Growing up going to camps and then leading camps, I often went to Young Life camps where the policy was that all portable devices were collected right before getting to camp so as not to distract you from the camp experience. It started off with simple gameboys and tape players (Sony Walk-mans the popular choice back then), then moved to cd players and eventually mp3, iPods and iPhones. No matter what it was, it was taken and you would get it back at the end of the weekend.
Well, this past week I went to CIY Move camp in Salisbury, MD where cell phones were not just allowed but encouraged. CIY wanted you to take pictures and post them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use hashtags to compete in various smartphone games. They even used smartphones as part of a mixer they did and incorporated it into a lesson. It was really cool to see them use technology in their program but also quite different than my first camp experiences.
I can see the benefit of both of these policies, but I curious to see what you all think. What is your stance on cell phones and other portables devices at camp? Is it a good thing or bad thing? Should the be used and encouraged as students these days have them all the time or should they be taken away as not to distract from the camping experience? Post a comment below to share your thoughts.