With Camp Getaway premiering on Bravo, David Schreiber shared his thoughts on the way this adult camp is all about celebrating being in the moment.
David Schreiber is ready for Bravo fans to get a glimpse into the world of Camp Getaway. While this show might be described as summer camp for adults, the outdoor adventures are only part of the camping experience. Although everyone is looking to find that escape from the daily grind, these campers can learn a valuable lesson. Celebrating being in the moment is a memory that will last long after that weekend glow fades.
Joining the Bravo line-up, Camp Getaway looks to be a glimpse into both the lives the camp counselors and the epic experiences that the guests enjoy. While this weekend getaway might seem like hours of fun and entertainment, there is more than just the escapism. Just like that childhood summer camp experience, the time spent at Camp Getaway could have a larger impact.
Many years ago, David Schreiber answered an ad that changed his life. Leaving behind the corporate world, he picked up his family and moved to a camp in Connecticut.
The real life Club Getaway is an actual camp. During the week, it is a kids camp. On weekends, the camp celebrates adults.
Throughout the Bravo promos for the new show, the guests are seen as leaving “adulting” behind. Whether it is the idea of playing old school games, sitting by the campfire or partying all night long, this camp experience is a little bit about capturing the simple joys of life. It is a time to embrace being silly, to have no judgments, and to be willing to just enjoy the moment.
Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with David about Camp Getaway and the concept of an adult camp. Even as the world seems more enclosed due to the current crisis, David had a positive outlook on keeping connections even while apart.
David mentioned that technology can help to bridge that gap. Even recently, he celebrated his father’s birthday via video chat. Although he would have loved to have hugged his dad in person, the connection on a special occasion is the most important aspect.
In many ways, the Camp Getaway experience is about making connections. While the adults experiences on the show are different than the childhood memories that people remember, there are similar aspects. Just like the kids had their camp counselors as their guides, so do the adults.
In a way, those camp counselors help the guests not only make connections with each other but also with the experience. itself. From the moment that the guests walk into the welcome happy hour to playing games as a group, the counselors show the guests that it is ok, and in some ways, is encouraged to be silly.
David mentioned that he joins in all the fun. From the costume contests to sitting at the family style dinner, there are times when it is ok to embrace that inner kid. It is permission to let that part of yourself fly free and not be judged for it.
In particular, David shared a story about a recent guest who had a very pivotal moment. While at camp, the guest preferred to visit in drag. After fully embracing her true self, the guest made the decision to transition. David said, through that experience, the guest felt joy. “For that one glimpse of time, nothing else matters, and … you could take that joy and bring that with you.”
Although the Bravo show has a storyline in each episode, the concept of what David and his staff provides reaches beyond the television entertainment value. Of course, there are highs and lows each week. Still, the bigger idea that this show expresses is the willingness to find joy in the moment and continue that expression long after the camp memories fade.
In many ways, David wanted to create something bigger. Giving people the chance to connect with nature and each other is something that is taking on new meaning. Whether it is the camp counselor being the bridge or finding a way to make a person be included, David understands that “we all want to feel part of the part of something bigger.”
Interesting enough, a simple idea really resonated. Since Camp Getaway is camp, the campers generally have buffet style or family style dinners. While the food is just as good as many highly acclaimed restaurants, the ambiance is different.
By having everyone eat together, David believes that it fosters the connection between everyone at camp. He mentioned even just the statement “pass me the plate please” is something simple that can turn into more. Maybe that one conversation sparks a bigger discussion.
In the end, the biggest takeaway from my conversation with David Schreiber is a reminder that every moment is important. Instead of viewing the world through a screen, watch the world in real time. The old saying, “Is it live or is it Memorex” might be lost on many of David’s campers, but the point rings true. Experiencing the moment as it happens is better than re-viewing it through a picture.
David Schreiber runs Getaway Camp in Connecticut.
Camp Getaway airs on Bravo, Monday nights at 10 p.m. EST.
Did you go to summer camp? Did those camp experiences impact you long after you returned home?