Camp Kingsmont is all about developing self confidence. We find that over the summer self confidence grows dramatically as weight begins to drop off and campers accomplish things they never thought possible. Self confidence at Camp Kingsmont flourishes in our campers not only as the result of weight loss but also from the development of sports skills, the enhancement of self image and self expression, from the many new friends and from participation in our leadership activities.
Our Goals & Our Focus
Our goal is to provide the tools kids and teens need to make fundamental changes in the way they live – a change that will last for the rest of their lives. These tools we provide include a first-class staff, superior accommodations, and well-developed programs aimed at shedding the excess pounds and keeping them off. We help make the changes necessary for long term weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. Our programs are built around proper nutrition and nutrition education, an introduction to a wide variety of physical activities, non-competitive team sports and age appropriate group discussions about emotional issues facing today’s youth.
Not only will each camper make great friends during the summer, but they will also develop self-respect and gain confidence. The friends made during the summer can provide needed support when campers return to their homes and schools. Campers' newfound confidence often becomes the springboard for participation in extracurricular sports and activities in their home communities.
We do not preach, lecture or nag. Everyone has heard it all before. Our focus is to provide solid, useful information in a non-threatening environment that will allow each camper to experience real, positive changes. Every camper will lose weight--but more importantly, he or she will learn how to continue a healthy lifestyle and keep the weight off. We are not a ‘fat’ camp that starves off pounds running campers ragged and feeding them gruel. Fat camps are just a temporary fix. While diets may work in the short run, long term weight management demands a level of knowledge and commitment that campers will gain at Camp Kingsmont.
Activities, Sports & Training
Our campers enjoy creative and fun-filled activities. Our evening activities include weekly ‘themed’ dances in the Red Barn, open air dances, camp fires, scavenger hunts, movies, skits and games. In 2009 we are pleased to introduce the ‘Main Event’ to be featured each Friday evening. At least once a week we have rec/pool night to take advantage of the Hampshire College pool and other indoor recreational facilities. Dodge ball, basketball, ping pong, billiards and other indoor activities are available.
We provide instruction for all skill levels in a wide variety of sports, including street hockey, rugby, football, baseball, soccer, field hockey, volleyball, basketball, mountain biking and water polo--just to name a few. Instruction in weight and strength training is available to interested campers. Personal trainers work with campers to create individualized workout regimes.
Meals & Snacks
Our campers enjoy three meals every day, plus two snacks. These meals are designed by our nutritionists and served by the dining hall staff at Hampshire College. Lunch and dinner include many favorite foods, such as pizza and hamburgers, as well as unlimited salad and sandwich bars. Vegetarian options are provided at every meal. In order to insure that healthy eating habits continue once camp ends, campers attend weekly nutrition classes and practical hands-on cooking classes to develop fundamental skills in the kitchen that they can use when they return home.
All-Camp Trips & Optional Trips
Every day at Camp Kingsmont is action-packed; but on some special days we take campers on off-campus trips.
Our all-camp trips include fireworks on the Fourth of July, trips to the bowling alley, the skating rink and the movies, a full day at Six Flags New England and a day of swimming in the lake at Chicopee State Park. Optional trips include white water rafting at the Zoar Gap trips to the mall for new clothes to fit slimmed down bodies, horse back riding lessons at Muddy Brook Farm and ‘tournament’ paintball.
A Supportive Environment
At Camp Kingsmont every camper will experience what it means to live healthily in a supportive and fun environment. Campers will be exposed to proper nutrition, nutrition education, cooking classes, a wide variety of physical activities, non-competitive team sports, and our Expressions and Connections programs aimed at building self esteem.
They will return home with the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to continue an active and healthy lifestyle. Our after care program offers weekly on-line nutrition support, menu options and personal trainer advice. Weight management requires a lifelong commitment to a healthier lifestyle – a lifestyle that needs to be supported at home.