Helping Campers Ages 7-21 Reconnect With Nature, Peers, and Themselves.
Take control of digital distractions!
At Summerland Camps adolescents and teens learn how to balance the temptations of video game play and digital devices with the responsibilities of daily life. Let’s face it- as parents, we won’t always be there to set limits on our kids. We simply must help them develop the skills needed to manage video game use without our supervision.
At Summerland, we help campers get back in touch with who they really are. We provide a video game detox while participating in fun and engaging activities. Campers spend the summer moving, socializing, and reconnecting with nature.
The Summerland Approach
Rooted in cognitive-behavioral therapy, our clinical methodology is based on a coaching approach. We help campers discover their life calling- and through classes on organizational skills and goal setting, they learn how to become highly self-regulated in their behaviors. Campers learn how to balance their recreational time spent playing video games with higher level life pursuits. We call this process, “Self-Regulation.”
Campers also learn practical strategies to stay on track with their commitment to change. We educate campers on how to set technology limits, how to avoid temptations to overuse video games especially when bored or frustrated, and what to do if they get off track.
All campers participate in cognitive-behavioral therapy group sessions and individual therapy sessions. Therapists act “in the moment” to develop insight and practice new ways of coping.
Making Sure the Changes Stick
When camp is over, we don’t just say, “see you later.” We first prepare for the transition home by long-term planning. We also role-play difficult situations so that when the camper returns home, they have some actual muscle memory of resolving a difficult interaction in a positive manner.
At our Family Workshop, we help parents set up the home environment for a successful transition. Parents learn how to respond to the camper’s frustrations, anxieties, and even falling off track. We conduct role-play activities at the family workshop and parents receive a scientific presentation on video game addiction treatment. We also help parents prepare a behavioral contract with their child that outlines expectations, rewards, and consequences for daily responsibilities and video game play.
Remote Aftercare Services
Our Aftercare service involves a weekly Skype check-in with the camper and a monthly check-in with the parents. Campers communicate with staff they developed a relationship with at camp to discuss progress, setbacks and build strategies on ways to ensure the camper continues the changes they committed to at camp. We keep the positive camp energy going through the year!