Look up from your screen and experience real adventure!

 – Welcome to Summerland Camps: Where Campers Learn to Live with Technology –

Located in California and North Carolina, Summerland Camps are fun, safe, adventure-based camps for youth ages 10-18 looking for an unforgettable summer while creating new habits and learning new skills.  We show campers they have hidden talents and abilities they’ve never tapped into, because they’ve been too busy tapping on their phones.

We serve campers who want to better manage the use of video games, cell phones, and online digital media; in addition to co-occurring issues.  Our approach is Science based, Simple and Sustainable.

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Free Aftercare Offer

For a limited time families can receive 90-days of free aftercare with any camp enrollment- a $1,485 value.

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– Our Philosophy –

Unplugged Fun!

The Time for Action is Now

As parents, it’s our job to guide our children to independence.  If your child’s ability to self manage their behaviors would prevent them from being successful in college or independent living, make an intervention now to correct their habits before it gets out of control.

Here are some questions to explore to see if now is the time for action:

  • Does your child sneak electronic use and defy limits you set?
  • If left alone, would your child use electronics over doing their homework or other responsibilities?
  • Does your child miss out on socialization opportunities or outside play to engage in screen activity?
  • Has your child’s schoolwork or home responsibilities (keeping room clean, etc) fallen off due to electronics?

Percent of day on smartphone

Science Daily reports female college students spend 62% of waking hours on smartphones (males 50%).

Possible effect of violent games

Pediatrics reports as much as 20% of real life violence may be attributable to media violence.

Girls Abusing Screen Time

90% of 9th grade girls and 70% of boys in one study used screens for more than 2-hours per day.

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Our Unique Value

Our mission is to enable our campers to learn how to live life in balance with technology so that they can be successful in college and beyond.  We provide a comprehensive family componentindividual therapy and aftercare services to make sure the changes stick.

– How We Help –

We don’t think for a minute changing habits should be unpleasant.  At Summerland Camps we take a positive approach.  We do whitewater rafting, drama and the arts, team building challenges, rock climbing, robotics, and so much more.  The Frisbee golf course at our North Carolina campus is awesome, and so are the whitewater and adventure activities!

Your Camper will get an opportunity to experience a wide array of fun activities during a typical stay at camp.  While adventure sports like whitewater and rock climbing is encouraged, it is not required.  We use certified guides for all of our adventure sport activities.

The beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina is the perfect setting for our North Carolina camp location.  We enjoy cool mountain air and warm sunshine in an area surrounded by outdoor adventure opportunities.  Campers have the summer of a lifetime experiencing all the adventure activities you would expect in a mountain summer camp.

The Santa Barbara area provides an amazing setting for our California location.  We hike, explore, and participate in beach activities- all in a safe and highly supervised setting.  Because we focus on fundamentals, safety and building confidence is our first priority.

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Journaling is a life skill – not only for planning but tracking behaviors as well.

At Summerland Camps we use behavioral change methodology developed by performance psychologists and utilized by professional athletes to shape behavior and improve performance.  Campers carry a Behavior Planning Journal and learn how to pre-plan their week to ensure their educational, social, and fitness goals are met.

We stay focused on the positive during camp which is central to our beliefs.  Buy-in is so much easier if we focus on what the camper wants out of life- their goals and dreams.  We then talk about creating a plan to make those ambitions come true.  What behaviors would you need to complete on a daily basis to achieve your goals?

Conversely, what behaviors would you need to avoid to achieve those same goals?  All of this is quantified and planned in the Behavior Planning Journal.

Getting goals is a major focus at camp.

We take a positive approach at Summerland Camps.  Setting positive, attainable goals is part of our process.  We don’t see your child as “broken.”  We correct habits by focusing on the positive, and setting life goals keeps our campers enthusiastic, energized, and moving forward.

We help campers identify life goals in a supportive, positive atmosphere.  We also discuss how to handle falling off track, as this is to be expected from time to time.  We help campers develop a system for monitoring their daily activity to keep them on track, and discuss strategies to not let digital media such as television, Youtube, video games, X-Box, social media or other distractions prevent their goal attainment.

Summerland Camps are unique in that we are the first summer behavior change camp for youth that focuses on the effects of digital media overuse in a positive and uplifting way.

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Family involvement is key to the Summerland Camp process.

Family involvement is key.  In order to create successful outcomes, we have to involve the family unit.  We offer a Family Workshop at the end of summer camp sessions for no additional cost.  At the family workshop parents learn how to set limits on gaming, social media, internet access, phone and handheld device access.

While we teach and encourage our campers to do this independently, parents should have this information as well.  We also provide aftercare services for families that need additional support after the transition home.

The Family Workshop is a lot of fun.  We also participate in role play activities to give parents strategies on how to handle common situations.  This might include reminding your child it’s time to get off the computer or game system and start on homework, or encouraging your child to get back on track with their Behavior Planning Journal.  Parents leave the workshop feeling more confident in their ability to set up and enforce structure at home.

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Our North Carolina campus is warm, friendly, and provides a great environment for learning (photo credit, Mars Hill University website).

If you’re looking to invest in your child’s betterment, one things is for sure: location in important.  The most critical factors which enable your child to accept help at a program and transfer the skills they learned on to the next environment include location, family involvement, and aftercare.

Summerland Camps are based on University campuses, and we believe there is no better environment to host a program where participants learn about and practice self-regulation skills, organizational skills, social skills, and creating positive study routines, lifestyle habits and life goals.  We will teach your child to manage their cell phone and video game use while at college.

Most of us are preparing our children for a successful transition to college.  In this regard, what better location than a small, friendly college campus to learn healthy new habits?  If we are indeed preparing our children to be successful at college, let’s teach them new skills on a college campus, in a college classroom, and while living in a typical college dorm.

Your child will leave happy, healthy, and confident!

90-DAYS OF AFTERCARE FREE OFFER

Simply submit your deposit now to lock in the 90-day free aftercare deal before it goes away.  90-days of aftercare is free with any session.  Additional aftercare services are $495 per month.

Summerland California!
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Come to Summerland California located on a scenic college campus in Santa Barbara and just a short walk from the beach!

Reasonable Rates!

Not convinced? Check out our rates and the value we provide including family workshops and aftercare.  Click here to learn more.

Summerland North Carolina!
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Click the video to check out the awesome disk golf course on our beautiful and friendly Mars Hill University campus. 

Amazing Activities!

Campers at both locations participate in adventure activities where we make new friends, gain life skills, and learn how to life in balance with technology!

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