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Laid off dotcom workers are been encouraged to forget their problems and go to summer camp.

Recessioncamp.com, which was itself set up by two former Internet high-fliers, is offering activities like hiking and golf to the casualties of the dotcom recession.

The firm is certainly not short of prospective clients. Since that start of this year, approximately 120,000 US Internet workers have lost their jobs.

Recessioncamp.com aims "to help those downsized in this year's economic downturn to remain healthy, happy, and social while they look for their next job."

Michael Feldman, co-founder of Recessioncamp.com, told Agence France-Presse: "You can't look for work all day, every day.

"You need to take a break and get in touch with yourself and others," said the former software developer, whose start-up Internet marketing services firm, Tools Inc, went titsup.com in February.

Camp "counsellors", including Feldman, organise trips for unemployed workers who come to them via the Web site or through word of mouth. The prices charged for activities are based only on the cost of events, so that unemployed Internet workers are more likely to be able to afford them. ®

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