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Camp Director Jud Writes to SMA 2024 Campers Before the Grand Opening.

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Mar 29, 2024

Hello Campers, Parents, and Friends,

I hope this message finds you all well and eagerly anticipating the start of another fantastic summer adventure. I'm thrilled to announce that we are officially 75 days away from the grand opening of Stone Mountain Adventures Summer Camp for the summer of 2024! Can you believe it?

As we gear up for our 41st summer, I can't help but feel a sense of excitement and anticipation. Each year, we strive to make Stone Mountain Adventures better than ever, and this summer will be no exception. Whether you're a returning veteran or a brand new camper, get ready for an unforgettable experience filled with laughter, friendship, and outdoor exploration.

For over four decades, Stone Mountain Adventures has been a place where campers can discover new passions, challenge themselves, and forge lifelong memories. From thrilling outdoor adventures to creative arts and team-building activities, there's something for everyone to enjoy. And this summer, we're pulling out all the stops to ensure that it's our best one yet.

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Topics: Overnight Summer Camps for Teens

How to Get Anxious Teens Ready and excited about attending Summer Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Jan 29, 2019

How can You Help an Anxious Teen Look Forward to Summer Camp?

New Call-to-actionIf your child has anxiety about attending a sleepaway summer camp there are some strategies that you as a parent can use to help them prepare and stay calm in the weeks leading up to the opening day of camp.  More than one in 20 kids and teens in America have anxiety or depression and for the majority, this won’t stop them from going to camp. If your child is excited about their upcoming adventure but is a little worried that anxiety may stop them from making the most of the experience, how can you help them keep their ‘fight or flight response’ in check?

Making Arrangements with Friends

Kids who have anxiety can feel much more comfortable about going to camp if friends they know will be joining them. It probably won’t be difficult to get friends excited about a camp at Stone Mountain Adventures, where kids can take part in so many amazing water and mountain activities. Even if friends are doing other things, let your child know that Stone Mountain Adventures is special because there are only about 60 campers per session. Therefore, there is a warm family atmosphere that will help your teen feel protected at all times.

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Topics: Overnight Summer Camps for Teens, "Teens with Anxiety"

Mirena, A 4-Time SMA Camper Narrates her experience as a Dream Day CIT

Posted by Mirena Madina

Thu, Nov 15, 2018

During the summer of 2018 Stone Mountain Adventures offered a Dream Day Camp for kids ages 8 to 12 year old.  This was the second summer we offered this awesome program.  The following Blog Post was written by Merina Madina who was a Counselor In Training this past summer.  


My name is Mirena Medina. I was a camper at Stone Mountain Adventures for four years (2013-2016). This past summer I spent a week back at camp working as a Counselor in Training (CIT) at the day camp. SMA has been a huge part of my life for many years. SMA Teen Camp has given me life-long friends, allowed me to travel the world, and has shaped the person I am today as I sit here in university writing this post, as unbelievable as that sounds. But I’m not here to list the everlasting impact SMA has had on me (though I’d be more than happy to go on and on to anybody who would like to know) no today I am here to write about how one specific, new aspect of SMA has impacted me.

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Topics: Overnight Summer Camps for Teens, Day Camp

Read about How SMA Campers Spend the 3rd Session of their All Camp Day

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Jul 28, 2018

It’s All Camp Day at SMA which means we all 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 nonstop! 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

5 Important Lessons You Can Learn at Overnight Summer Camps for Teens.

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Feb 24, 2017


5 Important Life Lessons You Can Learn at an Overnight Summer Camp For Teens


Camping is a favorite pastime among Americans with statistics indicating that 14% of the population or 40 million aged 6 and above camped in 2013 (2014 American Camper Report). There are many reasons that camping is so popular, but a love of the outdoors and spending time with family or friends are often the main goals. For parents, signing up kids for overnight summer camps may be an important decision considering the benefits that camping provides in terms of education, social, physical and psychological development. There are in fact valuable life lessons that kids, tweens, teens and campers can learn when attending an overnight summer camp. These skills grow up with them and are useful into adulthood.

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Topics: 5 Important Life Lesson to Lean at Camp, Overnight Summer Camps for Teens

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