Adults typically know that the camping\u00a0experience is much better without smartphones and technology, but what do younger campers think? The results of my research might surprise you. For this study,\u00a0I spoke with 45 participants in an overnight teen camper program. All campers were between the ages of 15 and\u00a017, and many of them had been\u00a0going to\u00a0camp for multiple years. The \u201cno cell phone\u201d policy had been in place for a while,\u00a0so\u00a0most\u00a0of\u00a0the participants had experienced separation from their smartphone before. I asked them broad questions about the camp experience without their smartphone, and how they felt camp would be different if smartphones were allowed.\u00a0 Camp with Smartphones\u00a0 Overall,\u00a0campers felt that camp with smartphones just\u00a0wouldn\u2019t be as much fun! Some campers talked about how smartphones would function as a barrier to participating in activities,\u00a0and\u00a0most of the teens recognized that if campers were allowed smartphones, no one would interact with each other in person. Everyone would be scrolling through their newsfeed or Instagram, and wouldn\u2019t bother to have a conversation with the other campers.\u00a0 Camp without Smartphones\u00a0 Surprisingly,\u00a0most\u00a0campers agreed with \u201cno phone\u201d policies and felt that camp was a better experience without smartphones. Campers described how,\u00a0because there are no phones allowed at camp, they are able to meet people and interact with them offline, form closer connections with others (including those they know from home), get a much-needed break from the expectations and pressures of social media, and have the opportunity to live in the moment.\u00a0 The Takeaway\u00a0 Does\u00a0your child\u2019s camp\u00a0have\u00a0a smartphone policy? If so,\u00a0do you see a difference in your child after this tech-free experience?