When Alexandra Kortur asked me to do a portfolio about summer camp for Town and Country, I looked at several summer camp websites. The idea was to go to six or seven camps to do a round up. I quickly became discouraged by the way summer camps had developed. All of them seemed to have huge plastic water park like things in the lake. Kids were "specializing" in things like video gaming and even worse, emailing their parents every day! i promptly began looking for the most old fashioned, luddite camps and decided to visit only two extraordinary places: Walden and Four Winds Westward Ho. As we and our children become dependent on and addicted to technology, summer camp is more necessary than ever. These places remain little utopias, where mean girls are not tolerated, singing is mandatory, and kids forget all about the modern world. I was especially charmed by two activities that i see rarely: reading for pleasure and letter-writing. The experience was preternaturally beautiful to me, which may have been because i was pregnant. friendly tip: don't get on a ferry or a prop plane in a rainstorm when you have morning sickness.