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Updated March 22, 2020

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What is a Fat Camp?

A “fat camp” is the common name for an all-inclusive weight loss summer camp for kids, teens, and young adults. Children who may be struggling with obesity, body image issues, or self esteem concerns due to their weight may benefit from a weight loss camp. These camps work through a dedicated program of diet, exercise, and education.

Most camps offer a one- or two-week session, but campers may prefer to stay for multiple weeks at a time. Some weight loss camps may offer sessions that span most of the summer.


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11 Best Weight Loss Camps for Kids and Teens in 2020

There are many weight loss camps for kids and teens to choose from. Every camp has its own pros and cons, and FitStays has cataloged them all. Read reviews, pricing, and details of the best kids fat camps in the United States.

Families and students are encouraged to review the full list of kids and teen camps below to find the right one for your child.

1. Camp New Heights

Camp New Heights is a weight loss camp for kids and teens ages 9 to 17 located on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. The camp promotes their camper-to-staff ratio of 3-5 campers per each counselor.

Camp New Heights

Campers at New Heights can participate in between one and three 2-week sessions over the course of the summer between late June and early August, 2020.

The program at Camp New Heights combines individualized solutions with group activities to help children lose weight, make friends, and grow both physically and mentally. Each camper chooses five weekly activities: three group activities (including team sports and running) and two elective courses (including crafting, dance, golf, and more).

Fitness activities are combined with three calorie-limited meals per day, with the menu designed by an on-site nutritionist. Before each meal, the nutritionist explains the benefits of the meal, and strategies for applying the learnings from the summer camp to staying healthy back home.

The most unique aspect of Camp New Heights is their individualized program based on their low camper-to-counselor ratio. Parents and campers looking for an affordable, individualized weight loss camp for kids and teens may wish to consider Camp New Heights.

Rated 5 stars (1 review)

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2. Camp Jump Start

Camp Jump Start is a weight loss camp for pre-teens and teens located near Imperial, Missouri, not far from St. Louis. Jump Start was started by a nurse in 2003, Jean Huelsing, who still lives and works at the camp today.

Camp Jump Start

The 4- or 8-week program at Jump Start was designed to be a “whole health camp”, focusing on emotional and social health as well as physical wellbeing. The camp promotes their activity schedule, giving campers a daily schedule focused around their interests, with standard options like pool and hiking and unique offerings such as a climbing wall and stress management techniques.

Camp Jump Start is open to campers ages 9 to 17, with specialized activities for each age group. Kids, youth, teens, or families looking for a weight loss summer camp with a wide variety of activities, or one with a central Midwest location, should review the offerings of Camp Jump Start.

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3. Camp Pocono Trails

Pocono Trails is a weight loss camp for kids and teens ages 7 to 17 located near Reeders, Pennsylvania. Just 90 minutes from Philadelphia and New York City, Camp Pocono Trails is a popular destination for students in the northeast to lose weight and get healthy.

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The program at Camp Pocono Trails offers five fitness activities per day, where students choose from water sports, athletics, calisthenics, trail hiking, and special outings. The exercise program is combined with healthy meals of around 1,600 calories per day, leading to a net-negative caloric intake and average 3-5 pound weight loss per week.

The sessions at Camp Pocono Trails range from as few as 11 days all the way up to 7 weeks. Campers are encouraged to find the session option of the appropriate length for their health and weight loss goals. Kids and families looking for a weight loss camp in the northeast US with a wide variety of activities should read more about Camp Pocono Trails.

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4. Pocono Trails Internet Habit Reversal Program

The Internet Habit Reversal Program at Camp Pocono Trails is designed to help kids learn to develop a healthy relationship with technology. It is a unique camp for kids and teens break video game, internet, computer, and phone addictions that plague children in this modern world.

Pocono Trails Internet Habits Reversal Program

This program is designed with lots of outdoor activities designed to teach kids ways to have fun in ways besides technology. The core of programming comes through Behavior Change Groups, moderated sessions designed to help kids learn the value of a schedule, the benefits of self-regulation, and how to uncover their hidden talents.

Located at the Reeders, Pennsylvania location of Camp Pocono Trails, the Internet Habit Reversal Program operates all summer with sessions ranging from 11 days to 7 weeks. Parents looking for a camp option focused less on weight loss and more around helping kids develop a healthier relationship with technology should check out the Pocono Trails Internet Habit Reversal Program.

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5. Camp Shane Arizona

Camp Shane Arizona is a camp designed for boys aged 7-19 and girls aged 7-17 in Mayer, Arizona, housed at the Orme Boarding School. The main focus of this camp is to make weight loss for overweight children and teens manageable, fun, and sustainable over the course of their two- to six-week stay.

Camp Shane Arizona

The program at Camp Shane Arizona is divided into three two-week sessions, of which parents may choose to send their child to one, two, or all three. During these sessions, children and teens participate in both indoor and outdoor activities, partake in nutritional cuisine prepared by on-site chefs and guided by a dietitian, and enjoy activities such as arts and crafts, social events, theater performances, and more.

Parents, children, and teens looking for a weight loss camp in the southwest US may consider the program at Camp Shane Arizona. Fans of the Camp Shane model of summer camps may also wish to explore all Camp Shane locations on FitStays.

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6. Camp Shane California

For the 2020 summer session, Camp Shane’s California is located in Redlands, California, on the University of Redlands Campus. The California weight loss camp is designed for children, teens, and young adults, where the goal is to help campers lose weight in a fun, safe environment.

Camp Shane California

Camp Shane California offers campers a chance to make new friends and lasting lifestyle changes while losing weight. The University of Redlands campus offers campers a modern, air conditioned environment with professional sports fields and a 20-lane swimming pool. The camp location is about 60 minutes from central Los Angeles, and open during the summer for two- to six-week sessions.

Campers and their families who are looking for a kids weight loss camp in California with a focus on physical fitness may want to consider Camp Shane California. Visitors from around the United States may also be interested in all five Camp Shane locations.

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7. Camp Shane Florida

Camp Shane Florida is located in Melbourne, FL at the Florida Institute of Technology in the southeastern part of the state. This weight loss camp is geared towards kids, teens, and young women (up to age 25).

Camp Shane Florida

Camp Shane Florida offers summer weight-loss programs that include a regular camp experience along with nutritional education and behavioral therapy. The camp offers healthy meals that are portion controlled. Exercise facilities include grass playing fields, an aquatic center, several gyms and fitness studios, walking paths, and a river that is fit for kayaking.

Kids, parents, and young adults looking for a fun-centered weight loss experience in the southeast United States should consider the Florida location of Camp Shane. In addition, campers interested in the Shane experience in other locations may explore the five Camp Shane locations on FitStays.

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8. Camp Shane Connecticut (New York Area)

Camp Shane Connecticut Area (New York) is for boys aged 7-19 and girls aged 7-17 in Pomfret, CT, on the campus of the private Rectory School of Pomfret. The main focus of this camp is to make weight loss for overweight children and teens manageable, fun, and sustainable during their three- to nine-week stay.

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The program at Camp Shane Connecticut is divided into three three-week sessions, of which parents may choose to send their child or teen to one, two, or all three. During these sessions, campers participate in both indoor and outdoor activities, partake in nutritional cuisine prepared by on-site chefs and guided by a registered dietitian, and enjoy activities such as arts and crafts, social events, theater performances, and more.

Camp Shane Connecticut is located between Hartford and Providence, and within driving distance of both Boston and New York City. Parents and campers looking for a New England weight loss camp with three- to nine-week options should read further about Camp Shane Connecticut. If you desire the Camp Shane experience but want to explore other parts of the country, view all five Camp Shane locations on FitStays.

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9. Camp Shane Wisconsin

Camp Shane Wisconsin is a fitness summer camp for kids and teens located at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on the banks of Lake Michigan. Camp Shane Wisconsin offers two- to six-week program options for campers looking to lose weight and get healthy.

Camp Shane Wisconsin

The camp offers fitness activities, nutrition classes, and cognitive behavioral therapy to help campers lose weight while still having fun. Camp Shane Wisconsin hopes to arm guests with the tools they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep the weight off when they leave camp at the end of the program.

One unique factor of Camp Shane Wisconsin is the modern, state-of-the-art facilities afforded by their location at Carthage College. In addition, the Kenosha, Wisconsin location is the only weight loss camp for kids located in the Midwest. Parents, teens, and kids who may be centrally located or interested in the modern campus would benefit from reviewing Camp Shane Wisconsin. Or compare all Camp Shane locations on FitStays.

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10. Camp Pennbrook

Camp Pennbrook is a girls-only weight loss and fitness camp in Newtown, Pennsylvania. The program is offered for girls ages 8 to 21, and students may stay for a minimum of two weeks or maximum of seven weeks during the summer months.

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The all-inclusive offerings at Camp Pennbrook include accommodations at the George prep school, healthy and nutritious meals, counseling, exercise activities, and off-campus field trips. Fitness activities take place at the gym and fitness centers on campus, an indoor swimming pool, and multiple sporting courts and fields. Camp Pennbrook offers summer camp packages as short as 14 days or as long as 49 days.

Are you looking for a girls-only weight loss camp for yourself or your child? If so, Camp Pennbrook’s supportive program and modern indoor facilities should be considered.

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11. Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage Wilderness Therapy is an intensive, 6-week long weight loss camp for kids and teens in Shelton, Washington. The wellness camp at Rites of Passage combines extensive outdoor activities with holistic nutrition, to help participants improve their overall health while losing weight as a side effect.

Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage is open to campers ages 11 to 17, and includes frequent outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, kayaking, and more. Fitness activities are combined with holistic, organic meals planned by a registered dietician.

The program boasts that the detoxifying effect of removing sugar and fat intake from the body will help campers’ metabolism naturally speed up, with weight loss as a positive side effect. Diet and exercise are combined with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) sessions, to help improve decision-making around health and nutrition and help students mentally as well as physically.

Unlike most summer fat camps, Rites of Passage is open nearly year-round, accepting new campers from January to November. Campers and parents looking for an intense, outdoor weight loss program with lots of flexible scheduling options should review the offerings at Rites of Passage Wilderness Therapy.

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Fat Camp Pricing & Costs

Fat camps may cost between $1,000 to $3,000 per week, depending on the camp. Weight loss camps are all-inclusive, meaning that all meals, lodging, and activities are included in the program price. Some extras (such as off-camp trips) may or may not cost extra, so parents will want to review these details before sending their child to a kids camp. Typically, the more weeks you stay at a weight loss camp, the lower the price-per-week will be.

Fat Camp FAQ

Are Fat Camps Real?

Weight loss camps for kids and teens, often called “fat camps”, are very real. Staying healthy and fit can be difficult, and sometimes children need a new environment for the education, nutrition, fitness, and motivation to live at a healthy weight. Don’t be fooled by movies and television; weight loss summer camps are friendly and supportive environments for kids of all backgrounds.

Do Fat Camps Work?

Yes! Fat camps work to help kids lose weight and keep it off through a combination of fitness, nutrition, and education. They have proven to be effective not just for losing weight during the weeks at camp, but also for helping the weight stay off upon returning home.

What’s the Typical Day at a Fat Camp?

Every day will consist of a combination of low-calorie meals, fun exercise activities and games, and classes designed to help campers learn skills to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle upon returning home. While children may be reluctant to be away from home for multiple weeks, these camps and their experienced staffers understand how to combat homesickness and keep kids busy.

How Much do I Eat at a Fat Camp?

Most camps give campers three real meals per day. Meals are specially designed by chefs, doctors, and nutritionists to ensure that a low-calorie diet can still give kids enough healthy energy to stay active during their stay. The combination of healthy meals and heavy exercise ensure a net-negative calorie intake and steady, maintainable weight loss.

How Much do I Exercise at a Fat Camp?

Weight loss camps for kids and teens are not designed to be boot camps; campers will be working out, but not overworked. Camps seek to make exercise fun through activities, sporting events, competitions, and games. Kids may not even know they are exercising when attending one of these camps.

When Can I Go to a Fat Camp?

Most weight loss camps for kids and teens are offered during the summer months when students are not at school. Programs typically run for one- or two-week sessions, but some camps allow participants to stay for multiple sessions in a row. The longer campers stay in a program, the more weight they are likely to lose.

Selecting a Weight Loss Camp

With so many options, you may not know where to start when picking a “fat camp” for yourself or your family. Review camp options on the FitStays website, and keep in mind these questions in particular:

  • What part of the country do I want to be in?
  • What dates does the program run, and am I available at those times?
  • Would I prefer a specialty camp (such as girls-only or wilderness-themed), or a more general one?
  • Beyond diet and exercise, how will the camp support me or my child mentally and emotionally?

Read camp reviews on FitStays, and check out our blog for more advice on fitness, health, weight loss, and travel for kids, teens, and adults.


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Kids & Teen Weight Loss Camp Directory

Browse the FitStays directory of every summer weight loss camp for kids and teens in the United States. Save your favorites by clicking the heart button. Are we missing any kids and teen weight loss camps? Contact us to get added to our directory.

Camp Pocono Trails

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Camp Pocono Trails (CPT) is a weight loss camp in Pennsylvania. This camp is designed for kids and teens, ages 7-17, to achieve weight-loss results from fitness activities and nutrition programs. Pocono Trails promotes that the camp is known for results, but also for the fun experience campers will have.

Location: Reeders, PAWebsite: http://www.camppoconotrails.com/Phone: 800-365-0556

Pocono Trails Internet Habit Reversal Program

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The Internet Habit Reversal Program is a technology addiction camp in Reeders, PA by Camp Pocono Trails. This camp is designed to help kids and teens fight addictions to video games, cell phones, and social media.

Camp Shane California

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Camp Shane was founded in 1968 and is a national chain of weight loss camps. View all Camp Shane locations around the country. About Shane California Weight Loss Camp Camp Shane's California

Location: Redlands, CAWebsite: https://www.campshane.com/california/Phone: 805-633-0035

Camp Jump Start

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About Camp Jump Start Camp Jump Start is a weight loss camp for youth and teens that offers programs designed by health professionals. It considers itself to be a “whole health camp” for kids,

Location: Imperial, MOWebsite: https://www.campjumpstart.com/Phone: 636-287-5004

Camp Vanguard - CLOSED

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Camp Vanguard is CLOSED Update: Camp Vanguard is now closed. The owners of Camp Vanguard, New Image Weight Loss Camps, encourage campers to visit their other location at Camp Pocono Trails. View all

Location: Haines City, FLWebsite: http://www.newimagecamp.com/camp-vanguard.htmlPhone: 800-365-0556

MindStream Academy - CLOSED

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MindStream Academy in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, appears to be permanently closed. Their website currently redirects to an unrelated website. FitStays will update this listing if

Location: Hilton Head Island, SCWebsite: http://www.mindstreamacademy.org/Phone: 843-842-2013

Camp Shane Georgia - CLOSED

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Update May 5, 2019: Camp Shane operates five kids weight loss camps around the country. The Georgia location is closed this summer, but five other locations are in operation. View all Camp Shane

Location: Royston, GAWebsite: https://www.campshane.com/georgia/Phone: 706-977-2000

Camp Shane Florida

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Camp Shane offers multiple weight loss camps for kids and teens around the country. View all Camp Shane locations. About Camp Shane Florida Camp Shane Florida is located in Melbourne, FL at the

Location: Melbourne, FLWebsite: https://www.campshane.com/florida/Phone: 914-271-4141

Camp Shane Texas - CLOSED

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Update May 5, 2019: Camp Shane operates five kids weight loss camps around the country. The Texas location is closed this summer, but five other locations are in operation. View all Camp Shane

Location: San Antonio, TXWebsite: https://www.campshane.com/texas/Phone: 210-399-3480

Camp Shane Arizona

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Camp Shane is a family owned and operated summer weight loss camp with five locations around the country. View all Camp Shane locations. About Camp Shane Arizona Camp Shane Arizona is a summer camp

Location: Mayer, AZWebsite: https://www.campshane.com/arizona/Phone: 928-478-1349

Camp Shane Connecticut / New York

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Camp Shane is a family owned and operated summer weight loss camp with five locations around the country. View all Camp Shane locations. About Shane Weight Loss Camp in Connecticut (New York

Location: Pomfret, CTWebsite: https://www.campshane.com/newyork/Phone: 914-271-4141

Camp Pennbrook

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About Camp Pennbrook Camp Pennbrook is an all-inclusive weight loss and fitness camp for girls ages 8 - 21. Program packages range from 14 to 49 days during the summer months and include

Location: Newtown, PAWebsite: https://camppennbrook.com/Phone: 800-442-7366

Camp Shane Wisconsin

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Camp Shane operates five kids weight loss camps around the country. View all Camp Shane locations. About Camp Shane Weight Loss Camp in Wisconsin Camp Shane Wisconsin is a fitness summer camp for

Location: Kenosha, WIWebsite: https://www.campshane.com/wisconsin/Phone: 914-271-4141

Camp New Heights

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About Camp New Heights Camp New Heights (CNH) is a weight loss camp for kids and teens that aims to help guests become their optimal selves. The model at CNH is to keep reaching for “new heights.”

Location: Isla Vista, CAWebsite: https://www.campnewheights.com/Phone: 323.673.4023