Camp Jump Start 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.
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.
Success of the children and families 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. All of our kids achieve 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.
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.Samantha
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
Summer by the Numbers 2016
74 Campers With Acanthosis Nigricans
30 have faded
44 have disappeared