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Summer Camps for Grownups

Aug 9, 2013

by Lisa Butterworth

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Does summer make you long for carefree days of dreamcatcher-making, lanyard-knotting, and God’s-eye weaving? Well, you’re not the only one. Sleepaway adult craft camps let you indulge in breathtaking nature while learning a variety of creative skills from the world’s coolest makers. The camps range from traditional rural escapes to more modern retreats, and they offer the chance to try your hand at everything from blacksmithing to food styling. Read on to find out where you should book your bunk.

John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC
Inspired by the folk schools long popular in the rural countrysides of Denmark and Sweden, this year-round mountainside creative haven opened in 1925 as a means of preserving the traditional crafts of Appalachia. You’ll find a mix of the customary skills of the old South (blacksmithing, quilting, homesteading) along with more contemporary subjects (photography, screenprinting). Cooking, calligraphy, and even storytelling are also on the schedule. Campers come for a week or a weekend, have the option of on-campus lodging or pitching a tent at the campground, and enjoy three meals a day, served family-style so you get to know your fellow creators.

Camp Winnarainbow, Laytonville, CA
More wacky than crafty (but still offering a full-on adult camp experience), Winnarainbow was founded by one of the most famous characters of ’60s counterculture: Wavy Gravy. Back then he was the official clown of the Grateful Dead, and he’s still spreading the gospel of the performing and circus arts. Spend a day, a weekend or nearly a week at Winnarainbow and you’ll have the opportunity to learn stilt-walking, trapeze, improv, ceramics, and, obviously, tie-dye. Campers stay in teepees and enjoy the Zen-inducing northern California landscape of Mendocino county.

Cabin Time 2: Bogus Lake from It’s just nice.

Cabin-Time Art Camp
Illustrator Geoffrey Holstad is the creative behind Cabin-Time art camps, which he describes as “a roaming artist residency to remote places.” And though there have only been two (in Ontonagon, MI, and Grand Marais, MN) with a third planned for August (in Lake Superior, MI), that doesn’t detract from the awesomeness of this camp. Less of a learning environment and more of a creative, collaborative wilderness getaway, Cabin-Time is for self-motivated makers looking to unplug.

Ace CampsVarious locations
Billed as “travel and educational adventures,” Ace Camps are a roving experience. Rather than offering a full schedule of different classes, each camp is led by one person focusing on a single skill. The offerings sound absolutely dreamy — sketching with Camilla Engman in Sweden; food styling and photography with Cannelle et Vanille’s Aran Goyoaga in Whistler, BC; travel writing in Hawaii with author Rolf Potts. The website alone will make you want to pack your bags and set off to make something.

SquamHolderness, NH
“Creativity as a way of life” is the tagline of this idyllic workshop. Held at an actual campsite replete with rustic cottages on the shores of New Hampshire’s Lake Squam, this camp’s four-day retreats in the fall and spring are as much about relaxing as they are about learning. Each day offers a variety of classes (knitting, embroidery, jewelry-making, writing) taught by some of the Internet’s most beloved crafters (Kayte Terry, Christine Chitnis, Jessica Marquez), but if you simply want to float in the lake, that’s cool too. You couldn’t ask for a more picturesque place to pick up a new skill.

Peters Valley Craft CenterLayton, NJ
Set among towering trees and running streams, this craft center was founded in 1970 and is still going strong, offering intensive two- to five-day workshops from May through September. The sheer number of subjects is overwhelming (the fiber arts category alone has nearly 20 classes, including ikat rug weaving and sculptural crochet), and the range of classes offers options for beginners and advanced crafters alike. Learn how to woodwork with hand tools, throw ceramics on the wheel, silversmith, or hand-carve leather while lodging in a rustic farmhouse.

North House Folk School, Grand Marais, MN
North House takes its inspiration from Danish folkeshoskoles and emphasizes Scandinavian crafts. Old-school traditions like broom making and chair caning are taught year-round as well as boatbuilding and basket weaving. This Folk School also focuses on sustainable living, so eco-conscious campers will dig their workshops on gardening, herbal healthcare, beekeeping, and solar oven building. Foodies are in luck: cooking classes include pickling, sausage making, preserving, and pie baking. Nestled on the shore of Lake Superior, the school’s setting is too small to accommodate housing, though a campsite within walking distance maintains its camp-like feel.

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Canoe, Fabric on Cedar Frame ,  Hand Crafted, 31 in x 12 ft, Single Paddler.
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Vintage Girl Scout Sewing Badge or Patch
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Antique Birch Bark Notebook. Canada 1929. Summer Camp.
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Sal Fisher at Girl Scout Camp by Lillian s. Gardner
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Alo Friendship Bracelet -Hand Woven -Made to Order
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4 Featured Comments

  • guziks

    Stephanie from Phylogeny said 4 years ago Featured

    Fascinating! I didn't know these sorts of camps even existed. Where I live, there are so many kids camps that it seems almost out of place to imagine adults partaking, but knowing that these camps exist and are places to learn new crafts and skills, I'm amazed! Sign me up!

  • neile

    Neile Cooper from neile said 4 years ago Featured

    So happy to see Peters Valley mentioned here. It is such a special place in a truely beautiful part of New Jersey (yes, New Jersey)! They also have Artisis in Residencies, a Gallery, and an amazing end of summer craft show.

  • catnapcottage

    cindy from catnapcottage said 4 years ago Featured

    john c campbell is a great place - have had the opportunity to go twice - studied basket weaving and copper enameling - the atmosphere was great and the meals were always so fun - everyone helped out - then, after dinner story telling and sometimes barn dances were great - you have reminded me and now i want to go again! great write up!

  • ynycoed

    Laurie Kutina from ynycoed said 4 years ago Featured

    If you are looking for something less campy but easy to fit into a busy schedule, look into the Roycroft Campus Workshops in East Aurora, NY: http://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/results.php?category=9. They have courses in printmaking, metalworking, painting, taught by Roycroft Artisans in the beautiful newly rebuilt Power House. You can stay in the historic (but pricey) Roycroft Inn on the campus, or in nearby hotels,B&B's, or camping. East Aurora is an incredible art town, and not too far from NYC, Toronto, or the Midwest.

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  • telepelekids

    ilanit bronstein from telepelekids said 4 years ago

    This is great article,in israel we don't have this camp clutrue,we have only for kids but not for adult,shame cause it look fun fun fun. my summer plan is to build my house in the desert!!!!

  • StringBeardCraftery

    Stephanie from StringBeardCraftery said 4 years ago

    Any of these lovely places would make such a cool vacation! I never had the pleasure of attending summer camp as a kid, other than art camp at Eastern Illinois University when I was in high school. But then again, college dorms aren't exactly roughing it :)

  • uswatsons

    Sylvie Liv from SylvieLiv said 4 years ago

    How fun! I bet these camps are super inspirational! Sometimes its hard to create in the summer because I'd rather swim or lay in the sun!

  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 4 years ago

    Sounds like fun. Will be checking back to see if anyone has gone to these places. Interested in their feedback.

  • SketchAway

    Suhita from SketchAway said 4 years ago

    If Etsy ever wants to do a travel-sketch camp, I'll do one! :)

  • hurdyburdy

    Beverley Richmond from hurdyburdy said 4 years ago

    These look fab. Be great to have them in the UK x

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    Sign me up! Great picks.

  • guziks

    Stephanie from Phylogeny said 4 years ago Featured

    Fascinating! I didn't know these sorts of camps even existed. Where I live, there are so many kids camps that it seems almost out of place to imagine adults partaking, but knowing that these camps exist and are places to learn new crafts and skills, I'm amazed! Sign me up!

  • AtomicAttic

    Miles and Aimee Harrison from AtomicAttic said 4 years ago

    Looks like a lot of fun!

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 4 years ago

    WOW! This is my favorite post yet! So informative!

  • TheWindowArtisan

    Susan Spurr from InSpurations said 4 years ago

    A vacation and a feeling of accomplishment!

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 4 years ago

    Wow! How much fun would that be! Maybe next year....

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    Hillary De Moineaux from VoleedeMoineaux said 4 years ago

    I wanna go!

  • gilbug1

    Leah from gilbug1 said 4 years ago

    This is such a fun article. I know of another camp in Idaho that focuses on learning how Native Americans lived, worked and played!

  • neile

    Neile Cooper from neile said 4 years ago Featured

    So happy to see Peters Valley mentioned here. It is such a special place in a truely beautiful part of New Jersey (yes, New Jersey)! They also have Artisis in Residencies, a Gallery, and an amazing end of summer craft show.

  • sonyarasi

    Sonya Rasi from sonyarasi said 4 years ago

    Would love to go to one !

  • genisepark

    Genise Park from genisepark said 4 years ago

    That would be a lot of fun. Oh to be a kid again.

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    That's awesome! I'm in NJ and definitely going to check out peters valley craft center!!!

  • GoldenSpiralDesigns

    Lola Ocian from GoldenSpiralDesigns said 4 years ago

    Very Cool... I wish there were more of these in Washington... All the summer camps I went to were for climbing, kayaking, mountain biking. Would be fun to go to an arts and crafts camp. What a great idea!

  • sharlette

    sharlette said 4 years ago

    I actually went to John C. Campbell last fall with my sister and daughter. My sister and I, in our 50's, took a great silversmithing course, and over the course of a week learned to saw, solder, drill, polish, etc. It was pretty intense, long days, often going back to the studio after dinner until the wee hours. My daughter took a traditional music/ballad singing/playing course and her group performed at the show and tell on the last day. The surroundings are totally bucolic, the food good and plentiful, the accomodations adequate. I will say that it can be a lot of pressure even in a 'beginner' course to try and complete projects but the instructors are great and they have a ton of things to choose from. We would do it again!

  • nicolesweavingart

    Nicole Neal from Dreamingacrestextile said 4 years ago

    I would LOVE to go to John C Campbell for weaving classes. My favorite professional weaver, Laura Fry, had a class there earlier this year.

  • TheSewingGin

    TheSewingGin from TheSewingGin said 4 years ago

    Never knew these kind of camps existed. Thanks for the info.

  • TheMillineryShop

    Marcia Lacher from TheMillineryShop said 4 years ago

    I liked sleep-away camp so much that I went back a few years ago as senior staff, running a nature and camping program for 2 years. Those places look right up my alley.

  • JanJat

    Catherine from JanJat said 4 years ago

    This is amazing! No idea such a thing existed and now I can't wait to take the plunge. When I was little camp was such a lovely escape - from school, rules, chores, bedtimes... Thank you for rekindling those wondeful memories :)

  • BowKnots

    Shannon Malaska from BowKnots said 4 years ago

    Oh my goodness! I had no idea! Some of the best memories this summer were spent learning how to contra dance at the ladies literary club in SLC, Ut. My husband and I loved being with the elder generation. But if we could do that for a week, we would learn so much! I love when others are willing to share their beautiful skills.

  • Macramaking

    Ellen from Macramaking said 4 years ago

    What a GREAT idea! I think it would be so fun & relaxing! great article!

  • lcarlsonjewelry

    Liesl Carlson from lcarlsonjewelry said 4 years ago

    Having lived at Peters Valley, I know that it is a magical and wonderful thing to do if you can. I love being there for hte few years that I was it was an amazing time. My son was born there when My husband, Steve Butler was working for them. Truely amazing!

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    Polkadot Magpie from ThePolkadotMagpie said 4 years ago

    What a great blog this is. My husband and I are going to John Campbell to take blacksmithing together. Thanks!

  • Nikifashion

    Natalia from Nikifashion said 4 years ago

    Awesome idea and article!

  • samsnatural

    Sam's Natural from SamsNatural said 4 years ago

    Excellent ~ Love this!

  • ChronologieVintage

    Sally B from ChronologieVintage said 4 years ago

    Love it...I want to go there! Every summer, I go to my family's summer cabin in western Montana and take along my sewing machine. It's a great place to relax and create.

  • kayceecortez

    Kaycee Cortez said 4 years ago

    Lisa, thanks for this article and highlight each camps' keypoints. I would love to check out Ace Camps! Cheers! Kaycee (stopping by from Dorco USA - www.dorcousa.com/for-women)

  • fieldtrip

    Amy from fieldtrip said 4 years ago

    how fun are these camps! stoked to see that there are some in my neck of the woods :)

  • newtribetextiles

    newtribetextiles from newtribetextiles said 4 years ago

    This is awesome! Everyone needs this!

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 4 years ago

    Love this!

  • ValliCraftEmporium

    ValliCraftEmporium from ValliCraftEmporium said 4 years ago

    What fun! Thanks for posting!

  • ValliCraftEmporium

    ValliCraftEmporium from ValliCraftEmporium said 4 years ago

    Thanks for posting: lots of fun!

  • SparkBoxStudio

    Chrissy Poitras from SparkBoxStudio said 4 years ago

    These are great and full of fun ideas we could offer at Spark Box in addition to our residency! Thanks so much for this post :)

  • CopperheadCreations

    Sarah from CopperheadCreations said 4 years ago

    Awesome! :D I love this. Adults need a summer break, too!

  • chickfamilyink

    Shane Chick from chickfamilyink said 4 years ago

    Heres to the lasses and the ladies they adore, heres to the seniors so mighty juniors so flighty alumni and counselors.... I still remember every single camp song from 30 years ago.

  • PenGwynneBeads

    Gwynne Collins from PenGwynneBeads said 4 years ago

    What a great post! I would love to go to one of these camps!

  • fbstudiovt

    Laura Hale from FoundBeautyStudioArt said 4 years ago

    God I hated camp when I was a kid! I hated the bugs, I hated the organized activities, I hated the complete lack of privacy, and I truly hated the forced socialization with the same kinds of kids who picked on me back home. All I wanted was a summer alone to read and make things. But a week-long art intensive? That's a camp I could get behind! As long as I can stay in a hotel, that is :)

  • timelapse

    timelapse from timelapse said 4 years ago

    Yes! It is never too late to enjoy childhood!

  • czd666

    Jason Chen from 7Daysinvitation said 4 years ago

    a great fun. I want to go.

  • KomebackKitsch

    Kathy from KomebackKitsch said 4 years ago

    Kumbayah, my friends. I have many wonderful memories (and a few not so great) of summer camp. I did not know they existed for adults. Thanks for sharing this info - definitely on my bucket list!

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan said 4 years ago

    Great information ! Sounds like a lot of fun ! Thank you.

  • styleforlife

    Emily from styleforlife said 4 years ago

    Darling!!!!! XOXOXO EL Vintage

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 4 years ago

    Love this post!

  • glassandlight

    Cecilia Cohen from glassandlight said 4 years ago

    This post makes me miss my childhood - - my brothers and I spent several weeks each year in "summer school" where we took electives like puppet-making and dance, and at least two weeks every summer (thanks to my grandma Viva) at summer camp. I raised my kids in a foreign country without those options, so they never knew the joys of summer camp. I'd LOVE to go back to camp as a grownup, expecially if I could take my now-grown-up-kids with me!

  • moonlulu

    moonlulu from moonlulu said 4 years ago

    Reading this made me feel like a kid again. Love the idea of meeting new people and being in new surroundings all at once.

  • lizhutnick

    Liz Hutnick from LizHutnick said 4 years ago

    Fun! I know my sister would want to go to the weaving camp. I would want to go to a photography one. :)

  • timberdimensions

    Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions said 4 years ago

    Great post. Thanks

  • ulovejewelry

    Universal Love Jewelry from ULoveJewelry said 4 years ago

    Good read.

  • FireIslandSoap

    Billy Bubbles from FireIslandSoap said 4 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHY!!!

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 4 years ago

    Great post ! Love read . I think we need more craft camping not only for adult , we need for kids or together !

  • HandmadeHandsome

    Tryntsje from HandmadeHandsome said 4 years ago

    What a great post. Didn't know these camps existed. Thanks.

  • stinnovation

    ST Innovation from stinnovation said 4 years ago

    Amazing artical~ this is fresh post, it is very interesting and attractive.

  • TeepetalsDesigns

    Tee from TeepetalsDesigns said 4 years ago

    Loving this article. Oh these look and sound like so much fun!

  • artsyana

    Ana from artsyana said 4 years ago

    Wow, I am excited now. Can't make it this year but thanks for posting this I am now looking forward to go next year.I loved camping as a child and I am always working on my art and art career cannot get enough. Mixing art and play is the best. Thank you for the post.

  • catnapcottage

    cindy from catnapcottage said 4 years ago Featured

    john c campbell is a great place - have had the opportunity to go twice - studied basket weaving and copper enameling - the atmosphere was great and the meals were always so fun - everyone helped out - then, after dinner story telling and sometimes barn dances were great - you have reminded me and now i want to go again! great write up!

  • SweetMeas

    Sarah Meas from SweetMeas said 4 years ago

    I did an artists residency at Peters Valley Craft center in the middle of winter years ago, it's a lovely place but I liked it better when I did one in the summer LOL...... But at this point in life I only like camping with my family away from people..... I don't know if I could handle "camping retreats" with other adults?

  • lowbranches

    lowbranches said 4 years ago

    what a terrific article, i'm so glad to see these exist.

  • CarpetShopPrincess

    Katie Koshy from carpetshopprincess said 4 years ago

    One word: latrine. That is why I don't have fond memories of camp. I do, however, enjoy the hollywood blockbuster featuring Shelly Long, "Camp Beverly Hills."

  • justgivemepeace

    justgivemepeace from justgivemepeace said 4 years ago

    I totally, totally embrace this! Just back from a five day Love~art~peace festival in our own tiny woods....Beautiful!

  • kadydesigns

    Denise Vining from kadydesigns said 4 years ago

    I would really love camp Squam!!!! It sounds like so much fun! I would love the knitting that they offer!!! Just might have to look into going there, if for nothing else the scenery! Thanks for posting!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 4 years ago

    Sounds like a great time...if I were rich and retired, I'd go try them all! but summer here in Tampa Bay is humid and hot, afternoon thunderstorms, and we mostly stay inside where it's comfortable in the a/c. My summer 'art camp' is in my studio making things for Christmas! But I remember going to "summer enrichment" at our local middle school when I was a kid, and how fun it was to do arts & crafts, ceramics, etc. Always my favorite thing to do. Anyway someday I'd love to go to some of these camps. Enjoyed the blog!

  • shelbycharron

    Shelby Charron from SmallGreyCat said 4 years ago

    What a great post! These camps sound amazing.

  • needleyou

    Leslie Richardson Dryg from NeedleYou said 4 years ago

    Wow! I sooooo want to do one of these!!!!! Thanks for the post : )

  • koriventura

    Kori Ventura from Echoesfromthesea said 4 years ago

    Ahh yes, a camp like this this would be so much fun. I used to live in Idyllwild, Ca. and they have an art school there, if only they had a camp!, it is one of the best mountain getaway's in Calif.!

  • WoolenClogs

    Rasa from WoolenClogs said 4 years ago

    Sound like perfect vacation:)

  • BizzieLizzie

    Bizzie from BizzieLizzieHandmade said 4 years ago

    Oh, now this sounds right up my street!! Looks like SOOO much fun!! Thanks for posting this!

  • shawnstpeter

    Shawn St.Peter from shawnstpeter said 4 years ago

    I didn't actually read it but it looks great!

  • wheatleypaperworks

    M Wheatley from wheatleypaperworks said 4 years ago

    Who knew?

  • bedouin

    Nicole from bedouin said 4 years ago

    I love the idea and it looks like fun ~ but it also looks like a new way to make a whole lotta $$$ off of the same people that DID DO the lanyards and the same kind of crafting in the 60s and 70s ~ But I guess its the bonding and togetherness that really counts ~*~ i'm not a hater...just a product of the 60s where the same things done didn't need as much announcing.

  • beadweaver

    Susan from Beadweaver said 4 years ago

    I'm headed to HAYSTACK. Yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Zalavintage

    Zane Saracene from Zalavintage said 4 years ago

    Great ideas Lisa! the photo reminded me of one of those painted black/whites I have. I just dug it out and set it in front of my computer. Thank you for the memories on a tough day...

  • EnterpriseAmericana

    Enterprise Americana from EnterpriseAmericana said 4 years ago

    So need one of these.

  • gildedingypsy

    gilded in gypsy from gildedingypsy said 4 years ago

    Oooohhhh, I've always wanted to try something like this! All of these "camps" sound so interesting!

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 4 years ago

    ♥♥♥ this post. thanks for sharing. i'm feeling adventurously creative already.

  • CozyMoments

    Michelle from CozyMomentsLLC said 4 years ago

    How fun they sound, I had no idea they existed! Great article! :)

  • willikers

    Elizabeth said 4 years ago

    This is awesome! I gotta throw in my personal favorite adult summer camp: An autoharp intensive in Mountain View, Arkansas :D

  • 1FattyBoomba

    Kasia from 1FattyBoomba said 4 years ago

    So much to take in! What a great piece...i'd love me some summer Camping...

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle from ACupOfSparkle said 4 years ago

    This is so great! i am so glad it is summer again.

  • ynycoed

    Laurie Kutina from ynycoed said 4 years ago Featured

    If you are looking for something less campy but easy to fit into a busy schedule, look into the Roycroft Campus Workshops in East Aurora, NY: http://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/results.php?category=9. They have courses in printmaking, metalworking, painting, taught by Roycroft Artisans in the beautiful newly rebuilt Power House. You can stay in the historic (but pricey) Roycroft Inn on the campus, or in nearby hotels,B&B's, or camping. East Aurora is an incredible art town, and not too far from NYC, Toronto, or the Midwest.

  • charlenesbags

    Charlene Owens from charlenesembroidery said 4 years ago

    I love this idea. I definitively will look into this idea.

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 4 years ago

    oh my, that's awesome :::-) we have something like this in Europe too... summer camps for artists, art camps :)

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 4 years ago

    and the footage from It's just nice is great & so dreamy. i wish i had some free time...

  • Pauletta

    Pauletta Brooks from Pauletta said 4 years ago

    Beautiful photos... Worthy of a travelogue. And, Ohhh to be a kid again!

  • AbleAprons

    Erika Kelly from PortlandApronCompany said 4 years ago

    We have the Oregon Country Fair here each year! Even though there are more than just adults that participate, it is a very artistic, somewhat crazy week of events, with amazing food and great people watching!

  • imogenskyefreeman

    Imogen Skye Freeman from InkPaintings said 4 years ago

    My man and I are moving to the site of our "sleep-away camp" this September. We're calling it a "retreat centre", but it will be "sleep-away" and include lots of making (including a hot glass studio, eventually), warrior training and natural movement, and various specific workshops for arts, self-cultivation, etc.... I am TOTALLY into this way of learning- full-immersion intensive. It's how I learn any new skill on my own, too. :) In our gorgeous, completely off-grid, natural landscape a few minutes from the warm beach is even better! Great spotlight on this idea. I really love it! <3

  • lkhfield

    lkhfield said 4 years ago

    Great post. I have attended Squam twice and love it! There is a new camp coming in Texas for the fall of 2013. Check out http://www.luckystarartcamp.com !

  • kattailz

    Elizabeth from kattailz said 4 years ago

    Wow! That would be a blast to go to camp. I love toasted marshmallows.

  • naturalwooddesign

    Darren from naturalwooddesign said 4 years ago

    Great article!! ...and great idea!!

  • Elizabeth26

    Elizabeth Mermel from FragglesAndFriggles said 4 years ago

    Great article! I now want to plan trips to go to all of these camps!

  • DelilahBadapple

    DelilahBadapple from DelilahBadapple said 4 years ago

    What a great post! I had no idea anything like this existed!

  • saltcityspice

    Katrina from saltandginger said 4 years ago

    Nature & creativity are a perfect match - these all sound like fantastic vacations! Thanks so much for featuring my vintage canoe photo :)

  • vegasblingrocks

    Judy Murphy from vegasblingrocks said 4 years ago

    I'll go anywhere that's COOL where you can actually sit OUTDOORS and make smores! Great article!

  • DCFraulein

    Lea said 4 years ago

    Our one year anniversary might be spent at anyone of these...let's hope my husband agrees!

  • CheyAnneSexton

    CheyAnne Sexton from CheyAnneSexton said 4 years ago

    this is a great idea and it sparked one that we could do here in the high desert of northern New Mexico, is teach people to make adobe bricks. peace

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio said 4 years ago

    I love this post and I LOVE camp too! Had a great time as a kid, a counselor and I am sure I would love attending any one of these... just found a wonderful write up about a local camp in Elkhorn Wi too! Love to see these great places featured!

  • partytymeshop

    Jessica from partytymeshop said 4 years ago

    Awesome!! Terrific article.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 4 years ago

    Great article - I wonder if there's anywhere like this in the UK!

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy said 4 years ago

    summer is such a fun, dirty time for me and the kids: building forts, messy ice cream, lots of water in and out of the pools, and just plain FUN!!!

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects from PoetryofObjects said 4 years ago

    I was at the John Campbell Folk school in 1981...homesteading week! Those were the days. I was enrolled in a year long homesteading program that wound up being cancelled due to enrollment issues. I often wonder what course my life would have taken if I had stayed in Brasstown for a year! Great camp ideas...I'd love to try all of them. Thank you for the sharing.

  • MaJentaDesigns

    MaJentaDesigns from MaJentaDesigns said 4 years ago

    wow never realized places like this excited, they sound amazing!

  • straynotions

    straynotions from straynotions said 4 years ago

    I'm headed to Fiber College in Maine (I'm teaching so I guess that makes me a counselort) -- held every year at unique oceanfront family campground -- wouldn't miss it.

  • CrankIt

    Kate Houle from CrankIt said 4 years ago

    I love this article! I grew up going to camp and I very much think that it shaped the person I am today. The motto of camp was "learning to live together". I would love to go to an adult camp! If any camps need a water ski or yoga instructor, I CAN DO THAT!

  • StopTheClock

    Tara from StopTheClock said 4 years ago

    I also grew up going to summer camp. It's good to know that we still have options! Another fun camp for adults in the CO area is "The Makerie"- http://themakerie.com/retreat/

  • Steampunkitis

    Susan Jane from Steampunkitis said 4 years ago

    Awsome !

  • liddysopretty

    liddy sopretty from liddysopretty said 4 years ago

    Just because you're an adult, doesn't mean you have to stop having fun...the fun has just begun!

  • cindysarc

    Cindy Sarcione from CindySarcionesSewing said 4 years ago

    Hilton Head, SC is one of my favorite beaches. So clean and peaceful. Quite a relaxing time with plenty of nice restaurants, spas, bike trails, kayaking, and so much more.

  • lilyashely

    Lily Ashely from travelplay said 4 years ago

    The landscape is so beautiful and peaceful.I love the beaches which really let me get rid of annoying things.I am from china.I can advice you to go to my country guilin.It is also beautiful.Let you get closer to nature. Go ahead !http://www.chinaholidaycts.com/ the Guilin holiday travel survice site let you know more about china tours.

  • nameplatedepot

    Jennifer Richardson from NamePlateDepot said 4 years ago

    love to part of it... didn't knew such kind camps exist.

  • janeeroberti

    Jane E Roberti from janeeroberti said 4 years ago

    One more fun retreat, this in Boulder, Co: http://themakerie.com/retreat/

  • AranGalligan

    AranGalligan from AranGalligan said 4 years ago

    You forgot to mention Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina – a beautiful and magical place with an amazing community of makers and instructors from all over the world. Penland is probably the biggest of these types of schools with the largest offerings of classes. Also, many of these other schools were modeled after Penland. I'll be teaching a one-week all levels enameling class this October at Penland. http://www.penland.org/classes/fall/fall_1.html

  • StarGazingWoodElf

    Victoria D. from StarGazingWoodElf said 4 years ago

    I have been to the John C. Campbell Folk School many times for Jewelry and Metalworking classes! The skills I learned there are reflected throughout my shop; and after my Work/Study Student session living at the school and taking classes, I moved approx 5 minutes down the road. It is a magical place like no other. everyone should visit at least once :)

  • halesje

    halesje from JennsNatureKnits said 3 years ago

    I'm going to my third Squam in September. It really is the happiest place on earth!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 3 years ago

    Fun!

  • elizabethforster

    elle and belle Forster from elleandbellejewelry said 3 years ago

    Great getaways!

  • NinaRaizel

    Nina from NinaRaizel said 3 years ago

    Wow this sounds like so much fun! Some of the best memories of my childhood were are summer camp.

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 3 years ago

    What a fun idea!

  • Backtoearthleather

    Daniel V from Backtoearthleather said 3 years ago

    fun read - thanks for sharing.

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 3 years ago

    Thanks for the article - sounds fun!

  • 777carolala

    Caroline Barbosa from OldSoulVintageltd said 3 years ago

    My wildest dreams come true! This is on my bucket list for sure.

  • 777carolala

    Caroline Barbosa from OldSoulVintageltd said 3 years ago

    My wildest dreams come true! Added to my so far short bucket list!!! Thank you!

  • admspeicher
  • richdon1

    Rich and Dona from TheCottageMouse said 3 years ago

    Wonderful article.

  • TwistedWhimsyDesigns

    Joanna Otten from TwistedWhimsyDesigns said 3 years ago

    Squam has been on my list for awhile! Can't wait to get there!

  • cosmiksouls

    joan kelly from cosmiksouls said 3 years ago

    Total Summer FUN !! Thanks for sharing :)

  • iworkartwork

    Irma Galindo from iworkartwork said 3 years ago

    I will love to do something like that! Some place a little cold will be perfect, one week in winter? Just to remember the season and get out of the rutine... Thanks you for sharing!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 3 years ago

    Talking to my husband about John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC and would love to attend. This is on my bucket list and my husband's bucket list he doesn't know about and soon will! Thanks for the post!!

  • VintageBeach

    VintageBeach from VintageBeach said 3 years ago

    Sign me up :)

  • SimplySpainDesigns

    Julie and Cory from SimplySpainDesigns said 3 years ago

    This is a great list - love this idea!!

  • NirvanaRoad

    Lisa from NirvanaRoad said 3 years ago

    Every time we go swimming at Hume Lake.... I dream of being a kid again and going to summer camp. Adult camp sounds awesome!

  • Motleycouture

    Motleycouture from Motleycouture said 3 years ago

    What a great thing to do! Looks very exciting!

  • patspottery

    Pat Parker from PatsPottery said 3 years ago

    I have been to a few pottery workshops in the mountains of North Carolina, and am planning on going to John C. Campbell Folk School next year. It is a BLAST!!! And great for the creativity spark to assert itself again♥

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 3 years ago

    These camps sound so wonderful! So many amazing things to learn and do, combined with a vacation, in a beautiful place...sounds like heaven. Someday I hope to have a vacation again, and any of these getaways would be idyllic. I also have secret dreams of going to Italy for a painting vacation tour I read about once. Such dreams seem very far away and unlikely at the moment, but it's great to know that the places are there if and when "someday" arrives :)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 3 years ago

    Wonderful way to spend a vacation!

  • Powerofflower

    Lorena Balea-Raitz from BaleaRaitzART said 3 years ago

    Gorgeous way to chill!

  • LittleW

    Kathleen Virtue from LittleWormAndCompany said 3 years ago

    How fun!! To be carefree and creative.... now that is playing for the brain.

  • joannetownsend

    Joanne from HeavenSpunCreations said 3 years ago

    I loved summer camp as a kid. This sounds even better.

  • farandtwee

    Vintage Minnow from VintageMinnow said 3 years ago

    friendship bracelets...i always attempted to make those, but they didn't work too well!

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 3 years ago

    Beautiful, creative and inspiring. Fantastic idea, thank you for sharing

  • wedgyzerop

    YAM DUBLUR from CRUSOESHOP said 3 years ago

    this pic make me feel peaceful, thx ^^

  • Potliwrap

    Potliwrap from Potliwrap said 3 years ago

    great idea!

  • mags60

    mags60 from mags60 said 3 years ago

    although not a camp, the omega institute in Rhinebeck, New York is located on the former grounds of a children's camp and you stay in the original camp cabins (albeit a bit comfier!). For me, my yearly summer week at Omega is as close to an adult's camp as you can get! they also have a family camp one week a year, where the kids get to have fun while the parents go off and do their own thing! www.eomega.org.

  • xutian1

    ya mo from 2013color said 3 years ago

    my favorite

  • amysfunkyfibers

    Amy Gunderson from amysfunkyfibers said 3 years ago

    Wonderful feature. It is so neat that these camps really focus on traditional arts and crafts from differerent cultural areas too. I would love to go!

  • AudreyKerchnerPhotog

    Aud Kerchner from AudreyKerchnerstudio said 3 years ago

    Im going.... love it!

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan said 3 years ago

    What a great idea !

  • melodieperfumes

    melodieperfumes from melodieperfumes said 3 years ago

    art and s'mores? nothing could be better.

  • littlejarofhearts

    Kyri from littlejarofhearts said 3 years ago

    I took a course at Peter's Valley this past Summer! An absolutely life changing experience! Worth every penny- Money can't buy the knowledge and experiences I had gained. Thanks so much for the post!

  • LetterKayDesigns

    LetterKayDesigns from LetterKayDesigns said 3 years ago

    How fun would that be?? awesome!

  • KPlager

    Kate Plager from BombyxBotanica said 3 years ago

    I would love to go. It would give me a much needed rest from my overactive children!

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 3 years ago

    Looks like a lot of fun! Thanks again :)

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace from VintageMarketPlace said 3 years ago

    how very cool is this. I would love to try a summer camp one day as an adult. Never got to go to one as a kid.

  • leskahamaty

    Leska Hamaty from DigitalWork said 3 years ago

    How cool! I had no idea of such a thing...I guess the hard part is picking one.

  • erikareboucas

    Erika Reboucas from littlebigtopstudio said 3 years ago

    Amazing feature! I would love to go to camp again. I bet it's even sweeter when you are grown-up, theoretically anyway. :)

  • vinylclockwork

    Scott from vinylclockwork said 3 years ago

    Looks like a ton of fun.

  • DelilahsAttic

    Madeleine Keller from ThoseGoodVibrations said 3 years ago

    I never went to camp as a kid. It's nice to know I still have a chance! Thank you for sharing this!

  • DeEscalaArt

    BEATRIZ DE ESCALA from DeEscalaArt said 3 years ago

    Great Idea..We Quit time too.

  • RECCIEatETSY

    Clarice Booth from RECCIEatETSY said 3 years ago

    Super idea! I will have to check theses out for my next vacation time. Blessings,

  • WackyWanitas

    WackyWanitas from WackyWanitaDesigns said 3 years ago

    This article is a dream come true! How often I have fantasized about grown-up camp--the chance to escape, to have my schedule filled by another person with something other than work and chores, the excuse to sit down and learn something new! BLESS YOU, Lisa!

  • beadweaver

    Susan from Beadweaver said 3 years ago

    HAYSTACK has my vote. http://www.haystack-mtn.org

  • emberair

    emberair from EmberandAir said 3 years ago

    Great ideas!

  • IsabelleKnits

    IsabelleKnits from IsabelleKnits said 3 years ago

    I'd love to visit any one of these, when I grow up ;)

  • TheHouseOfPurple

    Sonya B. from TheHouseOfPurple said 3 years ago

    Emotional ... Loved that video! It brought back many memories... I Love camping still. Went camping a few years ago, and this video has awaken my dormant yearning for a few nights of camp fire... swimming in a lake... trailing early morning, fishing... The smell of the earth, late at night and so early in the morning... I will take the time... time is eternal! Thank-you! Great little video.

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 3 years ago

    Great ideas!!

  • matildecanepagonzale

    Matilde Cánepa González from matildecanepaArtnow said 3 years ago

    "Creativity as a way of life" wonderful, can count on me, for creative courses .. .lovely

  • duffybear

    duffybear said 3 years ago

    Thank you! I so, SOOOOO need to go to one of these camps...but I have to wait a couple of years (no $$ until then)....

  • jamasters

    Jess Masters from RefinedRock said 3 years ago

    Fun!!

  • handicraftafrica

    Jafeth Moiane from handicraftafrica said 3 years ago

    Wonderful!!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 3 years ago

    Interesting idea for those that can afford it, but evening classes in your local community are probably much cheaper.

  • TessCreates

    Tess Wentz from TessCreates said 3 years ago

    It's great there are such places for adults but many of us creative types don't have the funds to go to them. There ARE alternatives, though, especially if you're not one who enjoys "roughing it." (I've a good friend whose idea of roughing it is no room service at a hotel!) Many community colleges offer art, language, cooking, and other types of "arty" classes, some without credit but just for fun, in the evenings and on weekends. In addition, several cities and towns have community centers which have such classes and group activities. For those of us of a Certain Age, senior centers have such classes and group activities as well. (And many senior centers' "entrance" age is 50.) The retirement community I live in has clubs for quilters and carvers; many such communities also do. Groups such as quilting guilds will often have a retreat or two during the year where members can gather to do what they enjoy most (which, in the case of the quilters I know is, of course, quilting. Also snacking). All of these alternatives to "sleep-away camps for adults" are usually more in the affordable range and, in the case of classes, the experience might be longer, time-wise. In addition, since they're local, the expense of travel isn't an issue beyond the short drive from your home. Go forth and Google and you'll be amazed at what's available out there in your community (or at least a nearby one)!

  • mriefler

    Molly Riefler from MulberryStreetPaper said 3 years ago

    Looks like fun :)

  • jro338

    Jessica from ThisIsMyBrain said 3 years ago

    I want to go to there!

  • MissKathy1

    Kathy Reinecke from TeenyTinyTailorShop said 3 years ago

    Me too! Me Too!! I want to go too!!!

  • evaart1

    Eva Art from EvAtelier1 said 3 years ago

    There is something like this in the Czech republic, not a camp, but a cottage in mountains. I was there three times several years ago and it was always great. This year the best part of my holiday were days at my hut where I was learning a new technique of making jewelry. There is lovely countryside around and peace and quiet, it was absolutely wonderful time ♥

  • genisepark

    Genise Park from genisepark said 3 years ago

    Being creative and everyday sometimes feel that I am at camp. I would look for something else. But these do seem like a lot of fun.

  • scarvesinfinity

    Le Chelle from ScarvesInfinity said 3 years ago

    Wow! What great camp ideas. I am mentally packing my bags as I type this! I have to bucket list some of these spots :)

  • kiraly1

    nicole kiraly from NicksPiks said 3 years ago

    The one in NJ is doable for us. We go camping as often as we can and the girls love going on their annual camping trip with the Girl Scouts. There's nothing like the great outdoors! (so cliche, but true) Thanks for the article! Nicole

  • moonandsundries

    Karen Ducey from moonandsundries said 3 years ago

    Penland School of Crafts in NC changed my life! I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a crafty summer get-away!

  • debbihiggins

    Debbi Higgins from PrarieGirlAntiques said 3 years ago

    This is so awesome. I never knew anything like this existed. I live in Texas, Anything close to me? BTW....to Karen Ducey........how did that camp change your life? Im curious for the details.

  • jennyleefowler

    Jenny Lee Fowler from jennyleefowler said 3 years ago

    I'll be teaching a handful of papercutting workshops at the Squam Taproot Gathering in September! It'll be my first time, but my Hudson Valley neighbors, Cal Patch of Hodge Podge Farm and Jill Draper of Jill Draper Makes Stuff, have gushed about the juicy adventure of being at camp for big kids. Also-- the Peter's Valley Craft Center in NJ has a really lovely gift shop. It's a really charming location, well worth the hike off the main road.

  • Dogdohr

    Joanne Dohr from Dogdohr said 3 years ago

    Loved camp as a kid. I've been to a couple 4-H Dog Camps as an adult volunteer. Would love to go to an artsy camp to work on my crafts.

  • pinkpicnic

    Amy Brown from jumbojibbles said 3 years ago

    I just taught a week at Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp in Cazadero, CA. It started in Berkley, founded by a high school music teacher. You don't have to have kids to go-- beginners are totally welcome to learn to play conga or violin, and I taught 4 art classes. Do beware-- it does have kids, but they aren't the main focus. As an adult without kids, it was really neat to be plunged into a healthy family atmosphere.

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 3 years ago

    This sounds like fun!

  • StudioRoseBoutique

    Lisa from StudioRoseBoutique said 3 years ago

    I'm surprised no one mentioned Art Camp for Women, which is held in Colorado twice a year. I was hoping someone had been there; it's on my bucket list to attend at least once.

  • FlattailFarmFancy

    Karen Hudson said 3 years ago

    I'm Squam bound in just a few weeks! I'm so excited I can barely sit still :)

  • mlezcano

    Mary Lezcano from BellaBboutique said 3 years ago

    This looks like it needs a place in my calendar. What an amazing gift the give yourself, love the idea of grown up camping!

  • schmittl

    schmittl said 3 years ago

    I've taken 8 or 9 of the offerings at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN - birch bark baskets, bread making, mosaics, wooden spoon making, plus more. Every instructor at North House is an expert in their craft, and they are so willing to share their experience in an easy-going and friendly atmosphere. The real benefit is that it occurs on the ruggedly beautiful north shore of Lake Superior, where tranquility abounds in nature just steps away from the classroom. I go there to feed my soul.

  • glitterandstones

    glitterandstones from glitterandstones said 3 years ago

    What a great idea . Thank you!

  • 2vcreative

    Violeta Warner from QVintage said 3 years ago

    Wow, I would love to go to the one in NC. Thank you for the info.

  • i4modernart

    Nandita Albright from ContemporaryArtDaily said 3 years ago

    Look at these ideas for summer camps. I sure would love to take a break from etsying and go out to one of these places! It is so hard to set aside personal time to just go out and take a break, you know?

  • moirasmuse

    Ashleigh from TheCollegiateCloset said 3 years ago

    The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies www.campbellcenter.org has tons of fun classes and workshops for things like historic furniture restoration, care of textiles, and energy efficiency in historic houses. It's mostly aimed for museum professionals, but anyone can take classes there. The best part: it's located in a historic 14-acre college campus in the Mississippi River Valley. Living arrangements are dorm-style, so not quite camping, but definitely a blast. Mount Carroll, Illinois is full of historic charm, restaurants, and wonderful antique stores! Check them out for fun or professional courses.

  • happyaskingsshop

    Rachel Osborne from happyaskingsshop said 3 years ago

    Awesome! I'm obsessed with summer camp and am lucky enough to serve on the board of Camp Potawatomi in northeast Indiana, where my kids attend! So much wonderful nostalgia.

  • westernorigins

    Western Origins said 3 years ago

    If you love camping .. than you have to love S'Mores! We have created an on-the-go delicious S'More snack with flavor. No preservatives and a shelf life for over 6 months! We just launched on kickstarter (search S'More in the subject area) and would love your support ... heck ... you can be one of the early tasters of our product!

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 2 years ago

    interesting article, enjoy reading it!

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