What It’s Like to Unplug at a Summer Camp for Grownups

This summer, a surprising number of adults will be doing something that most people don’t do after their teens: Going to summer camp. A growing number of camps have popped up, catering to grown ups who want to get away, live out their childhood passions or just unplug for a weekend.

Dream-catcher making, pizza-baking, archery and star gazing are just a few of the numerous activities offered at Camp Grounded — a series of weekend summer getaway camps designed for adults. Campers must deposit all their electronic devices (phones, laptops, digital cameras, watches, car keys, iPads) during check-in. The idea is “reconnecting by disconnecting,” a motto of Digital Detox, the nonprofit that runs Camp Grounded. Campers are immersed in workshops (called “play-shops”), talent shows, relaxation time and themed activities. Camp Grounded first took place in June of 2013 and over the past few years the idea has boomed, expanding into several states

Natan Dvir photographed Camp Grounded in 2013 and went back in May 2015 to photograph campers in Mendocino, Calif.; some of Dvir’s shots are featured here. This year Camp Grounded will take place in Mendocino; Cold Spring, N.Y.; Hendersonville, N.C.; and Marble Falls, Texas. For more grownup camp experiences, check out 6 Great Camps for Grownups.

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