Capture the Flag. Capture the Fun.
Apr 30, 2019 11:15PM
● By Stephanie Wilson
No matter what you called it sleep away camp, summer camp, or just plain ole camp getting out of your year-long surroundings and into the wilderness to experience organized activities and adventures was always a highlight of the summer. (In New Hampshire, we just called it camp, but I’ve had many mom friends tell me that’s misleading because that’s what the day-only variety is called, but I digress...)
Where was I? Oh, right. Packing for camp. You know, the kind where iron-on labels bearing your name are affixed to every article of your clothing. One where the days are spent mastering the art of wind surfing and capture the flag, the evenings spent singing Kumbaya around the campfire, ingesting as many s’mores as you possibly can. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I camp solely for the marshmallows. Bonus points if those are the infused marshmallows from High Desert Cannabis, if your camp is in Colorado…but I digress again. Perhaps I’m distracted. A weekend in the wilderness occupied by organized activities is just what the doctor ordered. So with that in mind, I rounded up some of the adult summer camp options in Colorado and beyond for us to explore together.
The Camp Shady Brook YMCA // Sedalia, CO // CAMPSHENANIGANSCOLORADO.COM
With transportation to and from the Front Range, this Rocky Mountain-based adult getaway hasn’t announced its 2019 lineup yet, but there’s a whole lot in store. With activity highlights that run the gamut from archery to zip-lining, this is the typical summer camp experience enhanced with an open bar. Some of the other activity highlights include: capture the flag, dodge ball, relay races, obstacble courses, color wars, beer pong, cornhole, and so much more.
With a target audience of fun and flirty Colorado singles, this is a place where debauchery is likely to go down. Although the organizers did stress to the Denver Post last summer that it is “by no means a drug fest,” nor is it a “hookup camp.” Instead, co-founder Beth Bandimere told the paper that it’s for “people who like to cut loose and have fun.”
ADULT BAND CAMP
Interlochen Center for the Arts // Interolchen, MI // COLLEGE.INTERLOCHEN.ORG
A more sophisticated and educational option, if you please. If you never had a “this one time, at band camp” type of summer, there’s still time. At this Michigan based institution, adult band camp is a thing, as more than 70 adults from across the United States and around the globe gather to, as the official literature describes, “experience the joy of ensemble performance in a challenging, supportive, fun, and friendly environment.”
This year’s dates run from Tuesday, August 6 through Sunday, August 11, for a fee of $595. The instrumental faculty teach master classes, coach daily chamber music sessions, and play in the full ensemble with students. Private lessons in brass, saxophone, woodwinds, and more are on offer, as are sectionals, breakout sessions, and other musically inspired happenings. While there’s a group dinner on the first night to encourage camaraderie among attendees, the rest of the week is up to your discretion. And if American Pie taught us anything back in the 90s, discretion is key when it comes to what happens at band camp.
WOMEN’S ADVENTURE CAMP
@ Camp Chief Ouray // Granby, CO // CAMPCHIEFOURAY.COM
This female-only bonding getaway in Colorado is taking place from September 6–8 this year. Women are invited to “come find your place in the outdoors” for just $325 per person. During the getaway, you’ll learn outdoor adventure skills while playing in the wilderness. There are sessions on topics like how to pack your backpack, proper hiking techniques, basic wildlife knowledge, and more. PLUS, there’s the standard camp happenings: archery, arts and crafts, birding, canoeing, fishing, hiking, high ropes, goat yoga, zip lining, and so much more.