Director Jud's Blog

Differences between Outdoor and Indoor Rock Climbing

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Feb 19, 2021

As a summer camp director here at Stone Mountain Adventures I talk with a lot of parents and teenagers about the activities we do at camp.  One of the most exciting and popular activities at our overnight teen camp is rock climbing.   A questions that I am often asked by perspective families is: What is the difference between Outdoor and Indoor Rock Climbing?  In the post I will contrast and compare the similarities and differences.

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Topics: Rock Climbing Summer Camp, Teen Rock Climbing Camp

Pro Tips for Better Body Position When Mountain Biking

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Feb 15, 2021

Body Position on a mountain bike makes a big difference with the speed you carry through corners and on decent and if you go airborne. The fundamentals of body position is moving your body weight around on the bike at the appropriate time based the terrain on the trail.

 

Seated Position – More efficient but will have to get out of the saddle to increase power. But this is mountain biking and seated more efficient power is not always going to work. As trails and terrain gets more technical you will need to adopt more of an attach position.

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Topics: Mountain Biking Teen Camp

Happy Valentine's Day from SMA Teen Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Feb 12, 2021

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA) send you and yours the very best wishes on this special holiday weekend. As part of the SMA Camp Family please accept our warm regards and don't forget to appreciate the ones you love today. We appreciate you, too! Any as always if there is anything we can to for you, we'll be happy to help.  Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family!
      - Jud and Anne Millar
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Topics: Valentine's Day

How Will COVID-19 Affect SMA Teen Camp in 2021?

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Jan 22, 2021

After a safe, successful and COVID-19 free summer in 2020 we are all looking forward to the Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA) Summer of 2021.  Safely running an overnight summer camp in the middle of a pandemic was an incredible achievement and we did so by our vigilance, our devotion to our COVID-19 Protocols and our attention to detail. We required all campers and staff to be tested pre-camp thus creating our COVID-19 Free SMA Bubble.

 

We partnered with the CDC, the Pennsylvania Health Department, the American Camping Association, local healthcare professionals and an Epidemiologist from Penn State University to create a comprehensive 32 page SMA COVID-19 Protocol Document.  These protocols provided a roadmap for how to navigate the complicated nuances of safely running an overnight camp during a pandemic.  COVID-19 will likely be with us in some form this summer and we will be ready.  The success we achieved last summer has prepared us to provide another healthy summer at SMA in Central PA. Here is an overview of our COVID-19 Protocol from 2020.

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Topics: COVID19

From Our Bubble to Yours: Happy Holidays from SMA Teen Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Dec 23, 2020

 
This holiday season is unlike any other, and caps off a year unlike any other. We are thrilled with the recent snow! It really feels like winter here at camp. All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Camp wish you and your family a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!
 
               - Jud, Anne, Wyatt, Molly, Comet, Jack & Barney
 
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Topics: Happy Holidays

SMA 2 Week Teen Camp Featured on Regpack Blog

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Dec 13, 2020

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are excited that our 2 week teen summer camp is being featured on the Regpack blog?

Last week Stone Mountain Adventures Camp Director and Owner Jud Millar was interviewed by Samantha Veneri and Asaf Darah.  Regpack is an online registration management platform designed to simplify and accelerate the registration process.   Asaf Darah is the founder and CEO of Regpack and specializes in product development for the web, team building and bringing a company from concept to reality. 

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Why Choose a Mountain Biking Summer Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Nov 18, 2020

Does your teenager love to mountain bike? Does your teen want to ride mountain bikes everyday and gain skill while having fun? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you should consider a summer camp that has a focus on mountain biking. Attending a mountain biking summer camp has the potential to be a very positive experience for teenagers. It provides the perfect opportunity for them to learn mountain bike specific skills that will take their riding to the next level. There are mountain biking camps are in different parts of the country. Some things to consider when choosing a mountain bike summer camp for your child include:

  • The location of the camp
  • The type and quality of the mountain biking trails
  • The experience level of staff
  • The safety record of the program
  • Whether the camp provides mountain bikes or campers need to bring their own bike

Parents can compare the several camps available then choose the best that can work for their kids. Kids who get the opportunity to interact in the camps have the best opportunity to develop life skills. Here are some of the reasons why parents should choose mountain biking teen camp:

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Topics: Mountain Biking, Mountain Biking Teen Camp, Why Choose a Mountain Biking Summer Camp

A Message from SMA Teen Camp Director Jud Millar

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Oct 23, 2020

Time to Reflect…

It is hard to believe that the Crazy COVID SMA Summer of 2020 ended over 8 weeks ago. With the passage of time we have been able to reflect on the summer and our accomplishments. We ran camp this summer for 6 weeks at or close to capacity and due to our vigilance, our devotion to our COVID Protocols and our attention to details we stayed 100% COVID Free! 
 
There are so many incredible people that contributed to the SMA Summer of 2020 in small and large ways and share in our success:
  • Cara Exten, our camp epidemiologist who assisted us in creating our COVID19 Protocol Document which gave us a roadmap for how to navigate this summer. 
  • My fellow camp director colleagues who helped keep our vision for the summer strong during our endless zoom meetings.
  • Dr Allison Buza-Holmes (our camp Doctor) and the other health care professionals as well as the super stars at the CSI COVID Testing Facility
  • To you, our SMA Families that stuck with us and had faith that we could and would keep your child safe this summer.
  • To our campers who accepted the COVID changes of this past summer and fully embraced the active outdoor SMA lifestyle and helped to make the SMA Summer of 2020 one of the record books 
  • And finally to the Incredible All Star SMA Staff Team of 2020 (camp counsels and support staff included): it was because of your work ethic and dedication to our campers that we were able to run camp this summer. Through all the late nights and early mornings and camp activities and the crazy of camp your commitment to our mission and your enthusiasm camp all things camp remained steadfast and we all owe you a debt of gratitude.
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SMA Teen Camp Session 4 Slideshow is here!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are thrilled to be about to share our SMA Session 4 Slideshow with you:

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Topics: slideshow, summer camp slideshow

Session 3, 2020 Slideshow: Summer Camps for Teens

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures Summer Camp for Teens are thrilled to share the Session 3, 2020 Slideshow... enjoy!

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Topics: slideshow, summer camp slideshow

Here is the SMA Teen Camp Session 2, 2020 Slideshow!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Sep 14, 2020

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are SO EXCITED to share the Session 2, 2020 Slideshow:

 

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Topics: slideshow, summer camp slideshow

Here are more Session 4 SMA Teen Camp Photos!

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Aug 18, 2020

 

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Topics: Teen summer camp, Session Update

SMA Teen Camp Session 4 Update!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Aug 17, 2020

Session 4 Blog Post

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Topics: Session Update

Session 3 Update from SMA Teen Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Aug 1, 2020

            Session 2 ended on a very high energy and enthusiastic note and all of us here at camp could not wait for session 3 to begin! Intersession was a good time to rest and recharge before beginning another phenomenal 2 weeks here at Stone Mountain. Right now, we are at the halfway point and we have had tons of fun and great laughs with many more to come. This session is full of more than 60 lively and charismatic campers who are always challenging themselves with new activities and forming new bonds.

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Session 2 Update: SMA Rock Climbing Teen Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Jul 17, 2020

SMA 2020 is off to an amazing start! The first week has been the perfect escape from the new and stressful world around us. At camp, instead of watching funny shows on Netflix campers are making their own skits that make us laugh even more, instead of at home workout videos we’re sprinting to capture the flag, and instead of listening to the news we’re listening to funny stories of the day while we all sit together at evening meeting. Never before have we all needed the joy and adventure of SMA quite this much!

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Topics: Session Update

Introducing the SMA Teen Camp 2020 Staff Team!!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are thrilled to introduce the SMA Staff Team of Summer 2020!

 

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Topics: SMA Staff Team, COVID19, Staff Training

SMA Teen Camp COVID19 Protocols

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Jun 29, 2020

This is Camp Director and Owner Jud Millar: Our initial goal was to determine if it was safe and responsible to hold summer camp in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic assuming we are allowed to open by local government. After working through the nuances of camp with Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, Cara Exten, and utilizing guidance published by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, CDC, WHO, and the American Camp Association (all resources listed on page 18), we have determined that it is possible to run a safe and responsible summer program with some changes to our programming and the addition of certain safety protocols. Bear in mind, if we are not permitted by law to open, we will not legally be able to hold our summer program.

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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

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This blog will give you the "411" about everything that is Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer Camp!  Everything from "Summer Updates" to useful family and camp resources.  Check it out! 

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