Recharging your spirit
One of the myths of a tech addiction camp is that we simply have everyone unplugged and they’re fixed. While this would be a nice notion it normally isn’t how it works, especially since in our modern world you at some point have to use the technology again.
At Summerland Camps, we help families see they don’t need an extreme digital detox, but rather a rebirth of spirit. A 2017 Deloitte survey showed that American adults collectively check their phones 12 billion times a day even though 47% of respondents said they were actively trying to limit their phone time.
For most people phone checking happens during leisure time, like meals, time with friends and family time, making them miss those recharging moments of social interaction. One of the major shifts at Summerland Camps is that campers get to foster relationships with other kids and be present. They have face to face interactions and learn how to communicate and listen. Campers write letters home and get to process and put down into words their highs and lows.
At Summerland, we practice mindful eating during meals and focus on the activity in front of us instead of our phones. Another issue with consistent cell phone use is we never allow ourselves boredom anymore, if you are waiting in line you get out your phone, if your child’s friends aren’t free they can hop on the Xbox. But what we lose is spontaneity and creativeness. Part of the magic of childhood is what happens when kids are bored and where their imagination takes them. By unplugging we help kids and their families find passions in activities that help elevate their spirit and mood and help families connect together again.