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Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp
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Stuck in a 9-to-5 but dreaming of something bigger? Discover your inner rock star (or astronaut or card shark) with specialized camps for the kid in you.

Whatever activity you can imagine, chances are there’s an adult fantasy camp for it. After all, grown-ups like to play, too, and why should kids get to have all the fun? While there’s a whole world of workshops, camps and classes out there to suit every whim, here are five of our favorites. http://www.incredible-adventures.com/

SPACE EXPLORERS: Founded in 1982, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., provides an opportunity for wannabe astronauts to announce, “Houston, we are having a blast!” While its primary purpose is to educate school-age kids, it also offers a weekend camp for adults and corporate groups. Ever wonder what it’s like to travel through outer space? The gravity chair and multiaxis simulators here will give you as close to an out-of-this-world experience as an average Joe can get. To infinity and even farther! www.spacecamp.com
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World Poker Tour Boot Camp

SPIES EVERYWHERE: If you’re like most espionage enthusiasts, you have your cloak, your dagger and a stack of spy novels — but little to no field experience. At Covert Ops spy camp, set in an undisclosed location outside of Miami, you’ll get training in self-defense, pistol shooting, booby traps and counter-surveillance from a stealthy cadre of mercenaries and intelligence experts. This is for adventurers who like to have their adrenaline faucets opened all the way. As long as you’re not the timid type, it’s a thrilling, action-packed spy fantasy to the max. www.incredible-adventures.com

POKER FACES: There’s the casual game at the kitchen table with friends, and then there’s the high-stakes version against the cowboy-hat-wearing oilman and the mysterious European playboy. If you want to compete in the latter, the World Poker Tour Boot Camp can help you hone your skills. With locations in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and other cities around the country, the boot camp has several options for one-, two- or three-day workshops with instruction from masters on knowing when to fold ’em — and when to stand up and yell, “I won! I won! I won!”
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Dorothy Hamill Figure Skating Fantasy Camp
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GUITAR HEROES: Remember Jefferson Airplane, one of the seminal bands of the psychedelic ’60s San Francisco movement? Despite the band’s breakup more than 30 years ago, lead guitarist Jorma Kaukonen is still rocking today as the operator of Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp. Set in Pomeroy, a rural town in southeastern Ohio, the ranch offers superior tutelage by top-drawer instructor/performers who have included G.E. Smith, David Bromberg, Larry Coryell and bassist Jack Casady, Kaukonen’s Airplane sidekick. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, the food is finger-licking tasty, the classes are varied and there is a nifty concert hall on the premises for student performances and a camp-ending show. www.furpeaceranch.com

ICE IS NICE: Figure skating is one of the most popular events among fans of the Olympics. So why don’t more go out and try it themselves? Now they can, thanks to the Dorothy Hamill Figure Skating Fantasy Camp on Nantucket Island, Mass. The camp, which welcomes skaters of all skill levels, has been a hit since it opened in 2009. Attendees get individual and group instruction along with meals and goodies. Even if you only score a 5.5 with the judges, you’ll give your experience here a 10. www.dorothyhamill.com