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If you read our Parent area, you’ll see that we strongly advise that children don’t bring their mobiles to camp.
Indeed, it’s not just mobiles. We recommend that you leave behind all electricals, including watches, tablets, computer games, and iPods.
Why? It’s simple! Barracudas Summer Camps offer nothing less than constant, uninterrupted fun. Every second of the day is accounted for with exciting activity after exciting activity. And as a result, there’s simply no need for mobiles or other electricals.
In fact, your child will be having such a good time that chances are they’ll mislay their phone.
Our staff aren’t trained to look after expensive electricals while your children play, and we can’t accept responsibility if they’re lost or stolen. What’s more, neither our insurance nor the Customer Protection plan cover such items.
But My Child Will Need to Call Me So I Can Pick Them Up!
We appreciate that some older children will need a mobile to help them make their way to and from camp.
However, these must be kept in your child’s personal belongings at all times, and they can’t be used during camp activities, during breaks, or for taking photographs.
Also, you must let your child know that they’re responsible for keeping their phone safe, and that they’re bringing it at their own risk!
One Other Very Important Reason Why We Don’t Recommend Bringing Phones
Sure, there’s some practical and insurance reasons why we don’t really allow mobiles. But beyond all this, there’s another very important reason why we believe that summer camps are no place for electricals.
× How can children possibly experience the life affirming joys of playing in the sunshine if they’re spending their days glued to their phones?
× How can children possibly make new friends and forge the sort of memories that’ll last them a lifetime if they’ve constantly got one eye on Facebook?
× How can children possibly benefit from all the good that comes from exercising outdoors when they’re slumped in a corner playing Angry Birds?
You get the idea!
In America, where summer camps are treated as a sort of rite of passage for many children, there’s a strict “no electronics” policy at many camps.
Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association (ACA), believes that mobiles at camps can rob children of a tremendous opportunity to grow.
“Children grow in tremendous ways when they realise they are capable of working things out on their own,” she said. “So while some camps have embraced technology, most still prefer to have children leave their mobiles at home.”
And Peg isn’t alone in thinking this. The senior director of a major American summer camp explained his “no electronics policy” by explaining that children attend camp in order to “learn how to make conversation and navigate friendship and social skills.
“If each camper is sitting on their bed playing a video game or texting friends, then they’re not engaging with the world around them.”
So why don’t we allow children to bring mobiles to Barracudas Summer Camps?
Because, in every way possible, the camps are better places without them!