Weight Loss Camp for Teens - More than a Fat Camp | Camp Jump Start

Founded by a Registered Nurse

Camp Jump Start weight loss camp for teens was founded in 2003 by registered nurse Jean Huelsing and her family. This camp has revolutionized weight loss camps for kids with health professional designed programs and licensed professionals teaching on-site.

Whole Health Approach

Camp Jump Start is a whole health camp for kids. We address and transform the whole health of every camper – physically, emotionally and socially – bringing them improved health, happiness and hope for a better life and the skills to continue their success at home.

Proven Success

Success of the children and families through Camp Jump Start weight loss camp for teens is well documented in consumer magazines and scientific articles, recognized by letters of support from institutions such as the National Institutes of Health and Washington University School of Medicine.

Why Camp Jump Start

  • Our kids are successful. To date, all of our kids have achieved weight loss and accomplish results they never thought possible*.
  • We are more than a weight loss camp. Our Whole Health approach addresses and transforms the whole health of every camper:
    • Physically: weight loss; physical fitness, strength and endurance
    • Emotionally: higher self-esteem, confidence and belief in themselves
    • Socially – being comfortable in groups and making new connections and friends for life
  • Our tuition is affordable, fair and honest and the best value in the nation. We are the only not-for-profit camp of its kind. We are driven to help kids, not by a bottom-line.

      *Results may vary from camper to camper.


Weight Loss Camp for Teens


To me camp means a second chance at life. The friends I’ve made here have saved my life. I wouldn’t trade the experiences I have gotten here for anything. This place is my safe place; I can be my true self here and have no fear of judgment. What happens here inspires me every day to be thankful for the hard-working people in this world. Thank you for giving me my life back.


I wanted to start off by saying thank you all so much for changing my son’s life! I can’t believe the physical change, but mostly, his emotional changes. I feel so blessed to have met you and have Drake come to your camp. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Drake's mom

Not only does Camp Jump Start change campers, it changes the counselors a great deal as well. I learned more about myself by teaching children a healthy lifestyle than I ever could have working a typical summer job. For this I owe a great deal to Camp Jump Start…..counselor lost 73 pounds and is maintaining…

CJS Counselor

* Results may vary from camper to camper.

Summer by the Numbers 2016

3181 Pounds Lost

Pounds lost by our Our Biggest Winner: 65 pounds in 8 weeks

1,932 Total Inches Lost

Average of 15.7 total inches lost per camper

Necks: 1.0 inches
Hips: 2.8 inches
Upperarms: 1.1 inches
Thighs: 2.5 inches
Chests: 3.2 inches
Calves: 0.6 inches
Waists: 4.4 inches

*Results vary from person to person

Dropped 9 Hours And 51 Minutes Off Mile Times

Average starting time: 15:39

Average finishing time: 10:59

Boys’ record broken for the mile run time—stands at 6:08

Girls’ record broken for the mile run time—stands at 7:03

All Campers' Blood Pressures Improved

74 Campers With Acanthosis Nigricans

30 have faded

44 have disappeared

On A Survey Of Life Happiness, All Campers Like Themselves Better Today Than Before Camp

All Campers Voiced More Confidence and Had Better Self-esteem

11 Campers Learned to Ride a Bike

5 Campers Learned to Swallow Pills

48 Campers Have Self-harmed Prior To Camp But Promise To Use Better Coping Strategies Now

All Campers Were Able To List 2 Trusted Adults Who They Could Ask For Help

All Campers Were Able To List New Coping Techniques They Can Use In Place Of Over-eating

* Results may vary from camper to camper.