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 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!

Summerland Camps on NPR!

Video game addiction on NPR

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.

Executive Director Dr. Mike Bishop and Advisory Board Member Dr. Douglas Gentile give their expert opinions on screen overuse habits in the article accessible here.

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Summerland Camp Process:

Let’s have some unplugged fun!

RECONNECTING YOUTH WITH NATURE, PEERS, AND THEMSELVES

– Process Overview –

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

Your Camper will get an opportunity to experience a wide array of fun activities during a typical stay at camp.  Camp activities vary depending on location.  We have two locations: Summerland California and Summerland North Carolina.

The beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina are the perfect setting for our North Carolina location.  We enjoy the 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.

Whitewater rafting at Summerland North Carolina.

Whitewater rafting at Summerland North Carolina.

Experience surfing and paddle boarding at Summerland California.

Experience surfing and paddle boarding at Summerland California.

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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 call this skill, “self-regulation.”

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.

Goal setting as a major goal at camp.

Goal setting as a major goal 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.

Family involvement is key at Summerland Camp.

Family involvement is key at Summerland Camp.

Family involvement is critical.  In order to create successful outcomes, we have to involve the family unit.  We offer a Family Workshop at the end of every camp sessions for no additional cost.  At the family workshops, parents learn how to set limits on gaming, social media, internet access, phone and handheld device access.  Parents also learn how to best support and encourage their camper’s success at home through a variety of strategies.  Parents learn the basics of self-regulation so that everyone is on the same page.

We also provide aftercare services as camper often need additional support to ensure a successful 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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All Summerland locations are on college campuses which ensures campers are thinking about the future and achieving their goals. (photo credit, Mars Hill University website).

If you’re looking to invest in your child’s betterment, one thing is for sure: finding the right setting is 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 in 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!

Summerland Locations:

Summerland California!

internet addiction treatment Westmont

Beautiful Santa Barbara!

Our Santa Barbara location is on the campus of Westmont College, close to the beach where awesome adventure abounds.   Learn life skills with culinary classes or ride a boogie-board this summer!

Summerland North Carolina!

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Amazing Asheville!

Summerland North Carolina is located just outside of Asheville, North Carolina at Mars Hill University.   Campers have a blast rafting and zip lining while learning to live in balance with screens.

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.”

Effect on Academics

Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine reports Gamers spend 34% less time on homework than non-Gamers.

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.

Summerland Camps are Effective and Fun!

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.

Official Blog Updates

A Fun Summer Camp for Technology Detox

A Fun Summer Camp for Technology Detox

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?

Is tech addiction the new gateway drug?

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 recognizes gaming addiction as a disease

World Health Organization recognizes gaming addiction as a disease

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...

Meet Our Leadership

Charlotte Fletcher, MA, LMFT, LCASA
Charlotte Fletcher, MA, LMFT, LCASA
Clinical Director, Summerland North Carolina
Dr. Jeremy Roark
Dr. Jeremy Roark
Clinical Director of Summerland California
Dr. Mike Bishop “Dr. Mike”
Dr. Mike Bishop “Dr. Mike”
Executive Director and Chief Elvis Impersonator
Garilee Chuma
Garilee Chuma
Marketing and Administration
Michael Jacobus
Michael Jacobus
Director of Summerland California
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