Remember camp as a kid? Want to relive it? Good news, summer camp isn’t just for the young blooded. In fact, as of 2012, there are more than 200 camps across the nation that offer adult summer programs. The number of adult summer campers actually reached the million mark in 2012, according to the American Camp Association, which has about 200 affiliates in the united states that offer adult programs (TribLIVE.com, 28 June 2013).
The number of boomers partaking in this trend continues to grow, as they seek encampments that remind them of their childhood with some adult luxuries thrown in. Baby Boomer Adventure & Retreat Camp at Camp Ocoee in Tennessee provides a strong sense of nostalgic events such as swimming, hiking and canoeing to roasting marshmallows at the campfire. These campers don’t exactly rough it in a cot. Campers at Camp Ocoee’s Wasson Lodge stay in comfy air-conditioned rooms fully equipped with WIFI and satellite TV. Boomers are also interested in eating well during these camps. So, what’s on the menu? Grilled salmon, wine and cheese tasting.
It is proposed that above all else, boomers are interested in feeling like kids again. “I was speaking to a group the other day and I asked how many had ever done a cannonball off the end of a dock,” says Joy Krause, founder of Boomers Together, the Chattanooga org that sponsors the camp. “Every hand went up. That’s what we are offering. The chance to do that again” (TimesFreePress.com, 29 July 2016).