Director Jud's Blog

The 3rd Session Slideshow from SMA Wakeboarding Summer Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Sep 28, 2018

We had an incredible summer at Stone Mountain Adventures Summer Camp.  Third Session was so awesome.  Here is the Third Session Slideshow from SMA, Enjoy!

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Topics: slideshow, summer camp slideshow

Session 2 Camper + Staff Memory Book from SMA Teen Summer Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Sep 26, 2018

Greetings from the Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA) family. It is hard to believe that the summer of 2018 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

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!

Click Here to Download the Session 2 Camper and Staff Memory Book 

 

Alyssa Phillips (Billy Jean Johnson)

This was my second year of SMA and it just keeps getting better and better! It went by so fast but when I look back it feels slow. This year I became very close to many people. Last year I feel like I closed myself off to only two people. This year was way more fun and I’m going to miss everyone so much. Besides spraining my thumb I couldn’t have asked for a better two weeks! I feel like this is the only place on earth where I can be myself and live in the moment.

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Topics: Reflection packets, Camper and Staff Memory Books

Check Out the Session 2 Slideshow! SMA Rock Climbing Summer Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Sep 24, 2018

Here is the Stone Mountain Adventures Session 2, 2018 Slideshow! Photos in this awesome slideshow include: Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, White Water Rafting, Evening Activities and So Much More!

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Here is the Session 1 Slideshow! SMA Summer Camp for Teenagers

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Sep 17, 2018

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are so excited to share the Session 1, 2018 Slideshow with you!

 

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Topics: 2 Week Summer Camp, summer camp slideshow

Here is the SMA1 Memory Book! Rock Climbing Teen Summer Camps

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Sep 11, 2018

 Click Here to Download the Session 1 Camper and Staff Memory Book 

 

Scout Kranick

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love Stone Mountain Adventures!! This is my second year coming to camp and its been amazing. I got to see my old friends from last year; Tyler, Odessa and Jordyn and it was so nice to see them again, I also made new friends; Kaylen, Kendal and Lily. We all had a lot of fun together getting to know each other, making each other laugh and having adventures. We’re all very different in our own ways but I think that’s what made us all click somehow. I’m so glad I met all of them.

My favourite activity at Stone Mountain was SUP and sail! Always getting to go with Jordyn and Odessa was fun because we just hung out on the paddle boards, talked and laughed. Jordyns shenanigans are always funny to watch! It was the best activity because of the heat wave that had come through as well… it was pretty refreshing. SUP and sail was just really fun all the time. I love SUP and sail.

SMA is a wonderful place. The energy of this place cannot be replicated anywhere else. It’s amazing here and when you come you never want to leave!

I LOVE SMA!

 

Daniel Bosch

Session 1 was way bigger than session 4 last year. This being my second year I felt like a veteran camper already. Besides seeing old friends and making new ones I think this session was pretty nice. I tried some new activities and had fun trying them. I’m not writing too much because im here for two sessions so will probably write more at the end of session 2. Well between Tim, Jim and Kim I prefer Kim. While ash and Beth are bugging me while I’m alone in a boat and Jess is broken and Swags is sick it has been a great group of councillors. With flat Matt and flannel Matt and a group more that includes Jellie (Jordan and Ellie), Helen, Nathan, Cassie and Diego. With doing things in power hour like watching the World Cup or the dancing fire (Helen) or the cat in the bush debacle; I don’t know, session 1 was not as close as session 4 last year but that’s because of there being more campers. Having so many 4th year and up campers really added to the experience.

Well, session 1 SMA ’18 has come to a close.

 

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Topics: Memory Books, Fun Summer Camps for Teens

The Incredible SMA Summer Camp for Teens Summer 2018 has Ended...

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Aug 24, 2018

The Stone Mountain Adventures Summer of 2018 has officially come to a close.  It is hard wrap my head around that fact that it's already August 24th but it's true.

  • Our Campers departed on Sunday 8/19/18 (5 days ago)
  • Our Camp Counselors departed yesterday (8/23/18)
  • Wyatt and Molly (and Anne) started the school year on Wednesday 8/22/18

Amid all these endings, departures and new beginnings Stone Mountain Adventures has become a very quiet place.  Today it was just Jack, Comet, Barney, the bunnies here at camp with the horses, the chickens (bak, bak) Pam, Biff, Tammy in the barn.  

 

Please keep an eye on your Inbox as in the weeks to come we plan to send out:

  • Community Service Hours Certificates
  • SMA Session Slideshows
  • SMA Session Memory Books
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Topics: Fun Summer Camps for Teens

4th Session "All Camp Day" Update from SMA Teen Summer Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Aug 12, 2018

Session four is off to a flying start! All camp day has arrived! There is blue sky and the sun is shining! We enjoyed bagels and donuts for breakfast this morning and we’re having a party camp clean up and skits before heading out on community projects and reconvening for a tasty cook out this evening.

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Our 4th Session Campers Have Arrived!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Aug 8, 2018

It's hard to believe we are already two days into SMA Session 4, but we are so excited to welcome in this new group of campers, with many new faces and a few returning to make this the best session ever! After some volleyball and swimming at Whipple Dam on opening day, we were happy to get the final campers arriving from the DC airport on Monday night for a good night of rest before the first full day of activities!

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Topics: Fun Summer Camps for Teens

Last Call to Enroll in SMA August Sessions: Day and Overnight Camp (Ages 8-16)

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Jul 29, 2018

Stone Mountain Adventures Summer Camp is still enrolling kids the following summer sessions taking place in August:

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Topics: summer camp for teens, Day Camp

The sun is finally shining down on 3rd Session for All Camp Day!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Jul 28, 2018

It’s All Camp Day at SMA which means we al;l got to sleep in!  We had a yummy breakfast of bagels and donuts and have all had time to reflect on this crazy fun week of session 3.

Since the campers arrived, session 3 has been going none stop! We have had 2 overnights mud-ultimate, mud-soccer, bunnies adopted, rocks climbing, tie-dye, birdhouses made, frisbee golf, mountain biking, horse-back riding, and wakeboarding!

 

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Topics: Overnight Summer Camps for Teens, all camp day

SMA 3rd Session Campers are Dancing Through the Raindrops!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Jul 25, 2018

Stone Mountain Adventures 3rd Session Campers arrived at camp this past Sunday, July 22nd.  As new and returning campers arrived at camp for the opening day of third session, there was a mix of excited and nervous energy.  That energy was quickly harnessed into action with camp counselors leading "ice-breaker" and team-building games.

And then the rains came... the good news for us at Stone Mountain Adventures is that our facility is location in a mountainous region of central Pennsylvania so we are in no danger of flash floods.  

 

How do we deal with rainy days at SMA?  With positive energy and action!  There are some activities that must be modified or postponed because of heavy rain.  However, most activities we just put the word "MUD" in front of them and run them anyway including:

  • Mud Soccer

  • Mud Mountain Biking

  • Mud Ultimate Frisbee

  • Mud Hiking

  • Mud Volleyball

  • and more!

 

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Topics: Fun Summer Camps for Teens, Session Update

Why Water Safety is Important at Summer Camps For Teenagers?

Posted by Jenny Holt

Sun, Jul 22, 2018

Cool Summer Camp Experiences: Why Water Safety Is Important

Every year more than 14 million children and adults attend camps in the US. Summer Camps promote a variety of activities including water sports which are very popular.

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Topics: Teen Sleep Away Camp, Water safety

It's "All Camp Day" here at SMA Summer Camp for Teenagers!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Jul 15, 2018

It’s wild to think we are already 6 days into SMA session 2! – and what a 6 days it has been. We have crammed in many adventures and belly laughs into our session 2 summer days and we are certain there are many more in store.

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Second Session is "Off and Running" at SMA Teen Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Jul 10, 2018

 Stone Mountain Adventures was excited to welcome our second session campers after an incredible first session ! We started off the week with the first Volley Ball Game and swim at Greenwood Lake, which we affectionately (and accurately) call Freezewood here at SMA. After a delicious meal, some knockout basketball and a wonderful evening meeting, we were off to the bunks to get some rest before the first full day of camp!

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Session 1 "All Camp Day" Update from SMA Summer Camps for Teenagers

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Jun 30, 2018

On this lazy all camp day morning (we even got to sleep in!), there is some time during breakfast of bagels and donuts to reflect on this crazy fun week that session 1 has become. Since they arrived, session 1 campers have been going none stop! We have had four overnights (some wetter than others!), mud-ultimate, mud-soccer, bunnies adopted, rocks scaled, tie-dye, birdhouses made, frisbee golf, LAZER TAG, mountain biking, horse-back riding, and wakeboarding!

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Topics: 2 week teen summer camp, all camp day

The SMA Mountain Bike Masters are having some fun at SMA Teen Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Jun 28, 2018

Today our Mountain Bike Masters decided to stay close to camp and have some fun!

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Topics: Mountain Biking, mountain biking summer camp, Mountain Biking Teen Camp

Our 1st Session Campers have arrived at SMA Summer Camp for Teens!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Jun 25, 2018

            Stone Mountain Adventures was excited to welcome our much anticipated first session of campers back to the farm on Saturday afternoon after ten days of staff training! We started off the week with the first ‘Nuke ‘Em’ game of summer and a swim at Greenwood Lake, which we affectionately (and accurately) call Freezewood here at SMA. After a delicious meal, some ultimate frisbee in the rain, and a wonderful evening meeting, we were off to the bunks to get some rest before the first full day of camp!

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Topics: Teen Sleepaway Summer Camp

Introducing the SMA Teen Summer Camp 2018 Staff Team!

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Jun 22, 2018

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are excited to introduce our 2018 All Star Staff Team:

 

 

Introducing Matthew Dyer (aka Flat Matt)

Age: 23

Home Town: Perth, NY

Recently graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, this particular counsellor can often be found shredding the gnarly bike trails as one of our mountain biking instructors. If he isn’t living up to the self-proclaimed title “the songbird of his generation” or being mistaken for Jimmy Hendrix, you may find him skiing or instigating search parties for his sister with reindeers in blizzards. Matt’s life aspirations include, but are not limited to, living within walking distance of a Chipotle and Chikfila, performing 6 continuous backflips on a bike, and riding the whole Encilada.

 

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Topics: SMA Staff Team

Healthy Meals for Vegetarians and Vegans at Summer Camps for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, May 23, 2018

As a vegan, eating away from home can be a worry, as you wonder whether you and your family’s needs will be catered for without causing a fuss. Many teen summer camps now provide proper, nutritionally balanced, vegetarian and vegan meals, essential for when your kids are at camp without you. It's important to communicate with the camp director their camp camp can accommodate vegetarians and vegans because kids need healthy snacks and packed lunches for days out. When kids are on camping trips, where physical activity and fresh air can work up an appetite very quickly.

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The convenience of a vegan diet lends itself well to camping and eating on the go as you can eat plenty of raw fruit, nuts, and vegetables and there is no need to think about storing perishable dairy and meat products and worry about them becoming contaminated. For a great start to a busy day, just add water to an oatmeal or pancake mix. Pita bread filled with salad and homemade hummus makes a nutritious lunch and, in the evening, your kids can cook delicious grilled soy dogs and veggie burgers with beans or organic ketchup. Keep meals interesting with plenty of variety and taste as well as nutritional value. Grill vegetable kebabs or put some corn on the cob on the campfire and, for a tasty and filling late night supper, place some foil wrapped baking potatoes in the embers.  

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Do Teens Need to Unplug in the Great Outdoors?

Posted by Jansen Wendlandt

Fri, May 11, 2018

Have youth lost their taste for the beauty of the great outdoors? Not only are protected spaces vanishing within the world, but they are also vanishing from our schedules, and more importantly from the lives of today's teens.

A Retreat from Nature

Today’s kids are amazing – they’re creating business plans, crafting their own personal mission statements, and planning demonstrations and rallies around the topics that move them. They are purpose driven, intentional, and spend almost all of their time inside.

A wave of change has occurred as students have shifted from outdoor activities (hiking, biking, and playing tag) to indoor activities (coffee-house conversations, YouTube streaming, and video-game chatting). It’s not just the local parks that are seeing fewer and fewer kids, The United States National Parks continue to experience declining numbers of visitors year after year. While students are eating more “natural” foods, they are spending more and more time away from the natural world. I think this is not only disconcerting, but that it is hurting youth.

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