Children get ready for the day’s activities during a four-week summer camp in North Carolina.
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Thirteen-year-old Daniela Blumenfeld of Scarsdale, New York, just finished her fifth summer at sleepaway camp with no devices beyond a simple iPod.About 90 percent of the nearly 8,400 sleepaway camps counted by the American Camp Association are now device free, though some allow limited time with screenless iPods and other internet-free music players.Nigel Watson, camp director at the French Woods Sports and Arts Center, a high school-only sleepaway camp in the Catskills near New York, recalls spending his days at previous jobs confiscating smartphones and his evenings calling parents to report infractions.At French Woods, though, Watson lets kids use phones and other devices in their cabins, but nowhere else, so long as they power them down at lights out.His surprising finding: The phones often end up in a drawer after a few days at camp.Daniela said that going phone-free at camp was easier since most of her friends were also away at tech-free programs and not all over text and social media.Teens remain teens.
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