Photos courtesy Camp No Counselors.
We were all young once. Do you remember going to camp for the summer? Do you remember making new friends from other cities and playing fun games? Well now, even though you’re a grown up, you can have a very similar experience. The only difference this time is alcohol is free flowing.
Camp No Counselors was founded by Adam Tichauer, who used to be a summer camp counselor himself, back in the day. As he was nearing his thirties, it was harder and harder for him to wrangle a crew of friends together for adventures because of the responsibilities of adult life. We all get busy, we get jobs, then we get married and have kids.
When he started the company, Adam rented an entire summer camp and hosted a getaway for his close friends which soon became a 90-person event. Today, the camp is held in 16 cities each year with a target market of Millennials, mostly 25 to 35. As we experienced the Los Angeles Camp located in Lake Hughes, there was a bachelorette party, married couples, groups of friends and even a bunch of people who came by themselves.
We asked some of them how they found out about the camp and the most common answer was Facebook. It just shows how Facebook can unify people from all over the country to enjoy shared experiences. The main thing about this event is the nostalgic aspect. We shared bunks, and made new friends over three days. We shared meals in the mess hall and remembered that flip cup was a game that we had always loved. Each night there were parties with different themes. The first night was a pajama party and the last night was a costume party.
The finale event was a relay race called the color wars. Campers were split up into 4 teams (gray, red, blue and green) for the ultimate relay. Contestants participated in a variety of activities including but not limited to rock climbing, ropes courses, archery, three-legged races, human pyramid formation, cereal eating, volleyball and so much more.
At the end of the race, the last event was called “Slip and Flip” which was set up on the grand lawn. Each team when down one of two giant slip and slides and then participated in a game of flip cup. Our team, the Green Team, won just by ten seconds and we won a trophy decorated with red shot glasses. The team, which we named “Salsa Verde,” celebrated by chanting “Salsa Verde,” while jumping up and down, waving their hands in the air and riding a wave of adrenaline.
One of the highlights of the trip was the ropes course. This massive structure is filled with obstacles that will have you conquering your fears. Even if you are not afraid of heights, the ropes course can be terrifying because you are standing on unstable moving wooden structures.
On “a leap of faith,” we climbed a log straight up to the top and stood on top of it. As we stood, it moved back and forth as we felt like we were going to fall. Keep in mind we are held up by a harness so there is no way we would fall to our death. The goal is to jump and hold a ring that is strategically placed just 6 feet in front of you. After that leap of faith, we reached it and the feeling was so satisfying. There is nothing like the feeling of an adrenaline rush!
For more information visit Camp No Counselors.