Look up from your screen and experience real adventure!

 – Welcome to Summerland Camps: Where Campers Learn to Live with Technology –
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At Camp Pocono Trails we are American Camp Association Accredited!

Summerland Camp Process:

Let’s have some unplugged fun!

RECONNECTING YOUTH WITH NATURE, PEERS, AND THEMSELVES

– Process Overview –
Journaling at teen boot camp

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.

We don’t think for a minute changing habits should be unpleasant.  At Summerland, we take a positive approach.  We enjoy fitness, water sports, healthy eating, journaling and so much more.

Your Camper will get an opportunity to experience a wide array of fun activities during a typical stay at camp.   On 350 spectacular lakefront acres, our program and facilities set the world-wide standard for behavior change camps.

Owners Tony and Dale Sparber are dedicated on-site directors of Camp Pocono Trails. Their presence ensures experienced management, trustworthy hand-picked staff, flexibility, constant improvement, and overall excellence.

We don’t share our facility; we’re private, safe and secure, unlike camps that share college campuses with anyone over the summer.

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.

Your child will leave happy, healthy, and confident!

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.

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.

Safety and security: Our campus is completely safe and secure with 24-hour security and a full medical staff. Summerland at Camp Pocono Trails provides a full-time nursing staff and on-site infirmary operating 24/7. Our staff to camper ratio is 1-4.

Expanded activities: Summerland at Camp Pocono Trails features expanded activities to allow campers to enjoy off-site trips and special events. We offer a wide range of optional programs including theme parks, white water rafting and Broadway Shows!

Self esteem and healthy thought patterns are integral to feeling good and taking care of yourself. Camp Pocono Trails will help bring out the best in you and give you a complete lifestyle change. Bobbie Schecter addresses self-esteem to help kids feel good and lose weight. Each week, campers will learn a different strategy to enable them to return to their daily life better prepared to tackle the obstacles in school and home. (watch the video) We also have a new optional program: Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Campers learn how to be “Masters of Our Thoughts”, gain “Cope Ahead Skills” and get an After Care Plan and learn Relapse Prevention. (learn more)

Extensive follow-up program: During the rest of the year, our campers and their families are provided personal attention and guidance through our extensive follow-up program. We help campers and their families continue to set goals and work through unique challenges in order to be successful in maintaining healthy habits and technology use after camp. Our year-round staff is always available for consultation by phone, email or Skype meetings.

Official Blog Updates

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...

Video Game Addiction Test

Video Game Addiction Test

Video Game Addiction Test Parents often contact Summerland Camps to see if there is a video game addiction test or some other measure to know if their child is truly addicted to video games or the internet. Internet gaming disorder was first...

Help for Video Game Addiction

Help for Video Game Addiction

Help for Video Game Addiction: Where to Start There are many reasons why parents contact Summerland camps to help with video game addiction for adolescents or teens. Help for video game addiction usually comes with many early warnings signs. Help...