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Sending a child to camp shouldn’t break your budget. Trying to stay fit
shouldn’t be a burden. Camp ENERGY is a camp where you can sent
your child away on a low budget; where they can learn how to have
fun while getting fit. Camp ENERGY is a one week camp that teaches and
practices healthy lifestyles to adolescents between the ages of 11 – 18.


Camp ENERGY is about exercise, but it’s definitely not one of those
other weight loss camps where children are drilled to do push-ups or
binge exercise regimens. The motto is that achieving and maintaining
health has benefits that go beyond weight.


Nestled in the hills of Millville, PA, campers learn collaboratively about
the tenants of health – physical, emotional, and psychological well-being.
Each letter in Camp ENERGY symbolizes a target area where a core
team of professionals with backgrounds in fields such as education,
medicine and psychology, work with youth to ensure that their effort,
not perfection counts.


The target areas in the Camp ENERGY program are:

● Exercise
● Nutrition
● Emotion
● Record
● Goals
● You

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Children learn the importance of exercise and including more fruits and
vegetables in their diet. Activities consist of climbing, yoga and Zumba.
The campers also go hiking, swimming, boating, biking, and zip-lining.
The second letter in Camp ENERGY symbolizes nutrition. “Nearly 90%
of what people put in their mouths they don’t think about,” said Dr.
Margaret Rukstalis, an adviser to the camp and Clinical Investigator at
Geisinger Health System.


Rukstalis also said that campers are given an opportunity to talk about
their emotions, another target area of the program. Nutritionists teach
campers how to observe what they eat so they can learn the ingredients
in food and record what’s in a serving, the “R” in Camp ENERGY.


Goals are reviewed and parents and caregivers are welcome to engage
in some of the activities with the children on the opening day and when
the camp session ends. The camp is staffed entirely by volunteers.
Funding for the August 3-8, 2014 camp session was received by grants
from the Degenstein Foundation, Geisinger Foundation, Children’s
Miracle Network, and Camp Victory. Grants made is possible for families
to send children to the 2014 session for $200.


While everyone, including parents, caregivers, and staff has fun practicing
the lifestyle changes, they make certain that they coach campers that it’s
all about you.


Anyone interested in attending Camp ENERGY, or making donations,
should visit


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