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Liza Horvath

Adult Summer Camp

Growing up can be serious business – taxes, Medicare, health concerns and the worries that come with children and grandchildren can be weighty. It is understandable that at times a senior may yearn for the simplicity and happiness of their childhood. Is there a way for seniors to recapture the exciting feeling that comes with the discovery of something new or the joy of cultivating friendships with like-minded adults?

According to a tally by the American Camp Association, over a million adults went to summer camp last year and that number is expected to grow. Gone are the days of taking a cruise, grazing at the endless buffet table and playing bingo. Today’s seniors are attending vacation camps where they participate in fun and challenging activities, learn new skills and recapture childhood pleasures. Today’s adult camps offer everything from music to sports, cattle ranching to performing arts, and wine making to yoga. The offers seem endless. If you truly want to recreate childhood experiences you can attend a camp where you roast marshmallows over an open campfire, stare up at starry skies from a sleeping bag or see the untamed wilderness from the back of a horse. Or, you can pinpoint a skill or experience that you wish you could have pursued at a younger age – and do it now.

A touring company in the Amazon Rainforests of Peru offers a week long survival course where participants can learn to build a rainproof lean-to, make fire using resin as the starter and find edible beetle grubs and fruit for nourishment. The camp is put on by Tour the Tropics and, if you are up for this challenging adventure, more information can be found at www.thinkjungle.com.

Women’s Quest, a group devoted to helping women find adventures for the mind, body and spirit, asks the important question, “What do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” They offer yoga retreats, a week long mountain biking adventure retreat in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and a Vermont kayaking adventure - among others. More information can be found at www.womensquest.com or 303-443-3620.

Not interested or up to anything quite so wild? There are camps that offer culinary training, sewing, archaeology and, even more specialized, railroad and locomotive operations camp or a healthy aging retreat conducted by trusted health advisor, Dr. Andrew Weil.

Bruce Henderson, a school psychologist, has been going to jazz summer camp for the past few years. Henderson has always loved jazz but, until recently, had not taken the time to pursue this passion. After one year of summer camp Henerson said he is hooked.

Notable doctor Sanjay Gupta says that seniors benefit from having new experiences, learning new things - particularly a language or a musical instrument - and by being social. So run away from home this summer and go to camp. Unleash that inner child and pursue the passions that you have kept on hold for far too long. You will be happier and, most likely, healthier as a result.

Liza Horvath has over 30 years experience in the estate planning and trust fields and is the president of Monterey Trust Management, a financial and trust management company. This is not intended to be legal or tax advice. If you have a questions call (831) 646-5262 or email liza@montereytrust.com.








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