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Summer Camp Isn’t Just for Kids Anymore

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Now that you don’t have to worry about sending your own kids to summer camp, it’s your turn.

But the best part about being an adult summer camper is that you don’t actually have to wait until summer vacation to get away.

Below is just a sampling of the summer-like fun your kids enjoyed, but tailored for you.

New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp (LA)

Held in the French Quarter, the annual New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp for adults is the premier camp teaching the early style of New Orleans jazz to amateur and professional musicians. Campers should have a basic proficiency with their instrument, an understanding of chord structure, and a basic ability to read sheet music.

Jazz Camp offers one-of-a-kind experiences such as marching and playing in an authentic Second Line through the French Quarter, playing at the legendary Preservation Hall, and playing in a final concert in the Bourbon Orleans Ballroom. A testament to its success, this June will be the camp’s 10th anniversary. Dates: June 23-28.

Cost: $2,200, and a $100 non-refundable deposit at registration. Price includes accommodations at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, breakfast, and lunch. For more information, visit

Adult Space Academy (AL)

Adult Space Academy proves that some of us never lose the wonder of space exploration as we grow older. Astronaut aficionados head to Huntsville, Alabama, for the ultimate intergalactic weekend. There are approximately 65 campers each weekend who are put into teams of 16. Beam me up, Scotty.

Campers will participate in hands-on, interactive experiences on two different simulators, construct and launch model rockets, train for a mission to the International Space Station, and learn about current NASA and space exploration in one of the world’s largest spaceflight collections. Current openings: two weekends in July, one in August, and three in September. (Sessions continue year-round)

Cost: $549/person for 3 days, includes $50 non-refundable registration fee. On selected holiday weekends, there is a 4-day option for $649. Meals and lodging are included, transportation is not. For more information, visit

CIA Boot Camp (NY, CA, TX)

No, not that CIA. The Culinary Institute of America’s learn-by-doing boot camp is designed to accommodate all levels of cooking expertise. Cook daily recipes under the direction of master chefs, both with a team and independently. For more novice chefs, the CIA offers a Basic Training camp.

More advanced participants can choose between a number of speciality boot camps such as Mediterranean, Farm to Table, Hors D’Oeuvre, Grilling and BBQ, Wine Lovers, or Pastry. All you need is a love of food and a desire to learn. Dates: Multiple dates are available at all locations throughout summer and beyond.

Cost: From $895 for Wine Lovers (two days) to $2,195 for Basic Training (four days). Does not include accommodations or transportation, but meals are included, of course. For more information, visit

Band Camp at the Interlochen Center for the Arts (MI)

Do you play a brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument? Recommended for musicians with a few years of study under their belt, the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan,  offers a supportive, fun, and friendly band camp for up to 70 adults.

Camp-life centers around daily master classes and chamber music sessions taught by a  renowned instrumental faculty. Invite your friends and family to the culminating ensemble performance at the center. Dates: Aug. 6-10.

The Interlochen Center for the Arts also offers adult programs in choir, creative writing, visual arts, theater, media, and professional development.

Cost: $525. Does not include accommodations, meals, or transportation. Accommodations and meals available on and near campus. For more information, visit

Grandparent/Grandchild Camp at Northern Pines Camp & Retreat Center (MN)

Want to spend some quality time with the grandkids far away from their screens? Scoop up the grandchildren and head to the beautiful Northern Pines Camp & Retreat Center in Park Rapids, Minnesota. Grandparents and grandchildren will enjoy a long weekend of classic camp activities and make lasting memories as they craft, swim, and play together. Dates: June 14-16.

Cost: Adult (15 and up)/$155, children (4-14)/$139, family/$588. For more information, visit

Nature Camp Weekend at the Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies (WV)

Longing for cool green foliage, watching the sunset from a mountaintop, sleeping to the sound of owls, or trying your hand at various (in)activities? The Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies near Capon Bridge, West Virginia, offers the Adult Nature Camp, a weekend full of all the classic camp goodness your heart desires.

With participants from ages 21-99, the Burgundy Center has something for everyone. Campers can choose to stay constantly active or opt for more low-key adventures, such as strolling along the pond. The staff is available for workshops and hikes but the entire schedule is optional for participants. The menu includes vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, specially planned to appeal to adult palates. Dates: July 26-28.

Cost:$235/person, $415/couple. Meals and lodging are included, transportation is not. For more information, visit


Erin Cohn is an Editorial Intern with Nola Boomers.

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