'We're all craving an escape from adulting': Grown-up summer camps offer escapism

Adult summer getaways have become a trend. Patrons looking for new summer experiences can take part in everything from a mock zombie apocalypse to a traditional summer camp experience, with the addition of beer.

Prairie Sun Brewery offering beer camp at Wakaw Lake in September

Prairie Sun Brewery's beer camp will have a beer school where campers can learn about, and drink, beer. (CBC Saskatoon/Trevor Pritchard)

Adult summer getaways have become a trend. Patrons looking for new summer experiences can take part in everything from a mostly-traditional summer camp experience — improved by the presence of beer — to a mock zombie apocalypse.

Saskatoon's Prairie Sun Brewery is getting in on the movement with its beer camp, a one-expense-covers-all experience, which will see adults take canoe trips, make arts and crafts, meet new people and drink beer. 

"I've found that if you search pretty much any interest, plus the word 'camp,' 'retreat,' or 'getaway,' you're going to find a result," Heather Greenwood-Davis, Globetrotting Mama blogger, told CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning Tuesday.

Greenwood-Davis said she first noticed the trend about three or four years ago and they were more marketed as themed getaways rather than straight-up camps.

The beer camp is being held next month at Wakaw Lake. 

"I think it's great. You get to party like an adult and play like a child," Prairie Sun bar manager Kayla Procyshyn said. "I think that's a big draw for people."

Greenwood-Davis said it was the chance to get away from life and unwind that is part of the appeal of such camps.

"I think it says we're all craving an escape from adulting," Greenwood-Davis said.

"For most of us, free time has been lost. The older we get, the less of it we have and we're looking for ways to find our way back to it.

With files from CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning


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