Technology is ubiquitous. It surrounds us all the time. Smart phones, smart watches, tablets, computers, etc. are essential to communication in the modern world. At camp, this technology interferes with our mission to promote connection to nature and build healthy social connections within our community. When you sign your child up for Eden Village, you are not only giving them the gift of camp, you are giving them the gift of life without digital technology.
Eden Village is screen free. This means campers are not allowed to bring the following:
➢ Cell phones, smart phones, any type of phone
➢ iPods, iPads, iAnythings, smartwatches, Digital Video Players or Recording Devices
➢ Video cameras, CD or DVD players, radios
➢ Kindles, laptops, electronic games/toys, hair dryers, walkie-talkies.
Watches and cameras without internet access are allowed (watches are very much encouraged!). Any electronics found at camp will be confiscated, kept in our camp safe, and given to parents on check-out day.
Thinking Of Giving Your Child A Cell Phone?
Every year at summer camps across the country some parents decide to give their child a cell phone to take to camp. This is usually done with good intentions, but actually puts their child in an uncomfortable position. Cell phones are hard to hide, and are normally found by bunk staff. When this happens, many campers think they’ve let down their parents (because the cell phone was found) and camp (because they brought a cell phone) and feel shame. If given a cell phone, campers will feel pressure to be in touch with their parents during camp, leading to anxiety, because they have to actively hide it from campers and staff. It’s a no win situation. While many parents think that a cell phone will give them peace of mind, it usually doesn’t, and it will negatively impact your child’s camp experience. Please - do not send your child to camp with a cell phone. Your child will be very well cared for and we are in daily contact with families at camp. Please contact our directors should you have any questions about communication with families at camp.