The best way to use up those vacation days--at summer camp. And this time, you won't need care packages from Mom.
Camp is cool now. Here are four summer camps made for s'mores-loving adults that you need to sign up for:
① Make s'mores and new friends at Camp Grounded.
For once, you'll be glad you're grounded. Turn in your smart phones for a digital detox at this former scout camp in Anderson Valley, CA, still charmingly stuck in the 1970s. Buckle up because there's a lot going on at the weekend camp: archery, candle-making, something called solar carving, big outdoor picnic tables for communal meals, talent shows and, of course, friendships that don't need Facebook. 6/13 to 6/15 or 6/20 to 6/23, $570 per person, plus fees
② Embrace your inner Bear Grylls at Boulder Outdoor Survival School.
Not a friendship bracelet and "kumbaya" kind of camper? Rough it in the great outdoors at this intensive survival skills retreat in Boulder, UT. Choose between a week-long getaway to a whopping 28-day excursion, romping through southern Utah's tree-lined mountains and dusty mesas. Armed with a little more than a blanket, poncho and knife, you'll learn how forage and build fires and shelters. In other words, you'll learn how to win at life. Various dates and prices
③ Find Moonrise Kingdom-esque adventures at Camp Wandawega.
Two-story treehouses, lakeside teepees--this is your childhood all grown up. This old-school campground nestled in sleepy Walworth County, WI has been home to adult-size retreats since 1925. Aside from the super stylish digs, there are loads of activities onsite to satisfy your inner child (hiking, fishing and canoeing) as well as offsite (shopping at the Elkhorn Antique Flea Market) to entertain your boring old adult interests. Various dates, starting at $550 per night
④ Explore en francais with Les Voyageurs.
Combine your inner Francophile with your Lewis and Clark sense of adventure on this outdoor rendezvous in Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota. During a week-long retreat, you'll canoe along rivers, pitch a tent and pretend you're a fur trader--all en francais! Scavenge for wild rice and maple sugar like a real Voyageur from the 1800s. Beats talking to your computer all day a la Rosetta Stone. Various dates, $695 per person
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