Nigh Camp
Creative retreats give adults the summer camp experience
Play / 4 Mar 2013
This summer NBC will be airing Camp, a 13-episode, hour long dramedy about the eponymous youth rite of passage that will likely have viewers digging up old color war T-shirts. Coincidentally, the "nostalgizing" of summer camp is occurring off-screen as well, as several recent weekend retreats have adopted the camp model to provide young adults with experiences that are both educational and recreational.
: This past September (what seemed like) half of Williamsburg boarded a fleet of buses bound for a Catskills sleep-away camp. The reason? The Last Weekend, a three-day sojourn intended to facilitate personal interaction through art, music, and culinary activities. Though unaffiliated, last month’s Offsite bore resemblance to the summer event. The multi-disciplinary affair, organized by a museum veteran and a community engagement specialist, gave New Yorkers the opportunity to escape the urban grind not only for the pastoral surroundings of the Berkshires but also a weekend of creative workshops. Sessions included everything from lantern construction to natural dyeing.
Brooklyn Craft Camp
: Brooklyn has become a well-established international brand, in no small part because of its thriving maker culture. Brooklyn Craft Camp, a one-day event happening in Greenpoint next weekend, is giving the uninitiated an accessible, social way to see if they can do it themselves. Attendees of the “one-day DIY vacation” choose four 90-minute craft classes from a Portlandia-worthy course catalog (among the choices are terrarium assembly and headband crocheting), guaranteeing that they will leave the camp with both skills and self-made souvenirs. Cocktails and music to craft by provide atmosphere that’s perhaps more socially lubricating than the typical camp activity.
Life of Yes!
: Former digital media producer Saya Hillman has been self-employed for nearly a decade, and believes that the solo path is “the best thing ever”—so much so that she’s teaching others how to trade the goal of ‘work-life balance’ in favor of just living. Among the offerings in her neo-life coaching program is Life of Yes!, a weekend getaway that aims to resuscitate rote self-improvement agendas by distancing participants from their everyday. Attendees are strictly forbidden from attending with acquaintances, but activities (Kumbaya-style sing-alongs, campfires) are designed to make sure that, just like at summer camp, everyone comes home with new friends.
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