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What’s It Like To Go To An Adult Summer Camp?

Published on July 15th, 2022 by Nikki Cleveland

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A peaceful view from Camp Rahh, an adult summer camp near Seattle. All photos by AJ Ragasa

Camp Rahh: An All-Inclusive Summer Camp For Adults

You might remember those carefree summer days at camp as a kid, when you could spend all your time doing activities and not be tied to your phone, computer, or job all day. You know those good old days when you could meet new friends, play games, enjoy great food (without having to cook yourself), show team spirit, and spend time around the campfire making s’mores under the stars. Not only did summer camp provide a memorable camping experience but also an opportunity to make new friends and enjoy activities that you maybe wouldn’t normally get to partake in.

Those days may feel long gone, but you might be surprised that it’s still possible to enjoy an adult summer camp experience. Camp Rahh provides an adult summer camp that is specifically catered to those 18 and over. It takes place at Camp Kirby on the beautiful Samish Island, about two hours north of Seattle. 

Your ticket includes everything you need for a fun-filled weekend. The camp has bunk bed lodging in rustic cabins, with male, female, and all-gender cabins available. There are also bathhouses with restrooms and private showers on both sides of the property. 

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Camp Rahh is an all-inclusive adult summer camp near Seattle.

A digital detox

Camp Rahh aims to provide that same summer camp experience that so many people remember from their childhood. This means you won’t be able to use your phone (in fact, they take your phone upon check-in and return it at the end of camp), or any kind of technology for that matter. Camp Rahh is focused on taking away all the distractions from our day-to-day life that we have grown so accustomed to. Per the name itself, Camp Rahh is focused on getting in touch with your “raw” self. This also means there is no alcohol or drugs permitted.

Though you won’t have a Wi-Fi connection, you will find plenty more meaningful connections with everyone you’ll meet at camp. Without a phone or many clocks around, and just a loud bell that rings at the top of the hour, you’ll feel less time restrained and more focused on the present moment. 

What kind of activities are offered?

A wide variety of classes are available each day, as well as activities like kayaking, rock climbing, and archery. You can sign up for as many or as little things as you would like. In fact, we spotted some campers just relaxing and reading a book in a hammock all day, enjoying the peace, quiet, and freedom from their normally hectic schedules.

We filled up our schedule with an assortment of fun experiences. Below are some of the activities that were available this year:

  • Kayaking, archery, rock climbing
  • Yoga class
  • Wellness workshop
  • Pottery class
  • Tie-dying (shirt provided)
  • Candle making
  • Storytelling class
  • Self-defense class
  • Hip hop dance class
  • Cooking class

You can also spend some downtime around camp playing ping pong, Jenga, card games, basketball, volleyball, disc golf, or cornhole.

What type of food is available?

We couldn’t wait to try the food at camp, which was raved about from past campers. And of course, it did not disappoint!

Chef Brian O’Connor, who owns Bok A Bok Fried Chicken in Seattle, prepares an exceptional menu for Camp Rahh, with many more delectable options than your average summer camp. Vegetarian, vegan, and allergy options are also available.

This year’s menu included dishes like Southern fried chicken (or fried cauliflower for vegetarians), along with cornbread, spiced honey butter, and baked mac and cheese. Another popular dish was the seafood paella (or vegetable paella) filled with saffron-scented rice, Spanish chorizo, shrimp, squid, clams, mussels and more. Campers could wake up to warm, hearty breakfasts like egg scrambles as well as waffles and pancakes with maple syrup.

Snacks and drinks

In addition to the three meals a day, Camp Rahh also had no shortage of drinks and snacks available, courtesy of their sponsors. Westerly provided healthy and hearty breakfast bowls (such as one with granola, a small banana, and a pumpkin spice mousse), along with a booth full of miscellaneous items like toothpaste and bug spray that campers could pick up for free.

Minor Figures provided delicious oat lattes and chai tea drinks, while Pressed offered delicious cold-pressed juices and smoothies. We also greatly appreciated the endless complimentary Talking Rain bottled waters and Skinny Dipped chocolate covered almonds and peanut butter cups when we craved a snack between meals.

Live shows and entertainment

While some summer camps have a talent show that you can sign up for, Camp Rahh has upgraded the experience to include live performances from real artists. This year, campers got to enjoy incredible performances from local Seattle artists The Black Tones as well as Claudine Magbag. In addition to the musical artists, this year’s camp featured a live comedy podcast from The Scissor Bros, which includes comedians Jeremiah Watkins and Steebee Weebee.

Other activities at Camp Rahh

In addition to all the classes and workshops, as well as the amazing meals and shows, Camp Rahh also has several activities that brings everyone together. This includes:

  • Team games: We played Red Light, Green Light, water balloon toss, a hula hoop challenge, and more.
  • Costume contest: Some people go all-out, while others have a more simple getup.
  • Silent disco: For this late-night dance party in the woods, campers are handed headphones that can change between three channels (Green, Red, or Blue), all managed by three different DJs.

Learn more about Camp Rahh

Tickets for 2023 are available now. You can learn more about Camp Rahh and their adult summer camp experience at

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