"Fat" camps, or weight-loss camps, can accommodate children who are struggling with obesity by putting them in a friendly and helpful environment with others who are experiencing the same struggles. For those who are seeking ways for their children to attend a camp for free, tuition assistance and scholarships are the most common and viable options.
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Camp Shane Scholarships
Camp Shane is a mainstream weight-loss camp that has been featured on major news outlets such as MTV and MSNBC. Although the program is not tuition free, many media figures, such as Tyra Banks, have paid for campers' tuition as well as helped offset costs for families. As of October 2010, Camp Shane offers the Nikki Blonsky Scholarship, where winners obtain a tuition-free, nine-week session at Camp Shane in summer 2011.
Wellspring Camps is an nontraditional facility that markets itself as an fat camp alternative. By implementing a scientific approach to food and exercise management, it says that campers lose on average 1.81kg. per week.
Wellspring camps says it accepts some health insurance. Although its tuition starts at £4,218 for four weeks, reimbursement under a health insurance policy is possible and can help offset costs.
New Image Camp: Imagine Me Contest
New Image Camp annually offers 10 campers free tuition for a three-week, sleep-away session at its facility in Pocono Trails. The camp is 90 minutes from New York City and Philadelphia, and provides personal trainers and activities in a 350-acre natural setting. To be eligible for the tuition-free contest at New Image Camp, frequently check its website for guidelines and deadlines.
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