Nature vs. Technology: Why Camp is Vital for Kids

The realities of camp(ing)

Camping (which shares many essential elements with camp) is not for the faint of heart. My friend, whose family went camping over spring break, testified to this. In the telling, she reminded me of all the challenges of camping:

On the first night, I woke up terrified to the sound of screeching raccoons looking for food on our campsite. [My husband] assured me that the cooler was safe in the bed of his truck (and that we were safe in our tent!) and I finally got back to sleep, only to be woken up by the kids for various reasons throughout the night. The next morning, I changed into clothes that were stiff and cold from the night air, trekked to the bathroom, and drank grainy, boiled coffee. When I went to look for our breakfast tortillas in the cooler, I discovered that the raccoons (whose muddy footprints were all over the lid) had hit paydirt after all! Ugh! Continue reading