Camps have always reflected children's dreams and parents' fears. In the 1880s, many middle-class families worried that industrial society had broken off some tie to the frontier. Boys were growing soft: too much time with their mothers and teachers, not enough manly activity. So the early camps promised to take weakly boys out into camp life in the woods so that the pursuit of health could be combined with the practical knowledge.
Those first campers were wilderness tourists; today a wilderness is anyplace without band- width. Allowing cell phone contradicts the point of sleepaway——camp: if 19th century campers were meant to regain lost survival skills, 21st century campers need to work on their social skill. They are often missing some basic interactive instruments; fantastically digitally aware, they are less familiar with the ideas of sharing their space, their stuff or the attention of the adults around them. For kids who are allowed to text during dinner, who have their parents whenever they get in trouble or need a ride, a little self-government is probably long overdue.
Most camps require kids to leave their phones at home, which shows that the resistance often comes not from the kids but from parents. It' s known that parents pack off their children with two cell phones, so they can hand over one and still be able to slip away and call. Parents question camp directors about why they can' t reach their kids by phone. Some services let camps post news and pictures to help the families feel as if they are with the kids at camp. But that just invites inquiry about why Johnny looks sad or how Jenny' s jeans got torn.
Even as they yield in varying degrees to the demands of parents, camps endeavor to tell us our kids need a break from our eager interest and exhausting expectations. Camps talk about building independence, argue that having kids learn to solve their own problems and turn to peers and counselors for support is a key part of the experience. The implications are clear. They' re lighting campfires, hiding and seeking, doing things-that feel wonderfully improper if just because they involve getting dirtier than usual. Nothing to worry about, Mom.
56. The whole point of camp in the 19th century is to _______
A. acquire the lost survival skills
B. escape from industrial society
C. enjoy beautiful natural scenery
D. explore the woods in the frontier
57. For campers today, wilderness is where______
A. they cannot use cell phones
B. they can realize their dreams
C. they stay far away from home
D. they are trained to be stronger
58. According to the text, today' s kids are______
A. aware of governing themselves
B. skilled in social communication
C. good at using electronic devices
D. short of the attention from adults
59. After seeing the posted news and pictures of their kids at camp, parents would feel ______
60. As stated in the last paragraph, camps suggest parents______
A. take back their kids' cell phones
B. leave their kids alone for a while
C. let their kids have a rest from study
D. call their kids only when necessary