Why Parents Choose Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer Camp


Choosing the right summer camp is critical, especially when the precious few weeks of summer are on the line! Here are a few reasons why our camp is a very special place for you to spend the summer:

Tradition, Safety, and Excellence


Stone Mountain Adventures was founded in 1983 by Pam and Biff Houldin. Current Camp Director Jud (son of Pam and Biff) grew up at the farm, attending SMA as a camper and later working as a counselor. Jud and his wife Anne bring a combined 40+ years of experience teaching in traditional and non-traditional school settings, coaching youth sports, leading international trips for high school students, and leading wilderness and mountaineering trips. 

Year after year, our greatest concern is for the safety of our campers and staff. Constant attention is given to the physical and emotional health of everybody at camp. Precautions are taken and safety is paramount (seat belts, helmets, life jackets, etc. are always non-negotiable). The small size of SMA helps Director Jud keep a finger on the pulse of camp and maintain high health and safety standards.  

Great Staff, Great Camp

SMA-Teen-Camp-Staff-Team-1One of our greatest strengths at Stone Mountain Adventures is our amazing staff of camp counselors! They are dynamic, responsible, skillful, funny, and fair. Our staff listens, cares, and treats everyone with respect. Most of all, our counselors put the needs of our campers before their own. They are all over 21 years old, well trained and equipped to lead groups both outdoors and in the cabins, and excited to spend their summer with teen campers. Our awesome counselors specialize in cool things like wakeboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, music, and horseback riding!


Amazing Activities for Everybody

There is no Wifi at Camp... BlueOur camp is a fantastic place for teens who love the water! Water sports available to us at SMA include swimming, wakeboarding, waterskiing, sailing, SUP (stand up paddleboarding), canoeing, kayaking, fishing and white water rafting. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran at these water sports, our experienced staff members are there to assist you every step of the way.  

In addition to water sports, SMA also offers a diverse array of challenging outdoor adventure activities that include horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and overnight camping trips. Our outdoor adventure activities and water sports challenge teens and give them the opportunity to learn new skills and have fun outdoors every day!


Making Friends and Building Confidence


An overnight summer camp experience at SMA is a unique opportunity for teens to gain independence while learning and growing away from home in a safe and supportive environment. At SMA, campers build confidence by challenging themselves in outdoor adventure activities, water sports, and traditional sports. Sharing these experiences with others creates strong bonds of friendship that often last long beyond the summer. This process of building confidence and making friends helps campers at SMA to develop positive self-esteem, independence, and a sense of responsibility and accomplishment.

Teen-Focused Activities  

Summer-Camps-for-teens-sma-paWe know that teens are physically, intellectually, and emotionally more mature than younger campers, and we believe that they prefer camp activities and social engagement with others their own age. Because our enrollment starts at age 12, all activities and events can be specifically teen-focused, so that our campers get the most out of their SMA experience. From team-building games to white water rafting, all activities and events at Stone Mountain Adventures are designed to be physically, intellectually, and emotionally engaging for teens. Expect outdoor adventures, water sports, crazy evening games, local college tours (when relevant and desired), fairs, festivals, and other teen-level activities!


It's Easy to be a First-Time Camper


Stone Mountain Adventures is a small camp with only about 60 campers per session. Thanks to our size, campers tend to feel at home here easily. Returning campers are kind and welcoming, our staff members are enthusiastic and friendly, and Director Jud creates an atmosphere that is exciting and inclusive. 





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