For many kids, sleepaway camp — swimming in lakes and roasting marshmallows around a bonfire — is how summer is spent.
And then you grow up.
But you can recapture the spirit of those activity-packed, fun-focused days. Inspired by those carefree weeks in the woods, summer camps are making a comeback across the country — this time, for adults.
Their premise is straightforward and nostalgia-tinged: sleeping in tents, eating hot dogs (gourmet ones, of course) at communal picnic tables and making new friends. It’s a trend that speaks to travelers’ growing desire for engaging vacations — ones that lead to self-discovery or a deeper connection to nature — as opposed to just posting up poolside.
Today's travelers place value on things like pursuing a hobby or enhancing their relationships, and adult camps certainly tick those boxes.
Many adult camps also offer niche, immersive learning experiences like acrylic painting and grilling. For busy professionals and parents, a weekend away with a focus on fun can be rare — but it’s important to carve out time for just that.
Whether you're a high-octane hiker or an ornithology enthusiast, here are five camp-like experiences to help you reconnect to those feelings of lightheartedness and joy you felt when you still fit comfortably in the top bunk.