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 13-17 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 help campers better manage their use of video games, cell phones, and online digital media; in addition to co-occurring issues. Our approach is science-based, simple and sustainable, and grounded in the work of top industry leaders on video game addiction, internet addiction, and problem social media use.
At Summerland we will show your child they can be just as successful offline as they are online!
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Learn about why we prefer to say “habit” over “addiction” at Summerland. Our unique approach is 100% positive in nature. Campers focus on the future at a college campus setting – preplanning their behaviors and routines to ensure success once they reach independence.
All Summerland locations are members of the American Camp Association (ACA). Membership in ACA provides us with many outstanding resources for our staff and campers.
Develop Skills to Ensure Success
Video Game Addiction: 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-regulate 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 use of their device/video games and defy limits you set?
- If left alone, would your child play online 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 screen activity?
Percent of day on smartphone
Science Daily reports female college students spend 62% of waking hours on smartphones (males 50%).
College students dropping out
Reuters reports only 46% of college students graduate, in part due to “not being prepared” or “inability to cope.”
Researchers at the University of Chicago found that young men without college degrees have replaced 75% of the time they used to spend working with time on the computer, mostly playing video games. For the first time since the 1930s, more U.S. men aged 18-34 are living with their parents than with romantic partners, according to the Pew Research Center.
Official Blog Updates
A Fun Summer Camp for Technology Detox At its core, Summerland is a fun summer camp for technology detox and learning new habits and skills. If you find yourself constantly having battles with your child over their screen time it might be time...
Is tech addiction the new gateway drug? For years programs like D.A.R.E. have been set up to help prevent children from using alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana as these are often seen at “gateway drugs.” The thinking is if an adolescent starts...
World Health Organization recognized gaming addiction as a disease The big news this week was that the World Health Organization has recognized gaming addiction as a disease. This helps to bring non-substance abuse addictions to light and for...