Can I Bring My Cell Phone to Camp?

Cell phone at CampWith all the electronics kids have these days, from iPods and personal CD players to Gameboys and cell phones, parents should inquire about a camp’s policy on these devices. Cell phone use, in particular, might raise concerns about a camper’s independence away from home.

“Those that allow cell phone use would be in the minority of camps,” says Lucy Norville of the American Camp Association. She notes that many camps are simply out of range for most cell phone use, anyway. Some camps allow periodic phone calls from parents on traditional land-line phones, or will print out e-mails from home and distribute them like mail, but others don’t allow non-emergency contact because they want to encourage a camper’s adjustment and to discourage interruptions.

– Alison O’Leary Murray