The average Canadian child spends 7.5 hours a day in front of a screen! Camp is one of the last places in the world where children can experience life ‘unplugged.’ At Awakening, we want campers to enjoy nature – and new friends – without the distraction of screens and electronic devices. Camp provides an opportunity for campers to leave those items behind and focus on having fun through face-to-face connections and experiencing life in the great outdoors.
One of the greatest impacts that camp can have on your camper is an increased sensation of self-confidence and independence. A large part of this comes from campers being away from home for a short period. They need to “disconnect to reconnect”.
A recent article in Psychology Today by Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. details 6 ways electronic screen time makes kids angry, depressed and unmotivated while research shows that time outdoors, especially interacting with nature, can restore attention, lower stress, and reduce aggression. You can read the article HERE.
Also, camp expert Dan Weir published a 25-page paper detailing why children go online, why children go to summer camp, the social skills they learn while doing each, and the benefits to unplugging at summer camp. You can read his paper HERE.
Please respect our rule that cell phones are not allowed at camp. Campers are not permitted to place or receive personal phone calls (except in the case of an emergency, in which case it will be on the camp phone) or send emails. This helps campers to fully immerse themselves in the camp program and gain independence, make lasting friendships, develop confidence, and accomplish things they never thought possible.