Welcome to the digital detox camp! No phones!

Original author: Mariel Myers
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Grounded camp allows adults to survive the summer days at the summer camp, but only after they have passed all their digital devices.

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If you miss how you were going to the summer camp, or you never had such an opportunity in childhood, then the Grounded camp promises to give adults all the fun of life in the summer camp without any modern technologies distracting from this.
There is face art there, but no Facebook. There is a mailbox there, but it is not email. Instead of usernames, there are "camp names". Status updates are updates to entries on miniature “cool” boards that are worn around the neck. The only technology allowed is a camp historian's digital camera.

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Camp co-founder Levi Felix says the goal of the camp is to give people a break from the daily digital interruptions in their lives.
“We live in a world where the average person spends from 8 to 12 hours on-screen.” Our tourists spend an average of 13 hours reviewing the surrounding area, ”said Felix. “Therefore, when you can come and just disconnect for a long period of time, play, create and explore, interact with other people, not because you earn a living or not because it is your position, your colleagues, then the incredible sensation. "
Grounded Camp is surrounded by sequoia and located in the Anderson Valley, Camp Navarro, Northern California. When tourists first come to the camp, enthusiastic counselors greet them with applause and hugs. Tourists are offered homemade almond milk cookies and a selection of nicknames is also offered. There are signs in the camp that remind tourists to leave all their everyday technology and live in the present. Tourists can even make a haircut under a tree.

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Even before the check-in registration, tourists hand over a paper bag in which all their electronics are located. Most vacationers bring their phones. Some also bring their tablets and laptops with them. Packages with valuables remain in storage and are blocked for the whole weekend. In case of emergency, the camp receives calls and emails and answers them.
A new camp participant who flew in from Washington, DC, struggled to take a photo after she sent her Galaxy Note 2 in a paper bag. “I hope I won't rip off my skin and look for it everywhere,” she said. “I just really want to start living the moment, and not live constantly in the desire to capture this moment and show everyone.”
So that vacationers can have fun without their technology, the Grounded camp offers seminars, trainings on all possible topics, from yoga to archery, from truffle preparation to hip-hop dancing and stick firing. Also, there are traditional activities for the summer camp, for example, “grabbing the flag”, swimming, etc.

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The cost of pleasure is $ 570, which includes living in a room, outdoor activities and balanced, delicious food. The camp has existed for the second year and has increased from one season to three; 250 campers are populated in each season. Felix says 40 percent of vacationers from last year return again. This year, according to him, there are people flying from 32 states and 5 countries, in the age range from 19 to 81 years.
The vacationer, nicknamed the “Handles of Love,” who lives in San Francisco, returned for a second year. According to him, last year, after he returned from the camp, he became better in contact with other people. “When you live in San Francisco, you see people every day and you don’t interact with them. You don’t recognize people on the street, ”he explained. “Everything changed when I returned. I was much more open and ready to talk with people, even those with whom I met by chance. "
The inspiration for such a digital detox clinic came from a life-threatening situation. Felix said that several years ago he worked so hard (he was vice president of a tech company in Los Angeles) that he did not realize that he was sick. At that time, he had to go to the hospital and spend three days in the intensive care unit after doctors discovered a “gap” in his esophagus. After that fear of his health, he decided to relax a bit and in the end realized that other people would also like to get a temporary recharge. And of course, when Felix talks about recharging, he doesn't mean the battery. “My goal is for campers to leave them feeling charged, to give them a new sense of self, a sense of a new meaning.”

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The Grounded Camp definitely seeks to solve the global problem, taking us to more “simple” times. Founders do not hate technology and do not ask people to leave them forever. This is digital detoxification, after all, and not digital rehabilitation. And, it is clear that shortly after returning, vacationers connect with their new friends from the camp on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Telebreeze Team

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