Techlife News|Techlife News #452
For 14-year-old Rory, whose parents work at Walden, the camp is where he feels most like himself — disconnected from screens and open to new opportunities.
“This summer, I would do many things that I won’t really be able to do again,” he said. “It’s a summer filled with opportunities that now won’t happen. There’s no way to get that back. It’s gone.”
Camp Walden would have opened this week, but like most overnight camps across the country, it is closed this year because of virus-related state restrictions. For millions of kids, losing camp is another in a list of missed childhood milestones and experiences, big and small, due to the pandemic.
And while some activities can be pushed online or rescheduled, the camp experience has an expiration date. It doesn’t translate digitally since it relies on kids being together, outside, stepping out of their regular lives, and into new challenges and fun. People who have experienced summer camp often have a “10 for 2” mentality, counting down the months all year until they can spend their cherished eight weeks at their “home away from home.”
An estimated 20 million U.S. children attend summer camp each year, and the $18 billion industry employs over a million seasonal workers, according to the American Camp Association. The association has more than 3,100 camps accredited or seeking accreditation in its network.
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