Visiting this rustic, lakeside resort in Wisconsin is like walking onto the set of Moonrise Kingdom. Chicago’s creative crowd escapes here on weekends to throw horseshoes, practice archery, and sleep in teepees. You can often snag a reservation through AirBnB.
Ideal for: Budding Instagrammers who flip for classic camp shots.
This all-inclusive sports and adventure camp in the Berkshire Mountains of Kent, CT, has everything from yoga to water skiing. One especially popular activity with campers is jumping on (and diving from) the floating trampoline.
Ideal for: Those who need less "R&R" and more of an action-packed itinerary.
Set in a ‘50s Boy Scout camp in Anderson Valley, CA, this nostalgic weekend camp aims to take you back to childhood. That means no laptops, cell phones, Google Glass, and most certainly no talk of work or careers. Since you’re off the grid, you can really give your full attention to classic camp activities like capture the flag, hiking, and talent shows.
Ideal for: Office workers who need to be reminded of life’s simple analog pleasures.
This site, located in the rolling countryside of the Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, is where Wet Hot American Summer was filmed. The activities on offer probably wouldn’t hold much appeal to that motley cast of characters, however: pilates, meditation sessions and healthy cooking demos.
Ideal for: Anyone who needs to hit the reset button…or visit the set of their favorite summer camp movie.
At this invite-only camp for grown-ups, the cool kids still rule. Prospective campers fill out an online application, and the powers that be (don’t call ‘em counselors!) handpick a mix of fun and creative people to attend a variety of camps in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. In addition to classic activities (volleyball, arts and crafts, ping pong), there’s an open bar all weekend.
Ideal for: People who enjoy the company of (thoughtfully curated) strangers.
Started more than 30 years ago by the founder of WoodenBoat magazine, this Maine academy teaches you and a friend how to build a kayak in just six days. By the end of the week, you can you take your new ride for a spin.
Ideal for: Cubicle workers who devoured Matthew B. Crawford’s Shop Class as Soul Craft.
Located in “The West’s Most Western Town” (that’s Scottsdale), this no-frills camp teaches the basics of roping, riding, and herding cattle, as well as other essential cowboy skills, like fixing a fence line.
Ideal for: City slickers ready to channel their inner John Wayne.