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
- 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.