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A Weight Control Camp for the Whole Family

Reminiscing about summer camp can either bring up fond memories or memories you would rather forget. I had a girlfriend in grade school who got shipped off to fat camps for a few weeks during the summers, when it was her parents that really needed to spend a few weeks at fat camp - talk about a bummer. I was thinking there must be a way to make this kind of situation much better - enter Wellspring Family Camp.

Wellspring Family Camp is the world's first weight loss camp for young children and their parents. Children ages 5-13 attend Family Camp and are accompanied by one or more parents or grandparents for a two-week session (or an intensive one-week session). I love this idea because with all the focus on childhood obesity, parents need to take a good look at themselves and change their habits as well. I also think this camp is a great way for everyone to learn the ins-and-outs of eating (and living) healthy, even if all the members are not overweight.

Family weight management camp does not come cheap, however. Tuition before reimbursement by health insurance (if your company will reimburse you) is $5,350 for two-week sessions for each parent-child pair (2 people); $1,000 for each additional parent or child. One-week sessions for each parent-child pair (2 people) is $2,700; $500 for each additional parent or child.

For me, the part I hated most about summer camp was being apart from my family, so this is a good way to alleviate those homesick feelings, while still getting the camp experience. Plus, you know what they say: A family that plays together stays together. For more information visit

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smartypantssugar smartypantssugar 10 years
I think this is great. The last thing you want to do with an overweight kid is make them feel different (trust me on this one) but instead make it a whole family thing. As in "We're all going to eat better. We're all going to be more active." And when Mom and Dad go to camp, it's a lot more likely that the healthy habits they learn there will continue at home.
cocca cocca 10 years
wow... this is weird... my bf and i were watching the biggest loser yesterday and we were wondering if there were camps like this... and what do u know, here's this post! awesome! i think this will be our next vacation... we went to yosemite last year and hiking their trails was so much fun!
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
LOVE it! I agree with making the parents look at themselves. Even if they are generally thin, doing it WITH your kid is like saying, "I'm here for you." As opposed to the, "You're different and you need to go away and change" message I think a lot of kids would get. Good for them!!
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