Camp Shane - New York and Arizona

Apr 26, 2011 at 11:54 p.m. ET

Since 1968, Camp Shane has promoted healthy diets and active lifestyles for the youth of America, in weight-loss-oriented camps in both New York and Arizona.

Camp Shane

Camp Shane, New York and Arizona

Established in 1968, Camp Shane has over 42 years of experience in helping overweight children establish healthy diets and active lifestyles. Unlike other "fat camps" or "boot camps," Camp Shane is run just like a traditional camp - with fun activities, like tennis, soccer, and swimming, but they also offers an array of cooking and nutritional classes to help children learn the importance of portion control, as well as how to make healthy selections when dining out. The camp doesn't obsess over dieting, but instead emphasizes friends, fitness and fun and is focused on establishing healthy diet and exercise habits that can easily be transferred to home.

The program currently accepts coed children ages 7–17 at its locations in New York and Arizona. Its NY location is in Ferndale, NY, located near the 600,000 acre Catskill Mountain Forest Preserve, Kids have countless opportunities to hike, bike, swim, and enjoy the gorgeous, tranquil setting. Campers sleep in spacious cabins, which are equipped with hot and cold running water and private restroom facilities.
Camp Shane Arizona is set on 25,000 acres of high desert grasslands in Mayer, Arizona -- perfect for horseback riding.

The ranchland is part of the Prescott National Forest, and campers get a true feel for the "old west." Camp Shane Arizona also offers an optional, extensive and exciting horsemanship program, run by experienced wranglers, where campers get to experience the joys of caring for a horse and the physical benefits of riding, while building their self-confidence and balance skills.

What we love:

Even though it's a weight loss camp, kids get to eat favorites like burgers, pizza, and chicken nuggets (baked, of course). The camp teaches kids how to eat healthy meals with a focus on portion control. Kids love camper e-mail so they can stay connected with their friends and family back home, and engaging in activities from painting and jewelry making to rollerblading, lacrosse, rugby, tubing, water skiing, go-carting and more.

Parent perks:

Weight Loss Education – The camp offers educational seminars on visiting days in order to help parents maintain their children's weight loss at home. Heritage – Camp Shane has been owned and run by the same family since 1968. They are experienced, compassionate, and committed to their campers' success.

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Phone: 914-271-4141