There is a lot of research that says cell phone use is not helpful to the growth of a child and we at camp believe that to be true. But more important, CYO Camps are about having fun in the great outdoors - not constantly being distracted by a cell phone. A camper can use their cell phone when they are at home. We want them to play when they are at CYO Camps!
We really want to spend time playing and having fun with your child at camp. We do not want to worry about a phone ringing while we are at activity times. We all know that when the camper doesn't answer, the camp office phone rings because the parent is now worried their child is in danger. Or… we stop playing for the new text that arrived so everyone can read it or a friend sent a photo that is all the rage. Then there is that cell phone that was left somewhere in the sand at the beach when the cabin went swimming and the entire cabin is late to the next activity because the cabin stopped to look for it. There is also the reality that 90% of cell phones do not get reception at camp and if you are in the lucky 10% it’s roaming and
usually picks up a Canadian tower.
The other item that tends to be forgotten is the cabins only have one plug which the staff use for the fan and alarm clock. Extension cords are not allowed in cabins per Fire Code. So our question, which camper in the cabin gets to plug in their phone because when a phone roams all day it doesn’t hold a charge. There are parents who read the above and said, “We agree! My child is not bringing a cell phone to camp!”.Thank you!!! For those parents who disagreed and need the expert advise please continue reading. We believe the following excerpt taken from the ACA Camping Magazine written by Bob Ditter, a licensed clinical social worker specializing in child, adolescent, & family therapy says it best!
“The fundamental issue with parents giving campers cell phones to take to camp is trust. When children come to camp they – and you as their parents – are making a leap of faith, temporarily transferring their primary care from you to us and their counselors. This is one of many growth-producing, yet challenging aspects of camp. 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 child develops greater resilience and self-reliance. Contacting you by phone essentially means they have not made this transition. It prevents us from getting to the problems that may arise and addressing them quickly. Sending a cell phone to camp is like saying to your child that you as the parent haven’t truly come to peace with the notion of their being away from you and in our care. It may even cause some children to worry that they can never solve their own problems without always involving their parents.”
In keeping with our goal to help your child develop and have fun, we do not allow cell phones at camp. Cell phones will be collected by staff and may not be returned as we will not be responsible if it gets lost, misplaced, or stolen. Please leave them at home!
For information about what to bring to camp, how to manage homesickness, keeping in touch with your kids while they are at camp, and more, please download our
CYO Camps 2014 Confirmation Packet.
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