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Why Summer Camp Is More Important than Ever

When Ernest Balch opened the country’s first summer camp in New Hampshire nearly 140 years ago, he intended it to be a place where the sons of wealthy families vacationing in the White Mountains could learn how to become self-sufficient and master the outdoors. Soon, parents who stayed in the city during the summer to work began sending their kids to camps for similar reasons. The separation from their parents and the city was meant to “toughen” them up, keep them occupied and out of trouble, and connect them with the great outdoors. (Not to mention the fewer family members sharing a cramped apartment without air conditioning the better.) 
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