We do not
permit campers to use cell phones at camp.
cell phones are a tool. They are not inherently bad. This policy
has nothing to do with your child's responsible use of a cell
Also, campers are under
constant supervision, all staff are trained in First Aid/CPR and
bullying, and we will notify you in the event of any emergency.
Your child does not need a cell phone to be safe at camp. They
will still be able to contact you via landline if the need
The primary reason for our policy
is to build community with each other and God.
- In a moment of stillness,
is it more likely for someone to wander into another
conversation or to pull out a phone?
- When settling down for bedtime, is it more likely for
someone to reflect on his/her day or put in headphones and
fall asleep to music?
- Do people take more time to virtually document an
experience on social media than actually experiencing it?
- If we added up all our screen time in a typical week and
instead filled it with nature, conversation, faces,
reflection, prayer, and tangible experiences...would we appreciate the difference?
There's nothing "wrong" with
using cell phones in any of the scenarios above, but we believe
there is a missed opportunity. Part of WaMaVa's mission is to
forge lifelong friendships and strengthen a relationship with
God. In what we've observed, we often fill our down time with
things that narrow our senses (watching TV, checking the
internet, texting folks, etc.). At camp, God gives us an
environment free of distractions to observe Him more fully.
Let's honor this gift God has provided us by intentionally
interacting with His Creation...not just what He created in
nature, but what He created in each one of us.
We realize there are other
devices besides cell phones that can interfere with our mission.
Suffice to say, any device that plays music or communicates via
WiFi is not permitted for use at camp. We ask for your support
in explaining and respecting this policy for our kids.
We greatly look forward to
serving your kids at WaMaVa. Please pray that we maximize every
opportunity God gives us!