Effective and Affordable Video Game Addiction Treatment for Youth Age 10-18.

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Campers socialize and try new experiences at camp.

Our approach changes lives!

At Summerland Camps adolescents and teens learn how to balance the temptations of video game play 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.

Summerland Camps 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.

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The Summerland Approach

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.

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 group discussions and individual therapy sessions.  Therapists act “in the moment” to develop insight and practice new ways of coping.

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Our beautiful campus is located in Western North Carolina in the mountains.

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.

Game Quitters

Game Quitters is the largest support community for video game and technology addiction, serving 25,000 members/month in 80 countries.

Aftercare Services

Our Aftercare service involves a weekly check-in with the camper and a monthly check-in with the parents.  Campers communicate by Google Hangouts, Skype or by phone to discuss progress, setbacks, and build strategies on ways to ensure the camper continues the changes they committed to at camp.  We use a shared calendar to track goal attainment and daily behaviors and have regular step contests for campers between camp sessions using Fitbit or Garmin activity devices.  We keep the positive camp energy going through the year!

Through a partnership with Game Quitters, parents and campers alike can access online support videos, resources on limiting gaming activity, and interact with other members who wish to control their video game playing time.  Campers also access online resources and communicate in a moderated online chat area for Summerland campers where they can also interact outside of this chat area for a larger community of people who have made the decision to quit playing video games.

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For a limited time families can receive 90-days of free aftercare with any camp enrollment- a $1,485 value.

For a limited time families can receive 90-days of free aftercare with any camp enrollment- a $1,485 value.