Forget Summer Camp, Fat Camp, Thin Camp, Band Camp, Beer Camp or any other type of camp. If you're one of the thousands of dotcommers currently (or constantly) 'between jobs' and you want to go to camp this summer, then Recession Camp is for you.
No, this isn't a joke. Set up by two former internet high fliers, Recession Camp encourages redundant dotcom employees to meet "like minded" individuals and share their frustration and depression round the camp fire or over a game of Twister.
An activity listing on the gloomily named recessioncamp.com highlights pony trekking, golf and hiking as fun activities that bouncy and motivated ex-dotcommers might like to try. The activities are all low cost, so refugee dotcom staffers should be able to afford them.
Despite the hi-tech camp residents, old-fashioned traditions such as guitar supported singalongs round the campfire still hold sway, with 'Bye Bye Webvan Delivery Guy' sung to the tune of Don McLean's American Pie proving a popular hit, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph.
Michael Feldman, co-founder of Recession Camp, said the aim of the game is "to help those downsized in this year's economic downturn to remain healthy, happy and social while they look for their next job".
"You can't look for work all day, every day," he added. "You need to take a break and get in touch with yourself and others."
With US tech job cuts topping 358,000 this year so far, it's no wonder someone came up with the idea. And if the downturn continues I'll probably see you round the campfire with a beer in my hand. Oh, and don't forget to bring Twister.
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