Jud's Blog https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog Stone Mountain Adventures: An overnight teen summer camp offering water sports, adventure, sports + service! en-us Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:45:00 GMT 2022-11-23T15:45:00Z en-us Happy Thanksgiving from SMA Teen Camp! https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/happy-thanksgiving-from-sma-teen-camp <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/happy-thanksgiving-from-sma-teen-camp" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hubfs/SMA-Teen-Summer-Camp-3.png" alt="Happy Thanksgiving from SMA Teen Camp!" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <div style="font-size: 18px;"> <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The week of Thanksgiving is always a wonderful reminder that there is so much for which we have to be thankful. For all of us at Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA), we are thankful for the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of our campers and staff.</span> </div> <div style="font-size: 18px;"> <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The week of Thanksgiving is always a wonderful reminder that there is so much for which we have to be thankful. For all of us at Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA), we are thankful for the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of our campers and staff.</span> </div> <div style="font-size: 18px;"> <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span> </div> <div style="font-size: 18px;"> &nbsp; </div> <div style="font-size: 18px;"> <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Here at camp is has been a busy and eventful autumn. We spent the first few weeks of September resting and reminiscing about camp while getting our kids (Wyatt 16 and Molly 14) adjusted to the start of school and their fall activities (marching band and soccer respectively). We one again hosted teens from the NCCL School in Delaware, and former camp counselors (and campers) Olivia Boyle and Georgia Thomas returned to camp to assist.</span> </div> <div style="font-size: 18px;"> <img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/SMA-Teen-Summer-Camp-3.png?width=1815&amp;height=1196&amp;name=SMA-Teen-Summer-Camp-3.png" alt="SMA-Teen-Summer-Camp-3" width="1815" height="1196" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; height: auto; width: 1815px;"> </div> <div style="font-size: 18px;"> <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span> </div> <div style="font-size: 18px;"> <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span> </div> <div style="font-size: 18px;"> <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Currently we are welcoming new camp families who recently enrolled while staying connected to veteran campers who are excited to return to Stone Mountain Adventures in 2023. Enrollment numbers are up considerably and we anticipate some sessions to be full by the new year. It is an honor each time a former camper recommends Stone Mountain Adventures to friends or family; we thank you for your trust.</span> </div> <div style="font-size: 18px;"> &nbsp; </div> <div style="font-size: 18px;"> <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">As the holiday season approaches, we want to express our gratitude and appreciation to everyone new and old who is part of the extended Stone Mountain Adventures Family. We feel blessed to have an "Occupassion" that has the potential to positively impact so many. We are grateful to all of the campers and staff who chose to spend the summer of 2022 with us.&nbsp;We hope that you have the opportunity to spend some quality time with family and friends this week and throughout the holidays.</span> </div> <div style="font-size: 18px;"> &nbsp; </div> <div style="font-size: 18px;"> <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Many thanks, Jud &amp; Anne Millar</span> </div> <div style="font-size: 18px;"> <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span> </div> <div style="font-size: 18px;"> <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/SMA%20Teen%20Camp-1.jpg?width=525&amp;height=389&amp;name=SMA%20Teen%20Camp-1.jpg" alt="SMA Teen Camp-1" width="525" height="389" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; width: 525px;"></span> </div> <div style="font-size: 18px;"> <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=158966&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sma-summers.com%2Fjuds-blog%2Fhappy-thanksgiving-from-sma-teen-camp&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.sma-summers.com%252Fjuds-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:45:00 GMT info@sma-summers.com (Jud Millar) https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/happy-thanksgiving-from-sma-teen-camp 2022-11-23T15:45:00Z Last but never least here's the SMA Teen Camp Session 4 Slideshow!! https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/last-but-never-least-heres-the-sma-teen-camp-session-4-slideshow <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/last-but-never-least-heres-the-sma-teen-camp-session-4-slideshow" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hubfs/SMA-Teen-Camp-3.jpg" alt="SMA Teen Camp " class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h2>Here is the incredible Stone Mountain Adventures Session 4 Slideshow... what an fantastic summer!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Here is the incredible Stone Mountain Adventures Session 4 Slideshow... what an fantastic summer!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="hs-embed-wrapper" style="position: relative; overflow: hidden; width: 100%; height: auto; padding: 0px; max-width: 560px; min-width: 256px; display: block; margin: auto;"> <div class="hs-embed-content-wrapper"> <div style="position: relative; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; padding-bottom: 56.25%; margin: 0px;"> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EsuCxacPYJ4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen style="position: absolute; top: 0px; left: 0px; width: 100%; height: 100%; border: none;"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u><span style="font-size: 14px;">Ethan Apparies</span></u></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px;">From the second I arrived at SMA Teen Camp I knew I would love it. As the days flew by I would feel more and more like I was part of the camp. I couldn’t feel better anywhere else. The campers were amazing, and while I hope to see them next year, I can’t imagine SMA without the counselors. As a first year camper this camp was well above my expectations. I am excited to come back to SMA Teen Camp next year and I am excited to enjoy every last second of this year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><u><span style="font-size: 14px;">Olivia Boyle</span></u></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px;">This is my 4<sup>th</sup> year at SMA Teen Summer Camp and in my opinion by far the best! In the past I’ve only gone to 3<sup>rd</sup> session and I wasn’t very happy about having to change sessions because I wouldn’t see the usual people I see. But when I got here, I saw some familiar faces and I didn’t care about not being at session 3. This camp means so much to me and a bunch of other campers/counselors. This camp gives you a chance to leave your comfort zone and experience new things with great people. I’ve had a lot of changes in the last year and it’s a great feeling to come here and not having any contact and none of it mattering. This session was full of jokes, memories, fun and drama, yes of course drama… the people this session seemed to bond really fast and people were not afraid to be themselves. I met a bunch of new people who I became very close with and became even closer with people I already knew!! I met Shira, McKenna, Elizabeth, and all my lil J girls!! It was such a great cabin this year. We stayed up late making hand puppets talking and me getting stuck between the bunk and the wall. I also enjoyed getting to know the girls in other cabins and the guys. Some guys I got pretty close with were Michael, Ethan, Gordon, Antoine and others! I could write so much about Nine and about how close we got and that she is some of my closest friends and I’m going to miss her sooo much!!! But I won’t! The counselors this year were such a group. I loved seeing and getting to know everybody from last year. I have to give Melissa and Ali a shout out though because Melissa got me to cry at candle light and she said the nicest thing anybody could’ve said to me! and shout out to Ali because if I have to be told I remind people of someone I’m glad it’s her because she is such a well rounded people and has such a great personality!! I also loved meeting the new counselors! Love all of you and I miss you soooo much!!! I could go on and on but I’m running out of room on my paper so goodbye for now. It's already time to begin the count down for SMA Teen Camp next summer!!!</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/SMA-Teen-Camp-3.jpg?width=856&amp;name=SMA-Teen-Camp-3.jpg" alt="SMA-Teen-Camp-3" width="856" style="width: 856px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=158966&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sma-summers.com%2Fjuds-blog%2Flast-but-never-least-heres-the-sma-teen-camp-session-4-slideshow&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.sma-summers.com%252Fjuds-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> slideshow Tue, 11 Oct 2022 15:32:17 GMT info@sma-summers.com (Jud Millar) https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/last-but-never-least-heres-the-sma-teen-camp-session-4-slideshow 2022-10-11T15:32:17Z We're SO EXCITED about the SMA Teen Camp Session 3 Slideshow! https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/were-so-excited-about-the-sma-teen-camp-session-3-slideshow <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/were-so-excited-about-the-sma-teen-camp-session-3-slideshow" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hubfs/SMA%20Teen%20Camp%20Slideshow-1.png" alt="We're SO EXCITED about the SMA Teen Camp Session 3 Slideshow!" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h3>Stone Mountain Adventures Session 3, 2022 was an incredible experience for all involved. We had so much fun rock climbing, wakeboarding, going on camping overnights and white water rafting.&nbsp; We are thrilled to share with you the SMA Teen Camp Session 3 Slideshow:</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Stone Mountain Adventures Session 3, 2022 was an incredible experience for all involved. We had so much fun rock climbing, wakeboarding, going on camping overnights and white water rafting.&nbsp; We are thrilled to share with you the SMA Teen Camp Session 3 Slideshow:</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="hs-embed-wrapper" style="position: relative; overflow: hidden; width: 100%; height: auto; padding: 0px; max-width: 560px; min-width: 256px; display: block; margin: auto;"> <div class="hs-embed-content-wrapper"> <div style="position: relative; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; padding-bottom: 56.25%; margin: 0px;"> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zwnZYfsb65w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen style="position: absolute; top: 0px; left: 0px; width: 100%; height: 100%; border: none;"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>S</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/SMA%20Teen%20Camp%20Slideshow-1.png?width=701&amp;name=SMA%20Teen%20Camp%20Slideshow-1.png" alt="SMA Teen Camp Slideshow-1" width="701" style="width: 701px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 18px;">Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Camp shouldn’t be called a camp. It’s more of a second family. As you enter this camp you take for granted and have fun but you never really understand how much this place really means to you until the end. Each day feels like a month with all the excitement and joy. Also occasionally the drama but you get over it and settle it out and that is the greatest part about this place. There are never really grudges and I feel like the counselors are so supportive, fun, and most of all, there to help you before they even help themselves. Also I am so appreciative of the selflessness of all of the staff. Most of all to Pam and Biff’s graciousness to open their home for us and showing us such a good time with the activities, meetings and all the evening activities are so comforting and enjoyable. I love this place so much and everything that comes with it.</p> <p style="font-size: 18px;">-Sean Barber</p> <p style="font-size: 18px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><em>SMA Teen Camp is more than just a summer camp. It’s an escape from reality for 3 ½ weeks. A safe haven for 52 teenagers, a second home for anyone who comes here. This session has been amazing for me. It feels likes it was yesterday that Leslie was picking me up at the train station on the first day. This year I connected with more people than I ever would’ve thought and there are more amazing memories than I believed possible.&nbsp; All of you have made this an unforgettable summer. I want to thank the amazing staff who are always there to talk to or just chill with. More than anyone I want to thank Pam and Biff&nbsp; and Jud and Anne and Chase for creating a place like this. After 3 years and 4 sessions Stone Mountain has come to mean more to me than anything else in the world. Everyday I’m here I learn more about myself and I grow as a person. There aren’t words to describe exactly what camp means to me. It just means everything. </em></p> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><em>-Chloe Rotman</em></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=158966&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sma-summers.com%2Fjuds-blog%2Fwere-so-excited-about-the-sma-teen-camp-session-3-slideshow&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.sma-summers.com%252Fjuds-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Mon, 26 Sep 2022 15:09:02 GMT info@sma-summers.com (Jud Millar) https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/were-so-excited-about-the-sma-teen-camp-session-3-slideshow 2022-09-26T15:09:02Z The SMA Summer Camp Session 2 Slideshow is Finally Here! https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/the-sma-summer-camp-session-2-slideshow-is-finally-here <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/the-sma-summer-camp-session-2-slideshow-is-finally-here" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hubfs/SMA%20Summer%20Camp%202023.png" alt="The SMA Summer Camp Session 2 Slideshow is Finally Here!" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h3>Stone Mountain Adventures Session 2, 2022 was an amazing session full of fun and funny moments. We had so many incredible adventures including camping overnights, canoeing, wakeboarding, mountain biking white water rafting and SO MANY MORE!&nbsp; All of us at SMA Summer Camp are thrilled to finally share the Session 2 slideshow with you and your family!</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Stone Mountain Adventures Session 2, 2022 was an amazing session full of fun and funny moments. We had so many incredible adventures including camping overnights, canoeing, wakeboarding, mountain biking white water rafting and SO MANY MORE!&nbsp; All of us at SMA Summer Camp are thrilled to finally share the Session 2 slideshow with you and your family!</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="hs-embed-wrapper" style="position: relative; overflow: hidden; width: 100%; height: auto; padding: 0px; max-width: 560px; min-width: 256px; display: block; margin: auto;"> <div class="hs-embed-content-wrapper"> <div style="position: relative; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; padding-bottom: 56.25%; margin: 0px;"> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QcG7_Y2MDS8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen style="position: absolute; top: 0px; left: 0px; width: 100%; height: 100%; border: none;"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As this being my last year here at SMA Summer Camp and I wanted to make it the best year ever, but I soon realized that I cannot make it anymore special than this camp already is. I’m so happy with everyone that decided to come first session because they all brought something unique to this camp, and that’s what makes this camp so wonderful. Everyone has a special place in my heart, especially Victoire because you change my heart and Hannah because you are my best friend. All the special nights I had with my Mattawanna girls, we made a really special bond. I had a lot of fun playing some intense games of pole barn, knockout, watching people play in the pouring rain, and swimming in Freezewood. I’m so sad that I won’t be coming back to SMA for another fun and adventurous summer. I hope everyone makes the best of the rest of their summer and to never forget this magical place.</p> <p>Maggie Guy</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This year at SMA Summer Camp, I grew closer to a lot more people, and I became better friends with JJ and Nina. My favorite activities were Hershey Park, the Yough river, State College, and the wakeboarding overnight. I really enjoyed riding on the Allegrippis trail. There were a lot of new counselors this year but it didn’t matter that I didn’t know most of them. I will never forget this summer and all of the amazing friendships that I have made this year.</p> <p>Kara Stein</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>SMA Summer Camp this summer has been amazing! It was my second summer, which gave me very high expectations. All my expectations were greatly met. Some of my best memories are writing haikus late at night with Laura, Ash Pot, our dance, kidnapping Andre on our wakeboarding overnight, and so many others. I love that we all started timid and shy sticking to our exclusive groups, and now we all sit together as one big family. Our cabin was an amazing group of people! This summer is one I will never forget! I will miss everyone so much! Until next SUMMER! With Love &lt;3</p> <p>Sylvie Miller</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/SMA%20Summer%20Camp%202023.png?width=1065&amp;name=SMA%20Summer%20Camp%202023.png" alt="SMA Summer Camp 2023" width="1065" style="width: 1065px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=158966&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sma-summers.com%2Fjuds-blog%2Fthe-sma-summer-camp-session-2-slideshow-is-finally-here&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.sma-summers.com%252Fjuds-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> summer camp slideshow Thu, 22 Sep 2022 12:54:08 GMT info@sma-summers.com (Jud Millar) https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/the-sma-summer-camp-session-2-slideshow-is-finally-here 2022-09-22T12:54:08Z Here is the SMA Teen Camp Session 1 Slideshow! https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/here-is-the-sma-teen-camp-session-1-slideshow <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/here-is-the-sma-teen-camp-session-1-slideshow" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hubfs/SMA%20Teen%20Summer%20Camp%202023!.png" alt="Here is the SMA Teen Camp Session 1 Slideshow!" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h2>All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are SO EXCITED to share the Session 1, 2022 Slideshow:</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>All of us at Stone Mountain Adventures are SO EXCITED to share the Session 1, 2022 Slideshow:</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="hs-embed-wrapper" style="position: relative; overflow: hidden; width: 100%; height: auto; padding: 0; max-width: 560px; max-height: 315px; min-width: 256px; display: block; margin: auto;"> <div class="hs-embed-content-wrapper"> <div style="position: relative; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; padding-bottom: 56.25%; margin: 0px;"> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aLXgpIySn5I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen style="position: absolute; top: 0px; left: 0px; width: 100%; height: 100%; border: none;"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Molly Biddle, 15, Huntingdon, PA</strong></p> <p>What a session! This being my first time going to first session, I was not sure what to expect. As usual, SMA teen camp exceeded my expectations. Mattawanna was a great group of girls for both the first and last two weeks. We had so much fun getting to know each other. It is hard for me to believe that I am one of the most senior campers. It feels like a few days ago I was attending my first session; now, I am a fifth year and acting as a “camp mom.” But, what can I say? SMA Teen Camp has such a comfortable environment and has greatly influenced who I have become. I never know how to explain what makes SMA so magical, but I thank Pam, Biff, Jud and Anne who attract an incredible group of counselors and campers every year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Sivan Yohann, 15, Osprey, FL </strong></p> <p>This was my last year at SMA Summer Camp and it was an awesome summer to say goodbye to. There were many activities that we have done for years and then there were some we have never done before. What I love about camp is that you can keep all the old traditions and then you can also start some of your own. In my opinion, the best activity at this camp is secret friends. Secret friends are just like secret Santa, but you get gifts or hugs for the friend you receive. At the end of one week you reveal everyone’s secret friends. For the past two years, I have been in a special activity call wakemasters. This is a small group of people who get the chance to go out on the boat multiple times throughout the session. It gives you a huge chance to practice wakeboarding or skiing. I have loved all three years that I have been here and I am so sad to leave, but I feel like it is definitely time to say goodbye. I have made so many close friends here and I know they will stay close to me forever.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/SMA%20Teen%20Summer%20Camp%202023!.png?width=585&amp;name=SMA%20Teen%20Summer%20Camp%202023!.png" alt="SMA Teen Summer Camp 2023!" width="585" style="width: 585px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=158966&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sma-summers.com%2Fjuds-blog%2Fhere-is-the-sma-teen-camp-session-1-slideshow&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.sma-summers.com%252Fjuds-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> summer camp slideshow Sun, 18 Sep 2022 16:53:15 GMT info@sma-summers.com (Jud Millar) https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/here-is-the-sma-teen-camp-session-1-slideshow 2022-09-18T16:53:15Z SMA Summer Camp Director to be Featured on WPSU 'Our Town' TV Show https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/sma-summer-camp-director-to-be-featured-on-wpsu-our-town-tv-show <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/sma-summer-camp-director-to-be-featured-on-wpsu-our-town-tv-show" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hubfs/SMA%20Teen%20Camp%20Our%20Town.png" alt="SMA Summer Camp Director to be Featured on WPSU 'Our Town' TV Show" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">WPSU TV is the Central Pennsylvania Public Radio and TV Station based out of State College and has a viewing area of 29 PA counties.&nbsp; Each year WPSU films, directs and produces a show called <span style="font-style: italic;">Our Town</span> which "highlights the heritage and spirit of our local communities as told by the local citizens themselves."&nbsp;<a href="https://judandanne.com/"> </a></span></p> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://judandanne.com/">SMA Teen Camp Director Jud Millar</a> was recently interviewed by WPSU and will be one of the Raystown Lake community members featured on the show.&nbsp; Here are the details of how to watch the show on TV or Online:</span></p> <p style="font-size: 18px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">When:</span> Thursday, September 8th at 8pm</span></p> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">What:</span> Our Town Raystown Lake</span></p> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">How to Watch:</span>&nbsp; <a href="http://www.live.psu.org">www.live.wpsu.org</a> or tune into WPSU TV</span></p> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">WPSU TV is the Central Pennsylvania Public Radio and TV Station based out of State College and has a viewing area of 29 PA counties.&nbsp; Each year WPSU films, directs and produces a show called <span style="font-style: italic;">Our Town</span> which "highlights the heritage and spirit of our local communities as told by the local citizens themselves."&nbsp;<a href="https://judandanne.com/"> </a></span></p> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://judandanne.com/">SMA Teen Camp Director Jud Millar</a> was recently interviewed by WPSU and will be one of the Raystown Lake community members featured on the show.&nbsp; Here are the details of how to watch the show on TV or Online:</span></p> <p style="font-size: 18px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">When:</span> Thursday, September 8th at 8pm</span></p> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">What:</span> Our Town Raystown Lake</span></p> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">How to Watch:</span>&nbsp; <a href="http://www.live.psu.org">www.live.wpsu.org</a> or tune into WPSU TV</span></p> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"></span></p> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/SMA%20Teen%20Camp%20Our%20Town.png?width=1148&amp;name=SMA%20Teen%20Camp%20Our%20Town.png" alt="SMA Teen Camp Our Town" width="1148" style="width: 1148px;"></span></p> <p style="font-size: 18px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">This will be the 109th episode our <em>Our Town</em>.&nbsp; In this episode, c</span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">ommunity volunteers from the Raystown Region have come together to share their stories.&nbsp; According to WPSU "Raystown's history unfolds as community members share stories of the old and new lakes.&nbsp; Hear locals tell tales of the Juniata River and fun activities on the lake.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-size: 18px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">WPSU first aired the show <em>Our Town</em> in 1996.&nbsp; Since then the show has focused on Altoona, Bedford, Bellefonte, Bradford, Brockway, Brookville, Clarion, Clearfield, Coudersport, Cresson, DuBois, Ebensburg, Emporium, Everett, Holidaysburg, Indiana, Jersey Shore, Johnstown, Kane, Lewistown, Lock Haven, Martinsburg, Philipsburg, Port Allegany, Punxsutawney, Ridgeway, Roaring Springs Smethport, Somerset, St. Marys, State College, Tyrone, Warren, Wellsville, Williamsport and Windber.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="font-size: 18px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The format of the show has changed and evolved over the years since 1996.&nbsp; In the early days our Our Town local community members were not only featured but did all the filming as well.&nbsp; WPSU professionals now do all the in interview filming while much of the other content is provided by the volunteers.&nbsp; While there has been an <em>Our Town Huntingdon</em> this will be the first <em>Our Town Raystown Lake.</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-size: 18px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Check out the show Our Town Huntingdon produced in 1997:</span></p> <p style="font-size: 18px;">&nbsp;</p> <div class="hs-embed-wrapper" style="position: relative; overflow: hidden; width: 100%; height: auto; padding: 0; max-width: 560px; max-height: 315px; min-width: 256px; display: block; margin: auto;"> <div class="hs-embed-content-wrapper"> <div style="position: relative; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; padding-bottom: 56.25%; margin: 0px;"> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jQPCMHjMbAI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen style="position: absolute; top: 0px; left: 0px; width: 100%; height: 100%; border: none;"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> <p style="font-size: 18px;">&nbsp;</p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=158966&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sma-summers.com%2Fjuds-blog%2Fsma-summer-camp-director-to-be-featured-on-wpsu-our-town-tv-show&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.sma-summers.com%252Fjuds-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Our Town Raystown Lake Thu, 08 Sep 2022 20:51:09 GMT info@sma-summers.com (Jud Millar) https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/sma-summer-camp-director-to-be-featured-on-wpsu-our-town-tv-show 2022-09-08T20:51:09Z All Good Things Must Come To An End... Even SMA Teen Summer Camp! https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/all-good-things-must-come-to-an-end...-even-sma-teen-summer-camp <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/all-good-things-must-come-to-an-end...-even-sma-teen-summer-camp" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hubfs/SMA%20Teen%20Camp.jpg" alt="All Good Things Must Come To An End... Even SMA Teen Summer Camp!" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000;">It was an action packed summer at Stone Mountain Adventures and there are now officially 0/8 weeks left at Summer Camp.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000;"><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Summer-Camp-for-Teens-SMA.png?width=1134&amp;name=Summer-Camp-for-Teens-SMA.png" alt="Summer-Camp-for-Teens-SMA" width="1134" style="width: 1134px;"></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000;">It was an action packed summer at Stone Mountain Adventures and there are now officially 0/8 weeks left at Summer Camp.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000;"></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000;">We're absolutely stoked on the season as we had so many adventures <span style="font-weight: normal;">paired with a lot of fun. </span>We want to thank everyone who played a role in making the SMA Summer of 2022 so successful.</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000;">Thank You to all our parents who entrusted us with you children.</span></li> <li style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; color: #000000;"> We want to express our gratitude to our amazing staff team for all your hard work and your dedication to our campers.&nbsp; Thank You to:</span> <ul> <li style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; color: #000000;"> Camp Counselors</span></li> <li style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; color: #000000;"> AOP’s (Aspiring Outdoor Professional) </span></li> <li style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; color: #000000;"> Our Kitchen &amp; Support Staff</span></li> </ul> </li> <li style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; color: #000000;"> A HUGE Thank You to our fantastic campers for choosing to spend part of your summer here at SMA Teen Summer Camp. Thanks for your enthusiasm on activities and around camp as well as your willingness to put aside you inhibitions and be silly.</span></li> </ul> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000;">It’s the people and the connections that make camp so very special. So, here's to another summer doing what we love...thanks for spending it and sending it at Stone Mountain Adventures!</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; font-size: 18px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000;"><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/SMA%20Teen%20Camp.jpg?width=1000&amp;name=SMA%20Teen%20Camp.jpg" alt="SMA Teen Camp" width="1000" style="width: 1000px;"></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; font-size: 18px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 0in; font-size: 18px;">&nbsp;</p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=158966&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sma-summers.com%2Fjuds-blog%2Fall-good-things-must-come-to-an-end...-even-sma-teen-summer-camp&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.sma-summers.com%252Fjuds-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Teen summer camp Wed, 07 Sep 2022 13:57:07 GMT info@sma-summers.com (Jud Millar) https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/all-good-things-must-come-to-an-end...-even-sma-teen-summer-camp 2022-09-07T13:57:07Z We had an Amazing White Water Rafting Day at SMA Summer Camp PA! https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/we-had-an-amazing-white-water-rafting-day-at-sma-summer-camp-pa <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/we-had-an-amazing-white-water-rafting-day-at-sma-summer-camp-pa" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hubfs/SMA%20Summer%20Camp%20PA%20%2812%29.jpg" alt="We had an Amazing White Water Rafting Day at SMA Summer Camp PA!" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">On Wednesday, August 17th everyone in Stone Mountain Adventures Session 4-2, 2022 traveled to Ohiopyle, PA and went White Water Rafting on the Lower Youghiogheny River.&nbsp; Our guides with Wilderness Voyagers were amazing... AND we have photos in a video:</span></p> <p style="font-size: 18px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">On Wednesday, August 17th everyone in Stone Mountain Adventures Session 4-2, 2022 traveled to Ohiopyle, PA and went White Water Rafting on the Lower Youghiogheny River.&nbsp; Our guides with Wilderness Voyagers were amazing... AND we have photos in a video:</span></p> <p style="font-size: 18px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"></span></p> <div class="hs-video-widget"> <img src="https://api-na1.hubapi.com/video/v1/public/82355743500/poster?portalId=158966" style="max-width: 1440px" alt="HubSpot Video"> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/SMA%20Summer%20Camp%20PA%20(19).jpg?width=1000&amp;name=SMA%20Summer%20Camp%20PA%20(19).jpg" alt="SMA Summer Camp PA (19)" width="1000" style="width: 1000px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/SMA%20Summer%20Camp%20PA%20(12).jpg?width=1000&amp;name=SMA%20Summer%20Camp%20PA%20(12).jpg" alt="SMA Summer Camp PA (12)" width="1000" style="width: 1000px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/SMA%20Summer%20Camp%20PA%20(15).jpg?width=1000&amp;name=SMA%20Summer%20Camp%20PA%20(15).jpg" alt="SMA Summer Camp PA (15)" width="1000" style="width: 1000px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u><span style="font-size: 14px;">Sydney</span></u></strong><strong><u><span style="font-size: 14px;">, Huntingdon, Valley, PA</span></u></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px;">SMA Summer Camp PA was an awesome experience. I have never been away from my parents for more than four days, so overnight camp was a nice change. Everyone treated me like family and the minute I arrived I felt welcome. My favorite counselors were Katie, Brenna, and Alyna. Instantly, I became very close with them. I have also become very close with Kaylen, Shifreya, Georgia, Shira, Lili, Noa, Haley, and so many others! I loved being ridiculous and dancing around with the whole camp. I also loved jamming out in the van rides and falling asleep most of the time. Camp has changed me in many ways. I’ve learned that being yourself is very important. You should also not care what others think of you. Always smile! You will have more fun if you do. I will miss everyone very much and I hope everyone has a great rest of summer and school year! </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u><span style="font-size: 14px;">Cherry, Wilmington, DE</span></u></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px;">SMA Teen Summer Camp has to be one of my most favorite places on Earth and because of this, there’s so much I love about this place. SMA never runs out of fun activities to do and it never has dull moments. My most favorite activities had to be ones that involved water because we all secretly know that I’m actually a mermaid. I especially loved wakeboarding the most out of all the activities even though I wasn’t a wakemaster. I loved wakeboarding the most because it reminds me of skateboarding and I just love gliding across the water and feeling the cool misty breeze across my face. I also really loved the overnights because I love camping so much and you get to know people better on the overnights. Other things that I enjoyed were the van rides and listening to cool music, spoiling my secret friend, white water rafting, and especially all of the animals. But what I enjoyed the most was bonding with old friends and making new friends because these friendships are what make camp fun and memorable and they’re long-lasting. I don’t think I’ll ever forget this place and the memories established here. Thank you SMA Summer Camp PA!!</span></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=158966&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sma-summers.com%2Fjuds-blog%2Fwe-had-an-amazing-white-water-rafting-day-at-sma-summer-camp-pa&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.sma-summers.com%252Fjuds-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Thu, 18 Aug 2022 15:25:37 GMT info@sma-summers.com (Jud Millar) https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/we-had-an-amazing-white-water-rafting-day-at-sma-summer-camp-pa 2022-08-18T15:25:37Z Session 3 All Camp Day at SMA Rock Climbing Teen Camp! https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/session-3-all-camp-day-at-sma-rock-climbing-teen-camp <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/session-3-all-camp-day-at-sma-rock-climbing-teen-camp" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hubfs/Rock%20Climbing%20Teen%20Camp%20%282%29.jpg" alt="Session 3 All Camp Day at SMA Rock Climbing Teen Camp!" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Although we were sad to see session 3 come to an end, we were very excited to kickstart session 4! This session has been full of excitement and eagerness to try new activities while having fun. We have the first week of 4</span><sup>th</sup><span>&nbsp;session under our belts with some campers coming and going today. It is hard to say goodbye to people who have to leave but we are ecstatic to have new smiling bright faces join us at SMA. There a fewer campers this session compared to last, but the energy is still through the roof.</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Although we were sad to see session 3 come to an end, we were very excited to kickstart session 4! This session has been full of excitement and eagerness to try new activities while having fun. We have the first week of 4</span><sup>th</sup><span>&nbsp;session under our belts with some campers coming and going today. It is hard to say goodbye to people who have to leave but we are ecstatic to have new smiling bright faces join us at SMA. There a fewer campers this session compared to last, but the energy is still through the roof.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Rock%20Climbing%20Teen%20Camp%20(2).jpg?width=1000&amp;name=Rock%20Climbing%20Teen%20Camp%20(2).jpg" alt="Rock Climbing Teen Camp (2)" width="1000" style="width: 1000px;"></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Rock%20Climbing%20Teen%20Camp%20(3).jpg?width=1000&amp;name=Rock%20Climbing%20Teen%20Camp%20(3).jpg" alt="Rock Climbing Teen Camp (3)" width="1000" style="width: 1000px;"></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>A very popular activity this session is Rock Climbing with JJ at Donation Rocks!&nbsp; Camper have also been challenging themselves Mountain Biking.&nbsp; We have some campers who have been enjoying Art Studio as well.&nbsp; Campers</span><span> use this time to make all sorts of fun crafts. The ever-popular friendship bracelets, aquariums, and bird houses are a handful of projects that have been done during art studio.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Rock%20Climbing%20Teen%20Camp%20(6).jpg?width=1000&amp;name=Rock%20Climbing%20Teen%20Camp%20(6).jpg" alt="Rock Climbing Teen Camp (6)" width="1000" style="width: 1000px;"></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Rock%20Climbing%20Teen%20Camp%20(5).jpg?width=1000&amp;name=Rock%20Climbing%20Teen%20Camp%20(5).jpg" alt="Rock Climbing Teen Camp (5)" width="1000" style="width: 1000px;"></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Rock%20Climbing%20Teen%20Camp%20(1).jpg?width=1000&amp;name=Rock%20Climbing%20Teen%20Camp%20(1).jpg" alt="Rock Climbing Teen Camp (1)" width="1000" style="width: 1000px;"></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>We have had two incredible overnights go out so far this session. We had a wakeboarding and a canoeing one go out. It was a great night for both overnights, no rain and an impeccable night sky full of a lot of shooting stars. This week has been filled with laughs and good times!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>.<img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Rock%20Climbing%20Teen%20Camp%20(7).jpg?width=1000&amp;name=Rock%20Climbing%20Teen%20Camp%20(7).jpg" alt="Rock Climbing Teen Camp (7)" width="1000" style="width: 1000px;"></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Rock%20Climbing%20Teen%20Camp%20(8).jpg?width=1000&amp;name=Rock%20Climbing%20Teen%20Camp%20(8).jpg" alt="Rock Climbing Teen Camp (8)" width="1000" style="width: 1000px;"></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hacky sack has gained a lot interest this session. We may not be able to keep it up that long, but we try our best and laugh through all the false hits and misses. In the near future we have tons of fun activities planned. We are thrilled to go white water rafting again and we can’t wait to see every one’s skills at the talent show. We are all Pumped for the last week of summer 2022 to start!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Rock%20Climbing%20Teen%20Camp%20(4).jpg?width=1000&amp;name=Rock%20Climbing%20Teen%20Camp%20(4).jpg" alt="Rock Climbing Teen Camp (4)" width="1000" style="width: 1000px;"></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=158966&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sma-summers.com%2Fjuds-blog%2Fsession-3-all-camp-day-at-sma-rock-climbing-teen-camp&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.sma-summers.com%252Fjuds-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Sat, 13 Aug 2022 18:05:30 GMT info@sma-summers.com (Jud Millar) https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/session-3-all-camp-day-at-sma-rock-climbing-teen-camp 2022-08-13T18:05:30Z This Morning we played Pole Barn at SMA 2 Week Summer Camp! https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/this-morning-we-played-pole-barn-at-sma-2-week-summer-camp <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/this-morning-we-played-pole-barn-at-sma-2-week-summer-camp" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hubfs/2%20Week%20Summer%20Camp%20%282%29.jpg" alt="This Morning we played Pole Barn at SMA 2 Week Summer Camp!" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Today is the second full day of activities of SMA Session 4, 2022.&nbsp; We started our day with pancakes for breakfast followed by a "crew" meeting outside the staff office.&nbsp; We then sent our crews with tie crew leaders to s specific location in camp to play A super-fun icebreaker game called: POLEBARN!!&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Today is the second full day of activities of SMA Session 4, 2022.&nbsp; We started our day with pancakes for breakfast followed by a "crew" meeting outside the staff office.&nbsp; We then sent our crews with tie crew leaders to s specific location in camp to play A super-fun icebreaker game called: POLEBARN!!&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">After that crew did their morning chores and then departed for morning activities:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Rock Climbing</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Softball</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Horsemasters</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Softball and Swim</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Wakeboat Fun</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Mountain Bike Masters</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Wakemasters</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Here are photos of our crews (chore groups):</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/2%20Week%20Summer%20Camp%20(1).jpg?width=1000&amp;name=2%20Week%20Summer%20Camp%20(1).jpg" alt="2 Week Summer Camp (1)" width="1000" style="width: 1000px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/2%20Week%20Summer%20Camp%20(2).jpg?width=1000&amp;name=2%20Week%20Summer%20Camp%20(2).jpg" alt="2 Week Summer Camp (2)" width="1000" style="width: 1000px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/2%20Week%20Summer%20Camp%20(3).jpg?width=1000&amp;name=2%20Week%20Summer%20Camp%20(3).jpg" alt="2 Week Summer Camp (3)" width="1000" style="width: 1000px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/2%20Week%20Summer%20Camp%20(4).jpg?width=1000&amp;name=2%20Week%20Summer%20Camp%20(4).jpg" alt="2 Week Summer Camp (4)" width="1000" style="width: 1000px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://www.sma-summers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/2%20Week%20Summer%20Camp%20(5).jpg?width=1000&amp;name=2%20Week%20Summer%20Camp%20(5).jpg" alt="2 Week Summer Camp (5)" width="1000" style="width: 1000px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This summer has been the best summer of my life! There were awesome activities, some firsts. But there were even more awesome campers! I have never in my life met anyone as nice and friendly as everyone here! From day #1 to the dreaded last day of camp I had a smile on my face every minute of it because I was enjoying it so much! This is the best 2 week overnight summer camp ever. The counselors were just as much fun as the campers! And I have changed (in a good way) so much! Now all year I’ll be campsick!&nbsp;&nbsp; I am holding in tears as I’m writing this because it seems like camp just started and we’re leaving!&nbsp; Thanks again for the time of my life!</p> <p>- Blake DeVlieger</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Wow!! The past three weeks have been amazing. This was my 2<sup>nd</sup> year but sometimes I didn’t even realize it. Horse Masters were great this year. They loved being around horses. The overnights were great too. Rock climbing, waterskiing, caving, ultimate, windsurf and sail were all great. The best things about this were seeing all of my best friends again. All Left Girls, Middle Girls, and Right Girls…all the boys too, and also meeting all the new campers. It was a great group. Everyone was adventurous and caring. Just about all I can write is, “Wow! </em><em>J</em><em>” I love every single one of you guys. This is a great 2 week overnight summer camp!&nbsp; Good luck with everything! Have a great year and see you next summer!</em></p> <p><em>- Kelsey Miles</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=158966&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sma-summers.com%2Fjuds-blog%2Fthis-morning-we-played-pole-barn-at-sma-2-week-summer-camp&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.sma-summers.com%252Fjuds-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> polebarn Wed, 10 Aug 2022 15:52:47 GMT info@sma-summers.com (Jud Millar) https://www.sma-summers.com/juds-blog/this-morning-we-played-pole-barn-at-sma-2-week-summer-camp 2022-08-10T15:52:47Z