Life gets crazy: fact. And it might be crazier than ever. According to the American Psychological Association, 75 percent of adults say their stress
has escalated over the past year. And while summer is supposed to be your downtime, trying to juggle time off and impending deadlines can be tough. Interestingly enough, many Americans are now turning to a childhood pastime to relax: summer camp.
That’s right, 26 percent of camps accredited by The American Camp Association have seen either a steady stream or increase in adult camp attendance. “It’s an opportunity to engage in something that goes beyond everyday life, to hone old skills and discover new interests,” says Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association. “Camp offers an oasis for everyone—with opportunities for learning in a fun environment.”
After all, what better way to relax than a campfire, camaraderie, and a gooey s’more?
The new camps make it possible to learn more than mad kickball skills, though. Adult camps feature everything from specific sports, like mountain biking, surfing, and marathon training, to dance or music lessons—even writing. As Smith puts it, adult camps add vocation to a typical vacation. Click through to see a few to consider booking.