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Former SMA Camper's Experience Working at Another Camp...

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Oct 14, 2019

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.

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Adopt a Crag Event @ Donation Rocks: Rock Climbing Teen Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Oct 11, 2019

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!!! 

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Topics: Rock Climbing Summer Camp, Adopt a Crag

NCCL School Returns to SMA Teen Camp for Another Adventure!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Oct 9, 2019

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. 

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Topics: Teen Sleep Away Camp, NCCL

SMA Founders Pam and Biff Featured in Daily News Mature Living Article

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Sep 30, 2019

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.  

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Topics: Pam and Biff

6 Reasons to Challenge Yourself On Outdoor Adventures

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Sep 25, 2019

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.

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SMA Dream Day Camp 2019 Recap

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Sep 23, 2019

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!

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Topics: Dream Day Camp

Dates for SMA Summer 2020 Announcement!

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Here are the dates for SMA Summer 2020:

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Topics: Summer Dates Announcement

Here is the SMA Teen Summer Camp 3rd Session '19 Slideshow

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Sep 16, 2019

 

Here is the awesome SMA3 Slideshow... what a summer!

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Topics: summer camp for teenagers, 2 week teen summer camp, summer camp slideshow

Session 2 Slideshow '19: SMA Summer Camp for Teenagers!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Sep 9, 2019

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA) are so excited to share the Second Session Video Slideshow.  Why you ask? Because we L O V E camp and we L O V E Second Session Campers!!

Here is the SMA 2nd Session Video Slideshow:

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Topics: slideshow, 2 week teen summer camp

Session 1, 2019 Slideshow: SMA Summer Camps for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Sep 6, 2019

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.

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We had an Incredible Day White Water Rafting with SMA 4th Session, 2019!

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Aug 16, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We Played "Pole Barn" during Crew Time this Morning at SMA Teen Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Aug 9, 2019

It;s hard to believe that it's already Fourth Session here at Stone Mountain Adventures!

 

Crew Number One lead by Antonio and Luke

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White Water Rafting, Session 3, 2019 - SMA Summer Camp for Teens!

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Aug 1, 2019

Today our courageous group of campers and staff that make up Stone Mountain Adventures Session 3 went white water rafting on the mighty Youghiogheny River!  It was a great day on the river:

  • The weather was perfect with blue skies 
  • Our guides with Wilderness Voyagers were fantastic
  • The SMA campers and staff of 3rd Session were brave and enthusiastic

Check out this video slideshow!

 

 

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Topics: white water rafting

We did some Mountain Biking Today at SMA Teen Camp - 3rd Session!

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Jul 30, 2019

 

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Topics: Mountain Biking, Mountain Biking Teen Camp

We had an Amazing First Week of 2nd Session @ SMA Teen Camp!!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Jul 13, 2019

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!

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Declare Independence From a Traditional Summer Camp!!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Jul 3, 2019

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".

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Topics: Summer camp, Teen summer camp

1st Session Update from SMA Summer Camp for Teens!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Jun 29, 2019

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!

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Topics: summer camp for teens, Session Update

Introducing the SMA Teen Summer Camp 2019 Staff Team!!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Jun 22, 2019

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are excited to introduce our 2019 All Star Staff Team:

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Topics: SMA Staff Team

SMA Mountain Biking Teen Camp to Host Youth Ride @ Dirt Fest PA this Weekend!

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, May 16, 2019

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)
  • Water Sports
  • Traditional Sports
  • Creative Arts
  • Community Service.
  • 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

 



 

The Details:

  • 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 

The Ride:  

  • Meet in the Bakers Hollow Parking Lot at 9.45am
  • The Ride Begins in the Bakers Hollow Parking Lot at 10am
  • Buck to
  • Fawn to 
  • Osprey to
  • The Hydro Loop to 
  • Eagle
  • 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.


Registration: Riders must pre-register either on the Stone Mountain Adventures website or at our booth in the Expo area of Dirt Fest.Click Here to Register for the Teen Ride


2016 Dirt Fest Youth Ride: Very Muddy!

 

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:

Our teen “tween” campers learn new skills, gain self confidence, make strong friendships and become members of our strong, value centered summer community.

Things that make SMA Teen Summer Camp unique are:

  • Young Teen Focused Activities
  • Choose Your Own Activities Everyday
  • Adventures and Camping Overnights Out of Camp
  • Campers increase self confidence and Independence
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Topics: Mountain Biking Teen Camp, Dirt Fest, Dirt Rig Dirt Fest

To all the Moms out there...

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, May 12, 2019

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."

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