Adult Summer Camps That Will Take You Back to Your Teens
Camp No Counselors, Multiple U.S. Cities
Unplug and reconnect with your best girls this summer over a trip to Camp No Counselors. With dates in 11 cities around the U.S. and Canada, it's the world's largest adult summer camp. The four-day, three-night package (from $550 per person) includes nonstop activities: Play basketball, Capture the Flag, dodgeball, and Ultimate Frisbee; then channel your inner artist making friendship bracelets, painting, and learning to tie-dye. Location permitting, campers can also relive the fear and glory that is The Blob. Scared to jump? A little liquid courage never hurt—and the package also includes an open bar.
Weekend of Women, Chicago
You won't be at risk of FOMO with the choose-your-own-adventure format of the inaugural Weekend of Women summer camp (all-inclusive package, $590), happening in August. Despite its name, guys are welcome, too, as long as they're behind the camp's mission of empowering and inspiring women. Guests will be sorted into "tribes" that become your support network for the weekend. In addition to activities like daily boot camp, yoga, canoeing, fishing, leather crafting, candle making, and plenty of lake time, workshops on topics like leadership, confidence, entrepreneurship, social justice, and self-defense ensure you'll take away more than tan lines and fond memories from this camp.
Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix
Celebrate summer by the pool like you did as a kid with some adult perks at Arizona Biltmore (a Waldorf Astoria Resort)'s summer block party. The summer all-inclusive package (nightly rates from $254 per couple) includes accommodations, breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two. But you don't have to be a guest of the hotel to take part in the summer camp activities. Enjoy boozy snow cones by one of the resort's eight pools, plunge down its 92-foot water slide (don't forget your one-piece), catch a "dive-in" movie at the pool Friday and Saturday evenings, or join lawn game shenanigans with lawn chess, giant Jenga, corn hole, and croquet.
Camp BC, Tahoe City, California
Wellness junkies and competitive types will revel in the big game that is Camp BC (from $299 per night), held at Basecamp Hotel in Tahoe City, CA. Earn up to 15 merit badges in areas like wellness, adventure, philanthropy, and even craft beer for the chance to win a free stay at any Basecamp Hotel location. The weekend-long event starts Friday evening with camp bingo and s'mores happy hour, moves into wellness activities (think morning flow yoga on the lawn, bike rides, and meditation), followed by options like arts and crafts, writing workshops, coffee tastings, and sunset sails.
The Wild Rumpus, Gambier Island, British Columbia
So maybe you've gone through a bad breakup recently, or have been super stressed at work and desperately need to unwind. The Wild Rumpus adult summer camp (all-inclusive package, $375) may be just the thing. Before you judge the rowdy-sounding name, hear us out. All you need to bring is a sleeping bag and a pillow for this camp held on Gambier Island north of Vancouver. You'll spend three nights in mostly co-ed cabins and your days chasing down thrills, like slip-and-slide kickball, tug-of-war, water balloon fights, zip-lining, high ropes courses, axe throwing, and more. The party gets started when the sun goes down: Each evening has a different theme with a live DJ, dancing, and yes—open bar.
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W Chicago City Center
Woods and mosquitoes not your style? W Chicago City Center has you covered. The newly renovated hotel will again host its annual summer no-swim beach party (day pass including open bar, $60) every Saturday in July. This year's event has an '80s slasher movie slant—dubbed Get Out of the Water Part 2: Cruel Summer, and it's going to be killer. The hotel lobby will be transformed into a summer camp-esque scene complete with campfires, tents, and ceiling projections of the night sky. Adult coloring books and crafts, s'mores stations (and s'mores cocktails), and scavenger hunts are all part of the fun, set to DJ-spun tunes and monitored by crush-worthy "camp counselors."