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SMA Session 4 Slideshow, 2017: Rock Climbing Summer Camps for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Oct 2, 2017

During Stone Mountain AdventuresSummer 2017, we saved the best for last! From awesome evening activities to wakeboarding to white water rafting to super-fun camping overnights session 4 was truly incredible.  During the session campers and staff alike took photos and we have gathered them here in a video slideshow.

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SMA Session 3 Slideshow, 2017: 2 Week Sleepaway Camps

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Sep 30, 2017

Stone Mountain Adventures Session 3, 2017 was one of the best sessions ever at SMA!  Our group just seemed to gel from day one.  We had an awesome mix of returning and new campers.  I think everyone agrees that the dance party in the parking lot of the McDonalds on the drive home from White Water Rafting was one of the highlights of the session if not the summer.  During SMA Session 3 campers and staff took photos, we have gathered those photos into a video slideshow:

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SMA Session 2 Slideshow : Mountain Bike Summer Camp PA

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Sep 25, 2017

 Stone Mountain Adventures Session 2, 2017 was an epic overnight summer camp experience for all involved.  From awesome camping overnights to wakeboarding to white water rafting to super-fun evening activities session 2 was awesome.  During the session campers and staff alike took photos and we have gathered them here in a video slideshow.

Here is the SMA 2, 2017 Video Slideshow:

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Session 1 Slideshow 2017 - SMA Summer Camp for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Sep 11, 2017

Stone Mountain Adventures Session 1, 2017 was an incredible experience for all involved.  Now that summer has ended we have had time to recover and reflect on what an amazing experience this 2 week session was for all involved!  We have also gathered all the best photos from Session 1 and put them in a slideshow... Enjoy!


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SMA Summer Camp for Teens Announces our 2018 Dates!

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Sep 7, 2017

 

2018 Dates at Stone Mountain Adventures


2 Week Sessions                                     Enroll Online    *Great for young 1st year campers

  • Session 1 (SMA1)         Sat 6/23            to       Fri 7/6
  • Session 2 (SMA2)         Sat 7/7              to       Fri 7/20
  • Session 3 (SMA3)         Sun 7/22           to       Sat 8/4
  • Session 4 (SMA4)         Mon 8/6             to       Sun 8/19

4 Week Sessions                                     Enroll Online   *This what most families choose

  • Session 1 + 2                Sat 6/23           to       Fri 7/20
  • Session 2 + 3                Sat 7/7             to       Sat 8/4
  • Session 3 + 4                Sun 7/22          to       Sun 8/19

6 Week Sessions                                      Enroll Online        

  • Session 1 + 2 + 3          Sat 6/23            to       Sat 8/4
  • Session 2 + 3 + 4          Sat 7/7              to       Sun 8/19

8 Week Session                                       Enroll Online         

  • Session 1 + 2 + 3 + 4     Sat 6/23           to       Sun 8/19

 

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SMA Dream Day Camp Slideshow!  Summer Camp for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Aug 20, 2017

SMA Dream Day Camp Was Awesome!

 

Here is the Dream Day Camp Slideshow!

 

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SMA 4th Session Update:  SMA Summer Camp for Teens!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Aug 14, 2017

 

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SMA Session 3 is Awesome!  SMA Summer Camp for Teens.

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Jul 29, 2017

 

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SMA to offer an Explorers Teen Day Camp this August!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Jul 15, 2017

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

 

We 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. 

Activities in the SMA Explorers Teen Day Camp May include:

  • Team building activities and events
  • Disc Golf
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Horseback Riding!
  • Rock Climbing
  • Traditional Sports
  • Sailing
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Day trips to Greenwood Furnace and/or Whipples Dam State Parks

SMA Explorers Teen Day Camp: Ages 12 to 16

Dates: 

  • Monday 8/7 to Friday 8/11
  • Monday 8/14 to Friday 8/18

Times: 9am to 5.30pm 

Cost: $475

Contact Camp Director Jud Millar to learn more:

Jud@sma-summers.com 814-667-3874

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SMA Session 2 Camper Photos: Summer Camps for Teens!

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Jul 13, 2017

Here are our 2017 SMA

Session 2 Campers!

 

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SMA Session 2 Off and Running @ SMASummer Camp for Teens!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Jul 10, 2017

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are so excited the Session 2 is finally here!

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Introducing the 2017 SMA All Staf Staff Team!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Jul 2, 2017

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures Summer Camp for Teens are Super excited about the 2017 SMA Staff Team... 

 

Chase Cloward

Age: 26

Chase has made a very long journey from Southern California to be with us for his 4th Summer at Stone Mountain. Well liked for his down-to-Earth personality and admired for out-of-this-world climbing skills, he sets a great example for us all. This year not only will Chase be giving the local camp-gibbons a run for their money on the rocks, but he is taking a spin on the bike trails and creating a splash on the wake-boat.

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2017 SMA Session 1 Update: SMA Summer Camps for Teens!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Jul 1, 2017

SMA Session 1 All Camp Day Blog Post

 

The start of the SMA summer 2017 went off like all sessions do- an evening meeting in the barn, complete with a mix of both excitement and nerves. During our first full day of camp, we started off with our masters programs going out and since then they have been super busy each day-the Horsemasters in the barn each morning- working on position, rising and sitting trots, and going on trail rides through the woods. While, the bike masters are killing it on the Allegrippis- biking miles and miles of the winding, wooded, hardest single-track on the East Coast and learning bike maintenance as they go.

 

 

On the first day we also have belay school and swim check for all our campers, just to get everyone heading to kick SMA into high gear. Since then, we’ve had SMA biking, wakeboarding, tennis better than Wimbledon, freezing headlong sprints into Greenwood Furnace, games of ultimate, successful fishing trips (catching fish, sticks, and the occasional super secretive boots), soccer better than the pros, volleyball and ‘nuke ‘em’ tournaments, campers climbing conquering rocks, Power Hour games of basketball, knock-out, pool, touch rugby, keep-away, cuddle-puddles, ukulele jams, and many a relaxing afternoon doing SUP and sail on the shores of Raystown Lake.

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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
  • Disc GolfNew Call-to-action
  • 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 Summer Camp for TeenagersThe 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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