technology is great

but we take a break from it at camp

- technology faq -

Why we take a break from technology at camp

Phones are distracting

Camp is a unique place to develop friendships and build community. The most meaningful and lasting impact of Trout Creek comes from one of our core values, being a relationally focused program. The use of cell phones and other electronic devices distracts campers from the opportunity to build community and to be relationally focused by being present.

Phones make you look down

We want everyone at camp to look up and take in the beautiful outdoor setting, which is one of the unique qualities of camping. We want to provide an experience and atmosphere that lends itself to “getting away” from everyday life’s elements, routines, and activities. This setting allows campers to experience God’s incredible creation in ways unfamiliar to most kids. It also allows them to be more carefree, to pause, reflect and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

The technology of most phones and devices allows kids easy access to the internet or phone calls. It causes them to look down instead up up, hindering their opportunity to experience all that camp offers. Also, if campers were to have internet access throughout the week, it would be difficult to monitor what the camper is viewing and/or showing other campers.

Phones are expensive if damaged/lost/stolen

The camp cannot be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged electronic devices. These items are valuable, and the camp environment is not conducive to these items being secure or easily found if lost or stolen.

So, as a rule, we do not allow campers to bring any phones, iPads, iPods, mp3 players, radios, or other electronic devices to camp.
If there is an emergency or we are concerned about your camper, we will contact you immediately.