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5 Life Lessons You Can Learn at an Overnight Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Mar 18, 2019

For many Americans attending a summer camp of some sort what a huge part of their childhood.  For those who attended an overnight summer camp in their tween and teen years the impact of camp on their lives is even greater.  Here are five life lessons you can learn at an overnight summer camp:


Build Relationships and Make New Friends

The friendships that you build at summer camp are strong and enduring.  When you attend an overnight camp, everything is new:

  • You are sleeping and living in a in a new place
  • The food you may be eating is different than what you are used to
  • Your daily routine is totally different and new
  • You are trying new activities everyday

When have all these experiences you can’t help but feel connected to the people you are sharing them with.  The memories, the friendships and the bonds built at summer camp are unique, special and enduring. 

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Happy Valentine's Day from All of Us at SMA Summer Camp for Teens!

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Feb 14, 2019

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA) would like to take a moment and wish you a Happy Valentine's Day!

 

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SMA Teen Camp Takes 2nd Place in the "Dummy Downhill" at Blue Knob

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Feb 14, 2019

Earlier this year Blue Knob Ski Area announced that they were hosting the First Annual "Snow Fest" From Friday 2/8/19 through Sunday 2/10/19.  Events included the following:

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SMA Teen Summer Camp to Attend Summer Expo in Cherry Hill, NJ

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Feb 11, 2019

Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer Camp will be in Cherry Hill, NJ on Monday, February, 11th to attend a Teen Summer Expo!

 

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Where: Milton & Betty Katz JCC (map)

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How can You Help an Anxious Teen Look Forward to Summer Camp?

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Jan 29, 2019

How can You Help an Anxious Teen Look Forward to Summer Camp?

New Call-to-actionIf your child has anxiety about attending a sleepaway summer camp there are some strategies that you as a parent can use to help them prepare and stay calm in the weeks leading up to the opening day of camp.  More than one in 20 kids and teens in America have anxiety or depression and for the majority, this won’t stop them from going to camp. If your child is excited about their upcoming adventure but is a little worried that anxiety may stop them from making the most of the experience, how can you help them keep their ‘fight or flight response’ in check?

Making Arrangements with Friends

Kids who have anxiety can feel much more comfortable about going to camp if friends they know will be joining them. It probably won’t be difficult to get friends excited about a camp at Stone Mountain Adventures, where kids can take part in so many amazing water and mountain activities. Even if friends are doing other things, let your child know that Stone Mountain Adventures is special because there are only about 60 campers per session. Therefore, there is a warm family atmosphere that will help your teen feel protected at all times.

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Topics: Overnight Summer Camps for Teens, "Teens with Anxiety"

SMA Mountain Biking Summer Camp will be at the Phillips Academy in MA!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Jan 27, 2019

SMA Teen Summer Camp Director and Owner Jud Millar will be traveling north to attend a Summer Opportunities Camp Fair hosted by the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.  The Summer Opportunities Camp Fair will be help on Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 12pm to 3pm.  The will be the 29th year that the Phillips Academy has hosted this camp fair.   This fair is designed to give middle and high school students and their families the chance to meet with representatives from approximately 100 local, national and international summer programs.  A wide range of programs will be represented here, including those that focus on academics, language study, community service, sleepaway teen camps, sports, mountain biking summer camps for teenagers, arts, research, internships, outdoor adventure, and international travel.

 

New Call-to-actionWhat: Summer Opportunities Camp Fair

When: Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 12pm to 3pm

Where: The Phillips Academy, 180 Main St, Andover, MA 01810 

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Topics: mountain biking summer camp, Mountain Biking Teen Camp

SMA Rock Climbing Summer Camp will be at the Darien, CT Camp Fair!

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Jan 25, 2019

 

SMA Summer Camp for Teens Director and Owner Jud Millar will be in Darien, CT on Saturday, January 26 for a Camp Fair.  The camp fair will be hosted by Tips on Trips and Camps and is designed to be a place where families with kids ages 8 to 18 can learn about sleepaway camps, creative and performing arts camps, sports camps, internships, community service opportunities, travel programs and more.  

Rock Climbing Summer Camp for TeenagersWhat: Camp Fair for kids ages 8 to 18

Where: Darien High School (cafeteria)

      80 High School Lane, Darien, CT
When: Saturday, January 26 from  1 to 3:30 

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Topics: Rock Climbing Summer Camp, Rock Band Teen Summer Camp

SMA Summer Camp for Teens will be at the Greenwich, CT Camp Fair!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Jan 23, 2019

Stone Mountain Adventures will be attending the Greenwich High School Camp Fair know as the "Summerfare" on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.  Come see Camp Director and Owner Jud Millar at the Summerfare!

 

Request a brochureWhen:
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 PM

(snow date, Thursday, January 24, 2019)

Where:
GHS Student Center
10 Hillside Road
Greenwich, CT 06830

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Topics: Why Choose a Teen Summer Camp, Fun Summer Camps for Teens

Come See Director Jud at the Main Line Overnight Teen Camp Fair

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Jan 16, 2019

Camp Director Jud Millar will be on hand tonight at the Main Line Camp Fair.  You will find him at the SMA booth chatting with families about the summer:

 

When: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm

 

Where: Conestoga High School, 200 Irish Road, Berwyn, PA

 

One lucy person who attend will win a $350 voucher towards any of the participating camps.  The winner will be chosen at the end of the evening.

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3 MINDFUL PRACTICES TO CREATE KINDER, HAPPIER, HEALTHIER CAMPERS AND COUNSELORS

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Nov 28, 2018

Irrespective of whether you are an new camper eight year- old battling with anxiety, a 12-year-old veteran camper struggling with concentration and expressive regulation, or a counselor who is just anxious and astounded, these three simple practices and breathing exercises can lessen tension, increase contentment, and generate permanent behaviors for wellness and pliability.

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Pam Hayes-Houldin + Horsepower featured in Hope in the Saddle Video!

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Nov 2, 2018

In February of 2018 one of Pam's prized horses was selected by Hope in the Saddle as the Therapy Horse of the year!  

Selected from more than 120 entries, Ebony was chosen as the grand-prize winner of the contest. Ebony (along with her human friend, Pam Hayes-Houldin) received a one-year supply of Nutrena feed, a $250 Tractor Supply Co. Gift Card, Hope in the Saddle gear and a commemorative trophy.  In addition a film crew traveled to Horsepower Farm from Boulder, Colorado to shoot the following video: 

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Topics: horseback riding summer camps

Essential Equipment For Fun And Safe Summer Camping

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Nov 2, 2018

Camping is becoming increasingly popular in the United States, especially among millennials, with 77 million households having at least one person who camps occasionally. And what’s not to love? Being surrounded by nature, enjoying fresh air, and creating memorable experiences is all a part of the journey. Plus, being around nature has a very positive impact on kids and teens, and with organized trips such as Stone Mountain Adventures, you can rest assured that safety is guaranteed.

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SMA Teen Camp Vietnamese Visitors Featured in the Daily News!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Oct 29, 2018

The article appeared in the Huntingdon Daily News on July, 17 2018.  This article was written by form SMA Camper Molly Biddle:

 

"Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA) summer camp, nestled in Donation, Oneida Township, has had a long tradition of hosting international campers and counselors since the mid-1980s.

 

 

The camp, founded by Pam and Biff Houldin and now run by their son, Jud Millar, brings teenage campers, 12-16 years old, from all over the country and all over the world to water ski on Raystown Lake and hike the Thousand Steps, among other activities. The camp has hosted international campers from about a dozen countries, including Colombia, Peru, Italy, Spain, and France, but, this summer marks a new first.

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Here are the SMA Teen Summer Camp 2019 Dates!!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Oct 22, 2018

Here are our 2019 Dates:

Choose from any combination of 1, 2, 4, 6 or 8-week sessions!


2 Week Sessions                     Enroll Online    

  • Session 1 (SMA1)         Sun 6/23           to       Sat 7/6
  • Session 2 (SMA2)         Sun 7/7             to       Sat 7/20      
  • Session 3 (SMA3)         Sun 7/21           to       Sat 8/3
  • Session 4 (SMA4)**      Mon 8/5             to       Sun 8/18** Tuition Discount

4 Week Sessions                          Enroll Online   

  • Session 1 + 2                Sun 6/23           to       Sat 7/20       
  • Session 2 + 3                Sun 7/7             to       Sat 8/3  
  • Session 3 + 4                Sun 7/21           to       Sun 8/18

6 Week Sessions                      Enroll Online

  • Session 1 + 2 + 3          Sun 6/23           to      Sat 8/3
  • Session 2 + 3 + 4          Sun 7/7             to      Sun 8/18

8 Week Session                          Enroll Online

  • Session 1 + 2 + 3 + 4     Sun 6/23          to       Sun 8/18

1 Week Sessions                         Enroll Online

  • Session 4-1 (SMA4-1)    Mon 8/5           to       Sun 8/11
  • Session 4-2 (SMA4-2)    Mon 8/12         to       Sun 8/18
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Check out the 4th Session Slideshow from SMA Summer Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Oct 12, 2018

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are so excited to share the Session 1, 2018 Slideshow with you!

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If you love Campfires check out the Campfire Safety Guide!

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

I love to spend time with friends sitting around a campfire.  My favorite things to do around a campfire include: telling ghost stories, playing the guitar and making smores.

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Here is the SMA Session 4 Camper and Staff Memory Book!

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Oct 9, 2018

Click Here to Download the Session 4 Camper and Staff Memory Book 

 

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If you love camping this Beginners Guide can help!

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Oct 9, 2018

I love to go camping and every year I look forward to the summer months when I can sleep under the stars.  This summer at Stone Mountain Adventures Summer Camp we offered 16 camping trips!

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Here is the 3rd Session Memory Book from SMA Teen Summer Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Oct 8, 2018

Camper and Staff Memory Book

Session 3 2018

Click Here to Download the Session 3 Camper and Staff Memory Book 

Liz Feldstein-Nixon

This session flew by faster than the past two. It’s hard to believe that tomorrow we all have to leave this magical place. This was my first time staying session 3 and I’ve had a blast. The people here that I’ve met have a contagious energy that even made the rain fun. Mattawanna was awesome and we all got super close. Sup n Sail with Seb was definitely a high point along with the hiking overnight. I did the Yough with Babs + Helen, but then Helen left ( thanks for that Helen). We crushed it. It rained. It poured. Abbey got cold. All in all a good time. It sucks that so many of my friends won’t be back next year, but I’m so grateful to have met them. Thank you guys for making this summer so special.

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The 3rd Session Slideshow from SMA Wakeboarding Summer Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Sep 28, 2018

We had an incredible summer at Stone Mountain Adventures Summer Camp.  Third Session was so awesome.  Here is the Third Session Slideshow from SMA, Enjoy!

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Topics: slideshow, summer camp slideshow

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