My mom is awesome for any number of reasons.
1. She makes a mean lefse
2. Her two favorite tv shows are Antiques Roadshow and Arrested Development
3. A few years ago, she and a friend started attending what can only really be called Summer Camp for Grownups
They share rooms, they make crafts, they eat in a big mess hall, they take walks around the lake … and I am toooootally jealous. My only summer camp experience was at safety patrol camp (!!!) so I’d like a do-over, please.
If you, too, want a summer camp redo – or you just want to relive the awesome – here are five amazing grownup summer camps I found for you.
5 Amazing Summer Camps for Adults
I’ve always wanted to be one of the Cool Women Who Surf but every time I’m somewhere surf-worthy the instructors are either deeply dicey or I construct another excuse. But if I carved out a week to learn? Well, then I’d have to do it, right?
This camp has a 3:1 student/instructor ratio and they promise things like “We will surf a beautiful beach break on Tortola, have a night time moonlit dinner on our own private island, and watch the most amazing sunsets in the Caribbean.” OH, OKAY.
I’m a pretty decent cook but my skills are mostly limited to carbs with cheese on them; I have no idea how to cook meat. This camp teaches you how to do that fast, impressive chopping and leads you through recipes like Hamachi Pineapple Tiradito and Citrus & Oregano Marinated Split Whole Chicken with Corn Souffle and Pickled Onions. Whaaaaaat?!
You’re winning every dinner party ever from here on out. And they’ve even got two different levels so you won’t be intimidated by a class full of people who know how to pronounce Beurre Manié.
We’ve all got causes we’re passionate about and changes we’d like to see. What if we actually did something about it – like, make a movie?
You get to use super-fancy equipment like Canon HD cameras, pro audio gear, portable lighting kits, professional tripods and Final Cut Studio for post-production and editing. And you’ll learn the ins and out of interviewing and even how to script around technical problems.
My inner 15-year-old needs to attend this camp, like, yesterday. For $295, you get eight hours of instruction for five days straight. YOU WILL HAVE SUCH A GREAT BUTT BY THE TIME YOU’RE DONE.
In their own words “In the spirit of Gene Kelly and Judy Garland, experience this week long intensive where students dance, learn, and sweat, while working to put on a show like a true Broadway star. Participants will learn two performance pieces inspired by the work of such notable choreographers as Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, and Michael Bennett, to name a few.” Also: costumes.
Would you ever go to a summer camp for grown ups? And if you know of any other awesome camps, leave links in the comments!
Edited to add: MERMAID CAMP!!!