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SMA Teen Camp: Silent Retreat Mode During the Power Hour of Freedom

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Apr 1, 2024

Special Announcement: Stone Mountain Adventures Will Go Into Silent Retreat Mode During The Power Hour of Freedom in 2024!

Dear Stone Mountain Adventures Families,

I hope this message finds you well and filled with anticipation for the upcoming summer at our beloved camp. As we gear up for another season of adventure, growth, and unforgettable memories, on the 1st day of April I am thrilled to share some exciting news with you all.

Starting this summer of 2024, Stone Mountain Adventures will be introducing a unique addition to our daily schedule: Silent Retreat Mode during the Power Hour of Freedom! This decision comes from our commitment to providing campers with diverse experiences that foster personal growth and reflection.

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Topics: April 1st

Only 75 Days Until The Grand Opening of SMA Summer 2024!

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Mar 29, 2024

Hello Campers, Parents, and Friends,

I hope this message finds you all well and eagerly anticipating the start of another fantastic summer adventure. I'm thrilled to announce that we are officially 75 days away from the grand opening of Stone Mountain Adventures Summer Camp for the summer of 2024! Can you believe it?

As we gear up for our 41st summer, I can't help but feel a sense of excitement and anticipation. Each year, we strive to make Stone Mountain Adventures better than ever, and this summer will be no exception. Whether you're a returning veteran or a brand new camper, get ready for an unforgettable experience filled with laughter, friendship, and outdoor exploration.

For over four decades, Stone Mountain Adventures has been a place where campers can discover new passions, challenge themselves, and forge lifelong memories. From thrilling outdoor adventures to creative arts and team-building activities, there's something for everyone to enjoy. And this summer, we're pulling out all the stops to ensure that it's our best one yet.

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Topics: Overnight Summer Camps for Teens

The Top 10 Benefits of Outdoor Rock Climbing for Teenagers

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Mar 28, 2024

As you consider summer activities for your teenage campers, outdoor rock climbing stands out as an exceptional choice for numerous reasons. Not only does it offer physical challenges and rewards, but it also fosters emotional growth, builds self-confidence, and provides a host of other benefits that contribute to your teen's overall development. Here are the top 10 reasons why outdoor rock climbing is a fantastic choice for your teenager:

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Topics: Rock Climbing Summer Camp, Teen Rock Climbing Camp

Check Out the Top 10 Wakeboarding Summer Camps in the USA!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Mar 27, 2024

Are you ready to make a splash this summer? Look no further than these top ten overnight summer camps that offer wakeboarding and water skiing adventures.  If you teenager is excited to wakeboard and waterski this summer then this list of Top 10 Wakeboarding and Waterskiing Summer Camps is for you.  Let's explore each camp in detail to help you find the ultimate aquatic adventure for your child.

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Topics: Wakeboarding, Teen Wakeboarding Summer Camp, Wakeboarding Summer Camp

Unplugged + Unforgettable: Why Your Teen Needs a Device-Free Summer at Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Mar 26, 2024

Dear Parents of Future SMA Campers - 

As we approach another summer season here at Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA), I want to take a moment to share with you why sending your teenager to a camp like SMA might just be the best decision you ever make. In a world dominated by technology and constant connectivity, our camp offers a unique opportunity for young people to unplug, unwind, and reconnect with the simple joys of nature and community.

Now, I know what you might be thinking—"How can I convince my teenagers to go device free while at camp?" After all, people who are teens today have had devises in their hands all their lives.   In today's digital age, the idea of going two or four weeks without a phone or tablet can feel downright scary, if not impossible to them. But trust me when I say that as someone who has witnessed it firsthand, the transformation that occurs when teens disconnect from their screens and immerse themselves in the camp experience is nothing short of remarkable.

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Topics: Teen summer camp, unplugged and unforgettable

Marching Towards SMA Teen Camp's 41st Summer!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Mar 25, 2024

A Note from Camp Director Jud Millar.

Hey there, fellow adventurers! Can you feel it? That electrifying buzz in the air, the unmistakable signs that summer is just around the corner? Well, here at Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA), we're positively bursting with excitement as we eagerly anticipate the arrival of our favorite season.

As your Camp Director, let me tell you, I am beyond thrilled for what promises to be an epic 41st summer at SMA. With each passing day, as the last of the snow melts away and the vibrant hues of new flowers paint the landscape, I can't help but feel a surge of anticipation for all the adventures that lie ahead.

There's something truly magical about the changing of the seasons, isn't there? It's as if nature itself is giving us a playful nudge, whispering in our ears that it's time to shake off the winter chill and embrace the warmth and sunshine of summer. And boy, oh boy, do we have some incredible plans in store for our campers this year!

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Topics: 2 week teen summer camp

Pedals, Laughs, and Surprises: Our Philly Bike Expo Adventure

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Mar 18, 2024

Hey there, fellow adventurers! Jud Millar here, the pumped-up director of Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Camp (SMA), and boy, do I have a tale to tell you about our whirlwind weekend at the Philly Bike Expo! Buckle up, because this recap is about to take you on a wild ride full of excitement, gratitude, and plenty of laughs.

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Topics: mountain biking summer camp, Philly Bike Expo

Philly Bike Expo: Learn about Jud's attendance, the event and exploit.

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Mar 15, 2024

OvernightSummer camps provide an invaluable opportunity for teenagers to explore their interests, develop new skills, and forge lasting friendships. At Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Camp (SMA), located amidst the stunning landscape of central Pennsylvania, teens discover a passion for outdoor adventure and water sports under the guidance of dedicated leaders like camp director Jud Millar and his awesome staff team. This weekend, Jud is gearing up to attend the Philly Bike Expo, an event that not only celebrates all things mountain biking and cycling but also serves as a platform for connecting with families who share a love for mountain biking and adventure.

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Topics: Mountain Biking, Mountain Biking Teen Camp, Philly Bike Expo

Top 10 Summer Camps that Offer Mountain Biking: Unlimited outdoor fun.

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Mar 9, 2024

 Is your child looking to combine the thrill of outdoor adventure with the joy of mountain biking? Look no further than the top 10 mountain biking summer camps in America! These camps offer an exhilarating opportunity for riders of all ages and skill levels to explore scenic trails, learn new techniques, and forge lasting friendships. From the rugged terrain of Colorado's Rocky Mountains to the lush forests of Pennsylvania's Allegrippis Trails, each camp boasts its own unique setting and challenges. Whether you're a beginner looking to develop your skills or an experienced rider seeking new trails to conquer, these camps promise an unforgettable summer filled with adrenaline-pumping rides and unforgettable experiences. So dust off your bike, pack your gear, and get ready to embark on the ultimate mountain biking adventure!

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Topics: Mountain Biking Teen Camp, Top 10 Summer Camps

Top 10 Overnight Summer Camps

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Mar 6, 2024

Are you ready for an unforgettable summer filled with adventure, friendship, and lifelong memories? Look no further than these top ten overnight camps. From traditional outdoor experiences to specialized programs focusing on arts, sports, adventure and more, there's something for every camper to enjoy. Let's dive into the details of each camp to help you find the perfect summer getaway for your child.

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Topics: Teen Camp, Overnight Summer Camp, Top 10 Summer Camps

New Rock Climbing Masters Program at SMA Teen Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Mar 1, 2024

We are all super excited to announce the brand new Rock Climbing Masters Program!

 

Campers enrolled in the Rock Climbing Masters Program will:

Campers will rock climb every day (AM or PM) and choose from other awesome SMA activities when not at the rocks climbing. This program is open to climbers of all skill levels!

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Topics: Rock Climbing Summer Camp, Rock Climbing Masters Program

Leap Year Cheer: Celebrating the Quirky Date We Hold Dear!

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Feb 29, 2024

Oh, hear ye, hear ye, it's that time of year,

When February's days give an extra cheer!

For every four, one year takes a leap,

A special day in March, we'll lovingly keep.

 

On the 29th, in March's embrace,

A moment unique, a leap in space!

So gather your kin, your friends so dear,

For a day of jubilation, not just mere!

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Topics: Leap Year

Fall In Love with Overnight Summer Camp this Valentines Day!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Feb 14, 2024

Ah, Valentine’s Day, the perfect time to wax poetic about love! Love is in the air, and it's not just for sweethearts to share! Campers, gather 'round, for I've got a tale to regale, about an adventure that's sure to prevail. It's the overnight summer camp experience, a journey so divine, where every moment sparkles and every memory will shine!

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SMA Teen Camp to Attend Tower Hill Camp Fair: Wilmington, DE

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Feb 1, 2024

Camp Director Jud Millar will be at the Tower Hill HS Camp Fair Tonight!

 

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Topics: PA Camp Fair, Tower Hill Camp Fair

Summer Camp Guide: How To Get kids Excited About Overnight Summer Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Nov 13, 2023

In an era dominated by screens and digital devices, the challenge of getting kids to put down their phones and embrace real-world experiences has become increasingly complex for parents. One avenue that promises to help your child break free from the clutches of technology while fostering personal growth and independence is overnight summer camp. In this blog post, we will explore strategies to encourage your child to unplug, connect with nature, and eagerly anticipate the enriching experiences awaiting them at summer camp.

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Topics: digital detox

Why First Aid is Important at a Teen Summer Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Nov 9, 2023

The leaves are fall off the trees and the nights are getting colder... fall is finally here in earnest!  As the seasons change families start looking ahead to the upcoming wither, spring and even summer.  In the weeks and months to come summer plans will start to come into focus and as they do some families and teenagers will start searching for a teen summer camp. Teen summer camps have the potential to provide an amazing, memorable experience in the great outdoors for your child. As a parent, safety is likely your number one concern. You’ll be relieved to know most camps require staff to have first aid training and some camps even require staff to have wilderness first aid training. Here are the top reasons why this matters for your child:

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Topics: Overnight Summer Camp, First Aid

Donation Rocks Receives Grant from Access Fund: Parking Lot Upgrade

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Nov 6, 2023

The Access Fund is a non-profit organization based in the United States that is dedicated to protecting and preserving America's climbing areas. Founded in 1991, the Access Fund works to keep climbing areas open and conserve the climbing environment. Climbing areas can face various threats, including access issues, environmental degradation, and land use policies that might restrict or prevent climbing activities. The Access Fund engages in advocacy efforts, conservation initiatives, and education programs to ensure that climbers have access to the outdoor spaces they love while promoting responsible climbing practices and environmental stewardship.

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Topics: Donation Rocks, Rock Climbing Summer Camp

SMA Teen Camp Director Jud Millar Presents at ACA Keystone Conference

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Nov 2, 2023

The American Camp Association (ACA) is a national organization in the United States that focuses on the support of summer camps and youth development programs. Founded in 1910, the ACA works to ensure that summer camps meet specific standards related to health, safety, and program quality. Camps that are associated with the ACA work to ensure they provide a safe and enriching environment for children and teenagers. Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA) as been a member of the ACA since the 1980's.

 

Every year the ACA host Camp Conference's around the country to serve as professional development opportunities for summer camp professionals.  Within the ACA there are geographical regional and SMA is located in the Keystone Region which encumbrances Delaware and Pennsylvania.  According to the Keystone ACA summer camps in Delaware and Pennsylvania served over 1,500,00 kids in the summer of 2023.

 

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Topics: aca conference, Keystone Camp Conference, ACA

SMA Teen Camp 2024 Dates Announcement!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Nov 1, 2023

As we close the book on the Stone Mountain Adventures Summer of 2023 we are fill with gratitude to all the humans who made this past summer such a success.  

  • To the families who put there faith in me and my out standing 2023 staff team and who were patient with us we say: "Thank You"!
  • The the All Star Stone Mountain Adventures Staff team of 2023 who persevered, who stayed up late and got up early with campers and went the extra mile to make everyday of this summer special.  To each of you and to you as a team I, Camp Director Jud Millar say "THANK YOU"!
  •  To you outstanding campers of the summer of 2023 you were literally the best.  We challenged you on activities and you pushed your comfort zone.  You raised the bar during "Jud Games" and "Pole Barn" during crew.  I am grateful to each of you for your enthusiasm and willingness to be silly.  You helped make the SMA Summer of 2023 very special! 

And now it's time to look ahead to the SMA Summer of 2024!

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Topics: Teen Camp, Dates and Prices

Session 4 Memory Book from SMA Overnight Summer Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Oct 31, 2023

 

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Topics: Reflection packets, Camper and Staff Memory Books

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