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7:32 AM EDT, August 10, 2012
We had our first foray into a real authentic day camp this summer...and I was struck by the timeless charm of my boys' activities. Archery, canoeing, hiking...all the same things I remember from summer camp in the 1980's....and probably many of the same warm weather activities my parents recall from the 1950's.
As I'm feeling this warm nostalgia, I read an article in Time Magazine about how our high-tech world is seeping into the rustic cabins of overnight camp. A recent issue describes a new company's mission:
"For a fee, Bunk1 will deliver to otherwise social-media-deprived campers the three most recent tweets from their favorite Twitter personality. (More often than not, it's Justin Bieber.)"
Bunk1 is providing sports scores and statistics to campers, as well.
I think this is pretty unnecessary and over-the-top. But, one thing that Bunk1 offers is cool. Parents can view online photo galleries to keep updated on their child's activities.
According to Time:
"The galleries started as a way to balance the parents' need for constant updates with the camps' goal of fostering independence."
The article, by Bonnie Rochman, goes on to say that one camp is on the way to posting 80,000 photos over an 11-week session.
My, my, how camp has changed.
What do you think?