The Children’s Commissioner warned about children leading a “battery hen existence” during the summer holidays Summer camps are falling out of fashion because British parents are too scared “to let children out of their sight”, a charity boss has said.Mothers and fathers “mollycoddle” their children, and have a “false fear” about what will happen if they spend even short periods of time away from home, according to the founder of the Summer Camps Trust .Chris Green, who has been running British summer camps since the 1960s, said that “many British parents, for a variety of reasons, are fearful of letting their children out of their sight, and are falling into the dangerous practise of ‘helicopter parenting’.”He described how parents also have an “enormous” and “over the top worry” about child abuse and paedophilia which also deters them from sending their children to summer camps.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– Earlier this year, Anne Longfield said that radical measures were needed to restore the importance of play, such as overhauling play areas and parks, and encouraging GPs to recommend “play on prescription”.She pointed to evidence showing that cardiovascular health and obesity levels deteriorate over the summer break as children stay indoors on computers and phones. The Summer Camps Trust wrote to ministers earlier this month to say they are “appalled” by this. Technology has had a huge effect on children’s summer holidays, said Mr Green.“For a parent to know they are upstairs on their tablet, at least they know they are safe,” he said. “It is an easier option than sending them off on a camp.”“The benefits of going on a summer camp are vast,” said Mr Green, a retired languages teacher who has been awarded an MBE for his services to education through summer camps.“The independence that comes with having some time away from home, making things, playing outdoors, singing and dancing, the experience of meeting children from different backgrounds.”He said that often children’s confidence improves, as “very often they are pushed to their limit and they learn they can do things they didn’t think they could do”. Children can spend anywhere between a few days and a few weeks on summer camps, doing activities such as sports, crafts and orienteering The Summer Camps Trust represents some of the UK’s biggest providers of both day and residential camps, including the Youth Hostels Association, Outward Bound, and Parents Get Lost.On these camps, children can spend anywhere between a few days and a few weeks on activities such as sports, crafts and orienteering.The dwindling enthusiasm from British families in summer camps has coincided with an “enormous” interest from overseas parents, Mr Green said.“Most of our members are running superb summer camps but about five in 100 children from UK. The rest are from elsewhere in Europe – France, Germany, Italy, Spain. Children also come from China, the Far East and Russia, there is demand from all over the world.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.