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Finding summer camps for adults

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When someone mentions summer camps, the first thing you probably think is that it is the typical thing for kids. But summer camps are now also for adults. In the past, parents drop off their kids at a summer camp and go to their own vacations or simply get back to work without worrying about keeping their children busy during their long summer holidays. Now summer camps are the latest trend for adults who do not want to do the conventional thing like lying on the beach. There are many types of summer camps for adults, ranging from all kinds of activities like kayaking, rock climbing, skiing, etc. to more mind stimulating activities like attending lectures by famous persons, writing workshops, and meditating. These summer camps offer programs which are extremely flexible suiting the many needs of different adults. Some programs are for one to three weeks, while other programs can be done in a single day. The price is also variable: the longer you want to be in a program, the higher the price will be.

The concept of summer camps for adults can best be illustrated by the following examples. In the Aspen Institute, a summer camp for adults simply invites the participants to attend its ‘Aspen Ideas Festival’ consisting of lectures by famous people like Madeleine Albright, Alan Greenspan, Sydney Pollack, etc. Participants in this summer camp for adults are not only sitting and listening to a lecture, but are encouraged to participate actively by asking questions and invite the speaker and other participants to exchange ideas. The Aspen Institute’s director of public programs, Kitty Boone, provides the following reason for this summer camp for adults: “We’re in a nanobyte world. People need the opportunity to talk in-dept.”

Another example is the Warren Wilson College Archeology Field School, near Morganton, N.C., which offers a summer camp for adults which is definitely unorthodox: excavating at a 12-acre site believed to be the site of a native American village. A more exciting fact of this site is that it is also the location of a Spanish fort built in 1567. This summer camp for adults requires a lot of physical activities unlike the one offered by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Ripton, Vermont. When you love writing, attending this conference will give you the opportunity to either learn writing or talk to an agent about publishing your manuscript which might become the next Great American Novel. The conference is usually offered in August and lasts for 11 days. This summer camp for adults consists of workshops in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Participants can either attend workshops in groups of ten or individually discuss the workshop’s content with faculty members.

For those who are looking for ‘enlightenment’, a summer camp for adults is also offered by the Miraval Resort, Catalina, Arizona. This summer camp for adults is all about yoga, meditation, hot stone massage, and detoxifying seaweed body wrap. This summer camp for adults also gives it participants the choice to go hiking or horseback riding on the grounds. What is the main objective of this summer camp for adults? The goals is to give its participants the opportunity to reconnect with themselves after spending the last 20 years bringing up children or on their careers or both. This summer camp for adults is not cheap: $5000 for a week including meals and some activities.
Published: 2007-04-21
Author: Martin Hahn

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Martin Hahn PhD has received his education and degrees in Europe in organizational/industrial sociology. He grew up in South-East Asia and moved to Europe to get his tertiary education and gain experience in the fields of scientific research, radio journalism, and management consulting.

After living in Europe for 12 years, he moved to South-East again and has worked for the last 12 years as a management consultant, university lecturer, corporate trainer, and international school administrator

www.martin-hahn.net

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