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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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SMA Teen Camp to Start an "Adopt a Possum" Program...

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Apr 1, 2018

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are excited to announce that for the summer of 2018 we are starting an "Adopt a Possum" Program. This program will replace the very popular "Adopt a Bunny Rabbit" Program which has been operating since the founding of Stone Mountain Adventures in 1983.  

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3 Ways To Get Kids Interested In Attending Summer Camps for Teens

Posted by Jenny Holt

Wed, Mar 28, 2018

Nowadays, most teens prefer to spend a majority of their time on their phones and other gadgets. New Call-to-actionAccording to a survey, most American teens spend about 6 hours a day on their mobile phones and about 18 hours in front of the television, a gaming console, and a desktop computer. For their overall well-being, it’s imperative that teenagers spend some time outdoors as being in nature benefits both physical and mental health. One of the best ways to experience the full benefits of nature is to go camping as being out in the fresh air and sunshine can do so much to reduce stress levels, improve physical health, and it can even boost one’s mood. Moreover, it helps teens to unplug and take a breather from technology. If you don’t think you can convince your teenager to pitch a tent with you sometime this year, here are a few ways to get your child interested in camping.


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Real Rock Film Tour @ PSU: SMA Rock Climbing Summer Camps For Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Mar 7, 2018

Penn State Outing Club and Appalachian Outdoors are hosting a Rock Climbing Film at the HUB next Thursday!

What: Reel Rock Film Tour

When: Thursday, March 15 at 7 PM - 9:30 PM

Where: HUB Flex Theater

Check out this awesome trailer:


According the the description on YouTube this is what you have in store for you at the Reel Rock Flim Tour:  "We’ve been following the world’s most exciting climbers, documenting their gripping tales and groundbreaking sends. REEL ROCK 12 brings you stories from the edge, featuring big names and breakout stars. Starring Margo Hayes, the first woman to climb 5.15; Brad Gobright, an up-and-coming free soloist with a donut addiction; the return of Chris Sharma to the deep water soloing stage; and introducing Maureen Beck, a one-handed crusher who's gonna knock your socks off."


Tickets will be $4.99 for students and $8 for community members, and will soon be available at Appalachian Outdoors on Allen Street and at Outing Club meetings on Tuesdays at 8pm.

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Jud will be at the State College Camp Fair: Summer Camps for Teenagers

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Feb 17, 2018

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


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Come see SMA Teen Summer Camp Director Jud @ the Arlington Camp Fair

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Feb 8, 2018

SMA Teen Summer Camp Director Jud Millar will be in Arlington, VA for the Summer Activities Fair:

What: Arlington, VA Summer Activities Fair

When: Friday, February 9th from 6-8pm

Where: (New location this year) Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd. Arlington, VA 22204

This is a great time to get ready for summer by exploring the available summer activity programs throughout the region and the various enrichment programs they offer to children of all ages. 



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Come See SMA 2 Week Summer Camp at the Moorestown Friends Camp Fair

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Feb 2, 2018


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Meet Director Jud from SMA Teen Summer Camp in Wilmington, DE!

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Feb 1, 2018

Camp Director Jud Millar from Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA) will be at the Tower Hill School Summer Camp Fair in Wilmington, DE on Thursday, February 1 from 3:30pm-7:00pm.  This is a great opportunity to meet with Camp Director Jud in person. We hope you'll come meet us at this free event.

Meet us at the Tower Hill School Summer Camp Fair. Details.
Founded in 1919, Tower Hill School is a private, college prep school in Wilmington, Delaware, serving students in preschool through Grade 12.  Tower Hill is regarded as one of the best private schools in the U.S. Many of Tower Hill's students attend top universities and colleges.
Recent SMA Teen Summer Camp Campers from Delaware include:

Sara & Sam Wien, Wilmington, DE              

Emily Stroud, Laurel, DE                         

Jack McDermott, Wilmington, DE                  

Jordan Hill, Hockessin, DE                             

Darius  Gavris, Wilmington, DE                       

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Director Jud to travel to UK for a Teen Camp Staff Fair with Camp America!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Jan 20, 2018

I am Super Excited to be traveling to the UK today to attend the Camp America Staff Fair in Manchester on Thursday 1/25/18. 


While I am in the UK I plan to connect with veteran SMA staff from years past including:

  • Beth Clewes

  • Josh Lucy

  • Jemima Strang

  • Babs

  • Hannah Layland

  • Ceit Bannon

  • And More!

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Happy New Year from SMA 2 Week Summer Camp for Teens!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Dec 31, 2017


We will soon ring in 2018 with firecrackers, confetti, laughter and Happy New Year wishes to all!  The New Year brings with it a fresh start, new opportunities and an exhilarating sense of rejuvenation. We will make New Year’s resolutions in an attempt to improve ourselves and to be better towards others.  One thing we at Stone Moutnain Adventures resolve not to change this year are the meaningful and fun summer camp expereinces we provide for our campers and staff. 

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Happy Holidays from SMA Summer Camps for Teens!

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Dec 22, 2017


All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures 2 Week Summer Camp enjoyed sharing our 2017 adventures at camp: rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, white water rafting, wakeboarding and hanging around camp.  It is special for us to be able to share so many incredible summer camp experiences and memories with so many year after year.


Thank you for being part of our extended summer camp family and we hope that 2018 brings many new adventures.

Best Wishes.


         - Jud and Anne Millar

          Owners of Stone Mountain Adventures

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Why Teen Summer Camp Is Important & How to Choose the Right One

Posted by Jason Lewis

Tue, Dec 19, 2017

There are few experiences that kids and teens can have in their formative years that are more beneficial than attending a quality summer camp.Camps give you a taste of freedom and the responsibility that comes with that. Summer camp also helps kids develop new skills, hone in on what kinds of activities they truly enjoy, learn how to build relationships with others, and keep them safe from unsupervised temptations.


 Why summer camp is so important


I met my best friend at summer camp. Of course, I didn’t know he would become my best friend at the time. We bonded over our shared love of basketball, and though our competitive natures threatened the friendship in its nascent stage, ultimately we found that common bond to be helpful. For many kids, camp is all about building relationships and this is such an important benefit of it. Camp teaches you how to interact with others when you have some independence - a skill that kids will use over and over as they grow up.

 Why Choose SMA

“Camp is the best emotional preparation for a successful college experience, because you practice being on your own, keeping track of your clothes; you practice living in a community and getting along with roommates you don’t love — all of the skills you need for true independence,” notes The Washington Post.


Beyond the social benefits, camp is also great for letting kids figure out what they are good at and what they truly love to do. It was at camp that I discovered my love (and aptitude) for boating/sailing.


Camps give kids “A powerful identity that makes the child feel confident in front of others,” says Psychology Today. “Your child may not be the best on the ropes course, the fastest swimmer, or the next teen idol when he sings, but chances are that a good camp counselor is going to help your child find something to be proud of that he can do well.”

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'17 Session 4 Reflections: SMA Summer Camps for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Dec 8, 2017

 Isabelle Kough:

4th session was amazing- all the overnights, meeting new people, my cabin, the activities, and just everything made me want to come back. The counselors have made everything more fun. The camp itself didn’t change me but the people did. Darius taught me not to care what people think. Ben the counselor made me realize to laugh. On the overnight was fun because Will was fighting everyone with lightsabers. I had an amazing session with everyone especially Adi and Jordyn. I can’t wait to come back next year! I love Jem (because she made me write this).


Matthew Weitzel:

This was my first summer camp that is an overnight, as it was the longest time I’ve been away from family. It started to feel normal after about 2-3 days. By for this is the most outdoor activities I’ve done this summer. The adventures beheld a mass of emotions including the happiness of belly whomping to the pain of falling off my bike and cutting my arm and leg. Overall, I think I learned a lot and became a lot tanner which I’m happy about, but in all seriousness I will leave a better person and with a lot more skills (and scars).



Jack Weiman:

I like Ben. Ben is cool. So is Jay. Jem is cool. Will is one of my favorites. He used to look like a cool Viking warrior but then he was lame and shaved off his beard and now he looks like a British person. Helen is cool because she is majoring in what I want to major in. I also love Connor and myself. Ben is my favorite. I learned how to wakeboard and had a lot of fun on all the activities. My favorites were sailing, mountain biking, white water rafting. I made a lot of new friends and I really enjoyed my time here.


Mary Zaher:

Coming to camp, I was excited and relieved to have finally made it here. The moment I stepped into my cabin, I was greeted with friendly faces. I got to know my cabin mates better, and tried several new activities with them. Some of my favorites activities were the Amish market, the fair, white water rafting, and overnights. The Amish market and the fair were both opportunities to learn more about the Amish culture. White water rafting was exciting as well as scary, and it required teamwork and cooperation as well as the ability to listen to instructions. While I was on my overnights, I had to learn to coexist with the critters and bugs living in the forest. I had a lot of fun learning how to get up on the kneeboard and hiking through the woods. Overall, I had a great time at camp. I made new friends and tried new activities. I was an unforgettable experience and I hope that I will be back again next year.


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Topics: 2 Week Summer Camp, Reflection packets, Camper and Staff Memory Books

'17 Session 3 Reflections: SMA Mountain Biking Summer Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Dec 4, 2017

Ruben Matell

This session at SMA was probably the best two weeks of my life. Last year, I was so shy and insecure when I came here. This year however, I felt instantly at home when I stepped out of the car. SMA helped me to completely come out of my shell and be who I really am. I am so happy that I was able to be myself, be happy and be confident for the most part. I hope I am able to take it home with me.

As far as activities go, I had so much fun on the wakeboard and I was far better at it than I expected. I also really enjoyed the Yough; it was such a crazy experience with the water that high. I also really enjoyed getting to know everyone here. I made such close friends. It always astounds me that in two weeks I am closer to the people here than I am to people I’ve known my whole life. I love this place with all my heart 



Aiden McAleer

My time at Stone Mountain was amazing, I will 100% be coming back for next year. I found my better self. I have went outside of my comfort zone so many times, I have taken care of a bunny during my time here, I don’t know if I’m taking him home with me but it was fun! I stood up on a wakeboard for the first time and it was the best thing ever! I have met many people at this camp that I will never forget.  Im not very good at writing but this is the best I could do to explain my time here! If  you could draw a line for how good it was, the longer the better


Meghan Lewis

I could not have asked for a better last session. I got to meet many new great people and spend time with old friends. There was not a single time this session where I was unhappy. All of the amazing activities and people made this a session I will never forget. I am going to bring home with me all of the memories I have made and the happiness of myself and others around me!


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Topics: 2 Week Summer Camp, Reflection packets

We have a new camp puppy at SMA Summer Camp for Teens!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Nov 22, 2017

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are so excited to announce that we have a new puppy named Jack!  

Jack is a Bernese Mountain Dog and is about five months old. He is growing like crazy and has an average weight gain of about 2.5 lbs a week.  The other camp dogs (Comet, Piggy, and Frisbee) are adjusting to life with Jack and love to play in the front lawn.  
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Session 2 Reflections:  SMA Fun Summer Camp for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Nov 6, 2017

Georgia Millman-Perlah

This was my second summer at SMA and I had the most amazing 2 weeks of my life. I had so many firsts this session- my first time waterskiing and my first time climbing barefoot. This session at SMA has most definitely changed me as a person. I have learned to accept myself and anyone else. I have more close friendships than I can count and I’ve become SO close with all of the counsellors and next year is not going to be the same without a lot of them.


I made so many amazing memories. I went on the canoeing overnight and saw my first shooting star. At the Yough I stood under a waterfall and I saw a red sun. My cabin and I have had so many deep conversations that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. My favourite memories this summer were the small candle light meeting and the yough. My group at the candle light was so deep and intense and that’s a conversation I will remember forever. SMA is my home and I’ll always have a safe place here. Life at home is going to be so difficult without this routine. I’m going to miss it so much, I’m already counting don the days to next year.

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Jamie Masterson

In these 2 weeks I have found out many things. I found out that ‘I like pina coldas and getting caught in the rain. That I’m not much into yoga and love the taste of champagne.’ I also love that song! It’s the last day of camp right now. Yesterday I went mountain biking and I think that I just really got the hang of it. I also went waterskiing yesterday and I really got the hang of that too. This time white water rafting was a lot better and the water was 4ft high so the counclers didn’t guide the rafts the pros did so we didn’t have to stop before each rapid. I tried hot sauce and I think it will help withal my Dads food.


Oscar Grosjean

This session I made some friends. That was cool, I liked wakemasters and wakeboard overnight. I made really good friends with Noe and Ryan. This was my first year at SMA but it will not be my last year. I had a pretty good experience, I learnt to talk better in English which will help me a lot in the future at school and if I travel. The councelors were super great and they are always here. The place was beautiful and it was great to sleep in little cabins with people we don’t know before. We were like a family and I loved it.

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SMA Teen Summer Camp Session 1 Camper Reflections!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Oct 30, 2017

Scout Kranick

This was my first year at SMA. I had spent 3 summer at an all girls camp in Maine. My first year there I didn’t make many friends. I saw all the other girls laughing and hanging out with their friends. Therefore, I kept going back because I wanted what the other girls were having and getting out of camp. However, I never did find it. By the end of my third year, I decided I was done trying to find something I was never gonna get at my old camp. So I searched on the internet for a new camp. I found Stone Mountain Adventures. I was really excited when my parents said I could go. A few months later, (aka 2 weeks ago) my dad was driving me to camp and all of a sudden I got sad and began to cry because I was scared this camp would be like my old camp where everyone was a brat and had all their cliques. But I got here and Swags came and told me that everything was gonna be ok and it wasn’t gonna be like my other camp. Then I started making friends with everyone in my cabin. Everyone was so kind and opened up to me. Soon, I had many friends from all different cabins and we had fun, laughed together and cared about each other. Here at SMA, I finally found what I was looking for at camp: fun, memories, and friends that will last a lifetime. Next year, I wanna come back…maybe even for two sessions. So thanks SMA for giving me a second home and being the camp I always hoped to find.




Jordyn Bitton

This session was very strange. One second I was unpacking, the next I was going down the Yough. Personally, I could have been more mature this session, therefore moving into Mattawanna. There are obviously things to improve on but I have 6 more weeks to do so. I spent most of this session worried about a lot of things which I know I need to stop but I made new friends and I can’t wait for more of my friends to arrive in session 2!

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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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