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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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For How Long Should My Child Attend an Overnight Summer Camp?

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Apr 25, 2019

You have decided to send your child to a specific overnight camp summer. Now, the next big question is, "How long should I send my child to overnight camp for?"

Most overnight summer camps offer a variety of session length options, usually one to eight weeks and everything in between. In this blog post we'll explore some questions that you can answer for yourself that will assist you in finding the ideal session length for your child.

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Why Mountain Biking is Good for Kids and Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Mar 26, 2019

The sport of mountain biking is growing exponentially, and this is especially true for kids and teenagers.  Here are some of the reasons that mountain biking is good for kids and teenagers:


Kids “Unplug” and Reconnect with Nature:

Kids and Teens today are often referred to as “screenagers”. According to a report by Common Sense Media tweens age 8 to 12 spend 6 hours a day in front of screen while teens spend 9 hours on screens.  Mountain biking inherently takes place in nature.  Kid and teens who mountain bike reconnect with nature often without even realizing it. There really isn’t anything like being outside and breathing fresh air.  Kids who take time to unplug connect with nature can have a positive effect on their entire mind, body and spirit.

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Topics: Mountain Biking, mountain biking summer camp

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!




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 CampWhat: 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)

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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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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