What Campers Say
A few weeks after our campers return home, we ask for their feedback so we can learn every year. What campers say is important to how we and are able to provide the best continued support within our program and grow together as a family.
Q: What was your favorite daily activity?
Being with my friends all the time. Every part of it.
I honestly cannot decide. From waking up and walking around Santa Barbara, to playing fun games with friends and family.
Games such as volleyball and floor hockey.
Choice, because the activities were usually fun.
Having the option of going to the rec center. I do cycling back home and it was nice being able to do my Peleton app on their spin bikes.
I liked choice because it gave me the opportunity to do what I like.
Field activities because I never really did that before camp.
I loved when we would get into a circle and give one positive shout out for other people. It made everyone feel happy!
My favorite daily activity was probably choice because we were able to choose exactly what we wanted to do with our time and learn something new.
Q: What's your favorite memory?
Winning the team color wars.
The beach. The stunning, beautiful coast.
Going bowling with everyone.
Cannonballs off the diving board.
Watching fireworks after running around the fair.
I don’t have a specific memory but all the memories I made with all my friends are life changing. I made friends that I hope to keep forever!
I’d have to say going to Disneyland. We got to see so many cool things, and it was my first time going to Disneyland, so that made it even more interesting/fun!
My favorite memory was when we all walked to Coal Point on one of the last nights and looked at the sunset. I think it describes my camp experience best and it was a really nice culminating point.
Q: What would you like to share about camp?
It wasn’t just a weight loss camp it was real summer camp and it was so fun. I created life long friends and great memories.
It was a great experience. I learned a lot and made so many new friends.
I would have loved for there to be boxing, but that's a really minute detail, so in reality I wouldn't have done anything differently.
I'm 100% returning. It was amazing.
Q: Looking back on your first 1:1 meeting with your behavior coach, what goals did you achieve?
Being happy and not being homesick.
My one-mile time and overall thoughts of my goals.
Not giving up when things get tough.
I achieved confidence and I learned how to have self control. I grew a lot since my first 1:1.
I’ve achieved portion control (for the most part) and I am not as negative as I used to be.
I still work out 4+ times a week and I am more mindful than I thought I would be able to manage. I also started meditating.
Q: What did you gain from camp? Is there something you can do now that you couldn't do before?
Getting motivated to work out.
Run on a treadmill.
I have confidence in some aspects. I learned how to order better at restaurants and I learned dealing skills for tough situations.
Talk to my parents about helping me succeed.
I can be mindful more easily.
I can run!
Run places without getting winded.
Friendships, strength mentally and physically, and a new chapter of health in my life
Confidence and physical power.
Friends, body confidence and motivation.
My life back.
I gained lifelong skills that help me in the real world.
I would say that I gained friendships and ways to learn how to deal with my weight.
The ability to be mindful and watch what I eat.
I learned so many skills that I would not have learned elsewhere. More importantly, I gained lifelong friends.
Q: What advice would you give new campers?
Don't worry, you will love your time here.
Don't be scared to open up and even though you don't want to, listen because there is so much to learn
Bring a friend.
Don’t stress over not having your phone all the time. it’s so much better to be away from it and not worry about what your friends are doing back home.
Don’t be shy and try your hardest. These few weeks will change your life and really help you in the future.
Keep an open mind!
I was so excited. I finished my timed mile faster than ever by the end of camp.
My roommates were awesome. Everybody was so nice.
I found out I really like to cook! I already told my mom I want to make dinner when I get back home.
I was happy when I found out they don't weigh you every day but then I was worried I wouldn't lose weight. But I actually did and I wasn't even paying attention to it. I think the biggest thing I have learned is that if you mostly do the right things each day, what you weigh kind of takes care of itself. I can see how that could take a lot of pressure off.
This happened at the right time for me. I'm starting college this fall and I want things to be different.
This was so different from what I expected. I thought it would be like Biggest Loser but it wasn't. It was more how to handle things and be in charge of your own decisions or feelings.
This was pretty cool. I would like to come back and be a counselor in a couple years
Everything I did was fun! I made my own shopping list with my specific choices that I like.
I saw the ocean for the first time! Now I want to take swimming lessons back home and come back next summer and swim in it!
I made two really good friends which made me happy because it's been hard to get to know people at my new school.
I worry at school if anyone will pick me. Here, everyone gets to do everything and I didn't have to worry. I was just able to have fun doing what I was doing. The food was really good, I liked almost everything. I never had roasted vegetables before, they were AMAZING.