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REAL SUMMER CAMP FOR ADULTS

 
 
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Camp Bonfire is where adults go to experience the best parts of summer.

 

We’ve got a lake, fun-loving counselors, capture the flag, canoeing, sweet cabin living, archery, climbing wall, and the camp magic that makes a long weekend feel like a lifetime.

 

Join us for an inspiring all-inclusive escape to nature, community, and play. We’re only 2.5 hours from Philly and New York. We’ll help you get here and take care of you when you arrive.

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Camp Bonfire 2017 will have 2 sessions!
June 16-18 and September 8-10.


Take the Friday off of work. Friday should be part of the weekend anyway.

'A great weekend to unwind and forget about the world.'- A Camp Bonfire Camper

Join amazing people
Spend the days doing awesome activities

Come to camp for the adventure.
Come to camp for the adventure.
Come to camp to create.
Come to camp to create.
Come to camp to relax.
Come to camp to relax.
Capture the Flag, giant swing, night hikes, lake swim, canoeing, kayaking, standing paddle board, climbing wall, glow frisbee, basketball, dodgeball, crew olympics, fire building, survival skills, soccer, archery and more.
Sing-alongs, talent show, plant prints, terrarium building, cooking, shelter building, lanterns, poetry, freestyle rapping, book binding, friendship bracelets, music, charcoal drawing, dance party and more.
Bonfires, yoga, tai chi, rest hour, silent hikes, hammocks, free-time, sitting on the dock, beer by the fire, technology-free days, reading, letter-writing, s'mores, cloud watching and more.

 

Mix and match your day — you choose what you want to do.

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Philosophy
We believe in fun and 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, adventure and connect.

We believe that great joy can be found in nature and each other.

We're sleeping in cabins. We're singing in the dining hall. We're having a dance party under the pavillion. There are creeks and paths and memories and new friendships that last a lifetime.

Guidelines
Respect yourself and others. Adults of all genders, colors, ages, sexualities, personalities, 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. You must be 21 or older to attend this event. No pets allowed. Unless your pet is a teddy bear.

No smoking outside of the designated area. We’ll have a marked outdoor area for people who need to smoke. Please don’t smoke anywhere else.

No technology outside of the (different) 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 great photographers and a number people back home can call in an emergency.

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.

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.

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'YES, I want to go to camp' -You

In this beautiful place


Our location, Lake Owego, is an incredible camp in the Poconos, about 2.5 hours from Philadelphia and
New York City.

Food
Food
Lodging
Lodging
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 and treats.

All of the cabins have indoor bathrooms and showers, single beds, and mattresses. 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 female, all male, or gender neutral bunk, and whether you're part of a group. We will assign cabins, doing everything we can to place groups together. Singles 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 and not your cabin that has 10 other people in it.

Get on the Bus, or Drive

 

It's up to you- 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.

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Meet our 2017 Sponsors!

Interested in becoming a sponsor for this summer? Get in touch, and check out our sponsorship packet!

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Frequently asked questions, happily answered.

What’s the focus of Camp Bonfire?

Bringing together awesome people to do fun things in the woods.

Who’s going to be there?

Generally speaking…
Camp Bonfire is for adults who love to have fun with other adults who love to have fun. We think one of the beautiful things about summer camp is that really different people can build a really supportive and fun loving community very quickly.

More specifically…
Camp Bonfire is for people over 21. Groups of friends, couples, and singletons are all welcome- the counselors will make sure you’re meeting new people regardless of who you arrive with. Last year we had campers from 21-75 years old. Half of our campers registered with someone else. And half of them registered by themselves.

Camp Bonfire was founded by Jacob Winterstein and Benjamin Camp, long time camp people who like to spend their time organizing adventures and events. (Yes, his last name really is Camp.) Check out the counselors to see who else will be there.

When is it?

We have two sessions this year! Session 1 is June 16-18, and Session 2 is September 8-10. Take the Friday off work, and join us for a long weekend. Or 2 long weekends…

Where is it?

Tucked into the Poconos, we’re thrilled to be hosted by Lake Owego Camp. Trees, cabins, a lake, a ropes course, great food and an archery range- it’s all there, 2.5 hours from New York and Philadelphia.

What will I eat?

Think of your favorite camp food, upgraded for your adult palate. It’s healthy and delicious comfort food. Every meal will have a salad bar and a variety of options. Food will be served buffet style so that everyone gets their fill. There will also be snacks available throughout the day. You can indicate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten or dairy free when you register. If you have a microscopic allergy, strict religious eating restrictions or are an insufferable food snob we may or may not be able to accommodate you. Please email us to find out.

Where will I sleep?

You will be given the choice of male, female, or any gender bunks when you register. We will assign bunks, endeavoring to put you with your friends as much as possible. (But you’ll have instant cabin friends as well.) You’re responsible for bringing bedding or renting linens from us. Each cabin has its own counselor, ensuring everyone is having a great time.

How much does camp cost?

A Standard Camp Registration will be set asap, though there are early spaces available that cost less. Included in your camp registration is lodging for 2 nights, camp for 3 days, 6 delicious and healthy meals, drinks, snacks and all activities. Parking pass and a bus ticket from either New York or Philly costs extra.

Why is this so cheap?

We want as many people to come to camp as possible. We cut the unnecessary stuff like LED light towers for the dance party and focus on bringing in talented people to create a great community. We’re also not getting rich here.

Why is this so expensive?

This is how much it costs to rent the facility, feed everyone food and drinks, and hire staff. We hope that if this year is a success that in future years we’ll be able to have a campership fund.

We think if you consider the cost and logistics of renting a hotel room for 2 nights, eating out 6 meals, renting a canoe for the day, getting a zipline pass, taking a leaf print, survival skills and yoga lesson, and driving yourself to each place that our camp is a really great deal.

I only want to hang out with people I already know and get hammered and also I don’t like games. Is this the right camp for me?

It is not.

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Who’s running this ship?


Benjamin
Co-Director

Benjamin got married at a summer camp. He is into theater, archery, and large group games (capture the flag, anyone?) Ask him about the time he saved a kid from bees.

Benjamin
Benjamin
Co-Director
Benjamin
Co-Director

Benjamin got married at a summer camp. He is into theater, archery, and large group games (capture the flag, anyone?) Ask him about the time he saved a kid from bees.

Jacob
Co-Director

Jacob still goes back to his home camp as a poet in residence. He's into writing, house parties, and education. Ask him about the time he stole all the light bulbs in camp.

Jacob
Jacob
Co-Director
Jacob
Co-Director

Jacob still goes back to his home camp as a poet in residence. He's into writing, house parties, and education. Ask him about the time he stole all the light bulbs in camp.

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Aug August 2017
Summer Camp for Adults = Transformative Fun

At Camp Bonfire, we play a lot of games. We play classics like basketball, frisbee golf, and ping pong. We also play classic games sprinkled with camp magic. Dr. Ball, a dodgeball variation with sponges and a Dr. who can bring people back to life. We play Camouflage, a fast paced hide-and-go-seek in the woods Read more

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Our first camp of 2017 was amazing! We set out to see if a group of grown-ass strangers and friends could create a supportive community full of transformative fun. And for a third year in a row, we did it!  We proved that camp magic is real! We want to share some summer tips from our first session of Camp Bonfire, Read more

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Jul July 2017
5 Summer Tips: How To Be Your Own Personal Camp for Grown-Ass Adults

Our first camp of 2017 was amazing! We set out to see if a group of grown-ass strangers and friends could create a supportive community full of transformative fun. And for a third year in a row, we did it!  We proved that camp magic is real! We want to share some summer tips from our first session of Camp Bonfire, Read more

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Lo gets a delicious lunch at summer camp for adults.

It’s the 6th installment of our Meet An Adult Camp Counselor series. Meet Lo.  What is a fun memory you have from Camp Bonfire? I got to see my good friend Jasmine go up at the talent show to sing one of my favorite songs, from one of my favorite movies. She was so nervous Read more

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Lo gets a delicious lunch at summer camp for adults.
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May May 2017
Meet An Adult Camp Counselor | Lo | Camp Bonfire

It’s the 6th installment of our Meet An Adult Camp Counselor series. Meet Lo.  What is a fun memory you have from Camp Bonfire? I got to see my good friend Jasmine go up at the talent show to sing one of my favorite songs, from one of my favorite movies. She was so nervous Read more

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May 2017
Meet An Adult Camp Counselor | shay(den) | Camp Bonfire
Counselor at Camp Bonfire, adult summer camp, leads a group through a yoga class.

It’s the 5th installment of our Meet An Adult Camp Counselor series. Meet shay(den), camp’s Yoga instructor.  What is a fun memory you have from Camp Bonfire? During capture the flag a camper and I dodged each other and then realized that we were on the same team and going for the same flag. We joined forces Read more

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Counselor at Camp Bonfire, adult summer camp, leads a group through a yoga class.
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May May 2017
Meet An Adult Camp Counselor | shay(den) | Camp Bonfire

It’s the 5th installment of our Meet An Adult Camp Counselor series. Meet shay(den), camp’s Yoga instructor.  What is a fun memory you have from Camp Bonfire? During capture the flag a camper and I dodged each other and then realized that we were on the same team and going for the same flag. We joined forces Read more

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April 2017
Meet An Adult Camp Counselor – Ben | Camp Bonfire
Ben, a counselor at Camp Bonfire, adult summer camp, rides his bicycle through camp.

It’s the 4th installment of our Meet An Adult Camp Counselor series. Meet Ben, camp’s outdoor survival guide.  What is a fun memory you have from Camp Bonfire?  Playing ultimate Frisbee for the first time since high school with fellow counselor Alan was so much fun. I really got into it. I didn’t realize how hard I was Read more

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Ben, a counselor at Camp Bonfire, adult summer camp, rides his bicycle through camp.
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Apr April 2017
Meet An Adult Camp Counselor – Ben | Camp Bonfire

It’s the 4th installment of our Meet An Adult Camp Counselor series. Meet Ben, camp’s outdoor survival guide.  What is a fun memory you have from Camp Bonfire?  Playing ultimate Frisbee for the first time since high school with fellow counselor Alan was so much fun. I really got into it. I didn’t realize how hard I was Read more

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