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 locations.
About Shane Weight Loss Camp in Georgia
Camp Shane was founded in 1968 and is a national chain of weight loss camps. Its Georgia location is located in Franklin Springs, Georgia, on the grounds of Emmanuel College, accommodating children, teens and young adults. The goal of this camp is to provide a fun, safe environment for campers to lose weight. It offers campers a chance to make new lifelong friends, have fun and make lasting lifestyle changes while losing weight.
The camp sits in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains on a 200-acre campus, minutes from Georgia state parks and Lake Hartwell, and about 90 minutes from Atlanta. The camp is open during the summer and is focused weight loss and physical fitness. The tentative session dates for 2018 are June 9-23 (Session 1), June 23-July 7 (Session 2) and July 7-21 (Session 3). Tuition is based on number of sessions attended, with discounts offered if more than one session is attended.
Camp Shane Georgia offers six periods of activities daily such as sports, swimming and water exercises, various fitness classes, arts and crafts, paintballing and option cognitive behavioral therapy. There are also numerous Camp Shane games, group trips and evening activities like pool parties and theatrical events. Sessions also include chef-prepared healthy meals.
Campers live in the Emmanuel College dormitories, which are set up in a “quad” style, with one or two campers sharing a bathroom. Outside of the dorm buildings, campers have access to professional grade sport facilities, a 3-lane air-conditioned 200-meter walking/running track, an indoor 9-lane collegiate size pool and a 4,000 square foot air-conditioned fitness center. All indoor areas at Emmanuel College are air-conditioned.
Camp Shane Georgia focuses on providing a wide variety of structured fitness activities campers can choose from daily. The camp seeks to make exercise enjoyable—not dreaded. While the camp provides a long list of different activities, it focuses on incorporating varied activities into campers’ fitness routines.
Food is included in the session tuition cost. Campers enjoy three meals and two snacks, with menus accommodating all campers, regardless of dietary constraints or restrictions. Camp Shane makes it a point that their camp is not obsessed with dieting, but rather teaching campers to build a healthy relationship with good, nutritious food.
Co-owner Ziporah Janowski is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute in Manhattan and applies the principles of serving food that is health supportive, whole, fresh, local, seasonal, real and unprocessed to the Camp Shane menus across the country. Camp Shane Georgia’s menu will differ from those at other locations, but will primarily include fresh and local fruits and vegetables, and mindfully prepared meals with little sugar or artificial ingredients, lean proteins, complex carbs and good fats.
In addition to the host of fitness activities Camp Shane Georgia provides, it also offers the following exciting activities:
- Day trips to state and national parks
- Theater program
- Cooking classes
- Evening events like theme and movie nights, dances and talent shows
Camp Shane Georgia is located at:
181 Spring St
Franklin Springs, GA 30639
Located 90 minutes north of Atlanta, Camp Shane Georgia is set away from the hustle and bustle of downtown life. Parent pickup and drop-off can be done at the camp or at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
For campers traveling by plane, the preferred arrival and departure time is 1:00 pm but Camp Shane California permits any arrival or departure between 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. If you are a camper traveling from within the United States, Camp Shane California requests that reservations and travel arrangements are made through Tzell Travel Group.
International campers are not required to use Tzell Travel Group, but must contact Camp Shane California prior to booking to ensure travel arrangements are acceptable.
Pricing is dependent upon the number of sessions campers attend. Each session is $3,190 to attend. To incentivize longer stays, Camp Shane offers lower weekly pricing for attending multiple sessions.
If two sessions are combined, Camp Shane Georgia will deduct $400 from the tuition, bringing the total cost to $5,980. If a camper attends all three sessions, Camp Shane Georgia will deduct $1,290 from the total cost, which brings the total for six weeks of camp to $8,280. Week-long extensions are available as well, with the price per week being $1,595.
Camp Shane Georgia focuses on making exercise and weight loss fun. In addition to the daily activity periods, Camp Shane Georgia offers group day trips to Georgia’s beautiful and nighttime activities to encourage campers to make lifelong friends.
Camp Shane Georgia Pros
State-of-the-art Accommodations – Camp Shane Georgia is situated on the campus of Emmanuel College, where campers have access to modern, well-maintained and air-conditioned dormitories and state-of-the-art fitness and sports facilities.
Focus on Camaraderie – Camp Shane Georgia encourages its campers to focus on bonding with fellow campers and forging lifelong relationships, rather than focusing on losing weight.
Ideal, Calming Location – Camp Shane Georgia is within the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and is minutes away from numerous state and national parks.
Camp Shane Georgia Cons
Transportation Not Included – Camp Shane Georgia tuition does not include transportation. If a camper is out-of-state or from another country, airfare is not included in the tuition cost. Travel arrangements must also be cleared with Camp Shane Georgia staff prior to enrolling in sessions.
Lack of Opportunities for Parents to Visit – Camp Shane Georgia’s only day for visitors is June 30.