Summerland California Activities

Surf, Sun, and Beach Fun!

Summer camp for technology detox

Campers reconnect with nature, peers, and themselves at Summerland California

Located in Santa Barbara, Summerland California is the perfect setting for beach lovers.  We hike, explore, surf and boogie board- all while learning about our natural surroundings.

But the beach isn’t the only place we have fun.  Campers can challenge themselves on a high-ropes course, or develop new hobbies like astronomy and participate in science and engineering projects just to name a few.

As campers develop intrinsic motivation to put down their screens and take in the beauty and adventure around them, they develop an awareness of nature and themselves.

Carrying the Changes Home

Transferability of skills is what it all boils down to.  We approach this issue from multiple perspectives: long-term planning, behavioral tracking, and even role-playing handing different situations through participation in the Improv/Drama group.  There is no better setting to ensure success after high school than teaching life skills on an actual college campus.

Why Should I Chose Summerland California?

life skills summer camp

Our awesome teaching kitchen at the Westmont Dorms enables campers to learn life skills that will benefit them for years to come.

While west coast families may choose our Santa Barbara location due to proximity and ease of access to our Family Workshop sessions, it’s also the preferred location for campers that want to learn independent living skills.

Our state-of-the-art kitchen is the perfect setting for learning how to budget, plan, and prepare healthy meals.  Because campers that have been sedentary with online activities may need a healthy focus, we also teach campers how to choose healthy foods and appropriate portions- in addition to tracking calorie intake and burning in our Behavior Planning Journal (BPJ).

However, nothing is more powerful at creating behavioral change than sparking interest in a new hobby or interest.  As a result, the primary focus of our active component is to give campers an opportunity to experience outdoor living and recreation.

At Summerland California, we recommend parents run with any momentum created at camp.  If your child develops an interest in culinary skill development, perhaps additional culinary lessons back home could be a reward for keeping up with their Behavior Planning Journal (BPJ) for 30 days post-camp.

Focus on Fundamentals

The key to developing an interest in new activities is to focus on fundamentals.  We don’t just hand campers a surfboard and say, “have fun.”  We start with the basics and walk them through all steps to be successful.  Some campers come to Summerland California with a belief that they are “just no good” at certain skill sets.  Our job is to change that view.

Your child will have an amazing summer at Summerland California!