In this phase, campers learn more about systematic self-monitoring and the importance self-regulation plays in achieving their behavioral goals. We also learn concrete skills such as:
- How to set up your device to limit your recreational activities.
- How to block websites on your computer, or limit when you can access these websites.
- How you can best structure any electronic device to meet your daily behavioral goals.
Additionally, we discuss what to do when you get off track. Part of habit-forming is learning how to persevere over setbacks. Getting off track is a natural part of any behavioral change process.
Self Monitoring Skills
Campers learn the basics of systematic self-regulation and how to use tools such as a pedometer and Behavior Planning Journal to plan and track their daily activity. Campers decide how much time is reasonable to devote to digital media versus higher-level pursuits more in-line with their values.
A lot of campers at Summerland Camps have missed out on social opportunities and therefore social learning as a result of the excessive screen-based activity. Therefore, we work on social skill building as part of camp. But we do it in a fun way using role-play as a way of learning how to break out of your comfort zone.
We also do a lot of adventure-based sports, individual and team sports, and hobbies to build interests in other areas. Part of our process at camp is to get campers interested in exploring all life has to offer beyond digital media. Lifestyle change including healthy eating and exercise is also discussed at camp.