Why should kids have all the summer-camp adventures? These eight camps are just right for adults who want to learn new skills or enjoy the outdoors (or do both) with other fun-loving grownups. Sign up early to secure your spot, or if your favorite is sold out, start planning for next year now.
Each summer in late-July, a group of about 70 singers and songwriters ages 18 and up come together in Stony Point, New York, (about 45 miles north of New York City) for SummerSongs, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The weeklong retreat in the Hudson River Valley, led by a faculty of nationally known songwriters and touring musicians, allows music lovers to immerse themselves in songwriting, singing and performance. Price: $1,349, including lodging and food.
The 2023 North American Jewish Choral Festival travels to Tarrytown, New York, for five days of singing, workshopping and community. Hundreds of voices will come together in July, led by a staff of conductors and other music experts. Workshops and seminars focus on a range of skills such as vocal technique and reading music. This year’s festival celebrates the 75th anniversary of the State of Israel through song and music. Price: $1,250 including three glatt kosher meals a day. Accommodations are separate; rates for the Sleepy Hollow Hotel start at $169.
Adults over 50 who are looking to relive their childhoods, or perhaps experience an old-style summer camp for the first time, can attend the five-day Active Adults Camp in late-August at Camp Chief Ouray. The 5,150-acre YMCA camp with mountains, valleys, streams and meadows is near Granby, Colorado, near Rocky Mountain National Park and about 1.5 hours northwest of Denver. The fun includes activities such as hiking, rafting, zip-lining, horseback riding, archery, canoeing, fishing, dancing, woodcarving, arts and crafts, and much more.
Cost: Fees are $345 for campers ages 50 to 64, and $325 for 65 and older. You stay in double rooms with full bathrooms in one of the Snow Mountain Ranch lodges. (If you don’t have a roommate, you’ll be assigned one, or you can choose a private room for an additional $175.) Dates for the 2024 summer camp will be announced in the winter.