Ferndale, NY (914) 271-4141; campshane.com
Banish your image of the dreaded “fat farm”—Camp Shane uses a fun, friendly approach to teach campers how to lose weight and feel good about themselves. Tackling weight loss from a holistic perspective by combining nutritional education and behavioral therapy with fun activities helps campers shed pounds—usually between 15 and 50—in a healthy fashion. Campers learn about portion control, how to read food labels and choose healthy foods, and strategies to help control overeating. But the focus isn’t all on weight. Standard camp fun is in large supply, with daily activities like Zumba, paintball, jet skiing, carnivals, and talent shows. Camp Shane, the largest and longest-running weight-loss camp in the world, has been featured on MTV, 20/20, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Ages: 7 to 19 (boys); 7 to 25 (girls & young women) Dates: Three-, six-, and nine-week sessions from June 17 to Aug 15 Fees: $4,000-$9,300 per session Transportation: Yes, for an additional fee Drive Time from White Plains: 1 hour, 30 minutes