About Camp New Heights
Camp New Heights (CNH) is a kid and teen FitStay that aims to build better version of the guests. The model at CNH is to keep reaching for “new heights.” That means campers will be pushed to reach better versions of themselves physically and mentally. Although there are group activities, the goals are very individualized, and the schedule is created to fit each specific camper.
This resort is open for kids 9-17 years old, and stays are in 2-week increments. Camp New Heights is located in Santa Barabara, California at the University of California. Therefore, campers will use the University of California’s facilities and have a dorm-style camp experience.
The accommodations at Camp New Heights are dorms on the college campus that are filled with suites. Each dormitory that holds the suites are separated by male and female campers. The suites consist of 2 single beds, resulting in two campers per room. The suites are furnished with the basics of a dorm: bed, desk, chair, dresser and closet. Every suite shares a bathroom with one other conjoined suite.
The fitness at Camp New Heights is benchmarked against the California Physical Fitness Tests. Although the fitness is benchmarked against the California Physical Fitness Test, the fitness is customizable based on the specific needs of the campers.
Each camper picks 5 weekly activities – 3 group activities and 2 elective courses. The group activities will be fitness related and include strength, endurance and flexibility building. Examples of these activities are stretching, running, and team sports. The elective courses consist of arts and fitness activities. Examples of these activities are arts, crafts, dance, engineering, sports, golf, and tennis. Each week campers will choose new activities.
Since the camp is all-inclusive, meals are provided by CNH. Three meals will be provided each day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition to the three meals, a night time snack will be provided. Despite the dorm-style feel of the FitStay, outside food is not allowed at the camp. This rule is put in place due to potential allergies of other campers.
The food is created and designed by an onsite nutritionist. Before every meal is served, the nutritionist explains the benefits of the meal and how it is healthy, as well as teaching about eating in moderation. On the weekends there are cooking classes that are in conjunction with the foods eaten during the camp.
There is laundry service on Sundays. That service consists of campers using the washer and dryers at the dorms. The camp will provide detergent, but if there is a special detergent needed then campers will need to bring that.
There is limited outside communication when at the camp. This is to help the campers engage and focus on their new heights goal. At specific designated times there will be the ability to use cell phones, tablets and computers to communicate.
Each summer as the University of California in Santa Barabara closes, Camp New Heights begins to open on campus. This is about 2 hours from the Los Angeles International Airport. Despite not being near the airport, there is a shuttle that CNH offers for $60 each way to and from the airport.
Camp New Heights is an all-inclusive resort in which guests will stay in 2 week increments between 2 and 6 weeks.
Camp New Heights is a kid and teen camp for those 9-17 years old. Located on the University of California campus, this FitStay only runs for 6 weeks a year. This camp is great for kids who want a mix of physical and non-physical activities. The ratio of kids to counselors is 3-5 kids per counselor. This allows for a more individualized approach to camp.
Camp New Heights Pros
- Small counselor to camper ratio – There is camp ratio of 3-5 campers per counselor. This is one of the smaller ratios for camps which means there is more individualized attention.
- Pool time each day – Every day ends with pool time right before dinner. This allows campers to relax after activities before dinner.
Camp New Heights Cons
- Limited weeks – Since CNH takes place on the site of the University of California, there is a smaller window for summer camp. For example, the 2018 camp runs from June 25th to August 5th.
- Not many fitness activities – Despite this being a FitStay, fitness isn’t the core. Out of the 5 weekly activities, only 3 have to be fitness activates. This leaves much free time for kids as well as available time for non-fitness activities.