Thursday, May 19, 2016

Solving the Camp Phone Problem

An Area Director recently sent us this email and we'd love your help solving the problem. If you have ideas, please comment below or email us here. Thanks! -Drew 


Last year our area took students to camp and we told them "no phones" a million times and then we collected phones on the bus. At the end of the week, we found out a half dozen girls had their phones with them the whole time and actually turned in fake phones because they didn't want to miss out on social media or "ruin their snapchat streaks." 

Word got out that they managed to keep them and not get caught until the ride home, so at fall camp we had the same problem with every single boy that went to camp turning in a fake phone, but they got caught while at camp.

We are trying hard to brainstorm the best way to get them to actually turn in their REAL phone for summer camp. What things do other areas do? I'm guessing this is a problem with other areas and not just ours!  


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  1. Well, we encourage them to charge up and bring them. Use them on the bus down. What better to get other kids involved then a snap of friends missing out. We do collect them, everyone's got one. Everyone turns it in. We give them back on the ride home, they can text home when almost there.
    Our kids have not thought of the fake phone, but... if they go to those lengths, it's hidden from our site and there is NO coverage or internet at any of our camps... What can they do really?

  2. We haven't had this problem either and I would like to think we would notice at camp. I suppose you could have them turn them in turned on so you push the home button to see if it is working then turn it off for them for the week.

  3. This doesn't help prevent fake phones, BUT on the first day during free time (or whenever they are likely to have their phone on) have a leader call every kid's phone on the trip. The phones turned in should be off and go right to voicemail, and anyone's who's rings is mostly likely not turned in. You could leave a nice message saying they have until the end of the day to turn them in, or you'll approach them the following day.