Camp Shock Top
September 28, 2017

Shock Top swag

Safety first

There were no raindrops/we popped off tops/on plenty of Shock Top. Hannn. Chill, chill I will give you that for FREE. Don’t mind me I was a rapper in my past dream. September 21 – September 24 of twenty seventeen is going down in the book of one the most memorable adventurous weekends. Curtsy to Shock Top for teaming up with Camp No Counselors for all of the campers to experience a care-free, fun filled weekend filled with laughter, competition, partying and making new friends while adulting. If you have not been camping as an adult I guarantee you will add it to your bucketlist after viewing how LIT it was. 

Even if you did not go camping as a kid you will enjoy the experience better as an adult. For one you make your own schedule, two you can drink and three there is no curfew. Let me set the scene for the whole weekend imagine temperature in the high 80’s, sunny on the beautiful camp resort in Paradox, NY at South Woods private residence. Stay with me this experience is was a real test to see how long you can disconnect and be within the moment. As there was limit access to phone reception although I did find two spots that gave me access to my luvies back home. However, the more you start to appreciate your surroundings your phone simply becomes a camera and your notifications pile up.

Dear Mama last night at adult camp…

Bunk beds become your place to rest your head and meetup spot with your bunkmates before heading to daily activities. The activities ranged from arts ‘n crafts (I made some splashy futuristic limited edition CHANEL sunnies. They retail at $921.24 LOL), kick/dodgeball, basketball, beach volleyball and archery (so you can live your best life acting out a character from the Walking Dead). The watersports included: Wakeboarding, Slip ‘N Slide, Water Skiing, Tubing and more. Here is where adulting comes in when you see it is time for HAPPY HOUR! From vodka to whiskey whatever your heart desired and not to mention Shock Top beer which was used in the many flip cup games throughout the weekend. 

Pure stomach joy

The real MVPs of the weekend

The variety of the meals were amazing it was pure stomach joy as you knew it was time by the sound of the gong. I commend the staff for making sure every meal topped the previous one. From the breakfast spread of BACON (do I need to express my love for BACON? Nope, cool I just happen to write it twice and in all caps), pancakes, waffles, a fresh fruit bar, mushroom and olive eggs to the breakfast sandwiches accompanied with Mimosas or Bloody Mary’s. Onto the burgers and ribs being thrown on the grill, with the tato salad on the side. What I didn’t get a picture of was the thick scrumptious tender juicy steak my camera retired to take a nap at that point in time.

The night time provided the opportunity to star gaze in the soccer field I was in awe and just appreciated how beautiful the simplicity of time was. I spotted a shooting star, the Big dipper and the Milky Way if the temperature did not drop so much I would’ve probably slept out there. It was so relaxing that my eyes needed to rest from all of the motion during the day. Cheers to me for not wiping out while tubing no matter how many waves were hit. I’m splashy or whatever lol. 

The color war games and apache relay race was a great opportunity to rep your weekend set and my team just happen to be the CHAMPIONS. We pretty much predicted it from the beginning as our chant was “We always come first.” Artistic creativity, athleticism and teamwork was definately put to the test. At one point we were in last place and we clawed back. Who could forget the 70’s Disco and 90’s era costumed themed parties. To relive many trends that are being recycled and even many that were forgotten.

Team flag competition

Beep me 911, or call me on my cellphone. I’ll call you back. 90’s party

Bar camp experience illustrations.

What is camp without sitting by the fire side and eating S’MORES (another all caps you get it no explanation needed 🙂 – The acknowledgment and awarding ‘The Supreme Cream Machine’ team as medals were distributed; as we appropriately came FIRST. The crowning of the standouts for the weekend campers were all well deserved. The talent show started with a tone setting poem that was significantly prevalent and to follow many surprises and showstoppers displayed everything from dancing, karaoke and interactive sing-a-longs.

The Champs are here! Supreme Cream Machine.

Friendship bracelet in the making

Overall, I had a great weekend, met some real talented creatives who are down to Earth people who shared an unforgettable encounter as we bonded, assisted and cheered one another on. Will I go adult camping again? YES, there are 15 other locations to conquer. Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone and routine to go adult camping? For more information visit https://www.campnocounselors.com and let the adventures begin. Don’t forget to smile today there is so much to be appreciative of. Until next time peaceeee.

Welcome Campers was LIT! 
September 1, 2016

There are pictures and people you can live vicariously through and feel as if you are right there with them. However, Welcome Campers brought to you by The Wild Honey Pie is not one of those moments making “adult camp” one for the books. It is a FUN, spontaneous and care free weekend that is an EXPERIENCE to live through once in your lifetime. From the beautiful people, gorgeous landscape, activities, and live acoustic music you are sure to stay entertained.

If you were to ask me to describe my weekend in just three words (inserts a brief pause so you can ask How was your weekend?…). My response would be “IT WAS LIT!” This weekend was a collaboration of around the clock mingling, being introduced to new people, music and great energy! We all worked as a unit to defend our color in the Color Wars. The  yellow team was against my RED team.  You have my little ticker as I was a coach/cheerleader, scorekeeper and a thee referee that wasn’t in official gear. (Lol don’t judge me if you remember my face screaming from the bench).

The boozes were constantly flowing from the Canteen, lakeside onto the Funky Bunk with a variety from Sour ales to that of tequila. Let’s just say it wasn’t a dry campus if you get my drift. The portion of the stay that made it so rich was the welcomeness of everyone. I met a lot of awesome people that just shared the common goal of enjoying theirselves and making the most of the weekend.

The bands were amazing whether you were observing them by the campfire, under the stars with the smoke machine or just following them to the next destination as they marched. Superb job to all of the bands which included: Kid Mountain, Yoke Lore, PALEHOUND, Calliope Musicals, Matt FX, Buffalo Rodeo, Jay and the Gang, EVOLFO, Maybird and everyone who joined in the sing a long. To the sponsors who kept us busy, hydrated, energized and spread awareness through blood donations we THANK YOU – MOO, DKMS, Prairie Artisan Ales, Topo Chico water and High Brew Coffee. Relaxation became a major key lake side as many sailed out on canoed, paddleboards, swans and others jumped in from the donut trampoline. Whether you read a book on the sand, sunbathed or just had an interesting conversation on a boat or boardwalk.

Massachusetts was invaded by a lot of cool and free spirited people and Camp Lenox took on the Vegas motto approach of “Whatever happens at Camp Lenox stays at Camp Lenox.” Besides hearing the familiar phrase of “what happened last night?” all fun arrows lead to cabin trails. Pop chips and Savory food truck definately were clutch with the late night snacks. The steak fries were absolutely amazing! The weekend exemplified an interestingly different exposure to a variety of things you can not do in the city.

Campers and artists alike partcipated in kayaking, kickball, basketball, ping pong, tie dye, scavenger hunts, jam sessions, tennis, nature hikes, swimming, volleyball, yoga, bunk parties, arts and crafts and so much MORE. Lodging, meals, drinks, access to music and activities ALL weekend were presented on an elevated level thst everyone was VIP. Showing up was the only thing on the agenda to ensure a great way to meet new people, form stronger bonds with friends and letting the party continue. 

It was so hard to say goodbye to Camp Lenoxxxxx. (That was a high pitch octave if you were wondering). It was one of the most memorable experiences in my life so far. I think it should be extended to more than just the weekend. Now that I am back into the groove of my daily routine; I want to go back to camp. It gave me the feeling of being in a long undocumented movie that spontaneous lines were stated and will be remembered but not televised in its entirety. 

The fact that you were able to just simply be amongst people with good vibes, enjoyed the weather and took advantage of the laid out schedule at your leisure was a breath of fresh air. Adventure is the key to life and when you throw in a group of eccentric and talented people you have a worthwhile weekend, that is only understood by being there. You can retell your camp adventures but nothing will beat physically being present to witness and the interaction of it all. See you again next year! 

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