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That kind of parental anxiety led French Woods, a performing-arts camp in Hancock, N.Y., to put a computer on the porch of each cabin so kids can easily dash off messages. This approach has cut down on the number of worried calls the camp receives. Still, says French Woods co-director Isaac Baumfeld, "parents complain they haven't heard from their kids. The kids who are having the most fun, I have to chase them down to e-mail their parents."
Then there's the opposite extreme, experienced by none other than Bunk1's sales chief, Ed Metzendorf. This guy whose job is to promote digital connection between parents and campers has had to learn to appreciate the U.S. Postal Service. At his 9-year-old daughter's summer haven, e-mail--both to and from parents--is off-limits.