Palomar Christian Conference Center


Seminar: Teen Tech Talk

Speaker: Cris Rowan, BScOt, BScBi, SIPT

  • How overuse affects your daily physical, mental, academic performance
  • Balancing screen time to achieve well-being
  • Life-long physical consequences of too much screen time
  • Practical ways to manage healthy technology usage 

In this presentation Cris Rowan raises awareness regarding the damaging impact of technology on child development, behavior and learning.  While technology offers obvious promise for people, perils associated with early use and overuse of screens are often ignored. Developmental delay, obesity, sleep deprivation, mental illness, aggression, defiance, social phobia, poor communication, attention deficit and learning disorders are all associated with technology overuse. Cris provides initiatives to manage balance between technology use and healthy activities, and work toward creating ‘sustainable’ children through human connection and why it is essential for child development.

Campers and parents both will receive age-appropriate education from major world thought leaders.  Campers will be taught in person and will receive books and workbooks that will guide them through their learning for 4 weeks. Every week, parents will be invited via email to webinars to educate them alongside their kids.  This is a joint effort, and we want parents to feel involved as much as possible! 

Below is information about the seminars (including curriculum for campers) and the webinars for parents.

Student Curriculum: Digital Vortex Survival Guide: Behaviors, Digital Media, and the Brain

Speakers: Julie Doan, RN; Christie Walsh

Students will be taught that the neuroscience of the brain is affected by what we do, think, see, hear, and experience. Our goal is to equip teens and families with knowledge so that they can thrive in the digital age and escape being sucked into a digital vortex.  Each of the twelve, 3 page lessons will be read, discussed and applied to the students' own perception of their daily lives and relationship with God. Topics include: God is in science, brain development, brain pruning, the reward cycle, fight or flight response, and more.  Our brains and body are miraculously made.  When a student learns about their own brain development they realize their behaviors matter!  In this 6-part series, the students will correlate Biblical principles with healthy brain function. We will then apply it to digital media use and analyze how too much screen time limits the brain’s ability to properly function.  This interactive class will enable students to realize that there is a limited time to learn the skills they need for reaching their God-given potential.

Seminar: The Love Trap

Speaker: Opal Singleton, President and CEO of Million Kids

  • Who is at risk?

  • Behaviors that make you a target for predators
  • Why self-worth is more important than you think
  • How to stay safe

Today, teenagers, ALL TEENAGERS, are vulnerable to being lured in unsuspectingly by a predator. Predators recognize a kid with an intense need to be loved and without the tools to protect themselves.  That is the Love Trap.  “The Love Trap” teaches teenagers how predators identify a potential victim, the methods they use to recruit innocent kids, how parents can recognize the signs that their child may be being recruited, and, most importantly, it teaches a young person how to protect themselves so they will not become a victim of human trafficking.

​​Student Seminars:  All student seminars will be taught by Christian instructors who are experts in their field and who have dedicated their lives to diligently serve God and help students reach their God given potential and calling for their lives.

Topics Discussed:.
  • Brain Development

  • Stay Sober and Alert
  • Reward Pathway
  • Brain Pruning
  • Stress Management
  • Unplug for Better Health

Seminar: Hooked on Games: The Lure and Cost of Video Game and Internet Addiction

Speaker: Andrew Doan, MD, PhD

  • Neuroscience of addiction and video games

  • Physical and emotional needs that social media and gaming fulfills

  • Who is more vulnerable to this addiction?

  • Hopeful solutions for the family

 Dr. Doan will share his expertise as a physician and neuroscientist to explain the dangers of video game addiction and the physical and emotional needs that gaming fulfills. He shares the neuroscience of how video games increase dopamine and can cause a physical addiction to occur.  The developmental stage of neuronal pruning will be explained so that parents understand the limited time a child has for the brain to easily learn the skills necessary for life.  Having battled his own addictions with video games, he will share steps for families to take for prevention and explain what symptoms are warning signs for addiction. Finally, you will learn how games and social media are designed to get a person hooked by exploiting the dopamine reward pathway that all humans have and can fall victim to over using technology. You will be empowered and hopeful from this valuable message.

Camp Unplugged Student Seminars

Parent Webinars (links will be emailed to you)

​Camp Unplugged is not just for your student’s education, it’s for the parents too! We will equip you with the most up to date knowledge necessary to survive the digital age and protect your family!  Like no other camp, we offer web seminars taught by leading experts about the effect that digital media has on the brain, behavior, emotions, safety, and our Christian faith. The internet enables constant access to education, communication, and entertainment.  It also enables unwanted access to bullying, over-stimulation, health problems, addiction, promiscuity, child abduction, sex trafficking, pornography, and more in the sanctity of your home.  There is no stopping it completely.  Parent webinars will include adult topics while the students will be taught age appropriate science and safeguards for healthy tech use.  We are not anti-tech use.  We are about healthy tech use so that you control tech before it controls you! Additionally, we will educate the students about health, nutrition, leadership, and how they all affect our ability to pursue God’s plan for our life. Upon registration, you will be mailed a copy of the leaders' books.