The Luxury of Camp?

January 4, 2012

Peg recently wrote in her blog about “Quiet Space” and giving kids a chance to reflect on their own thoughts — especially at camp.

In a recent opinion article in The New York Times, author Pico Iyer reflected that:

The average American teenager sends or receives 75 text messages a day, though one girl in Sacramento managed to handle an average of 10,000 every 24 hours for a month. Since luxury, as any economist will tell you, is a function of scarcity, the children of tomorrow [. . .] will crave nothing more than freedom, if only for a short while, from all the blinking machines, streaming videos, and scrolling headlines that leave them feeling empty and too full all at once.

What does this say about the value of a camp experience?

At camp, children are allowed to disconnect from the digital world and soak up the wonder of nature. They are given “the luxury” of quiet space to feel a genuine connection with what’s inside them — not the external (or is that “eternal”?) buzzing from an iPhone.

What do you think? Does going to (or working at) camp —“roughing it” without technology — actually provide you with a valuable luxury?