Summerland California

All Summerland Camps are based on college campuses.  Summerland California is located in Santa Barbara at Westmont College and led by our Director Michael Jacobus.

Summerland California serves campers from all over the West Coast and the central United States.  If you are unable to drive your child to camp, we provide airport pickups from the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport.  Pickups from neighboring airports may be arranged on an as-needed basis.

Map of Our California Location

Our Unique Approach: Have Fun!

Think about it for a minute.  Why would creating changes in behavior or developing insight have to be unpleasant?  There is really just no reason for it.  Most people do agree- in order to change, a person has to want to change.  The best way to start the process is to build a real connection.  Having fun is simply part of the process.

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At Summerland California, we have it all- an idyllic setting on a small college campus with nearby beach activities.  Campers get to explore the Westmont Observatory and Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens as well.

Campers also get to experience what it is like living in student dorms and eating in the University dining hall.  With the skill building component of Summerland Camps, we prepare campers for the successful transition to college and beyond.

Campus Overview

Check out our beautiful camp location at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California!


We have a ton of fun at Summerland California!  Campers choose between the following activities:

The following activities each camper must participate in (or is highly encouraged to participate):

  • Focus groups – Living with Technology
  • Tribe Challenges
  • Surfing and Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Climbing Wall / High Ropes
  • Hiking
  • Engineering/Observatory
  • The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race at Summerland Camps

The race is generally split into six challenges, each one requiring the Tribe to deduce clues, navigate themselves around campus, interact with staff and overcome various physical and mental obstacles.

Everything the campers need to solve each challenge will have been presented during their camp experience, up to that point. They will need to reference their personal journals and rely on their teammates to complete the course.

Fun Summer Camp to Create Real Change

Summerland Camps aren’t your typical run-of-the-mill camps.  We work with young people to create real change.  We start by focusing on building a connection with our campers through fun and engaging activities.

Video game addiction, social media overuse, excessive internet use, inactivity and everything that goes along with it can be a thing of the past after a fun summer at Summerland California.  Campers leave with the mindset and a plan to overcome digital media habits.

Most young people don’t believe a fun summer therapy camp is possible- but they almost all change their mind after a just a short time at Summerland California!  We are a fun summer camp to guide teens towards a successful future where the focus is on achieving life goals, not digital distractions.

What Makes Summerland California So Effective?

At Summerland California, our program consists of the Three Critical Components of Effective Change:

  1. The Right Approach (Science-Based, Positive and Motivating)
  2. The Right Environment (Engaging, where skills can be transferred home easily)
  3. Making it Stick (family involvement, aftercare)

By focusing on what works for effective habit formation, we ensure that every child who attends Summerland California walks ways with the knowledge, skills, family support and practice to successfully manage their use of technology back home.

At Summerland Camps, we focus on campers age 10-18 with video game, computer, and cell phone addictions.  We also work well with campers whose technology use habits may be affected by low frustration tolerance/anger, social isolation/poor social skills, poor decision making, blaming others or “never their fault” attitude, short attention span, declining academic performance, loss of interest in hobbies and sports, or poor self-management skills.