20 Of The Weirdest Summer Camps

When most people think of summer camp, hikes, swimming and capture-the-flag come to mind.

But some niche camps go above and beyond the classic fun and give kids a chance to fight zombies, swim with sharks, or learn French.

From Space Camp to Camp Jam, here are some of the more unusual summer camps out there.


At Spy Camp, kids break codes, make disguises, and use spy gadgets.

Cost: $415 for one week

Location: International Spy Museum, Washington DC

Kids 10-13 years old spend one week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily learning to crack codes, going on spy missions, attending secret briefings, and having adventures around the museum.

At Space Camp, kids are trained in robotics, space missions, and more.

Cost: $949 for the summer session

Location: One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL

Campers get extensive training at week-long Space Camp, learning space history and working together on mock space missions.

The summer session lasts from May 22 to August 18.

At Wizards & Warriors Camp, kids spend the summer fighting zombies.

Cost: $4,295 a month

Location: Westford, Mass.

Kids create their own armor, receive (foam) weapons training, treasure hunt, and write their own character for the duration of the session at Wizards & Warrior Camp.

At Circus Arts Camp, kids learn to juggle, unicycle, and fly on the trapeze.

Cost: $1,225 a month

Location: Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, Hartsdale, NY

You don’t clown around at Circus Arts Camp; you actually learn how to become a clown. The camp accommodates kids ages 7 years and older.

Kids learn acrobatics, balancing skills, juggling, equilibristics, rolla bolla, trapeze, Spanish web, fabric, trampoline, stilt-walking, tightwire, unicycling, and more.

At Camp Jam, aspiring musicians rock out in their own bands.

Cost: $1,595

Location: Norcross, Georgia

Camp Jam is considered the premiere Rock-n-Roll summer camp in the country for kids ages 7 to 17.

The camp markets itself as “no canoes, lots of work.” Every Friday night the campers perform a concert.

At Mad Science Camp, kids explore chemistry in a lab.

Cost: Price is determined by location

Location: Global

At Mad Science Camp, kids make casts of animals, learn about and play with robots, and experiment with chemistry sets.

There is one instructor per 13 children at camp, and grades one through five are admitted.

At Hollywood Stunt Camp, kids learn hand-to-hand combat and choreograph their own stunt show.

Cost: $6,295 a month

Location: Running Springs, CA

Hollywood Stunt Camp is part of Pali Adventures Camp, and campers learn how to do stunts like the pros.

They even coordinate with campers at a nearby film camp for their stunt shows.

At Plantation Camp, everyone lives outside without electricity and works on a sustainable farm.

Cost: $4,400 for about a month

Location: Cazadero, CA

At Plantation Camp, the entire experience is unplugged. Campers can choose from more than 50 activities, including riding a horse bareback, building a fort, tie-dying a shirt, or playing capture the flag in acres of redwood trees.

At Kids ‘N Comedy Camp, the campers are mentored by professional New York City comedians.

Cost: $995 per session

Location: New York, NY

At Comedy Camp, students learn about improv, comic acting, and stand-up comedy, and end camp with a live show at Gotham Comedy Club.

The class is open to kids ages 10-18, and limited to groups of 10, so the students get a lot of attention.

At Kids Culinary Camp, students learn to prepare fresh ice cream, cater meals, and decorate cakes.

Cost: $4,900 for two weeks

Location: Highgate, Vermont

At Kids Culinary Camp, kids will be exposed to crock pot cookery, canning and preserving, German and Japanese cuisine and more.

At Camp Fully Involved, women who aspire to be firefighters learn the tricks of the trade.

At Camp Fully Involved, women who aspire to be firefighters learn the tricks of the trade.

(Not a firefighter from Camp Fully Invovled)

Rachel Davis

Cost: Many campers receive scholarships

Location: Merrimack, NH

Women between the ages of 14 and 20 years old who have dreams of becoming a firefighter experience vehicle and dumpster fires, rappelling, SCBA drills, room and content fires, Engine and Truck company operations, forcible entry, ventilation and combined operations.

At Camp Biz Smart, kids are given “thrival skills.”

Cost: $1,400 for two weeks

Location: Several in the California area

Camp Biz Smart is designed for the future entrepreneur between the ages of 11 and 15 years old.

Students will learn to pitch ideas, develop leadership, business and project management skills, and more.

At Nuts, Bolts, & Thingamajigs, kids can become handymen.

Cost: Unavailable

Location: Colleges in the California area

The Foundation of Fabricators and Manufacturers run camp Nuts, Bolts, & Thingamajigs, helping mold students into artisans.

Each session of camp offers a different specialty, including welding, turbine power, and the magic of manufacturing.

At Jurassi Camp, students learn about dinosaurs and fossils.

At Jurassi Camp, students learn about dinosaurs and fossils.

(This image is not from Jurassi Camp).

woodleywonderworks on Flickr

Cost: Unavailable

Location: University of Miami, Pinecrest, Jungle Island, St. Philips, & Lynn University

Kids make a model T-rex and fossil dig on a typical day at Jurassi Camp.

Jurassi Camp is part of the Fun Camps franchise.

At China Cultural Immersion Camp, students volunteer, and learn the language.

Cost: $5,999 plus air fare

Location: China

The “China: Ancient Empires to Modern Wonder” camp exposes students to caring for pandas, allows them to visit the 2008 Olympic venues in Beijing, take boat tours along the Li River, and more.

The price includes meal and hotels.

At Fiji Shark Camp, students scuba and snorkel next to the sharks.

Cost: $5,580

Location: Fiji

Swim along the sharks for hands-on experiences in Fiji. Students must be scuba certified.

Campers receive 10 hours of community service and three college credits for the program.

At Dude Ranch Camp, kids ride horses, zipline, and more.

Cost: $2,995 for three weeks

Location: Lake Wales, Fla.

At Circle F Dude Ranch Camp, campers ride 65 different horses or choose from over 25 different activities including rockwall, zipline, paint ball, sailing, kayaking, arts and crafts, dance, tumbling, cheerleading, football, soccer, volleyball, and swimming.

At Canoe Island French Camp, students learn to speak French.

Cost: $2,000-$3,000 for two to three weeks

Location: Canoe Island in the San Juan Islands

Forty-five campers spend their summer on Canoe Island immersing themselves in French culture, while learning the language and partaking in classic summer camp activities such as archery.

At Motorsport Camp, kids get behind the wheel at least twice a day.

Cost: $2,190 for two weeks

Location: Alton, VA

At Motorsport Camp, kids get to drive on dirt and paved courses.

When they aren’t behind the wheel, there’s still time for paintball, racing-career exploration, and motorsport science.

At Cricket Summer Camp, kids six to 18 years old attempt to master the sport.

At Cricket Summer Camp, kids six to 18 years old attempt to master the sport.

(This photo is not at the Cricket Camp mentioned in this article).

Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Cost: $120 a week

Location: Multiple locations

Cricket Camp,  which is part of the US Sports Institute, is a five-day course that teaches campers the game from the elementary level.

You’ll learn to handle the ball on Monday, and by Friday be playing in the “World Cup,” the camp’s website says.

Prefer a more traditional summer camp?

Prefer a more traditional summer camp?

Camp Androscoggin


Thanks, Meredith!

This Abandoned All-Girls’ School Is About To Be Demolished

Bennett College, a school for women, was founded in 1890. Located in Millbrook, New York, many privileged women passed through Bennett’s doors until it closed in 1978.
Since then the school’s main building, Halcyon Hall, originally built as a luxury hotel, has remained abandoned.
Steven Bley, a photographer, went inside the decaying building (which has moved well beyond its halcyon days) and came up with a lot of eerie photographs. He was kind enough to share them with us.
Bley said that the hall has been fenced off since last fall, and he believes it is set to be demolished any day now.

Thanks, Matthew!

Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music

  • 1. Creed has sold more records in the US than Jimi Hendrix

    Creed has sold more records in the US than Jimi Hendrix

  • 2. Led Zeppelin, REM, and Depeche Mode have never had a number one single, Rihanna has 10

    Led Zeppelin, REM, and Depeche Mode have never had a number one single, Rihanna has 10

  • 3. Ke$ha’s “Tik-Tok” sold more copies than ANY Beatles single

    Ke$ha's “Tik-Tok” sold more copies than ANY Beatles single

  • 4. Flo Rida’s “Low” has sold 8 million copies – the same as The Beatles’ “Hey Jude”

    Flo Rida's “Low” has sold 8 million copies – the same as The Beatles' “Hey Jude”

  • 5. The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” is more popular than any Elvis or Simon & Garfunkel song

    The Black Eyed Peas' “I Gotta Feeling” is more popular than any Elvis or Simon & Garfunkel song

  • 6. Celine Dion’s “Falling Into You” sold more copies than any Queen, Nirvana, or Bruce Springsteen record

    Celine Dion's “Falling Into You” sold more copies than any Queen, Nirvana, or Bruce Springsteen record

  • 7. Same with Shania Twain’s “Come On Over”

    Same with Shania Twain's “Come On Over”

  • 8. Katy Perry holds the same record as Michael Jackson for most number one singles from an album

    Katy Perry holds the same record as Michael Jackson for most number one singles from an album

  • 9. Barbra Streisand has sold more records (140 million) than Pearl Jam, Johnny Cash, and Tom Petty combined

    Barbra Streisand has sold more records (140 million) than Pearl Jam, Johnny Cash, and Tom Petty combined

  • 10. People actually bought Billy Ray Cyrus’ album “Some Gave All…” 20 million people. More than any Bob Marley album

    People actually bought Billy Ray Cyrus' album “Some Gave All...” 20 million people. More than any Bob Marley album

  • 11. The cast of “Glee” has had more songs chart than the Beatles

    The cast of “Glee” has had more songs chart than the Beatles

  • 12. This guy exists.

    This guy exists. 

    That is all.


    Thanks, Dave!

Adriana Lima on What it takes to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel

Most models would have you believe they eat whatever they like – “I eat burgers and French fries!” they protest, as if they fall out of bed every day looking like a magazine advertisement. Industry people know that’s not true, and so does supermodel Adriana Lima.

Lima is disarmingly frank about what it takes to prepare for the Victoria’s Secret fashion show – watched by eight million people, reportedly – in which the world’s highest – paid models wear barely-there lingerie as part of a production that costs $10 million.

So here’s what it really takes to be an Angel:  Lima, 30, has been working out every day with a personal trainer since August. For the last three weeks, she’s been working out twice a day.

The Routine

It is really intense, it’s not really the amount of time you spend working out, it’s the intensity: she jumps rope, does boxing, lifts weights.

She sees a nutritionist, who has measured her body’s muscle mass, fat ratio and levels of water retention. He prescribes protein shakes, vitamins and supplements to keep Lima’s energy levels up during this training period. Lima drinks a gallon of water a day. For nine days before the show, she will drink only protein shakes – “no solids”. The concoctions include powdered egg. Two days before the show, she will abstain from the daily gallon of water, and “just drink normally”. Then, 12 hours before the show, she will stop drinking entirely.

“No liquids at all so you dry out, sometimes you can lose up to eight pounds just from that,” she says.

Lima has been an Angel since 2000. She has since had a baby.

The preparation is all worth it, says Lima, because the show is the highlight of her year.

“Actually, the Victoria’s Secret show is the highlight of my life. Becoming an Angel, once I achieved that, it was a dream come true for me. And I know that after all this is done, when I sit down with my daughter one day, we are going to look back and it’s going to be very special.”

What does being hand-picked to represent the brand do for a model’s career (not to mention her income)? “It opens up so many doors, everyone knows your name, the whole world knows you now,” she says.

“Any model in this world would love to be an Angel.”

Updated Carols for the Indian Politician

Christmas is upon us, and reminds us that the turkeys up in Delhi have had the stuffing knocked out of them. Sauce for the ghoos rivals the sauce for the ganda, since dirty tricks flourish in every department. We have been snowed under inefficiency, inability and insatiable greed. The promises of growth and economic powerdom now seem as empty as the gift-wrapped presents under the fake fir trees in halls and malls.

So here’s an annual edition of updated carols.

We three kings tune:
We 2Gs of telecom are/ Dispensing spectrum, we’ve traversed afar,
Raja and Kani-a, Chids and Chandolia/ Following ‘phony power.
Oh-Oh, power of auctions/ Power of sleight,
power with royal kickbacks bright/ But, now Swamy leading
CAG proceeeeding/ Save us from the scamming blight.

Rudolph the red-nosed Reindeer tune:

Cyrus, the modest Mistry,
Loved his very quiet ways
And if you ever saw him
It wouldn’t be in flashy bays.
All the other celebs barely ever called his name,
They knew that all he wanted
Were his horses and his golfing game.
Then one sudden Tuesday morn,
Ratan came to say,
‘Cyrus with your shareholding might,
Won’t you take my reins tonight?’
Then all the country’s media
Sought him out with glee.
They said to shy young Cyrus
‘Now you aren’t a Mys-te-ry!’

Away in a manger tune:
Away in a village/ Rough cot for a bed,
The little Lord Anna/ A great movement he led.
The trumpets are blowing/ The poor government quakes.
But little Lord Anna/ No concession he makes.
We love you, Lord Anna/ Let your bandwagon ride high.
And stand fast by your threats/ Till your Lokpal is nigh

Hark the Herald tune:

Hark the herald Wiki si-ings
Leaking all the hidden things.
Mess on earth, no mercy mi-ild
Cables spilling fast and wild.
US banks and secret no-otes
India’s cash for nuclear votes.
Blackmoney stash and Maya’s sandals,
A million files on global scandals.
Red-faced, all the leaders ri-ise,
Hang Assange for rape and lies.
But still the muzzled Wiki si-ings,
Glo-or-ry to the Net-spread stings.

Thanks Bachi!

Sarah Jane Dias + Katrina Kaif = Nargis Fakhri?

This post has been long overdue, but with work and parties, I haven’t had the time to actually get myself to blog.

I watched Rockstar a few weeks back. Was a pretty cool movie too. Especially Jordan..WTF..lmao. But apart from the ‘wannabe Jim Morrison’ nonsense, all i saw were Nargis Fakhri‘s lips. Weird how I couldn’t get my eyes off them…and no they weren’t pretty…they were HUGE!  more a distraction you could say. I’m darn sure you stared at them too. I mean c’mon, what else is there to stare at anyway.  😉

And then i thought of Katrina‘s slice ad, her full-massive lips. So that’s why she makes for one part of the equation.

Sarah Jane was just a random thing. But if you think Katrina or Sarah should be replaced by someone else, my comment box is right here. Go on…tell me!

While you rack your brains, go check out Sofia Vergara + Kim Kardashian = Nayer

Nicole Scherzinger Goes Bare For Coffee Table Book – Culo

If Nicole Scherzinger isn’t careful she could find herself inadvertently headlining the XXX Factor. The Pussycat Dolls superstar has dared to bare almost all in a new coffee table book about women’s backsides.

Scherzinger is one of the many celebs who stripped down for artist Raphael Mazzucco’s Culo By Mazzucco, a 248-page ode to women’s backsides edited by Sean “Diddy” Combs and Interscope and A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine.

Culo, if you don’t know, means buttocks in Italian.

Scherzinger appears in a sepia print photo with her back to the camera. Her tush, legs and back are decorated with henna tattoos.
Two leis are wrapped around her neck, an obvious homage to her native Hawaii.

A few pages in, Lady Gaga flashes us in all her black and white glory. She wears a simple bra while pulling down her thong for some full moon exposure.

Mazzucco captures Black Eyed Peas frontwoman Fergie leaning against a wall with her arms and legs spread. Rounding out the portrait are different shades of gold, orange and green paint along with images of butterflies.

Surprisingly, Sarah McLachlan also makes an appearance. The “I Will Remember You” singer looks into the camera while lying nude on a plush bed with a guitar by her side.

Jimi Hendrix: Best Guitarist Ever, Says Rolling Stone Mag

Legendary musician Jimi Hendrix was named the greatest guitar player in history on Wednesday by Rolling Stone magazine in a list compiled by a panel of music experts and top guitar players.

Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage,” said Grammy-winning guitarist Tom Morello in the magazine, citing Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” as key tracks.

Hendrix is joined by the likes of Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Pete Townshend among the top 10, in a list laden with rock ‘n’ roll icons spanning decades.

The panel of experts recruited to vote for their favorite guitar players included musicians such as Lenny Kravitz, Eddie Van Halen (who was voted No. 8), Brian May and Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys, along with a selection of Rolling Stone’s senior writers and editors.

The experts also weighed in on their favorites, with Pearl Jam‘s Mike McCready calling Eddie Van Halen “a master of riffs” and Joe Perry praising Jimmy Page’s “vision of how to transcend the stereotypes of what the guitar can do.”

The full list will be featured in a special issue with four special covers of Van Halen, Clapton, Hendrix and Page, and will be on newsstands and online at http://www.rollingstone.com on Friday.

Rolling Stone’s top 10 greatest guitarists:

1. Jimi Hendrix

2. Eric Clapton

3. Jimmy Page

4. Keith Richards

5. Jeff Beck

6. B.B. King

7. Chuck Berry

8. Eddie Van Halen

9. Duane Allman

10. Pete Townshend

Sylvester Stallone launching “Rocky: The Musical”

Will the famous Rocky catchphrase “Yo Adrian” be turned into the title of a love song? 

Sylvester Stallone is launching a musical version of his breakthrough film, “Rocky,” which will premiere in Hamburg next November, producers Stage Entertainment say. 

Rocky: The Musical” will be co-produced by boxing siblings Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko.

Action in the ring aside, “Rocky: The Musical” will focus on the romantic relationship between underdog boxer Rocky Balboa and his ever-supportive girlfriend, Adrian Pennino, played by Talia Shire in the Oscar-winning film and its many sequels.

“At the end of the day, Rocky is a love story, and he could never have reached the final bell without Adrian,” Stallone said in a video produced by Stage Entertainment. “To see this story coming to life on a musical stage makes me proud. And it would make Rocky proud.”

Tunes from the “Rocky” series of films, including “Gonna Fly Now” and “Eye of the Tiger,” will be featured, along with many new compositions, according to Stage Entertainment.

According to the company, “Rocky the Musical” will be a production “filled with values as courage, love, honesty and faith”. HA HA HA…

100 Pipers India Music Week Schedule

Celebrate the spirit of Pure Music with the 100 Pipers India Music Week, as artists from India,Norway, Germany, USA, Switzerland, Spain, UK, Australia and even from the exotic French Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean perform across the most happening clubs and venues across New Delhi, Mumbai & Bangalore at India’s first ever Music Week by 100 Pipers.

From big band jazz to hip electronica, from intelligent pop to strident rock, from ska and dance hall to progressive psy trance, drum & bass and even the good ol’ blues and folk….100 Pipers India Music Week straddles multiple genres to provide an all-inclusive Indian contemporary urban music experience.

With over 40 artists, and 40 events, spread across New Delhi, Bangalore & Mumbai, the 100 Pipers India Music Week does not stop at being just a music festival. With the support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi, a two-day music conference and workshops are being hosted in New Delhi on the 17 and 18 of November.

For more info, please check India Music Week!