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Investment in your child 

Investment in your child 

Investment in your child Most of the leadership staff at Summerland Camps have worked in therapeutic boarding schools and summer camps for two decades.  Regardless of the focus of the camp; weight management, tech addiction, or behavioral issues...

Quantity vs. Quality

Quantity vs. Quality

Quality versus Quality  Lately, much attention has been given to terms like “digital detox” and the idea of completely unplugging. While the idea sounds nice, getting off the grid, it’s usually a short-term solution as smartphones and...

Is your phone between you and your child?

Is your phone between you and your child?

Is your phone between you and your child? Recent data shows 92% of U.S. adults now have a cellphone of some kind, and 90% of those cell owners say that their phone is frequently with them.  At times when we should be laughing and enjoying the...

The Summerland Difference

The Summerland Difference

The Summerland Difference Aren’t most summer camps tech-free? This is a question we at Summerland Camps hear often.  Can’t you just send your kid to any summer camp program and they will unplug for the summer?  While the answer is technically...

Does your teen have an electronic bedroom?

Does your teen have an electronic bedroom?

Does your teen have an electronic bedroom? Sleep is one of the most important parts of our day.  It helps our minds and bodies restore and recoup.  Inadequate sleep can cause medical issues and contribute to obesity, depression, lack of mental...

Can your Smartphone Make You Not-So-Smart?

Can your Smartphone Make You Not-So-Smart?

Can your Smartphone Make You Not-So-Smart? A recent joint study out of the University of Texas Austin and University of California San Diego looked at whether your “smartphone” can make you “not-so-smart.”  Results from two experiments indicate...

Importance of Friendships

Importance of Friendships

Importance of Friendships One of the main concerns we hear from campers before they attend is that they are nervous about not knowing anyone at camp.  Most teens come to camp independently, without a friend or sibling and don’t know anyone...

Smartphone Habit Change Summer Camp

Smartphone Habit Change Summer Camp

Smartphone Habit Change Summer Camp We at Summerland understand how difficult it is to be a parent.  Not just because a significant portion of our staff are parents themselves, but also because we talk to parents every day who are struggling and...

Letting Kids be Kids

Letting Kids be Kids

Letting Kids be Kids Ask an adult about their childhood and they will likely share memories and experiences that are quite different than how our children are growing up today.  There is no denying that today’s youth is exposed to more adult...

5 Strategies to Help You Child Detach from Video Games

5 Strategies to Help You Child Detach from Video Games

5 Strategies to Help You Child Detach from Video Games 80% of American households having a gaming system.  For some families, gaming is just a hobby or occasional form of entertainment, but for others, it becomes a routine habit that can be...

Gain self-awareness with self-monitoring

Gain self-awareness with self-monitoring

Gain self-awareness with self-monitoring In our modern world, we have everything at our fingertips: information, the ability to record every second of our lives, and a constant running to-do list. For many of us, these technological advances that...

Summer Camp for Life Skills

Summer Camp for Life Skills

Summer Camp for Life Skills Now that The World Health Organization has classified gaming addiction as a disorder, many professionals are questioning if you can truly be addicted to an activity.  Regardless of terminology, if your child is using...

Ideas to Help Your Child Reduce Video Game and Smartphone Time

Ideas to Help Your Child Reduce Video Game and Smartphone Time

Reduce Video Game and Smartphone Time In today’s post, we will discuss some ideas to help your child reduce their video game and smartphone time. An important part of this issue is realizing that “screen time” fills a need, and in order to take...

A Fun Summer Camp for Technology Detox

A Fun Summer Camp for Technology Detox

A Fun Summer Camp for Technology Detox At its core, Summerland is a fun summer camp for technology detox and learning new habits and skills.  If you find yourself constantly having battles with your child over their screen time it might be time...

Dealing with Resistance

Dealing with Resistance

Dealing with Resistance No one disagrees that being a parent is tough.  Our children’s brains are still developing; what they want to do, and what they need can sometimes be pretty far from each other.  As their parent, you are your children’s...

Is Summerland The Right Camp For My Child with ADHD?

Is Summerland The Right Camp For My Child with ADHD?

Campers with ADHD For many parents of children with ADHD, tablets, and smartphones have been a valuable tool for teaching with educational applications and games.  Kids with ADHD, in general, take to screen-based activities quickly, as these...