I never went to summer camp as a child (it just wasn’t a big thing in Chicago) so when I heard that there was a summer camp for adults I couldn’t wait to give it a try!
Club Getaway is an all-inclusive camp that’s situated on a beautiful lake in the Berkshire Mountains of Kent, Connecticut. It has over 100 activities, from camp traditions like bonfires and hiking, to sports like trapeze and softball, to adult fun like a keg crawl through the woods, pole dancing classes and silent clubbing under the stars.
Each weekend has a different theme and age range, so everyone can have fun surrounded by their own generation. For obvious reasons Jess and I chose the Young Pro Weekend, which was for young professionals in their 20s and 30s.
Getting to camp was a breeze. For an additional fee, you can ride the Club Getaway party bus which takes you from Manhattan to camp and back again. This bus ride has alcohol, music, and crazy camp stories from prior summers. I couldn’t wait to see what adult summer camp was all about!
Unlike summer camp as a child, you don’t sleep in a room with dozens of bunk beds and other campers. Instead, there are furnished private cabins that, while not luxurious, have the necessities such as private bathrooms, housekeeping and air conditioning.
You arrive Friday evening, and begin the weekend with dinner and dancing, and making new friends. But keep in mind that if you want to register for certain activities, you have to be up bright and early Saturday morning at 8:30am! Jess and I rolled out of bed and were among the first people to sign up for intermediate trapeze.
Apparently we weren’t the only ones that rolled out of bed!
Wondering what to wear? Everything at Club Getaway is casual and sporty. I don’t know which I was more excited about: going to summer camp or being able to wear comfy clothes all weekend!
Jess and I started our Saturday with a hike around camp to explore the property.
We definitely weren’t in New York City anymore!
Then, like everyone else there, we made sure that we were properly adorned with silver and gold temporary tattoos.
One of my favorite activities that we did that morning was the bungee trampoline.
We bounced so high, flipping both forwards and backwards!
Lunch at camp is delicious, with buffet tables laid out with American classics like burgers and hotdogs, international fare like Italian pasta bars and Asian salads, and unique offerings like a carving table and massive dessert bar. You definitely won’t go hungry at lunch!
Dinner, however, is one set menu, and unfortunately leaves much to be desired. If you don’t like your main course, there’s always a vegetarian table which usually has better food. On the plus side, however, dinner does come with free wine!
After lunch on Saturday is the camp’s famous color war. The campers are divided into teams, and participate in relay races and water balloon tosses. Jess and I headed down to the lake halfway through (it was hot) but despite this, or maybe because of this, our blue team still won!
Saturday afternoon brought the moment that we had been waiting for: intermediate trapeze! I had done trapeze once before, and Jess had been a gymnast for most of her life, so we both had fun swinging around again.
I love how Jess is spotting the ground in this picture. Once a gymnast, always a gymnast!
Then it was time for the catches. I was so close!
But Jess nailed it, and was the only person at camp that weekend to do a trapeze catch. Yay Jess!
Late Saturday afternoon everyone ends up by the lake, enjoying lawn games, swimming and happy hour.
There are dozens of water activities, from water skiing to kayaking to sailing. Jess and I tried paddle boarding for the first time, and felt like we were walking on water!
That evening was another event that we were both excited for: the quiet clubbing white party!
Everyone wore white, and were given black headphones. So when your headphones were on, it was like you were at a normal club. But when the headphones were off, the party was silent, and it looked like people were just dancing around with no music. It was such a funny thing to watch!
The headphones had three different channels, which each lit up the headphones in a different color: blue, red or green. So the DJ on each channel could look out over the crowd and see how many people had their headphones tuned to his color. It was essentially a battle of the DJs!
Because there were three different songs playing at all times, it was fun and funny dancing with people. Some would be on your same beat, and others would be doing their own thing because they were listening to a different song. The best part was when people would sing along, and you would take off your headphones and hear three different songs being sung at once!
Quit clubbing was over much too soon, and the night ended around a campfire with s’mores in our hands.
Sunday morning we did non-traditional activities, like take an improv class, and camp classics like archery. We asked the counselor running it how many Katniss jokes he had heard that summer, and he said that we didn’t want to know!
One of my favorite activities that day was the aerial park. This was a ropes course high up in the trees, with no harness whatsoever. Kidding, there was a harness, but it was still scary!
After one final amazing lunch and camp awards (none for us though!) we said goodbye to Club Getaway before heading back to Manhattan.
Everyone should head to Club Getaway at least once. It will make you feel like a kid again, and you’ll get to meet a lot of great people while you’re at it.
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You’re going to have so much fun!
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