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A camper nicknamed “Duder” relaxes in the water at the Swimming Hole at Camp Grounded.
Two campers pass next to a sign at the entrance to Camp Grounded asking arriving campers to deposit all their devices. No digital devices were allowed for the duration of staying at the camp.
Devices owned by “Emu Freedom” and “Jelly Belly Momlet” (unseen) being deposited before entering Camp Grounded.
Micah Daigle (aka “Lil’ Spoon”) reads a "Device Free Tips" sign before depositing his digitally-powered devices during the check-in process.
A camper uses a type writer next to a stand where others hung drawings and notes as "Clip Art".
A paper in a typewriter in the main yard. With no digitally-powered devices at hand, campers made use of analog alternatives including typewriters, pen & paper, drawings, and even sun-burned wood.
Two campers read books while lying in hammocks in the main yard.
A camper sits on a table in the middle in the woods and plays the guitar.
Campers sunbathe and play guitars next to the water stream.
Campers belonging to the "White Team" lift and cuddle "Papa Bear" acting as a big baby while judging the Color Wars.
Hundreds of campers cheer for two campers playing Rock-Paper-Scissors next to the flag pole at Camp Grounded.
Campers dance at the 80's-themed party during the last night at Camp Grounded.
Campers sing together in the amphitheater using flashlights to see lyrics pages.
A camper sits in the woods during two hours of joint silence throughout the camp.
Two campers walk among the huge redwood trees of the 70's boyscout camp where Camp Grounded took place.
Camp Grounded (Stern)
Photographed for STERN’s cover article about the way technology is affecting modern life.
Camp Grounded is a grown-ups summer camp taking place in a nostalgic scouts camp in Navarro, California where over 300 participants spend the weekend off-the-grid without the use of any digital devices. The camp that is operated by Digital Detox crew promotes “reconnecting by disconnecting” through an alternative experience in nature.