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Camp Forever Fun will feature traditional summer camp activities — and beer.

February 26, 2016
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Camp Forever Fun is trying to appeal to young adults, ages 23-39, with marketing that includes typical summer camp activities during the day and beer tastings in the evening. Courtesy Camp Forever Fun

A new summer camp will open in Michigan this year, but it’s not for kids.

Camp Forever Fun will be held over Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30, and Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-5, at Kimball Camp YMCA in Reading.

Joel Reisig, founder and head camper, said he wants to offer adults a chance to “come together and have the best three-day weekend.”

“I realized how little time people devote to having fun, making friends, and doing things we used to love when we were 14,” Reisig said.

While his isn’t the first adult summer camp to launch in the country, Reisig said Camp Forever Fun is unique because it is focused on camp activities.

Camp Forever Fun offers more than 20 activities in which campers can participate during the weekend, some of which are archery, canoeing, a high ropes course, kickball, yoga, a talent show, tug of war, water fights, basketball, color wars, a relay race, stargazing — and, of course, bonfires.

“I’m not trying to run a frat party,” Reisig said. “I want to run a camp that is all the fun we had when we were kids, plus great conversation and people.”

It won’t be a dry camp, however. Reisig is partnering with several local breweries, which will provide kegs for the camp’s evening activities, and wine also will be available.

Reisig is planning a nighttime hike that will include beer tastings at several stops along the 3-mile trail, for instance.

Reisig said Camp Forever Fun isn’t limited to athletic types of activities. There will be plenty of arts and crafts activities, like tie dying and candle making, to choose from.

Each of the two Camp Forever Fun weekends will begin Friday evening with registration, followed by an hour and a half of “high-energy” icebreaker activities to help everyone get to know one another.

“You’re going to meet every person at the camp,” Reisig said. “By Saturday morning, camp will be full of familiar faces.”

Reisig expects 100 campers to attend each camp session.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday will include a full day of activities, with two activity periods in the morning and two in the afternoon. Campers will choose the activities they take part in during each period.

Meals will be provided throughout the day. Reisig said to expect typical camp food.

That goes for the sleeping arrangements, as well.

Kimball Camp accommodations include eight cabins with bunk beds. Men will share four of the cabins and women will share the other four.

Reisig said there also will be private cabins available for couples or small groups of up to four to rent for the weekend, if they prefer.

Campers don’t need to worry about running into a troop of Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts during the weekend either; Reisig rented the entire 120-acre camp to ensure it’s all adults.

Reisig said adults 21 and older are welcome, but he is targeting ages 23 to 39, specifically. He noted a good rule of thumb is to expect a “maturity age of 30.”

Overall, his goal for the camp is to provide an environment where adults can make new friends and have fun.

“I want people to make new lifelong friends,” he said. “Outside of college you might make friends at work, but it’s very rare that you make a good friend. After age 23, it’s very hard to meet people.”

Reisig said he hopes to run the camp annually and will consider expanding it to other locations in the future.

He noted he selected the Reading location, which is in Hillsdale County near Michigan’s border with Indiana and Ohio, because of its proximity to several mid-sized cities.

A weekend at Camp Forever Fun will cost $399.

Registration is open for both Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend. Visit campforeverfun.com to find out more or email Reisig at joel@campforeverfun.com.

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