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Session 3 Memory Book: SMA Mountain Biking Teen Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Oct 30, 2023

 

Camper and Staff

Memory Book

3rd Session Summer 2023

 

A Note from the Camp Directors Jud Millar about SMA Session 3:

Greetings to everyone in our Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA) family. It is hard to believe that the summer of 2023 has come and gone so fast. It seems like only yesterday we were dusting off the canoes and tuning up the mountain bikes, and now this incredible summer is in the history books. The remainder of August was great, but we often found ourselves playing “remember that time in Third Session... that was awesome!” during our down time.

Campers, we miss each one of you so much, and it’s just not the same without you here. We hope you have recovered from the craziness of camp and had an awesome end to your summer.  

Parents, thank you for sending your son or daughter to Stone Mountain Adventures. Each member of the incredible third session of SMA 2023 possessed fantastic qualities and helped to make the group so special. We had incredible experiences as individuals and as a group – it was truly a memorable session.

          

On the last full day of the session we asked each member of our group to take a few moments and "reflect" about his or her experience at Stone Mountain Adventures. Enclosed are the written reflections of campers as well as a brief description of many of the activities that we did at camp written by our stellar staff.

We hope you enjoy this SMA Memory Book and these reflections as much as we do!

Best wishes on the school year ahead,

                    Jud, Anne, Wyatt, Molly, Pam, Biff, Comet, Jack, Piggy, the Cats, the Horses, the Rabbits & other random farm animals!

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Topics: Reflection packets, Camper and Staff Memory Books

SMA2 Memory Book: SMA 2 Week Teen Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Oct 29, 2023

A Note from the Camp Directors Jud Millar about SMA2 Memory Book:

Greetings to everyone in our Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA) family. It is hard to believe that the summer of 2023 has come and gone so fast. It seems like only yesterday we were dusting off the canoes and tuning up the mountain bikes, and now this incredible summer is in the history books. The remainder of August was great, but we often found ourselves playing “remember that time in second session... that was awesome!” during our down time.

 

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Session 1 Memory Book: SMA Summer Camp for Teenagers

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Oct 27, 2023

 

Camper and Staff Memory Book

1st Session Summer 2023

A Note from the Camp Directors Jud Millar:

Greetings to everyone in our Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA) family. It is hard to believe that the summer of 2023 has come and gone so fast. It seems like only yesterday we were dusting off the canoes and tuning up the mountain bikes, and now this incredible summer is in the history books. The remainder of August was great, but we often found ourselves playing “remember that time in first session... that was awesome!” during our down time.

 

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Topics: Reflection packets, Camper and Staff Memory Books

Here's the SMA "Tween Camp" Session 4 Slideshow... Finally!!

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Sep 14, 2023

 

They say that summer camp experiences have the potential to create lasting memories and provide a sense of adventure and fun that teens often cherish for a lifetime, that was certainly true during SMA Session 4 this summer. 

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Topics: summer camp slideshow

SMA Teenage Summer Camp Session 3 was Awesome, Here's the Slideshow!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Sep 13, 2023

We had an incredible summer at Stone Mountain Adventures Summer Camp.  Third Session was so awesome. 

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Topics: summer camp slideshow

Here is the SMA Summer Camp Session 2 Slideshow!

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Sep 12, 2023

Here is the Stone Mountain Adventures Session 2, 2023 Slideshow! Photos in this awesome slideshow include: Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, White Water Rafting, Evening Activities and So Much More!

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Topics: summer camp slideshow

Here is the 2023 SMA Teen Camp Session 1 Slideshow!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Sep 11, 2023

Every summer, every session at Stone Mountain Adventures has the potential to be amazing and Session 1, 2023 did not disappoint.  Every camper and staff arrived at camp ready to give their best shot. 

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Topics: summer camp slideshow

Read about how we spend the last Rafting day at SMA 2 Weeks Teen Camp.

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Aug 17, 2023

On August 16, 2023 every SMA Session 4 camper and staff member woke early and had a cold breakfast which would give us the fuel we needed for the day ahead.  We loaded into our camp vans and began the road trip that would take us from Stone Mountain Adventures to Ohiopyle, PA.  Home of the mighty Youghiogheny river (aha The Yough).  Here we met our Wilderness Voyagers White Water Guides, got geared up for the day and did a in depth safety briefing.  We were about to embark on our 4th and final White Water Rafting Day!  We had an AMAZING Day on the river!! All would later agree that we saved the best for last!!

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Topics: white water rafting

SMA4-1 has been amazing at SMA Teen Summer Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Aug 13, 2023

The final session of the year has launched and the challenging, fun and awesome activities that we have on offer have enabled everyone to create beautiful memories. We began the final session of the year with introductions so that everyone can get to know each other and speed up the transition into being a camper and living the sma lifestyle. Together as a camp we know everyone and have created friendships that will last a lifetime!

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Topics: Session Update

A Recollection of SMA Tweens Camp 2023 White Water Rafting, Session 3.

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Aug 3, 2023

On August 2nd, 2023 every SMA Session 3 camper and staff member woke early and had a cold breakfast which would give us the fuel we needed for the day ahead.  We loaded into our camp vans and began the road trip that would take us from Stone Mountain Adventures to Ohiopyle, PA.  Home of the mighty Youghiogheny river (aha The Yough).  Here we met our Wilderness Voyagers White Water Guides, got geared up for the day and did a in depth safety briefing.  We had an AMAZING Day on the river!!

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Topics: white water rafting

Summer Camp Lifestyle: A Look Into What Morning Looks Like Here at SMA

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Jul 28, 2023

Everyday at Camp  starts the same way for our campers and staff:

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A Recollection of SMA Tweens Camp 2023 White Water Rafting, Session 2.

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Jul 18, 2023

 

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Topics: white water rafting

Everyone Loves All Camp Day at SMA 2 Week Teen Camp!!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Jul 16, 2023

The second session of SMA has taken off and the activities we have on offer are fun, challenging and are creating awesome memories. We started session 2 with introductions and are now at a stage where everyone knows each other and are trying new things together, learnt new skills and developed lifelong friendships.

 

 

This session includes a big talented group of mountain bikers who have rocked on the SMA trails, the Allegrippis trails and the skills park at Raystown lake. The view of the lake while shredding on the trails at Raystown is an experience the group are so happy to have. This activity is offered for both biking masters and non-biking masters allowing many kids to feel the need for speed!

 

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Topics: all camp day

We do "Crew" every morning at SMA Teen Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Jul 14, 2023

Everyday at Stone Mountain Adventures starts the same way for campers:

  • Campers are woken up by staff singing "The Birdie Song"
  • Then Campers brush their teeth and break their fast in the Rhino Dining Hall
  • Followed by campers gathering with their "Crew"!

Every camper at SMA Teen Camp is a member of a "crew" and crews are basically chore groups.  We have a rotating job chat so each crew knows what their chores are each morning.  Crew time and morning chores are not a huge part of our daily life at camp as they only take about 15 minutes each day.  Crew time and chores are, however a large part of our summer camp philosophy: That every member of camp (campers included) must contribute to make our summer camp community "work".  During the first few mornings of crew time each session we take the opportunity to play name games and team building games.  Today we play what is far the loudest teambuilding game called "Pole Barn". 

 

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Topics: polebarn, crew

A Recollection of SMA Tweens Camp 2023 White Water Rafting, Session 1.

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Jul 5, 2023

On July 3rd, 2023 every camper and staff member woke early and had a cold breakfast which would give us the fuel we needed for the day ahead.  We loaded into our camp vans and began the road trip that would take us from Stone Mountain Adventures to Ohiopyle, PA.  Home of the might Youghiogheny river (aha The Yough).  Here we met our Wilderness Voyagers White Water Guides, got geared up for the day and did a in depth safety briefing.  Our guides were all So Excited as it had recently stormed and the water levels rose from a shallow 1.5ft to an excited 3.5ft (see photo):

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Topics: white water rafting

It's "All Camp Day" here at SMA Teen Camp Session 1

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Jul 1, 2023

We can't believe it's already All Camp Day for Session 1, 2023! We started off this summer with an enthusiastic group of 47 campers, 13 Camp Counselors and 4 AOP's and we are loving having so many staff and campers from all around the globe. Whether it is new campers or returners, we are on our way to making lifelong friends and memories. We are halfway through the session and have already sent out six overnights which include the much-anticipated rock climbing and wakeboarding overnights.

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We went Mountain Biking Today at SMA Teen Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Jun 29, 2023

This morning we had an awesome mountain biking activity session at Stone Mountain Adventures and we mad a video!

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Topics: Mountain Biking, Mountain Biking Teen Camp

Introducing the 2023 SMA Teen Camp Staff Team!!

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Jun 23, 2023

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are thrilled to introduce the SMA Staff Team of Summer 2023

 

 

 

 

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Topics: SMA Staff Team

Learn the Core Competencies of Mountain Biking at SMA Teen Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, May 24, 2023

Mountain biking requires a combination of skills and competencies to navigate challenging terrains and enjoy the sport to the fullest. Attending a Teen Mountain Biking Summer Camp is a great way for teenagers to learn of these skills and competencies.

The core competencies of mountain biking include:

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Topics: Mountain Biking Teen Camp, Core Competencies

Horsemaster's Director and SMA's Founder Pam Announces Her Retirement.

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, May 17, 2023

Pam Hayes-Houldin co-founded Stone Mountain Adventures in 1983 with her husband (my dad) Biff. Since then, Pam has been the Equestrian and Horsemasters Director at camp.

A Little Bit of “Herstory”

Pam has been a horse lover her entire life. She grew up on a dairy farm in “Big Valley” (where the Amish Market is) named “The Heide” as the second oldest of six children (two boys and four girls). Her first love was showing cows, which she did with some success at Harrisburg Farm Show and eventually to Chicago.

Pam’s father Reed Hayes had a deep love for horses and competed in “Harness Racing” when Pam was a child. Pam and her brothers and sisters each had their own horse; they would ride deep into the mountains connected to their family farm. Riding and training with 4-H, Pony club and many instructors has allowed Pam to hone her balanced seat teaching skills to work with both children and adults.

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Topics: Horseback Riding, Retirement

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