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SMA Session 2 Camp Update

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Jul 16, 2024

Adventure Awaits: Highlights from Stone Mountain Adventures Session 2!

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Everyone Loves Crew at SMA Teen Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Jul 14, 2024

Every morning at Stone Mountain Adventures, it's quite a show, Campers rise with a chirpy tune, staff singing "The Birdie Song" just so. Teeth brushed, breakfast gobbled in the Rhino Dining Hall, Then off to their crews, ready to answer adventure's call!

Each camper here joins a crew, a team that's their own, With chores that rotate, so no one feels alone. Fifteen minutes of teamwork, each and every day, It's how we roll at camp, in our own unique way!

Building friendships, learning names, games like "Pole Barn" make a roar, As we snap crew photos, smiles from ceiling to floor. Here's a glimpse of our crew, faces beaming bright, At Stone Mountain Adventures, we make every moment light!

Here are the crew photos:





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SMA Teen Camp to Host VIC Vietnam Student Group!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Jul 6, 2024

Stone Mountain Adventures is excited to be welcoming VIC Vietnam to SMA Session 2!!

VIC Vietnam, a fantastic group of 7 teen students and 2 adult leaders, is bringing their energy and culture to our camp. They’ll have their own cabin but will also share the experience of our camper cabins, blending in seamlessly with our diverse camp community. Throughout their stay, they’ll dive into our full range of camp activities during the day and evening, with a sprinkle of “touristy things” now and then to make their experience even more memorable.

The VIC Vietnam group is set to touch down at JFK Airport on Saturday, July 6th, 2024. After a night near the bright lights of New York City, they’ll make their way to SMA on Sunday, July 7th, just in time to kick off their adventure with our signature “Power Hour of Freedom,” followed by a delicious dinner and an exciting evening activity.

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Topics: VIC Vietnam

It's "All Camp Day" for SMA Teen Camp Session 1, 2024!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Jun 29, 2024

All Camp Day has arrived! We cannot believe how fast this session is flying by- but you know what they say… when you’re having fun. Campers and counselors alike have been having lots of fun with our awesome activities. Whether it’s sending it on the wakeboard, ripping through the SMA bike trails, rocking out on our climbing rocks, or making friendship bracelets during power hour, this group has spent the past week making memories and bonding. We are half-way through this session and are so excited for all the fun coming in week 2. For now, let’s reflect on the first half of this first session.

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Topics: all camp day

Here are SMA Session 1 Crew Photos!

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Jun 27, 2024

Dear SMA Session 1 Parents,

Each morning at Stone Mountain Adventures begins with a burst of energy and camaraderie that sets the tone for the day ahead. Here’s a glimpse into our morning routine:

Our enthusiastic staff wake campers with the lively tune of "The Birdie Song," signaling the start of another exciting day. After a refreshing toothbrushing and breakfast session at the Rhino Dining Hall, campers gather with their designated "Crew."

At SMA Teen Camp, every camper belongs to a Crew—a group responsible for daily chores that play a fundamental role in our camp community. These chores, which only take about 15 minutes each morning, embody our belief that everyone contributes to the smooth functioning of our summer home.

During the initial mornings of each session, Crew time isn't just about tasks; it's about building connections. We kick off with name games and team-building activities, including today’s spirited favorite, "Pole Barn."

Following these engaging activities and before diving into the day’s adventures, we captured a snapshot of each Crew. The resulting photos capture genuine smiles and the bonds forming among our campers.

Here they are:

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Topics: polebarn

Introducing the SMA Teen Camp Staff Team of 2024!

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Jun 21, 2024

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are thrilled to introduce the SMA Staff Team of Summer 2024:



Assistant Camp Director Chase!!

Chase is from Provo, Utah and is friendly with the Mormons. He is a veteran staff member returning for his ninth summer and has the honor of leading us as Co-Director at SMA. His specialty is rock climbing and trying to beat Diego, Matt, and Yely at any sport. His superpower is having Popeye’s forearms. He is known across the globe for starting veganism and continuing to the push forward. Chase says a fun fact about himself is that he can touch is nose with his tongue, but you are going to have to ask him to prove it.

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Millar Family, SMA + Horsepower Farm Pre-Summer Update!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, May 29, 2024

As the soft whispers of winter and cool march evening fade, the world awakens with a flourish of life we call spring. We have had an incredible spring here in central Pennsylvania full of moments big and small... we have had momentous events and special times together.

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Topics: Family Update

Assistant Teen Camp Director Chase's Announcement!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, May 29, 2024

Attention campers and families! Camp Director Chase Cloward has an incredibly exciting and important announcement about the upcoming summer that you do not want to miss. Make sure to watch the video to hear all about the thrilling plans and updates for the upcoming season. Get ready for an unforgettable summer filled with adventure, fun, and new experiences. Stay tuned for more details and get ready to be a part of something truly special. Let's make this summer the best one yet!

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Topics: 2 Week Summer Camp, Rock Climbing Masters Program

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

Camp Director Jud Writes to SMA 2024 Campers Before the Grand Opening.

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

Top 10 Reasons to Consider Rock Climbing for your Teenager this Summer

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

Top 10 Wakeboarding Summer Camp You Can Attend This Summer 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

Explore the Top Reasons a Device-Free Summer Camp is Best for your Kid

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

SMA 2024 Summer Camp: Read about the Activities and the Values of SMA

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

Philly Bike Expo: Read about the Reunions, and Surprises at the event.

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 Teen Summer Camps to take your Teenagers this Summer.

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

SMA Rock Climbing Masters Program: Learn the secrets of Rock Climbing.

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

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