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SMA Teen Camp Session 4 Slideshow is here!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are thrilled to be about to share our SMA Session 4 Slideshow with you:

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Topics: slideshow, summer camp slideshow

Session 3, 2020 Slideshow: Summer Camps for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures Summer Camp for Teens are thrilled to share the Session 3, 2020 Slideshow... enjoy!

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Topics: slideshow, summer camp slideshow

Here is the SMA Teen Camp Session 2, 2020 Slideshow!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Sep 14, 2020

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are SO EXCITED to share the Session 2, 2020 Slideshow:

 

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Topics: slideshow, summer camp slideshow

Here are more Session 4 SMA Teen Camp Photos!

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Aug 18, 2020

 

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Topics: Teen summer camp, Session Update

SMA Teen Camp Session 4 Update!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Aug 17, 2020

Session 4 Blog Post

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Topics: Session Update

Session 3 Update from SMA Teen Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Aug 1, 2020

            Session 2 ended on a very high energy and enthusiastic note and all of us here at camp could not wait for session 3 to begin! Intersession was a good time to rest and recharge before beginning another phenomenal 2 weeks here at Stone Mountain. Right now, we are at the halfway point and we have had tons of fun and great laughs with many more to come. This session is full of more than 60 lively and charismatic campers who are always challenging themselves with new activities and forming new bonds.

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Session 2 Update: SMA Rock Climbing Teen Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Jul 17, 2020

SMA 2020 is off to an amazing start! The first week has been the perfect escape from the new and stressful world around us. At camp, instead of watching funny shows on Netflix campers are making their own skits that make us laugh even more, instead of at home workout videos we’re sprinting to capture the flag, and instead of listening to the news we’re listening to funny stories of the day while we all sit together at evening meeting. Never before have we all needed the joy and adventure of SMA quite this much!

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Topics: Session Update

Introducing the SMA Teen Camp 2020 Staff Team!!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are thrilled to introduce the SMA Staff Team of Summer 2020!

 

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Topics: SMA Staff Team, COVID19, Staff Training

SMA Teen Camp COVID19 Protocols

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Jun 29, 2020

This is Camp Director and Owner Jud Millar: Our initial goal was to determine if it was safe and responsible to hold summer camp in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic assuming we are allowed to open by local government. After working through the nuances of camp with Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, Cara Exten, and utilizing guidance published by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, CDC, WHO, and the American Camp Association (all resources listed on page 18), we have determined that it is possible to run a safe and responsible summer program with some changes to our programming and the addition of certain safety protocols. Bear in mind, if we are not permitted by law to open, we will not legally be able to hold our summer program.

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We are Jumping for Joy that we can run SMA Summer Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Jun 17, 2020

We recently learned that  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that Huntingdon County will move to the Green Phase this Friday, June 19.

Now it's our turn to make an announcement:

                                              WE CAN RUN CAMP THIS SUMMER!!

 

We are literally Jumping for Joy!

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Topics: COVID19, sma summer 2020

SMA2 Decision Delayed + COVID19 Protocol Update

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Jun 11, 2020

We are close to making a decision about the SMA Summer of 2020 but we are not there yet:

  • On Friday, June 5th Governor Tom Wolf announced that 12 PA Counties would move to the Green Phase. Unfortunately, Huntingdon County was not one of them and remains in the Yellow Phase due to cases in the 2 state penitentiaries located in our county. 
  • We have been advised to delay making a decision until Saturday, 6/20 to make a decision about SMA Session 2. That will give us all 22 days notice If we can or cannot run that session. 
  • Click Here to learn more about PA Governor’s Red, Yellow Green Phase Re-Opening Plan and how it affects Stone Mountain Adventures.

SMA COVID19 Protocol Update

Our conversations with Public Health Epidemiologist from Penn State Cara Exten have been very thorough. We continue to evaluate the recommendations for overnight camps from the CDC, the American Camp Association and PA Dept of Health. We are working to create a SMA COVID19 Protocol Document which will give a very detailed outline of how exactly we can run Stone Mountain Adventures safely this summer.  You can expect the SMA COVID19 Protocol Document to be in your inbox next week.

Important changes for the SMA Summer of 2020:

As part of our "Prevention" protocol we are asking the following from everyone attending camp:

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We are still hiring for the SMA Summer of 2020!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Jun 3, 2020

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Topics: camp counselor, SMA Staff Team

A Message From Camp Director Jud about SMA1

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, May 27, 2020

This is Camp Director and Owner Jud Millar from Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA).  First, I want to start off by thanking you all for your continued support, patience, and understanding during this difficult time. We are incredibly grateful for all the positive phone calls and e-mails in response to the video that my daughter Molly and I made addressing the “What If’s” of the SMA summer of 2020. I’ve always said we’ve had the greatest families at Stone Mountain Adventures and this was even more evident during this extraordinary time. 

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Topics: COVID19

A COVID19 Interview with SMA Teen Camp Director Jud Millar

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Apr 30, 2020

Check out this video of Molly Millar trying to solve the biggest mystery of all: What's Happening With Camp This Summer?  

 

Due to the ongoing COVID19 Pandemic we have extended the due date for tuition balance from May 1st to June 1st.
June 1st is 33 days away and we feel that we will have more information about the summer by then.  Please remember that our absolute number one priority is and always will be the health and safety of our campers and staff. Since my parents Pam and Biff founded Stone Mountain Adventures in 1983, we have been bringing campers and staff together from around the country and around the world. We are working hard to understand this complicated situation and this new ever-evolving reality that is COVID-19. Please know that every decision we make moving forward will be based on the health and safety of your camper.

We feel that the summer of 2020, if permitted to proceed, has the potential to be the most important camp season in our children's lives. Not since 9/11 have our children been exposed to such stress and an increased level of anxiety. Never have positive face to face social interactions been so important and needed.
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Topics: COVID19

How Summer Camp and Travel Can Boost  Mental and Physical Health

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Apr 27, 2020

Life can get busy and in the hectic daily routine of school, family and work, taking time to plan various trips (including summer camp) can help to improve many aspects of mental and physical health.  It is indeed that physical activities can enhance the courage, strength, stamina, and durability of the body.

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Thanks to Everyone Who Posted #smaTshirtWeek: SMA 2 Week Teen Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Apr 14, 2020

We are all living in uncertain times.  COVID19 has altered every aspect of our lives as we all shelter in place and practice social distancing.  Social connection is still important  to all of us and it has been incredible to see how many people in our Stone Mountain Adventures family took time to dig out their favorite SMA T-shirt and post it online.  Check out this video #smaTshirtWeek:

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Topics: 2 Week Teen Camp, COVID19

This is SMA Camp T-Shirt Week

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

We are excited to announce that this is Stone Mountain Adventures Camp T-Shirt Week! #SMAtshirtweek

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COVID19 Update from SMA Teen Summer Camp 3/25/2020

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Mar 25, 2020

Dear Stone Mountain Adventures Families: 

We hope that this email finds you and your family well. As we all try to cope with our new realities of this COVID-19 pandemic, including social distancing and family isolation, we are dreaming of being back here in Central Pennsylvania at Stone Mountain Adventures with your kids for camp this summer.
 
It feels like with the 24-hour news cycle and the constant barrage of changes, cancellations and warning there is more unknown and than known. I imagine that, like us, for you and your family this has created ever changing emotions (including anxiety) with more questions than answers. In these uncertain times we hope that Stone Mountain Adventures can remain a spark of hope for campers as we move through these next few challenging weeks and/or months.
 
The purpose of this email is to connect and to provide you with what we hope will be some peace of mind, and even a little optimism, regarding some important questions and issues related to the upcoming Stone Mountain Adventures Summer of 2020.
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Topics: 2 Week Teen Camp, COVID19

Benefits of Animal Interactions at a Teen Summer Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Mar 23, 2020

Most children love animals.  If you grew up with a family pet, you know that they can be cute, fun-loving and oh-so-cuddly.  But did you know that having a family pet in your home can benefit children’s lives?

Research has demonstrated that having a pet in your home and having daily encounters with pets assists kids with creating positive qualities. A connection with a furry friends can help kids alleviate anxiety, teach responsibility, keep kids active and while making kids happy.  They same is true at summer camp.  We find that new campers who attend our overnight summer camp and interact with camp pets at least once a day assimilate to live at camp better.


What Animals Do We Have at SMA Teen Summer Camp?

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Topics: 2 week teen summer camp, Animal Adoption at Summer Camp

Summer Camp Activities Can Help Campers Maintain Good Mental Health

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Feb 18, 2020

There is a need to support the physical activities of the children as well as their mental well-being for the proper development of the children. For doing so, we should try to develop a growth mindset approach to everything, we do. Kids should be encouraged to make healthy choices and make sure that their academic curriculum is balanced with a variety of extra-curricular activities. Summer camp activities offer this balance for kids.

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Topics: "Teens with Anxiety"

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