We’re excited to now offer the Summerland Program for a more balanced use of technology

Learning to Live in Balance. Most parents would agree – if an intervention is not done now, our kids are headed for disaster with the freedoms that college life and/or independent living bring. We teach our campers how to live with the constant distractions of screen-based technologies. It’s unreasonable to just exclude technology from our lives. Therefore young people need to learn how to limit their gaming and social media behaviors to an appropriate amount. This is the first summer program that focuses on internet gaming and social media misuse.

It’s not enough to just have a “technology pause” or learn new hobbies. We will also help your child develop a working schedule to plan their week. Using a weekly planner, campers learn how to stay organized and not just let the day get away from them.

Every camper participates in Behavior Change Groups – where a specially trained counselor leads the group through a set curriculum on behavioral change. Campers are led through insight-oriented activities where they count the costs of endless hours of screen time activities and imagine the benefits of investing their time in more productive pursuits. Educational, occupational, and social effects are all considered in our insight groups.

The capstone experience is to develop the intrinsic motivation to return home, armed with expertise in cognitive behavioral psychology – campers employ the same techniques utilized by Olympic athletes to achieve their goals and redefine their lives. No more are the weekends of endless game playing or screen time activity. Campers learn how to live within a predefined schedule and then transfer this skill back home.

Dr. Michael Bishop has brought the Summerland Program for a more balanced approach to technology to Camp Pocono Trails. Mike personally oversees all aspects of this successful program.

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Dr. Mike Bishop was raised in Chattanooga, TN to the parents of a college professor and school guidance counselor. Mike completed a BA and Ph.D. in Psychology along with a Certificate in Neuro-psychology, and a Masters of Business Administration. Mike completed his post-doctoral training in rural Georgia working with teens with addictive behaviors. Mike has devoted his career to the operations of behavioral health organizations including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers, therapeutic boarding schools, therapeutic camps, outpatient clinics and addiction centers.

From 2007-2014, Mike served as an Executive Director for Wellspring Weight Loss Camps and Schools. Wellspring was frequently the focus of media attention as seen by features on Dr. Phil, Rachel Ray, Extreme Makeover, Good Morning America, The Learning Channel (T.L.C.) CNN, GMTV (Britain’s leading morning show), and the focus of several articles including multi-part features in People Magazine, The Sun (Europe’s largest circulated newspaper), Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

Mike’s current interest is the application of cognitive behavioral techniques for the management of online behaviors. As the parent of two teenagers, Mike has seen first-hand the addictive qualities of video games and social media. Mike believes that the answer to the current technology addiction crisis in the U.S. is to not approach the problem with current 12-step models but to apply self-regulation techniques so that young people can learn to live in harmony with online distractions.

New York’s WPIX 11 did a story featuring Camp Pocono Trails and how our program helps campers learn to live with technology in a healthy manner.

Summer camp helping fight tech addiction in kids

POSTED 12:05 PM, MAY 14, 2019, BY KIRSTIN COLE

“Fortnite,” a billion dollar business, counts some 200 million players worldwide, many who won’t or can’t walk away – And for good reason, says child psychiatrist and author Dr. Jodi Gold.

“Video game developers are developing these games to be addictive, like gambling,” she says. “It stimulates the dopamine centers in your brain so they want to go back and get more.”

…These families are now hoping a summer camp intervention will help bring their boys back… Sparber and his wife run Camp Pocono Trails, and for 26 years they’ve helped some 20,000 kids with weight loss. Now, they’ve added tech addiction to their summer program. Their success comes from old fashioned camp fun.

“They do things they’ve never done before, like zip lining, swimming, jet skis,” Sparber says. “When I send a kid home, they’re completely different. Self esteem is higher, they have confidence, they do better in school,”

The unplugging, combined with healthy eating, sleeping, and shedding pounds, leads to learning how to make actual friends again.

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