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Published July 27, 2021 at 4:01 p.m.

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  • Courtesy of Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Campers of all skill levels are welcome, and you don’t need to own high-tech gear to participate. In fact, cell phones aren’t allowed.

In years past, Vermont Fish & Wildlife has primarily run camps for 12- to 14-year-olds but they are piloting a session for older teens this summer. It’s an age group Phelps said needs to unplug now more than ever.

“Kids this past year have had it rough,” said Phelps. “They were completely plugged in all the time to virtual school. They didn’t have a choice about that. To be able to actually get them outside is really crucial.”

Phelps herself attended the Fish & Wildlife camp when she was a young teen. She spent her high school years working as a volunteer, then as a counselor for the program. Those experiences led to positions as assistant director, director and her current role as camp coordinator.

“I loved it then, and I have kept coming back because I can’t get enough,” said Phelps. “I’ve heard kids say this time and time again: It’s a place where you can actually be yourself and not feel judged.”

The cost for the program is $100 and scholarships are available. Rain date is August 21-22. Find more information here.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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