REGARDING CAMPER AND PARENT/GUARDIAN COMMUNICATION:
You may reach out to your camper digitally by sending Camp Grams that can be purchased at the time of registration. These Camp Gram messages will be delivered to your camper at mealtimes.
NO CELLPHONE POLICY:
We have a no-cell phone policy at camp that imitates the same polices held at all other camps, public and private schools.
Campers should leave all digital devices and cellphones at home. Please do not send a cell phone with your camper. If you send a phone with your camper, please check it with the front office during the check in process. If a camper is found with an unchecked cell phone she will be dismissed from camp at the time the phone is discovered. See the policy section for dismissal of campers
Camper families are welcome to prearrange a mid week phone conversation with their campers by contacting the camp directors during the camp check in process.
Aside from the fact that cell phones can get lost or stolen, your child—and you—are making a leap of faith, transferring primary care from you as their parents to the directors, the camp nurse and their counselors. This is one of the most growth-producing, yet challenging aspects of camp and helps to encourage necessary digital detox to allow for better listening and positive communication.
As children learn to trust other caring adults, they grow and learn, little by little, to solve some of their own challenges. We believe this emerging independence is one of the greatest benefits of camp. It is one important way your children learn to become resilient.
Cell phones that are brought to camp will be safely labelled and stored in a locked cabinet in the camp's office so that they aren't lost or used inappropriately.
We agree to let parents know if a camper is experiencing a challenge in their adjustment to camp. You can help by talking with your child before they leave for camp and telling them that there are many adults they can reach out to, whether it is their counselor, a trusted mentor and activity leader, our Nurse or head staff, or the directors Judy or Rhonda. We are all here to give your daughter an amazing camping experience.
Camps do a great job reclaiming and promoting real conversations. Camp Summergold campers are happy to take a break from social media to be with their friends at camp. In our research campers learn more and do more and have better empathy towards others when they are not always on their phones.
Sherry Turkle, PhD, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT; teaches about the psychology and sociology of how computers and cell phones change the way we learn, how we feel, and how they affect not just what we do but who we are. The author of a number of books, her most recent, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, was released in 2015 and investigates how a departure from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity — and why reclaiming face-to-face conversation can help us recover lost and valuable skills. - See more at: http://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/camping-magazine/reclaiming-conversation-interview-sherry-turkle#sthash.FhpxCFhQ.dpuf