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Summer Camp: For Grown-Ups

Summer camps offer an outdoor experience
Summer camps offer an outdoor experiencePhoto by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

While your child is experiencing summer camp, it's the perfect time to make your own plans for a rejuvenating experience. But is there such a thing as summer camp for grown-ups, and if so, would you even want to go there? Here are some options for summer camp experiences for adults.

Faith-based camps: Also known as church camps, these getaways offer experiences for teens to experience their spirituality and make friendships. Some faith-based camps offer accommodations for adults and even entire families. One such camp is Potters Ranch in Northern Kentucky, a wilderness retreat. Couples can choose the lodging that best meets their needs while enjoying outdoor experiences to satisfy an appetite for adventure.

Employment at a summer camp: If your child is interested in the camp experience but an overnight experience isn't an option, consider working at a days-only summer camp. Organizations such as the YMCA offer day camp programs that allow kids to go home at the end of each day. Some of these camps only last a week while others last the entire summer. As a summer camp employee, your child may receive reduced or free camp admission. To find camps in your area, contact the American Camp Association.

Plan a Staycation: When the kids are away, the parents can play. Whether your child is at day camp or an overnight camp, it's the perfect time to plan a staycation. Save on hotel expenses by exploring your neighborhood and its sights.

The Chautauqua Institution: For adults looking for a mix of arts, athletics, faith and new friends, Chautaqua Lake in New York is the place to be. Chautauqua offers classes, morning lectures and worship along with special programs for children. To learn more, visit The Chautauqua Institution website.