adulthood.


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Topics: 5 Important Life Lesson to Lean at Camp, Overnight Summer Camps for Teens

Come see Jud @ The State College Youth Fair: Rock Climbing Summer Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Feb 16, 2017

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

 

What: The State College Summer Youth Camp Fair

When: Saturday, February 18, 10am to 2pm

Where: Mount Nittany Middle School: 

             656 Brandywine Drive State College, PA 16801

 

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How Extreme Sports at Teen Summer Camps Can Help in Youth Development

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Feb 15, 2017

How Extreme Sports Can Help in Youth Development


Extreme sports are not only for thrill-seekers, they may even have benefits for the countless youths who are attracted to these activities. While it is true that many parents have become fixated on the safety of children and teens enjoying these sports, there might be a side to it that they have not looked at. It’s not only the perceived harm that can occur to extreme sports participants, it is also the skills and mindset they acquire while doing them.

 

Defining Extreme Sports


Adventure or extreme sports are broadly defined as ‘individualistic sports containing structural components of real or perceived danger’ (Heggie and Caine, 2012). In the last decade, there has been an explosion of extreme sports participation among both youths and adults. These adventure sports include water rafting, sailing, SUPing, canoeing, mountain, biking, rock climbing, hiking and horseback riding, among others.

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