summer camps for adults

Do you want to be reincarnated as one of your kids because of all the fabulous opportunities made available to them?  Now you don’t have to pay the ultimate price to enjoy some of the same experiences.  Many organizations are realizing that adults are just as eager to learn and experience new adventures as their kids.  Here are some adult summer camps  in Maine we’ve come across recently.  All are residential and provide meals as well.

Learning new things is supposed to keep our brains fit; the “use it or lose it” theory.  These experiences can also be wonderful experiences to share with a parent, or adult child.

Hog Island Ornithology

The National Audubon Society owns an island in Maine where they hold adult ornithology(birds) sessions in the summers.  Taught by some of the country’s top birders and ornithologists, these sessions are for any adults who want to learn more about the remarkable lives of wild birds.

The schedule has everything from Spring Seabird Biology and Conservation to Family Camp to Fall Seabird and Conservation.

Adult summer camps in Maine

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Located on the Atlantic Ocean in Deer Isle, Maine, the Haystack Mountain School offers summer workshops for adults of all skill levels over the age of 18.  The sessions are one or two weeks in blacksmithing, clay, fibers, glass, graphics, metals and wood.  Studios are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with classes scheduled Monday through Friday.  There are roughly 85 participants, including staff, students, and faculty artists. Cost for room and meals start at $500 for one week, and $1,000 for two weeks, per person.  Tuition is $405 per workshop for one week, and $760 per workshop for a two week session.

Adult summer camps in Maine, crafts

Maine Media Workshops

Maine Media Workshops offer workshops in photography, filmmaking, multimedia and design and book arts.  I am most familiar with their photography workshops which include: black & white darkroom, digital darkroom, documentary & photojournalism, fine art, nature & landscape, portraiture, wedding photography, and about 5 others.

A few courses that caught my eye for this summer are “Making Books – Making Sense”, “Family Storytelling”,  and “Capturing Summer Light”.  There are hundreds more that sound as interesting.

Each course description tells you if it is a level 1, 2, 3, or 4 and if there are any requirements.

Tuition seems to start at $875 but varies by course.

Adult summer camps in Maine, media

Carpenter’s Boat Shop

This is an apprentice-school in the winter, and in the summer they offer many summer woodworking residential courses.  It is a wonderful community.  My husband took the boat-building course one summer, and loved every minute.  I can vouch for the homemade muffins served at break time every morning!  The courses still available this summer are:  Basic Boat Building, Building your own Oars and/or Paddle and Intermediate Women’s Wood Working.  For next summer, add Shaker Furniture and Women’s Wood Working to the list.

Courses are for a week. Basic tuition ($400 – $500 per course) includes lunch.  Room and board is an additional $400.

Adult summer camps in Maine, boat building


ASE readers:  If you know of other “adult summer camps” that you would recommend, please let us know.