Camp is a time to get away from the pressures of daily life. Cell phones, digital cameras, iPads, computers, DVD or CD players and the like have no place at camp. Electronics with capacity to video record or access the Internet are expressly prohibited.
Have no fear, we are still active in the office with technology. We will keep you up to speed on the adventures of camp
through social media, daily updates posted to Camp InTouch, and are always just a phone call away. Campers may receive letters, packages (without contraband), faxes, and emails. Emails are printed off daily at 10 am for campers to receive at mail time directly after lunch. CampStamps are used to pay for the emails you send to your campers. Each email requires one CampStamp per recipient. CampStamps carry over from season to season. You can also give them to your family & friends by creating guest accounts.
Full term campers may receive one ten minute phone call from home during the term at select times. Phone calls must be scheduled on Camp InTouch once camp starts. Split termers may not receive phone calls. Though phone calls are optional, Heart O’ the Hills does not encourage or recommend them for camp families as they tend to result in homesickness. It pulls the camper out of their daily engaged mindset and longing for home. Send letters often that encourage them to enjoy their limited time at camp instead.
In removing technology from a generation growing up with it, we are reaffirming social skills that may be missed when in front of an electronic screen. Eye contact, body language, and self awareness are all honed in on in conversations at camp. The ability to share space is also a key skill learned at camp. Campers must learn to be observant of the noise level while others are sleeping, coordinate shower times with peers, and respect the personal space of others.