YES: Poconos Summer Camp for Adults Giving Philly Grown-Ups More Chances to Act Like Teenagers Next Summer
Camp Bonfire — the Poconos summer camp for adults that was started by two camp-loving Philly grown-ups, making its much-talked-about debut in 2015 — is the kind of place you dream of while falling into an anxiety-induced nap after a particularly long workday: First off, it’s technology free. (I know: That alone sounds like a dream.) Instead of checking email, you spend your days doing things like playing capture the flag, canoeing on the lake, and dancing by the bonfire. Essentially, you get to act like a middle schooler for three days — without being scolded for having a drink come nightfall. Like I said: It’s a dream.
And good news: Camp Bonfire just announced that this coming summer, they’ll be offering not one, but TWO weekend-long sessions, both at the usual Lake Owego, for the first time. Go ahead, let out a squeal.
Before we get into when the two sessions are being held, a bit more about how you’ll spend your days: There’s all sorts of scheduled programming throughout the weekend, like morning yoga and trail running, high ropes (remember those?!), paddle boarding, kite-making, archery, dodgeball, and a whole lot more. As co-founder Benjamin Camp (clearly this was his calling) says, “We worked to create a well balanced weekend. Campers can start their day with yoga and end their day with a drink around the bonfire. In between, they can choose from over 40 activities led by our welcoming and experienced counselors.” Yes: There are counselors. And yes, you do sleep in cabins.
Registration also gets you your meals — and unlike the summer camps of your youth, there are vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options for those who request ‘em.
Okay, so back to the dates: 2017’s summer camp sessions are being held from June 16th to June 18th and September 8th to September 10th. Registration just opened, and will cost you $399 per session if you register now; that will bump up to $449 later. When it comes to getting there (Lake Owego is a bit over two hours away), you can drive and park for a fee or hop on a bus organized by Camp Bonfire. Buses leave from Philly and New York City. You can learn more and register here. We’ll just be over here daydreaming of afternoons filled with capture the flag until summer.
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