in an “Unplugged” Environment

We live in a thrilling age, unparalleled in terms of connectivity with one another and access to information. And yet even the most tech-hungry among us recognizes that it isn’t healthy for anyone—and most especially a child—to spend hours in front of a screen, disconnected from his surroundings. With all the wonders of technology, it cannot replace the crucial life skills gained through its absence.

Camp Pemigewassett is a screen-free environment. Boys invariably report experiencing a sense of relief after only a few days away from the pressures of, in particular, social media, and recognize that it takes an unplugged environment for them to truly leave it behind.

As a result of being “unplugged,” Pemi campers have the space and time to develop vital skills, a few of which are…


  • Engaging in face-to-face conversations
  • Conveying information through handwriting letters
  • Managing uncomfortable situations appropriately

Attending to the moment

  • Appreciating natural environs
  • Being inclusive of others
  • Taking part in and responding to social experiences

Creativity and innovation

  • Finding ways to use unstructured time
  • Trying new things
  • Exploring the outdoors


  • Seeing firsthand how words and actions affect others
  • Appreciating the needs and wants of others

Personal conviction

  • Having the time and space to think for oneself; learning how to develop personal opinions and beliefs through experience—conversing, listening, pondering, and weighing information—versus relying solely on an online search.

Read how campers build life skills through our program activities >>