If the thought of going two minutes without checking your phone or Facebook makes you hyperventilate – then Digital Detox’s “Camp Grounded” might be for you.
The new summer camp in Anderson Valley, Calif., aims to bring over 200 adults together to spend four full days without their cellphones, computers, iPads, or any other technology. They’re even discouraged to talk about work or social media.
“So many people now don’t understand their relationship with technology,” Ben Hanna, a partner at The Digital Detox, a company that hosts numerous tech-free events throughout the year, told Mashable. “But they do know something’s wrong with how often they feel the need to check their phone.”
The camp says it’s where “grown-ups go to unplug, getaway and be kids again,” and includes activities like baking, campfires, capture the flag, pillow fights, mediation, and truth or dare games. Campers sleep in bunk beds in open-air cabins and eat together in the dining hall. The cost is $340 per person.
Though it’s a drug- and alcohol-free camp and men and women are separated into different cabins, directors say that sneaking out at night is encouraged. But if you want to capture all of your fun camp memories on camera, you’ll have to use film, polaroids, or a disposable camera – because even digital cameras are prohibited.
The first camp, from June 14 to 17, is already sold out, according to Hanna, and the list of attendees includes tech industry CEOs and venture capitalists. If networking is your goal, however, look elsewhere – campers are given nicknames and told not to share their ages.
“The most important status we’ll update is our happiness,” write the founders on the website.