We believe in Fun, in keeping the summer camp spirit in our lives. Our summer camp for adults is an energizing, weekend long, all-inclusive experience of nature, community and play. We’ve got a lake, fun-loving counselors, capture the flag, canoeing, archery, arts & crafts, and the camp magic that makes a long weekend feel like a lifetime.
Join us this summer! We’re only 2.5 hours from Philly and New York with buses running from each city. Adults who are 21-121 years old are invited to attend (121+ year olds please contact us about special pricing). A portion of every sale will be donated to Camp Sojourner – Girls Leadership Camp.
We believe in fun, in keeping the summer camp spirit of community and play in our lives.We’re not here to fix you, cleanse you or launch you. We think you’re fantastic just the way you are. We’re here to be at summer camp, a place to relax, have adventures and connect.
We believe that great joy can be found in nature and each other. Camp Bonfire is guided by three values.
|Invite Create an inclusive community.
At Camp Bonfire, we invite each other to eat together, go for a hike, take a canoe ride, skip rocks on the lake…you get it. Accept or decline, it’s up to you.
|Adventure Try something outside of your comfort zone.
Some folks conquer a fear of heights on the rock climbing wall, others take up painting for the first time. For some people spending an hour relaxing in hammock can be a challenge. Whatever your adventure, you’ll find it at Camp Bonfire.
|Inspire Be your radiant self.
Want to wear a cape the entire time? Cool. Ready to skip everywhere you go? We’re down. Want to show off your kick-ass listening skills with some new friends at the bonfire? Listen away. When you shine your best self onto camp, others will be inspired to do the same.
The few exceptions to “You’re a grown-ass adult, do what you want.”
Respect yourself and others. Adults of all genders, colors, ages, sexualities, backgrounds and experiences are welcome. We’re looking forward to you joining us in creating a caring and fun community. We also want you to take good care of yourself. If you want to step away and go for a quiet walk in the woods or take a nap by the lake, please do.
Adults only. Only adults 21 or older are permitted to attend this event. So far, our youngest camper was 21 and our oldest 78. No pets or children allowed. Unless your pet or child is a teddy bear.
No technology outside of the designated area. We want camp to be a place that exists in the moment. If you’d like we can securely store your technology for the duration of camp. Don’t worry, we’ll have a great photographer and a number people back home can call in an emergency.
Skip the small talk. Instead, make Large Talk. We believe life is too short for small talk.
Instead of asking questions like “what do you do?” we encourage campers to ask questions like “what’s something that has brought you joy lately?” We’ll have starter Large Talk questions around camp.
Enthusiastic Consent. Camp can be a fantastic place to meet someone that you’re excited to touch. Great! Now find out if that person wants to be touched, by asking. Enthusiastic Consent is verbal, physical and continuous.
No outside drink. If you want to get wasted and play flip cup all day, this isn’t the camp for you. We’ll provide drinks in the evening.
No illegal drugs. Your counselors want to play kickball and write poetry, not feed you orange slices and wait for you to come down. If you break this rule we must eject you from camp.
No smoking outside of the (different) designated area. We’ll have a marked outdoor area for people who need to smoke. Please don’t smoke anywhere else.
No outside food. You don’t want critters and bugs in your cabin. We’ll provide six healthy and filling meals, some drinks in the evening and lots of snacks. Exceptions may be made for people with specific dietary needs.
Camp Bonfire is all-inclusive so that we can leave our wallets behind and all enjoy the same great camp experience that’s focused on what we do and not what we spend. Activities, lodging, meals, snacks, drinks, t-shirt and digital photo downloads are all included.
There are over 30 activities to choose from. You can mix and match your schedule and do what you want. There is scheduled free-time and you can always take your own.
All of the cabins have indoor bathrooms and showers, single beds, and mattresses. Unless you rent linens from us, you’ll be responsible for bringing a sleeping bag or bedding and a pillow.
When you register, you’ll indicate whether you would like an all-men, all-women, or any-gender bunk, and whether you’re part of a group. We will assign cabins, doing everything we can to place groups together. Singles are common and welcome!
If you come with a love or find a new one, we ask that you use the many acres of forest to express that love (with enthusiastic consent) and not your cabin that has 10 other people in it.
Think of your favorite camp food, upgraded for your adult palate- healthy and delicious comfort food. Every meal will have a salad bar and a variety of options, and will be served buffet style so that everyone gets their fill. Snacks also available throughout the day. You can indicate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten or dairy free when you register.
Camp includes 6 meals, snacks, some drinks in the evening and treats.
OUR LOCATION, LAKE OWEGO, IS AN INCREDIBLE CAMP IN THE POCONOS, ABOUT 2.5 HOURS FROM PHILADELPHIA AND NEW YORK CITY
Let us take care of you, or drive in and park.
We’ll be running a coach bus from Philadelphia and New York City, round trip – snacks included. Just get on board, and we’ll take care of you for the whole weekend.
Parking is available, but limited, so we’ll be selling parking passes for those who want to drive. Remember, once you leave camp there is no re-entry.
Frequently asked questions, happily answered.
It is not.
If you’re at least 21 years old you’re a great age for camp. Our youngest camper so far was 21 and our oldest 78. Being in an intergenerational community for the weekend is one of our favorite parts of Camp Bonfire.
Yes, about 50% of our campers come by themselves and very quickly make new friends.
Yes. Camp Bonfire is a great experience to do with people you like. You can request to bunk with people you know when you register.
After the opening ceremony, all activities are optional. There is scheduled free time and you can take your own free time whenever you’d like. Campers should be able to walk up a flight of steps and walk ¾ of a mile a day. Sadly, at this time Camp Bonfire is not wheelchair accessible.
Camp Bonfire is a much needed break from our sometimes stressful lives and we want people of different incomes to be able to enjoy the Camp Bonfire experience and be a part of our community. That’s why we’re asking you, our amazing campers and future campers to choose the price that best fits you and our camp community.
Introducing: Community Minded Pricing
REGISTRATION FOR CAMP BONFIRE IS $475. This is the price we would need everyone to pay to sustainably run Camp Bonfire and not have to burn our canoe paddles to stay warm in the winter.
BENEFACTOR REGISTRATION IS $550. When you select this price, you come to camp and you cover the difference for someone who needs to take the campership option.
CAMPERSHIP REGISTRATION IS $400. This price is for those who couldn’t afford camp without this campership.
SUPER BENEFACTOR REGISTRATION IS $950. You come to camp and you anonymously cover registration for another camper. Camp Bonfire staff will nominate someone who is doing work to improve couldn’t afford to come to camp.
All registrations include the same great Camp Bonfire experience.
A PORTION OF EVERY SALE WILL BE DONATED TO CAMP SOJOURNER – GIRLS LEADERSHIP CAMP.
Camp Sojourner helps Philadelphia girls become leaders who take charge of their own lives and act as agents of positive change in their communities. As a Philadelphia-based company, we’re excited to support our friends and neighbors in their work to empower girls to make our little corner of the world a better place.
The NYC bus leaves from about a half mile from Penn Station and the Philadelphia bus leaves from a few blocks from 30th Street Station. We’ll send out the exact locations closer to camp. Both buses leave at 11am sharp on Friday and will return to the same locations at around 6:30pm Sunday.
You can fly into Philadelphia International, JFK, Laguardia or Newark and easily catch public transportation or a cab to the bus pick up points. Please allow ample time to arrive because the buses will leave on time. Schedule your departure so that you can catch your return flight even if the bus back from camp experiences delays. To lighten your luggage, you can rent a linen set when you register.
Check in is from 1-3pm. There will be no late entries. Camp ends at 3:30pm on Sunday. You’re welcome to leave early but for safety reasons there is no reentry.
Yes. If you’d like, we’d be happy to store your phone (and other valuables) during the duration of camp. We’ll send you a number that people back home can use to reach you in the case of an emergency.