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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

The benefits of rock climbing: SMA Teen Rock Climbing Camp

Posted by Chase Cloward

Thu, May 7, 2020

Rock climbing has changed quite a bit over the past few decades. The gear has gotten better, the safety protocols have improved, and the general knowledge of climbing has increased. People are pushing themselves even further than what was previously thought possible, and climbing routes that used to be looked at as “impossible” are now being conquered.


        With all of these advances in climbing though, a few aspects have remained unchanged; how good climbing is for one’s physical and mental state and the inevitable improvements with hand-eye coordination.

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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"

SMA to Attend the Acton Camp Fair: Horseback Riding Teen Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Jan 23, 2020

Camp Director and Owner Jud Millar will represent Stone Mountain Adventures at the Acton Camp Fair.  This will be the 27th year that the and it is sponsored by the Merriam Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).  The Thursday, January
23rd, 2020 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Parker Damon Building, home to both Merriam and McCarthy-Towne Schools.  According to the Action Summer Camp Fair Committee "The camp fair committee strives to ensure attendance from diverse, prospective campers and their parents."

What: The Acton Camp Fare

When: Thursday, January 23 from 5 to 9pm

Where: The Parker Damon Building in Acton Massachusetts

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Topics: Teen Horseback Riding Summer Camp, camp fiar, horseback riding summer camps, Acton Camp Fair

SMA Rock Climbing Camp to Attend the Greenwich Summerfare

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Stone Mountain Adventures will be attending the Greenwich High School Summerfare on Wednesday, January 22 from 6 to 9pm. The Summerfare is a Camp Fair that is hosted by the Greenwich High School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). According to the Greenwich Sentinel "SummerFare is designed to give families an opportunity to find exciting and unique summer experiences for their children and teens for Summer 2020." They are expecting over day camps, overnight camps, teen camps, rock climbing camps and travel program to attend this years event.

What: Greenwich High School Summerfare

When: Wednesday, January 22 from 6 to 8pm

Where: the Greenwich High School located at 10 Hillside Road, Greenwich, CT 06830

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Topics: Rock Climbing Summer Camp, Teen Rock Climbing Camp, Greenwich High School Camp Fair, camp fiar

Come see Camp Director Jud at the Scarsdale Fair: 2 Week Teen Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Stone Mountain Adventures 2 Week Teen Camp Director and Owner Jud Millar will be at the Scarsdale High School Camp Fair.  The Summer Camp Fair will take place in the cafeteria at the Scarsdale High School from 7 to 9pm on Tuesday, January 21st.  This is a new date for the Scardale Teen Summer Camp Fair as is used to take place on the first Thursday after Thanksgiving.  At that time the Scarsdale Summer Camp Fair was considered the fair that kicked off the marketing season.

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Topics: camp fair, Scarsdale Camp Fair

SMA Summer Camps for Teens to Attend Main Line Camp Fair

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Camp Director Jud Millar will represent Stone Mountain Adventures at the 2020 Main Line  Camp Fair in Berwyn, PA!  Camp fairs are a terrific place to learn about summer opportunities for your child, meet camp directors and gather information about summer camps.


What: The Main Line Camp Fair

When: January 15, 2020 from 5.30 to 8pm

Where: Conestoga High School, 200 Irish Road, Berwyn, PA 

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Topics: camp fair

SMA 2 Week Teen Camp to Attend Camp Fair at the Chapin School

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Jan 9, 2020

Stone Mountain Adventures is kicking of the 2020 new camper recruiting season by attending a camp fair at the Chapin School in New York City!


What: Summer Camp Fair

Where: The Chapin School

When: January, 9 2020 from 4 to 6.30pm

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Topics: camp fiar

6 Life Lessons You Can Learn at Summer Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Jan 6, 2020

Making the decision about whether to send you child to a summer camp is a huge decision with important implications for your child’s future.  We are made up of our experiences.  A summer camp experience has the potential to provide your child or tween with a meaningful growth experience and can be an important part of their development.  These experiences are ones that they can carry with them into their lives.  Here we will look at six life lessons your child has the potential to learn at summer camp:


Challenge Yourself and Expand Your Comfort Zone

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Topics: Life Lessons

Happy New Year from SMA 2 Week Summer Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Dec 31, 2019

Another year is gone; it's finally past.
It sometimes seemed a grind, sometimes a blast.
Looking forward to a brand new year,
My source of joy and fun is very clear.


In all the happy times I can recall
People create pleasure most of all.
As I ponder the new year, each hour and minute,
I'm very glad my life still has you in it.


My appreciation for you is sincere,
So I wish for you a happy, bright new year.

By Joanna Fuchs



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Topics: Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from SMA Teen Summer Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Dec 24, 2019

Warmest Wishes this Holiday Season!




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Topics: Happy Holidays

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