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National Day of Unplugging

Tomorrow is National Day of Unplugging and I could not need this day more. With our summer camps just around the corner, I’ve been ultra focused on young people’s experiences and tech use. Tomorrow is a well-timed reminder that we all could use a break from the constant buzz of our phones in order to really experience the life we have around us! Sounds wonderful, right? Here are my favorite aspects of any time spent unplugging...


Not that exciting but with the daily hustle and bustle, a full night of quality sleep sounds amazing. The blue light from screens impacts your brain's production of melatonin, making it difficult to fall asleep.

iMessage Gets Real

Tech’s communication apps are awesome - great ways to keep in touch more often. But it doesn't compare to genuine face-to-face conversations with friends and family -- eye contact and all! Being able to sit down, undistracted by our phones, and engage with those right in front of us just does something for the soul. 

Time Out(side)

There are endless benefits of spending time in nature. I’m not going to list all of them because I don’t need to - we’ve all experienced positive vibes after spending time outdoors. For me, time outside calms me, puts me right into the moment, and just makes me happy.


In a fast-paced and evolving world, we can count on one thing to never change - LIFE. Life is happening right in front of you! Authentic relationships. Once in a lifetime experiences. Moments that will never repeat. Raw conversations. This is LIFE. And if we’re staring at our phone, we’ll miss it!

National Day of Unplugging Special Bonus - A few fun images to tell social media you are away for the day...
National Day of Unplugging Climbing
National Day of Unplugging Offline
National Day of Unplugging Stargazing
National Day of Unplugging Forest Bathing
National Day of Unplugging Walk
National Day of Unplugging Cooking

Becca G – Faces of River Mountain

By Meghan | April 1, 2020

Meet Becca Gurney, Founder of Design Choice, a boutique graphic design studio in Washington, DC. Becca and her team work with progressive clients to make the world a better place, by encouraging entrepreneurial endeavors, advancing social justice and women’s causes, and supporting women in leadership positions. She’s also the creative genius behind our print designs and an absolutely awesome human.

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Field Trips at River Mountain

By Ryan | February 11, 2020

River Mountain’s school programs teach screen time management and digital citizenship to help students flourish in school and at home.

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The Benefits of Camp

By Ryan | February 6, 2020

There’s a lot of great research about the benefits of camp experiences for young people. Over the past 12 months, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting several of those researchers, including our own team member Pete Allison from Penn State, and I’m grateful for their work establishing a greater understanding of camps’ impacts on child development.

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Restorative Vision – Nature and Wellness Retreat Design

By Meghan | February 3, 2020

Every element of River Mountain Retreat is intentionally designed to add to the restorative experience of our guests. One key aspect of this is in the design of our cabins and wellness retreat facilities.

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Summer Camp near Washington D.C., Yet a World Away

By Ryan | January 17, 2020

Conveniently near Arlington County, Montgomery County, and Fairfax County families, River Mountain summer camps are ideal for DC parents’ busy schedules.

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Best Summer Camp for Active Pittsburgh Kids

By Ryan | January 9, 2020

Only 2 hours away from the Steel City and featuring all the outdoor activities that kids love, River Mountain is the best summer camp for active Pittsburgh kids.

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A Decade of Technology

By Meghan | December 31, 2019

Looking back on the past decade of technology – rapid developments, rapid adoption and rapid optimization. It all happened so fast.

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Reconnecting Over the Holidays

By Meghan | December 20, 2019

As a parent, the holidays are hectic. Parties, presents, and of course, the kids being off from school. With all of the running the season brings, it’s easy to forget that this is a time of year where we can pause, exhale, and find joy in what surrounds us.

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The Benefits (and Accessibility) of Nature

By Ryan | November 23, 2019

A lot has been written in recent years about the “benefits of nature” — fantastic books like Florence Williams’ The Nature Fix and ground breaking research like the work being done by Utah professor David Strayer.

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Design and Development – A Restorative Relationship with Nature

By Ryan | November 6, 2019

From the beginning of the River Mountain land development process, we’ve had 3 goals in mind…

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