Michael Mercier, President of Screen Education, spoke today at the Ohio Camp Conference. The Ohio Camp Conference is organized organized by the Ohio division of the American Camp Association. Conference attendees include summer camp owners, directors, and staff who are members of the American Camp Association, and who live in and near Ohio. The conference was held at the 4-H Center on the Campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.
Mr. Mercier's was geared toward summer camps that have overnight programs, and that don't allow campers to bring smartphones and other electronic devices. The talk addressed how overnight summer camps that don't permit phones can integrate into their existing camp culture principles of digital wellness that will enhance the benefits campers derive from getting a break from their smartphones while at camp. The talk was based upon Screen Education's 7 research studies with campers who attended overnight camps that don't permit phones, as well as 2 studies Screen Education has conducted in partnership with Hiram College of college students experiencing a digital detox while camping.