How to Choose a Weight Loss Camp?

In choosing a weight loss camp for your child, it might help you to jot down on paper what you desire in a camp. Make a list with the most important things at the top. We’ll call those ‘deal breakers,’ which means that if the camp does not have this particular feature, you will not send your child there, end of story. Below that, put other desired features in order of importance with the ones at the bottom being things you’d like to see, but are not of utmost importance. You may want to include your child in this discussion of what they desire in a camp as well.

Examples of Common Deal breakers:

  • Camp must allow contact with my child.
  • Camp must have trained medical staff on hand
  • Camp must have X amount of years experience with children
  • Camp must know how to deal with children with life-threatening illnesses or allergies
  • Camp must have verifiable references

Examples of Less Important Features:

  • Camp must have swimming pool
  • Camp must have horseback riding
  • Camp must have field trips outside the camp

After examining your desired features, you will likely narrow your choices to the most appropriate camps. Costs will also likely play into your decision as well as financing options and value for the money paid. When considering costs, don’t forget to think about the location of the camp and how your child will get to and from the camp.

Don’t be afraid to ask the camp for references or phone numbers of people who have stayed there previously. Reputable camps are proud of their success stories and will likely share these on their websites and at the camp, but dig a little deeper. Do research on the Internet to see what you can find. Check out your Better Business Bureau and see if there are any complaints pending.

Also, don’t be afraid to arrange a visit to the camp and ask for a tour. While you are there, ask a lot of questions and notice how the staff interacts with your child or other children there. That can be a telling feature in many instances. After all, this is your child we are talking about and it’s okay to be more than a little bit picky over how they are treated.