5 Reasons Why Adult Summer Camp Is Almost As Good As (If Not Better Than) Kid Camp

July 27, 2016

I grew up going to camp every summer and it is the happiest place on earth! (Disneyland doesn't hold a candle to it.) As soon as I discovered that adult camps were real, I signed up and have been going any chance I get. This summer I'll be the camp lunch lady at an adult camp outside of Fargo!

There are 5 reasons (well, more, really) why I adore adult camp—and why you all should go, too!

1. There are literally no rules.

Adult camp is like being in college with all of the party and none of the work. Do you want to sleep on the beach? Go for it. Want to bunk with the person you’re smooching these days? That’s fine. Want to ditch literally all of the activities and jump on a trampoline in the middle of the lake all day? No one is stopping you!

2. The activities are amped up.

The good adult camps have activities like beer tasting, fancy coffee brewing, and macaron making. In the craft area, instead of stringing beads onto yarn, you can pick up a knife and a piece of wood and whittle your own spoon like the woodsy hipster food stylist that you are.

3. You get all of the childhood nostalgia minus any awkwardness and drama that comes with being a 12-year-old.

(Plus all of the great snacks that are acceptable to eat as a 12-year-old, like Uncrustables and Fruit Roll Ups and cheese from a can.)

4. There’s way more to appreciate about being in the woods with tons of awesome people and no responsibilities.

When you go to camp as a kid, you leave behind a life that’s probably already filled with sports, art class, seeing your friends every day, and general kid things. When you go as an adult, you’re leaving behind work stress and wifi and having to take out the trash and suddenly there are all of these cool new people who want to hang out and play sports all day.

5. Breakfast beer!

And boozy s’mores.

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molly yeh recently moved from brooklyn to a farm outside of grand forks, north dakota, where her husband is a fifth generation farmer. she writes the blog my name is yeh.