I needed a digital detox, so I started Camp Press
As a geek that works at a big tech company, I know how hard it can be to turn the phone or computer off. From midnight email emergencies to obsessively checking Facebook for how many likes a recent post received, feeling controlled by our digital devices is an all-too-common feeling. Camp Press was created for every kind of self-identifying geek that wants to shed the digital world for a few days, and get back to the basics — real people, real conversations, real connection — the real world. It might feel weird at first, but letting the battery run out while spending time talking, laughing, playing, or singing with other geeks around a fire could be the best thing you do for yourself all year.
Leave technology behind, grab a canoe, take an afternoon nap by the lake, hike a trail, play a board game, go on a scavenger hunt, shoot some hoops… minimal schedules, lots of fun, incredible memories. Think a cross between summer camp and Burning Man.
The history of Camp Press
A little while after Aaron, Christen and I became friends, it almost seemed like Camp Press was meant to be. I had been contemplating how to spend more time away from my computer and on the trail or in the campground. I mentioned the idea of creating a camp for disconnecting from technology to Aaron, and he mentioned he happened to live on an old summer camp. What were the odds! I took a spontaneous road trip from Austin, TX to Wewoka, OK to check out the camp and instantly fell in love. It was the perfect place for the first Camp Press and we all knew it. After two years of hearing the same thirst for digital detox from friends, coworkers, and members of the WordPress community, Camp Press was born in Sept 2017. It’s origins were very much in the WordPress community (hence the ‘press’ part of the name), but Camp Press is for, and has been attended by, geeks of all types. I decided to keep the name as a small nod to the origins of the event.
The future of Camp Press
The goal of Camp Press is to bring the experience of disconnecting to as many geeks as possible. From regional camping trips to international adventure excursions, Camp Press will be bringing more memorable experiences to geeks around the world.
Camp Press campers range from authors to web developers, beer makers to artists. They’re innovators, out-of-the-box thinkers, and open to creating meaningful connections.
Here’s a sample from attendee registration forms
What people are looking forward to
- Human connection
- New relationships
- Inspiring conversations
- Great conversations
- Awesome people disconnected from the world
Talents people are bringing to camp
- Fire building
- Accelerant application
- Fire suppression
- Lip sync’ing poorly