The following blog post was written by Beth Lewis:
I attended SMA for 3 summers (2014-2016) and they are still some of the best ones I’ve had. The fact that my parents let me fly from London to Pennsylvania for 3 consecutive summers so that I could spend it with my best friends is testament to that. I rocked up on the first day, was bombarded by people, and was pretty overwhelmed. It wasn’t like anything I had experienced before - these strangers were friendly. From that point I had nothing but fun and KNEW I’d go back as a councillor.
On Saturday, 9/7/19 the Access Fund hosted and Adopt a Crag event at Donation Rocks. Local Author and Climbing Enthusiast Ken Hull was instrumental in the organization of this event. He wrote the following “Thank You Letter” to everyone who was involved in making this incredible event happen. Here is the letter:
“I want to take this opportunity to THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for your time and hard work to improve access and trails within the Donation Rocks property!!! Not only was I thrilled with how hard you all worked, but quite honestly, I was blown away by the quality of the work and what an absolutely 100% difference it made in all four of the work areas!!!
A few weeks ago a middle school group from NCCL returned a to Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer Camp. This was their 8th year coming to Stone Mountain Adventures and by all accounts it was one of the best experiences ever!
Founded in 1971, NCCL is a small private school located in Delaware serving students in grades K to 8. The tag line for NCCL is Small Classes, Big Ideas.
Pam and Biff Houldin were recently featured in an article written by Kylie Hawn in the Mature Living section of the Huntingdon Daily News. The piece focuses on what each of them do to give back to the community.
A majority of individuals nowadays are happy when their sumptuous pool parties at a private island or fulfill their deepest desires of exotic cuisine or shopping endeavors when they are planning a vacation. However, there are a few daredevils amongst us who try to engage in exciting sports activities or discover the natural wonders of the world. They just roll up their yoga mats and practice their circular breathing techniques to climb a mountain or cycling in the exotic forests to get a glimpse of all the adventures of life during their summer vacations.
Furing the 8th and final week of Stone Mountain Adventures Summer 2019 we once again hosted the Dream Day Camp for 8-11 year olds. The Dream Day Camp is designed to prepare younger campers for the overnight camp at SMA for kids aged 12-16. This was the third year we offered the SMA Dream Day Camp!
The Stone Mountain Adventures Summer of 2019 was an incredible experience for all involved. We had 4 terrific 2 week sessions with many campers staying for multiple sessions. During each session our staff took photos of campers on activities, campers hanging around camp and group photos. We have gathered the best of those photos and created a video slideshow. We are working on SMA Sessions 2, 3 and 4 and hope to have those published in the days and weeks to come.
After a fantastic First Session all of us at Stone Mountain Adventures were thrilled to welcome our Second Session Campers on Sunday, July 7th. We had about 15 “hold over” campers from First Session who stayed on to join us for second Session. Opening day was full of greeting new families, unpacking leaning names and generally getting settled at camp. We started off the week with the first of many ‘Nuke ‘Em’ games, followed by a dip at Greenwood Lake (otherwise known as Freezewood!). After a delicious meal, some camp games & a wonderful evening meeting, we were off to the cabins to get a good night’s sleep ahead of a big first full day of camp!
Traditional Overnight Summer Camp has it's benefits. But for some families, a Non-Traditional Overnight Summer Camp is just the right fit! I challenge you to Declare Your Independence Traditional Overnight Camp and see if a Non-Traditional Overnight Camp Experience is the right one for your child!
What are the differences between Traditional and Non-Traditional Overnight Camps?
This is a great question and good place to start. In this blog post I will explore the major differences between "Traditional Overnight Camp" and "Non-Traditional Overnight Camp".
On Sunday we were excited to welcome our much anticipated first session of campers back to camp after an incredible ten days of staff training! We started off the week with the first of many ‘Nuke ‘Em’ games, followed by a dip at Greenwood Lake (otherwise known as Freezewood!). After a delicious meal, some camp games & a wonderful evening meeting, we were off to the cabins to get a good night’s sleep ahead of a big first full day of camp!
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.
Stone 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)
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 19th from 10am to 1pm
Where: Meet at the Bakers Hollow Parking Lot at 10am
This ride will begin at 10am on Sunday, May 19th at the Bakers Hollow Parking Lot.
This ride is open to kids and teens between the ages of 10 and 17
Stone Mountain Adventures staff and volunteers will join in and supervise the ride.
Riders must come with their own helmet and bike, or they can demo a bike as well.
Parents and Riders must complete a liability release waiver
Lunch will be provided to all riders at the Expo at 1pm
Meet in the Bakers Hollow Parking Lot at 9.45am
The Ride Begins in the Bakers Hollow Parking Lot at 10am
The Hydro Loop to
Then back to the Expo
Lunch will be provided to all riders: Following the ride there will be a group lunch at the Expo
Mom and dad: this is not a babysitting service, this is a teen and tween mountain bike ride open to beginner, intermediate and advanced riders. Riders must come with their own helmet and bike, or they can demo a bike as well. Parents must sign a Liability Release Form.
Tell me more about the SMA Mountain Bike Masters Program:
The SMA Mountain Bike Masters Program is ideal for campers who are passionate about mountain biking excited about the opportunity to ride world class trails on a daily basis. Campers in the program ride everymorning on single track trails at Raystown Lake called the Allegrippis Trail System. They were described in a Dirt Rag Magazine article as "Thirty-three miles of buttery smooth single-track bliss". Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff are excited to ride every day and help campers hone their riding skills and confidence. The MOUNTAIN BIKE MASTERS PROGRAM is limited to eight campers. SMA is an incredible Mountain Biking Summer Camp. Campers not enrolled in the Mt Bike Masters Program will get ample time to mountain bike during their time at SMA.
Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA)is a co-ed overnight teen and "tween" summer camp for 60 teenagers ages 12-16 located in the mountains of central Pennsylvania.
We offer exciting and engaging activities and events everyday including:
Today is the day that we set aside time to express our gratitude for all that Moms do. Moms are special, they are patient and supportive and most importantly there when we need her most. The great Stevie Wonder said "Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love."