Silent discos are quietly becoming a camp thing

Dance parties are nothing new at summer camp, but a technology-driven style of dance where you can only hear the music with headphones on is quickly becoming a new camp thing.

They’re called silent discos and while popular usage of the term and the concept dates back at least a decade to the Bonnaroo Music Festival, it’s starting to find an eager audience with camp programming directors and enthusiastic campers.

The Jewish Advocate recently published an article declaring Silent Discos “all the rage at Jewish summer camps,” which at first I mistakenly read as an Onion-esque critique on millennials’ thirst for customizable a la carte entertainment.

The set-up is simple: instead of a DJ blasting music, dance goers wear headphones attached to transmitters that pump in the music on various channels, giving dancers a choice of what music they want to listen to and those who aren’t feeling the groove a chance to check out and not have to scream over the music to have a conversation.

With any trend, there are companies offering the service like the New Hampshire-based Party Headphones, which has partnered with Jewish organization BBYO to bring Silent Discos to their summer camps.

Boutique entertainment company JENT is another. The New York-based company even has a promotional video shot at Adirondack Camp that shows the campers there really getting into it. Check it below or on YouTube.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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