Now, What's Not Allowed...
Due to digital technology, uploading capabilities and social media, we believe cell phones, cameras, iPods and/or similar media devices pose an imminent threat to a camper’s safety and privacy.
We take the safety and privacy of our campers very seriously and know that you do, too. And while it may seem counter-intuitive, we've found that girls who have access to their cell phone at camp have a harder time adjusting to camp life and fully engaging in camp activities because they are preoccupied with calling home, texting friends, etc. And they have more difficulty with homesickness.
Most importantly, we believe having a cell phone at camp inhibits a camper’s ability to learn self-reliance and become more independent. The very fact that the camper is away from home and out of her “comfort zone” is one of the major benefits of camp.
As a child learns to trust other caring adults, she also learns, little by little, to solve some of her own challenges – to cope on her own, to be resilient, and to trust herself. Having the ability to contact parents at-will unfortunately results in missing out on this fundamental benefit of camp.
And it prevents our staff - as your child’s temporary caregivers - from getting to the bottom of any problems that may arise and addressing them quickly. Sending a “secret” cell phone to camp (that your camper doesn’t check in with our office) is like saying to your child that you as, a parent, haven’t truly come to peace with the notion of her being away from you and in the care of our staff. It is like telling your child that you do not think she will be safe at camp!
We promise that we will not hesitate to tell you if your child is experiencing an abnormally hard time in her adjustment to camp. Meanwhile, please talk with your camper before she leaves for camp about any nervous feelings she may be having. Tell her that you trust her, and that you know she will be safe at ADTC. Tell her that there will always be someone to help her while she is at camp.
If you &/or your camper are having a hard time thinking about leaving her cell phone at home, please use this as a springboard for a larger conversation about nervous feelings.
HELP YOUR DAUGHTER SUCCEED BY MAKING SURE SHE UNDERSTANDS OUR POLICY!