An Unplugged Summer

An extended break from screens helps campers disconnect from technology and reconnect with one another. Children come to camp to make friends and learn to navigate new friendships. The best way to do this is face-to-face, rather than staring at a screen.

At Camp High Rocks, we are unplugged. Our policy is as follows:

Campers should NOT bring any electronics such as iPods, MP3 players, electronic readers, laptops, electronic games, televisions, cameras, video players, video recorders, cell phones, smartphones, or any other wireless devices. Camp will provide opportunities for listening to music during the day at appropriate times with camp equipment.

Learn more about our full camp philosophy using the link below.   

Why No Tech?

We believe it is one of the best parts of camp. Don Gentle, one of our Camp Directors, wrote a blog “Unplugged and Happy” detailing the opportunities no technology at camp affords children.

Did You Know?
The American Academy of Children & Adolescent Psychiatry says, “On average, children ages 8-12 in the United States spend 4-6 hours a day watching or using screens, and teens spend up to 9 hours.” 

While technology certainly plays an important role in society, camp is a break from the constant notifications, social media comparisons, and attention grabbers. Each week a camper attends camp, they are playing, making friends, and developing skills rather than using technology for 28 – 63 hours. Time away from smartphones and screens, even just for a week, has been shown to improve mental health among adults and children.