Summer camps for adults
But in the last few years, there’s been a boon in adult camps — Zombie Survival Camp, Camp Reset, Camp Grounded — environments where moderately affluent twentysomethings can manufacture those childhood human connections.
A CNC weekend was happening just a few hours away from me north of Toronto in late June, so I forked over nearly 0 (Canadian, so I guess it barely counts), booked a seat on their chartered bus, and got ready for a three-night sleepover with a group of strangers.
I briefly considered bringing a rolling suitcase so I could accommodate the entire packing list: running shoes, sandals, bug spray, sunscreen, multiple hot-weather tank tops plus a few fleece sweaters for cold nights, a Wonder Woman costume, a Woodstock costume, heart-shaped sunglasses.
I stopped short at one of the suggested items — “tribal tattoos” — because I’m not a fucking idiot.
No backstage access, or any backstages (while we’re at it). Instead, we create an atmosphere to celebrate personal freedom, creative thinking, liberation from technology, true vacation from our j-o-b, and a space from the working world where we can all once again be human. All Inclusive, all ages (18-80), and all demographics.
Friendships at camp are based on real-life connections, how good you are at Capture the Flag or face-painting, the best late night bunkmate jokes, and the present moment. It’s about who you are, not what you do for a living.
Just Like the Summer Camp You Remember from Your Childhood Trade in your computer, cell phone, email, digital cameras, clocks, schedules, work-jargon, networking events and conferences for four days of pure, unadulterated off-the-grid camp fun.
I like to think that the confidence I acquired as an adult and the brashness I’ve developed in my twenties would translate if put in the same situations.
On the most base level, the purpose of the camp is to have fun, to act like a kid again, to recapture the same feeling you had at 12.
Beyond that, though, it’s about making connections.
“Our mission, when we write it down, is to enable adults to make genuine friendships through shared experience,” he says.
“Camp is a place of firsts: first kiss, first time away from your parents, first independence.