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2013 SMA Teen Camp Slide Shows are live on our web site!

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Oct 17, 2013

It has finally happened... the 2013 SMA Teen Summer Camp Video Slide Show is live on our web site!

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Topics: Teen summer camp, slideshows 2013, Tween Summer Camp

2014 SMA Teen Summer Camp Dates and Prices are Announced!

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Sep 27, 2013

Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer Camp is excited to announce our 2014 dates and prices!

  • SMA now offers four 2 week sessions
  • Campers are encouraged to combine sessions and stay longer

2 Week Sessions

 Begins

Ends

Duration

Session 1    (SMA1)     

 Sunday 6/22   

Saturday 7/5

2 Weeks

Session 2    (SMA2)

 Sunday 7/6

Saturday 7/19   

2 Weeks

Session 3    (SMA3)

 Monday 7/21

Sunday 8/3

2 Weeks

Session 4    (SMA3)

 Tuesday 8/5

Monday 8/18

2 Weeks

4 Week Sessions

 Begins

Ends

Duration

Session 1 & 2    

 Sunday 6/22   

Saturday 7/19   

4 Weeks

Session 2 & 3

 Sunday 7/6

Sunday 8/3   

4 Weeks

Session 3 & 4

 Monday 7/21

Monday 8/18

4 Weeks

     

6 Week Sessions

 Begins

Ends

Duration

Session 1 & 2 & 3     

 Sunday 6/22   

Sunday 8/3

6 Weeks

Session 2 & 3 & 4

 Sunday 7/6

Monday 8/18    

6 Weeks

8 Week Sessions

Begins

Ends

Duration

Session 1 & 2 & 3 & 4

Sunday 6/22

Monday 8/18

8 Weeks

Tuition

$2250 for One Sessions (2 Weeks)

$4980 for Two Sessions (4 Weeks)

$7350 for Three Sessions (6 Weeks)

$8880 for Four Sessions (8 Weeks)

Ready to sign up? Here is our 2014 Camper Application.

Tuition is all inclusive, and covers laundry, entrance fees to all out-of-camp trips, and white water rafting. "Masters Programs" are described below and require an extra fee.

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Topics: Teen summer camp, 2 Week Summer Camp, Summer Camp PA, Dates and Prices, 2014 Summer Camp

SMA 3rd Session Updated - Teen Summer Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Aug 5, 2013

It is hard to believe that 3rd Session at SMA Teen Summer Camp and August have already arrived and we are nearly half way through session three. This summer has gone by so unbelievably fast and before we know it all the campers will be on the road home. The weather this summer has been quite the roller coaster, ranging from scorching hot during session two to raining almost every day of session one. For 3rd Session it has finally leveled out with warm days and cool nights!

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Topics: Summer camp, Teen summer camp, teenage summer camp, Summer Camp PA

Newsworks Tonight explores history summer camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Jul 3, 2013

Summer camp, then and now (via NewsWorks)

July 2, 2013 By Jonathan Zimmerman Download Audio File » Listen to the interview. (Reposted with permission from www.newsworks.org)

I  went to three different summer camps when I was a kid, in the late 1960s and early 1970s. I swam, hiked, and played sports (badly). And sometimes, I did nothing at all. That's what summer — and camp — were all about.

My, how times have changed.

About 20 years ago, so-called "specialty camps" began to replace the general-interest kind that I attended. So now you can go to camps that stress particular activities, from cooking and computers to robotics and rocketry.

Even at general-interest camps, meanwhile, kids are much more likely to receive professional athletic coaching, top-of-the-line art and music instruction, or even SAT-prep classes. Camp isn't just for fun anymore. It's about building a resume, a skill-set, a profile, a future. Like school, camp now prepares young people to win the great Race of Life. And that's a big loss, for all of us.

Camps more like school now

Ironically, summer camps began as an antidote to school rather than an extension of it. According to Ernest Balch, who founded the country's first camp in 1881, formal educational institutions were making young men "soft." Boys needed a rugged outdoor experience to escape the "weakening feminine influences" of modern society.

Around the turn of the century, the YMCA and the Boy Scouts started summer camps. So did groups with names like the Woodcraft Indians and the Sons of Daniel Boone, all devoted to recovering the lost rustic masculinity of the old frontier.

In 1893, historian Frederick Jackson Turner had famously described the frontier as the key to American identity. In the same essay, however, Turner announced that the frontier was gone! So summer camps would keep its spirit alive. With their simple tents and cabins, camps would give boys "the sturdier training of our forebears," as one camp advocate wrote.

Girls' camps arose, too, so that young women from the city could breathe fresh country air and grow into healthy mothers.

"The old-time education of girls kept them too much under cover," a Girl Scout magazine warned in 1917, "too much confined to books, too little free to engage in sports that might spoil their clothes."

Camp would free both sexes from the stifling effects of over-civilization, even as it reinforced their separate roles.

Naming roots

To do that, camps borrowed names and activities from the "primitives" who preceded whites on the frontier: Native Americans.

Indian-style ritual "gives the boy the much needed opportunity to express his inherent savagery," one camp brochure declared. "Just to be free, to run, to climb, to shout and yell like a wild Indian on a war-path!"

Girls, meanwhile, made Indian skirts and jewelry. And several camps boasted that they hired actual Indians, rendering the camps more "authentic" than their competitors.

Eventually, this same competition would lead many camps to forsake their simple facilities on behalf of modern amenities, especially electricity and indoor plumbing.

"Will they come back to your camp?" asked an advertisement for flush toilets in a 1931 camping magazine. "The parents — who pay the bills — must be satisfied that your camp is absolutely sanitary."

Many camps also began to show Hollywood movies at night, tapping into young people's growing appetite for commercial culture. But others balked at it, holding the line against "the tidal wave of jazz and crowded hall and movie and cabaret," as one director wrote.

Pop-culture restrictions

Into the present, some camps still try to insulate kids from popular culture by barring smartphones and blocking the Internet. But they're fighting a losing battle. Camps now offer film-making, Web design, and "field trips" to amusement parks and malls. And many of their activities — like cooking competitions — are ripped straight from reality TV.

Most of all, though, camps advertise skills that will allegedly help kids succeed in the so-called real world. By the 1990s, the rising cost of college — and the increased competition for admission — made families ever-more anxious about their children's future. Why waste a summer at a general-interest camp, when you could be gaining "aptitudes" and "experiences" that will separate you from the pack?

That seems like a great way to deny kids their childhood. There will be plenty of time, later in life, to plot and strategize about moving up in the world. Trust me, I'm an adult. I do that all the time.

But when I was a kid, I didn't.

The last camp I attended proclaimed itself "the camp with the pioneer spirit." That meant sleeping outside, running around barefoot, and, yes, participating in "Indian" ceremonies. You developed important life skills--including cooperation and compromise — but you didn't have to stand out from the tribe. It was about getting along, not getting ahead.

And I'll always be grateful for that.

Jonathan Zimmerman teaches education and history at New York University. He is the author of "Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory" (Yale University Press).

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Topics: Summer camp, Teen summer camp, Summer Camps

1st Week of SMA Summer Camp 2013 Recap!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Jul 1, 2013

It is hard to believe that our first week of summer camp fun has already ended. Time really does fly when you’re having fun! All the campers have settled nicely into their perspective cabins, and have spent some quality time with their bunkmates establishing a mutual understanding and living arrangement. When it’s time for lights out, we always hear a fair share of laughter coming from all the cabins and stories of late night talks in the morning at breakfast.

            Our first week was packed with thrilling summer camp activities! The Wakemasters have hit up Raystown Lake and have already set their personal goals for the session. “I’m going to clear the wake” or “I’m going to land that jump” are only a few examples of how motivated and determined our kids really are. Windsurf and sail has been a very popular activity so far. Who wouldn’t love relaxing and getting a tan on top of a windsurf board. The rock climbing extravaganzas have also begun and the campers are having an absolute blast conquering each rock placed in front of them. On another note, rumors from the barn have spread and all of the Horsemasters have picked their perspective horses to care for. Riding lessons have begun and all the horse chicks are looking forward to their first trail ride in the upcoming week. Basketball knockout games, arts and craft, tennis, softball and of course ultimate frisbee have all been a huge success thus far this session. And of course the campers are always ready for a cool dip in the lake after a hot sweaty intense game. The only way to describe the first week at SMA summer camp is action packed!

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Topics: Summer camp, Teen summer camp, Summer Camp PA, 1st week of camp, Summer update, SMA Summer Camp

New Mountain Biking Videos Highlight the Allegrippis Trails

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Apr 17, 2013

At Stone Mountain Adventures we ride the Allegrippis Trails everyday.  Here are a few new sweet videos on YouTube about the Allegrippis Trails that are worth checking out!

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Topics: Summer camp, Teen summer camp, teenage summer camp, Mountain Biking, mountain biking summer camp

SMA Teen Summer Camp to attend Spring Outdoor Expo

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Apr 12, 2013

Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer Camp will have a booth at the Appalachian Outdoors Spring Outdoor Expo which will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 10 to 5pm.  We are excited to see our State College friends, former campers and former camp counselors at the Expo.  Former camper and camp counselor this summer Ali Sanzo will be covering the booth for part of the day and Jud Millar will be there as we.  

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Topics: Teen summer camp, teenage summer camp, Spring Outdoor Expo

10 Reasons to Choose a Teen Summer Camp?

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Apr 11, 2013

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Topics: Summer camp, Teen summer camp, teenage summer camp, choosing a teen summer camp

SMA Teen Summer Camp Featured in Centre Daily Times "Living Local"

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Apr 7, 2013

Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer Camp was recently featured in the "Good Life" section of the Centre Daily Times under the "Living Local" heading. Jud and Anne were interviewed a few weeks ago by reporter Chris Rosenblum with Nabil K. Mark coming to camp to take photos.

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Topics: Summer camp, Teen summer camp, Centre Daily Times

10 Things That Teen Summer Camp is NOT...

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Mar 21, 2013

Teen Summer Camps are often referenced in the media and compared to other things such as a concert tour or professioanl training camp.  In the following article that was originally posted by the Summer Camp Culture Blog we take a look many of these comparisons.

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Topics: Summer camp, Teen summer camp, teenage summer camp, summer camp in the media

SMA Teen Camp Counselor Sarah Badman Reflects on Dancing at THON

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Mar 8, 2013

Spending  46 hours of my life with no sitting or sleeping has to be the most unique experience I have ever  had the opportunity to be a part of. Getting  the honor to dance in THON 2013 was an amazing time full of moments that I will never forget. Inside the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State University from 4:00pm on Friday February 15th 2013 until 4:00pm on Sunday February 17th 2013 there was always something going on and more than enough people to pass the time with.  My journey started early Friday morning, I woke up around 8:00 am, had breakfast, went to class at 11:00 am, packed my things, and then headed to the BJC at 2:30 pm. Technically, over the weekend I was probably awake for a total of 58 hours without sleeping.

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Topics: Teen summer camp, teenage summer camp, THON, camp counselor, DANCE

SMA camp counselor Sarah Bademan dances at THON!

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Feb 28, 2013

SMA camp counselor Sarah Bademan '12 has been involvedSarah Bademan at Campwith THON for the past three years while a student at Penn State University. The PSU Dance Marathon, commonly referred to as THON is:
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Topics: Summer camp, Teen summer camp, camp, THON, camp counselor

Jud travels to England and makes SMA Teen Camp connections

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Jan 31, 2013

A few weeks ago I traveled to Manchester, England, for three days. It was a quick trip, but an incredible experience. The purpose of my trip was to attend a "staff fair" hosted by Camp America, a company that helps camps like SMA Teen Camp find international staff and then arranges their J1 work visas.  The staff fair was a smashing success with about 60 camps in attendance and more 2100 potential camp counselors trying to find the perfect camp for them.   
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Topics: Teen summer camp, teenage summer camp, Manchester, Camp America

2012 SMA Teen Camp Slide Show are live!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Oct 31, 2012

Session Slideshows -On the last night of each session we gather in the barn and watch the session slideshow. All Session we take pictures of campers and staff on activities (rock climbing, wakeboarding, art studio, etc.), doing community service, evening activities (Jud Games, yea!) and hanging around camp with friends. We gather the best of these photos, add a summer soundtrack and put together a slideshow that really captures the crazy, silly, amazing, magical moments of each session.

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Topics: Summer camp, Teen summer camp, teenage summer camp, Reflection packets, camp, slideshow

Come see us at a Camp Fair in your area!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Oct 1, 2012

Come see us on the road this winter as Jud travels the East coast spreading the word about Stone Mountain Adventures at Camp Fairs.
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Topics: Summer camp, Teen summer camp, camp, camp fair, travel

SMA hosts a "Teen Summer Camp Wedding!"

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Sep 27, 2012

A few weeks after the last of our 2012 campers & staff departed for the summer (see sad face) we had the honor of hosting a wedding between 2 former camp counselors Jen Watts Mattise and Patrick Arndt.  Jen & Patrick met at SMA Teen Summer Camp in the summer of 2004.  Jen worked with us at summer camp for a mind blowing 7 summers from 2000 to 2006.  She worked as in the art studio when it was in the red shed and not in the barn.  She also spent many summers on the boat teaching wakeboarding as well as instructing windsurfing & sailing.  Her final 2 summers Jen was a member of our management team & spent time in the office & out on activities. 

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Topics: Teen summer camp, Wakeboarding

Almost Done? No Way!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Jul 13, 2009

So much has happened in such a short amount of time!

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Topics: Summer camp, Teen summer camp

Name that SMA Teen Camp Bunk House

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, May 29, 2009

This will be our 27th summer of camp and we have decided it is “Time for Change” here at SMA.  This summer that change will come in the form of renaming our camper cabins.  For all you SMA teen camp  alum I know this may come as a shock as it will be hard to image “Upper Boys” being named anything else.  However, we are committed to this change and we welcome your ideas for each cabin.  The best way to share your ideas is to comment on this post .

The cabin formally known as "Upper Boys"

The cabin formally known as "Upper Boys"

We hope to announce the new cabin names by the opening day of camp, June 27th, 2009!

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Topics: Teen summer camp

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