Remember the days of your parents sending you away to summer camp (honestly, it was more for them than it was for you). Remember how much fun you had hiking through the woods, swimming in the lakes, and taking those archery classes? Good news! You can now relive those memories in the best way possible, summer camps specifically designed for seniors and retirees.
It doesn’t matter what your interests are, more than likely there is a summer camp designed for you! Just like camps for kids, each adult camp has different activities and specializations that you can choose from depending on what you like to do.
Even though you may not have heard of any of these camps, they are becoming popular among retirees over the past couple years. In fact, according to the Grownupcamps.com, they have grown 10% every year in the past decade. There are over 800 adult camps across the United States and over a million adults are enjoying them every year.
The majority of these camps aren’t exactly like traditional summers camps, instead of exploring a few dozens of activities, these adult camps usually focus on one specific hobby. There are different camps for those that like to cook, dance, or play musical instruments, some camps even allow you a chance to practice with famous experts in their field. Some camps are new to their hobbies or experts that have been honing their skills for years.
But, if you’re looking for a summer camp just like the one you went to as a kid, you’re in luck! There are adult camps that are just like traditional summer camps. There are dozens of different camps for adults across the nation that have campfires, archery, canoeing just like you did when you were growing up. It’s just like going to summer camps as a kid, minus all the awkward bracelet making (unless you’re into that kind of thing).
There are plenty of benefits to attending any of these camps regardless of what your hobbies are. Aside from learning a new hobby, or honing your craft, you’ll get to meet new people that share similar interest as you! One of the biggest mental complications for elderly people once they retire is loneliness. Loneliness can lead to even bigger problems the worse it gets. Depression increases the chance of Alzheimer’s, and even an increased risk of physical health complications.
Aside from companionship, these camps also provide something that many elderly people struggle to get, a challenge. Almost all of these camps provide some type of challenge, either mental or physical. You could be listening to lectures on health, archery, or painting, whatever it is, it’s stimulation that most people don’t get by sitting in their living room. This stimulation is great for keeping the mind and body as sharp as they can be.
If you miss the days of sitting in the great outdoors, roasting marshmallows and sleeping in cabins in the woods, these camps are perfect for you. There are plenty of camps spread all across the country with different specialties. Maybe you just want to find a place to get away and spend some time in nature, there are even camps for that. Aside from the nostalgia, there are plenty of reasons that you should consider going to one of these camps.