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The Value of Outdoor Education at SMA Two Week Teen Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Dec 28, 2015

Here are a few things that I know for sure in no particular order:

  • Life is busy.
  • The Natural World is Beautiful

Because life is so busy it is often hard to find time to appreciate the beauty of the natural world around us.  It’s easy to take for granted that it will always be there. 

As a child I remember how my parents felt about exploring nature and new places.  Growing up in the mountains and valleys of central Pennsylvania I gained an appreciation and love of nature and also be spending time in the great outdoors hiking and camping.  During these experiences I also learned a lot about myself and what was important to me.  I also made deep connections with others who shared my passion for outdoor pursuits. 

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Topics: Teen summer camp, Stone Mountain Adventures, outdoor education

The arrival of winter at SMA Teen Summer Camp...

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Dec 18, 2013

Winter and now the holiday season is already here... it seems like just a few weeks ago we were planning the Session 3 Crew Olympics and playing "Jud Games" on the front lawn. It’s hard to believe that the Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer of 2013  ended about four months ago. Since then the leaves on the trees have changed color and fallen off and, as I write this, the temperature outside is a chilly 16 degrees. More snow is expected this weekend!

The rhythm of the seasons brings familiar change and now that the first snow fall and inaugural sled riding on Pam and Biff’s hill have come and gone, in general, we spend more time inside stoking the wood stove than outside “playing.” With shorter days and longer nights it’s a little harder to get outside and easier to curl up with a book. But the winter world is beautiful and peaceful and gives new perspective on a familiar landscape.  Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer camp in now blanketed by snow.

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Topics: SMA Summer Camp, Teen Camp, Stone Mountain Adventures, Winter at SMA Teen Summer Camp, Family Update

North Face Athlete Climbs at SMA Rock Climbing Summer Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Oct 16, 2013

Last week there was a buzz at SMA Rock Climbing Summer Camp's Donation Rock Climbing Area because of North Face athlete Mark Synnott.  Mark is an elite North Face climber based in Jackson, New Hampshire and was in town to give a talk at Appalachian Outdoors.  He and a group of local central PA climbers were at Donation Rocks last Wednesday, 10/9 and were blessed with sunshine and 70+ degree weather.    

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Topics: Donation Rocks, Rock Climbing Summer Camp, Teen Rock Climbing Camp, Mark Synnott, The North Face, Stone Mountain Adventures

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