Ava (age 11)

Camp Jump Start is a second home. They help you lose weight and become a better person. It’s not just a weight loss camp, it’s also a health camp. They really care for us and the food is actually good. They teach you life lessons and how not to give up and that’s why I love Camp Jump Start.

–Ava (age 11)

Madi (age 10)

Camp Jump Start changed my life for the better. I was always a happy kid, but not the skinniest or prettiest. It was in fifth grade when I was actually called overweight. In sixth grade, I became depressed about my weight. I did get therapy, but there was even more weight that I gained after that. I went to dietitians, other camps and various diets but nothing really worked. I was 157 pounds and only 4’10” tall In seventh grade, I already had pre-diabetes and bad breathing problems. Then my mom found this camp and I was able to come for four weeks. I lost 10 pounds and learned many things about nutrition which I didn’t know. I beat my old mile time by three minutes and made many friends here that understood me. Camp Jump Start is a place where I feel safe and happy. This camp makes everyone feel that if they try hard enough then they can do anything. Camp Jump Start has changed my life in many ways that I can’t even begin to count.

—Madi (age 10)

Evie (age 13)

Camp Jump Start means a lot to me. At first I was the one who originally wanted to come to Camp Jump Start.  When I got here all I wanted to do was go home. I wanted to go home so bad that I would calculate the number of days and calories we had left. I begged my parents to pick me up, the response was simply “Absolutely not, you can and will finish this”! I’m so glad they push me to excel and be my greatest. Now I love camp! Obviously I miss home but Tom and Jean make camp feel like a second home. I will definitely miss this place. I’m so excited to take the things and lessons I learned here into the real world and teach my family too. I just want to thank you, I lost 14 pounds in one month and I’m pump to continue my weight loss at home. Thank you for changing my life.

–Evie (age 13)

Izzy (age 11)

Camp Jump Start is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been! It helped me a lot. The lessons I learned here will help me for the rest of my years. It helped with anger control and gave me more self-confidence but most of all, I am happier in life.

–Izzy (age 11)

Amelia (age 12)

I have changed so much this summer. I’ve done stuff I would never even think about doing. I’ve lost a total of 27 pounds this summer! I’m so proud of myself and what I have accomplished here. I’m never going back to my old story because I am a new person with a new story. I love who I am now after Camp Jump Start.

–Amelia (age 12)

Anonymous (age 14)

I come from a broken home and I don’t have many friends. First time I came here I was alone. Now I have more friends than I can count, friends that will last me a lifetime. My family is still broken, but it doesn’t make me feel any less of a person now. I feel comfortable with who I am. I like who I am today and that would not have been possible without this camp.  Thank you Camp Jump Start!

–Anonymous (age 14)

Sydney (age 14)

Camp Jump Start his helped me through so much. It helped me find the real me. I’m now more proud of myself and more self-confident than I’ve ever been. This camp is like a second home to me. In fact this place is better than home. It’s heaven. I have improved my health, obesity, my personality and overall my life because of CAMP JUMP START. It would be a shame if any kid were to miss out on this experience. When I first came here I was Emo and very dark, I knew that wasn’t me but I didn’t have the guts to say anything to anyone. I became what others told me to become. I thought I had to be Emo to have friends. It made me very depressed that I couldn’t be my true self in front of anyone. But then I talked to Jean and one day she told me that I could be anything I wanted to be. So I chose to be the true me; the one Jean pointed out. I can’t wait to come back as a counselor so I can witness great miracles in myself and others. There is no way to thank Camp Jump Start enough!

–Sydney (age 14)

Sophia (age 16)

Camp Jump Start has meant a change in my life, a chance to live my life. I came here looking for weight loss and found so much more. Confidence, love and compassion are just a few things that I found. I’m going home and taking everything with me. Everything but 21 pounds! That’s what I lost here and I intend to lose more with what I’ve gained. Camp Jump Start presents an amazing environment where we all feel safe. I’ve made many lifelong friends and people that I look up to here. I shaved seven minutes off my mile time and 3 ½ minutes of my pyramid of success time. It is amazing what I accomplished here. I write this with much love and gratitude for this camp and these people that I’ve met. With the greatest pleasure I can say Camp Jump Start changed my life for the better.

–Sophia (age 16)

Juliana (age 11)

I feel like I have another family at Camp Jump Start. They taught me how to ride a bike and that you have to try new foods even though it looks gross. You might find out you like it! I learned how you can only bring yourself up with positive talk because if you talk negative you get nowhere in life. Everyone needs greatness.

–Juliana (age 11)

Jolie (age 14)

I know that I’m only a teenager and my word doesn’t mean much but “hey got to try”!

The only fail in failure is when you give up trying. So I learned a lot at Camp Jump Start. At first I didn’t know I was going to a wellness camp…just that I was going to camp. I was so nervous and scared even a bit sad. We packed my stuff with everything that was on the list and drove to Camp Jump Start. I was nice and friendly on the first day in hopes to get friends. I found my best friend here. She is amazing and isn’t mean to anyone. I would take her home with me if I could! Anyway while I was here I found new and fun ways to be healthy and the staff became big brothers and sisters and the cabins became home. Not everything was perfect of course. There was still stupid girl drama but all that was easy to avoid. I came here to break my bad habits and to gain true friends and I got so much more. I learned to never give up and always try. I learned people are there for me and that I only have one body. I need to take care of it. Thank you CAMP JUMP START for giving me a correct second chance at life and the option to save me from myself and bad habits. I could never repay you enough. See you next year! I can’t wait to tell you all about my new high school and how you helped me.  Here’s to ninth grade…. I can do this!

–Jolie (age 14)