These 6 Adult Adventure Camps Are Everything You’ve Been Looking For

If you thought your summer camp days were behind you, think again. The newest craze in entertainment comes in the form of adult adventure camps. Yep, you read that right. All the things you loved as a child — ropes courses, swimming, bunk beds — bottled up and served to your grown-up self. With a variety of camps and locations to choose from, you’re sure to find one to fit your preferences — whether that’s purely fun, includes a music festival or treats your mind, body and soul. A camp is waiting for you (and your friends, if you want to invite them!). But don’t wait too long…these things are hot and selling out fast.

For when you need a true outdoor escape

If your body is craving the view of lakes, trees and wide open skies, look no further than The Outbound camp located in either Northern California or New York (just a few hours from NYC). You and your friends will meet with expert guides and pro athletes to show you the ropes. Your ticket comes with complimentary meals, nightly socials, open bars, fire pits and live music, not to mention classes and gear for activities. Act fast! The current discounted pricing will increase once the limited amount of 3-day passes sell out.

For when you want to be surrounded by empowering women

This one’s for you, ladies! Outessa is a series of outdoor events designed just for women. The first session is held in California at the beginning of August and the second in New Hampshire in mid-September. The camps focus on guided adventures on both water and land, outdoor classes, creative workshops and self-discovery sessions. Gear is included, plus meals and a swag bag of goodies.

For when you need to find your inner zen

Need a brain break? This camp is for you. Wanderlust Festivals include yoga classes for all levels, an array of music from acoustic mountaintop meditations to electronic main stage performances, outdoor activities like hiking, running and mountain biking, an informal lecture series and more. Happening in Hawaii, West Virginia, Vermont, California, Mexico and Canada from March to October, you’ll be sure to find a session that fits your sched.

For when you want to feel like a kid again

This camp is truly built to release your inner-child. It’s called Camp No Counselors — need we say more? The all-inclusive package that’s offered in nine cities throughout the U.S. and two in Canada comes with lodging, land and water sports, arts and crafts, an open bar (yes, open bar) and nightly themed parties. But we’re most excited for the GIANT slip ‘n slide.

When you need a total disconnect

This camp in Mendocino, California offers tons of activities. Like, TONS. Think weaving, pizza baking, synchronized swimming, pickling, face painting, flower crown making, Lego building and way, way more. Camp Grounded aims to celebrate personal freedom, creative thinking and a liberation from technology. That means absolutely no conversations about work. We can get behind that! Only one weekend in May is still available, so sign up now!

For when you need a huge dose of inspiration

Leave your worries and phone at the door. Soul Camp (located in California and New York) blends workshops, classes and seminars that nourish campers’ bodies, minds and spirits. Each day includes a wide variety of activities including kundalini yoga, meditation, cardio and essential oils 101, plus live entertainment and a speaker series. And for evening fun? Join in on talent shows, fear burnings, late night discos, s’mores and live entertainment. Breathe in the good, let go of the bad. Ahhh.


Emily is a recent graduate and proud Midwesterner who just moved to the big city to start her career in magazine journalism. When she isn't commuting between Brooklyn and Manhattan, she enjoys browsing bookstores for her next read, sipping chai tea lattes at local coffee shops, and playing tourist in the city she always dreamed of living in.