Girls enjoying the pool.

Preview into Summer 2015

Summer 2015 has already begun for our pre campers. In just a couple of days, our full session will begin! We are excited about the new and traditional activities we have in store.  As we count down the days until we return to our summer home, we want to give our campers a preview of what 2015 is going to look like at Camp Pocono Trails. To find out more information about these additions and this summer, check out our websites camppoconotrails.com and newimagecamps.com.

Here are some of the new and exciting things we have coming up for summer 2k15:

Brand new climbing center: Along with the Odyssey, CPT will gain a brand new climbing center this summer. Since the Odyssey is so fun and popular, we added another!

A new fieldtrip to Dorney Park: Just less than an hour away from Camp Pocono Trails, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom is an amusement and water park. Our campers will get to take a break away from the activities we have at camp to explore and experience this amusement park!

New Broadway shows trip: Our campers will have the option to sign up for two Broadway trips to New York City! The two shows that Camp Pocono Trails will see are Finding Neverland and Wicked!

 College Daze: College Daze is a friendly competition that occurs over the course of 2 days. Instead of regular scheduled activities, our campers will be divided into four teams, each representing a different college. During these two days, each division will play against each other in track races and sports such as volleyball, softball, basketball, and soccer. As a team, they will also come up with a  song, dance, and banner to present in front of the camp during the closing ceremony.

Olympic Games: One night during each week, the evening activity will be dedicated to the CPT Olympic Games. Campers will be divided into different countries and they will play against each other in a series of sports games. Each week the points will be tallied up until the final week where the closing ceremony takes place. Awards will be given out to the campers and teams that demonstrated team spirit, sportsmanship, and a great effort!

Fourth of July Fireworks

Yoga

Floor Hockey

Camp Play with Peggy: Alladin

Two new 5k races!

The Running Club

The Swimming Club

Inter Camp Games

Getting Ready for Camp: The Dos and Don’ts

We’re getting very excited with camp coming right around the corner! You should be too! In just a couple of weeks you’ll be walking through the grounds of our beautiful camps feeling motivated, happy, and healthy. You’ll start the summer that’ll change your life.  When preparing for your time at CPT, remember that we promise an experience full of weight loss, self-esteem, and lots of fun.

Here are some dos and don’ts to refer to as you pack:

  1. Don’t buy a lot of new clothes-they won’t fit by the end of the summer!
  2. Do bring plenty of undergarments since you’ll change and shower regularly.
  3. Don’t forget to label all of your clothes and belongings! Living with a bunch of friends is fun but can get confusing!
  4. Do pack a water bottle! It’s easy to forget to hydrate when you’re having a good time!
  5. Do take into account we have all of the sports equipment and crafts you’ll need but you can also bring your own!
  6. Do consider bringing a journal-you can log all of the great memories you make each day! When the summer is over and you’re missing camp, you can refer back to it!
  7. Don’t leave your sneakers behind! They will become your favorite shoe after one day of all the activities!
  8. Do keep in mind that you have an area of your own to decorate! Bring pictures, posters, a small area rug, and any other decorations to make your area comfortable and homey.
  9. Do pick out an article of clothing to act as your goal! You’ll be surprised at how fast you’ll get to wear your goal clothes! That feeling is amazing!
  10. Don’t forget to watch the camp video to get you pumped and excited for the best summer ever!
  11. Do get ready to gain self-esteem and a lot of life-long friendships.
  12. Don’t be surprised when you realize you found your second home!
  13. Do come with the attitude to succeed and be ready to go after it!

 

Eating Healthy is FUN!

At New Image camps, the nutrition program is designed to give campers the ability to lose weight along with the necessary tools to keep it off over the year. The program includes a sensible meal plan, based off the “My Plate” guidelines. We focus on portion control, balancing all food groups, and proper nutritional principles. We also try to make it interesting and intriguing so our campers get excited to eat right learning how to. Here are some ways that eating healthy is fun:

1. Grocery Shopping: When eating right, a good idea is to go to the grocery store. Whether you’re alone, with a friend, or a parent, it’s important to go so you can pick out the products you want and think you’d enjoy. You get to choose from many options and see everything that’s there. Instead of depending on your parents to get the groceries you need, you can take the initiative to do so yourself so you know you’ll eat it later that week. While planning your week, you know what’s stocked in your kitchen and you can look forward to eating the healthy foods you bought.

2. Cooking: Cooking your meals is another way to have fun and ensure making the right choices. Restaurants drown their plates in oils, salts, and other fattening products, regardless of what the dish is. When cooking the meals yourself, you control everything that goes into it. This includes the delicious vegetables, lean protein, oil, and salt. Cooking is fun, easy to take on, and a really important skill to acquire. Why not start now!? You can also refer to the New Image Camp Booklet that we sent you home with for the correct serving sizes, measurements, and guidelines. You can become a master of the kitchen, cooking nutritionally balanced and delicious meals.

3. Getting Creative: Between going grocery shopping and cooking your own meals, you can have a lot of fun getting creative with the healthy meals and snacks that you make. Trying different combinations, creating an amazing substitution for a not-so healthy meal, and making up a new dish are all fun ways that you can get creative. Take risks, try new recipes, or make your own! You can copy or base some of your new recipes off of the ones we have at New Image Camps!

4. Trying New Things: Along with getting creative, making good choices gives you the opportunity to try new foods, like fruits, vegetables, proteins, seasonings, herbs, and sauces. Give a new cuisine or dish a try! People sometimes believe that healthy eating can get boring. Prove them wrong by switching it up and trying knew foods. There is always a new food trending these days, so keeping up with it would also encourage you to try new foods!

Spring Into Shape!

Spring has finally sprung! After this long and horrid winter, it’s about time for spring to bring us warmer weather. No more lazy winter excuses! Spring is a time of rejuvenation so let that inspire you to get back into shape, set new goals for yourself, and even rejuvenate yourself.  Get a kick-start with your summer journey by focusing on balanced nutrition and exercise. Here are some ways you can utilize the opportunities to eat right and workout during the spring:

Check out the farmer’s markets: Many towns have local farmers markets every week that start back up in the springtime. Here, you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables to either eat raw or to be inspired to cook with! At farmer’s markets, you can learn a lot about the produce you buy and actually gain some interest in that. It’s also a great activity to do with your family and friends on a Sunday afternoon. There’s always nice people, a variety of venders, and lots of quality produce. Look into when your town’s farmers market is!

Pick a marathon or 5k run and train for it: There are always ample races, whether it is a 5k or marathon, during the spring. Look up the ones close to your home and pick one to train for! Having an event ahead of you could really give you motivation to train hard. Do it with a family member or friend! Don’t get defeated or intimidated though. Regardless of how well you run, you’re still getting exercise as you train for it or even if just participate the day of!

Start grilling: Now that it’s warm out, you and your parent’s can use your grill. Throwing root vegetables and some chicken breasts on the grill can give you a tasty, healthy dinner in the matter of minutes. Get creative with it! Think of new foods you would like to see on the grill such as watermelon steaks! Try new marinades and seasonings too!

Do your workouts outside: If you’re a runner, cycler, or walker, try and bring your exercises outside. It switches things up so you wont get bored! You can also take your circuit workouts or your boot-camp routines to your backyard or even to the park with a friend!

Not a Fat Camp

New Image Camps are just like any other traditional sleep-away camps, and then some. There’s a waterfront, climbing center, song and cheer, camp fires, and color war. Both Camp Pocono Trails in Pennsylvania and Camp Vanguard in Florida provide their campers with the same traditional summer camp experiences as any other camp would along with a program that gives each camper the long-term tools necessary for them to get healthy and stay healthy. We are a fun traditional summer camp where kids get into great shape, raise their self-esteem, and have the time of their lives. We are not a FAT CAMP.

At New Image Camps your child will find the best balance between weight loss, self-esteem, and lots of fun. Here, our campers will find themselves taking calisthenics or aerobics classes, nutrition and cooking classes, playing sports, crafting, making long-term friendships, socializing, gaining confidence, and feeling a sense of belonging. It’s a great mix of everything. We like to provide a fun environment where, as owner and camp director, Tony Sparber, would say, “Everyone’s invited to the party!”

As our campers go through these physical transformations over the summer, they also go through a mental transformation. Aside from the fact that our campers leave the summers in the best physical and mental shape of their lives, they gain a lifelong sense of self-confidence that is invaluable. With the guidance they receive from self-esteem classes that they attend once a week, our campers learn how to build from the inside out. These classes are private classes between the age group and the instructor. Here, our campers are able learn and talk about building self-confidence and self worth.

At the beginning of camp, it’s understandable that a camper may not want to participate on stage at an evening activity. By the end of the summer, or even just 1 week in, it’s unbelievable to see the change in a campers’ confidence to get up on stage in front of the camp and have fun with his friends.

The friendships that are made at New Image Camps are one of a kind. Our campers keep coming back, even when they’re old enough to start being counselors or staff members. Even if a camper is successful, he will keep coming back because of the friendships he has and the memories he’s made over the summers. For many campers and counselors, it’s not even about the weight loss anymore. It’s about the camp, the friendships, and the fun, as it becomes their summer home.

How CPT Changes Lives-A Camper and Counselor Insight

Camp Pocono Trails is more than just a camp for weight loss; it’s a place where everyone feels as though they belong. Even after reaching their personal goals, campers and staff members return every year to reunite with their summer family. The strong support system that CPT members gain at camp helps them maintain their success, ambition for self-improvement, and feelings of accomplishment and sense of belonging throughout the year.

Here are some insights about CPT from our current campers and counselors:

“Before camp I wouldn’t ever want to get out of bed and look at myself in the mirror and now every morning I can’t wait to get out of bed and see how different my life is now than how it was.”- Dan Zargari, Camper

“I love camp because it gives me an environment where I can be myself and everyone accepts and respects it. Also because I get to better myself while having fun and being with my friends!” – Arielle Walder, Camper

“Camp has changed my life forever. I honestly don’t know where I would be without any of my friends that I made. I would probably be like 300 pounds or something. The friends that I have made are more than just my friends. They’re my sisters and my motivation throughout the year!” – Lauren Sakosits, Camper

“Although Camp Pocono Trails was created to offer those an opportunity to change their lives because it wasn’t what they wanted it to be in the first place, those who come here truly are the lucky ones. We get an opportunity to see life through the lens of a blind person. See, Camp Pocono Trails teaches its counselors and campers to see everyone without looking at their exterior, but rather what’s inside.” -Arielle Kaplan, Counselor

“Whenever I think about CPT I don’t think about a fat camp or a weight loss camp. I think about somewhere that I look forward to going to every summer. And I don’t even think of it as a camp I think of it as my second home. Camp has changed the way I feel about myself completely and how I see others. I would be a camper forever if I could because it’s the place where I’m happiest.” –Kenzie Knowels, Camper

“There aren’t enough words to describe how big of an impact camp has had on my life. Camp is the only place on Earth where I genuinely feel like I can 100% be myself without being judged. Even though, yes, 5 summers ago I came to camp with the main purpose of losing weight, I soon realized this place is so much more than that. Camp is a safe haven: a place where it seems virtually impossible to not feel good about yourself. I love camp and I can honestly say I don’t know where I’d be if I never found CPT.”- Shelby Cohen, Camper

“I love myself for who I am, not jean size I wear, and that’s because of CPT. I am a completely healthier and happier version of myself from six years ago, and I wouldn’t be in the place I am now if it wasn’t for CPT.” –Stefie Sabar, Counselor

“I never even think to hesitate whenever I say that I owe everything to Camp Pocono Trails. As someone who has struggled with weight issues his entire life, I constantly feared that I would be fat forever. Camp is a place where I was not only able to lose weight but also be given the opportunity to grow into the person that I am today. I’m the happiest, healthiest, and most confident I’ve ever been in my life, and it is all thanks to Camp Pocono Trails.”-Seth Williams, Counselor

Workout with Your Loved Ones

At Camp Pocono Trails, we like for our campers’ families to get as involved as they can. We believe a great support and motivational system can be very helpful to our campers, especially when they leave after the summer’s over.  We offer a Mom’s Camp session for campers’ mothers to get involved and sign up. Mom’s camp occurs during the same time as our regular summer session occurs. During this time, the moms will enjoy nicely appointed air-conditioned cabins, separate from the campers. Mom’s Camp gives the mothers of our campers a firsthand experience of what life is like at CPT. Our moms learn about child and teen nutrition, fitness, and behavior modification as they go through the same nutritional and fitness program as our campers! What better way to prepare your child to continue their journey at home?!

In order to continue this philosophy after the summer, we suggest to our campers and their families to work together! Whether you want your family or friends-or both-to join you as you endeavor on your weight loss journey, there’s many fun ways to workout with a group of people. Working out in groups can be fun and also helps switch things up so you don’t get bored with your daily routines. Bringing your friends or family along with you on your journey is fun for everyone. It’s another way for you to spend time with them as well as another way for everyone to get exercise.

Here are some ways you can workout with your loved ones:

  1. Hike: Going on hikes are super fun. It’s a great exercise to do with a group of people- you can chat on your way up and work together to get there. There are always amazing views to look at and once the weather gets nice it’ll help change things up from working out at the gym!
  2. Take a class together: Taking a new class that you never tried before can sometimes be intimidating going alone. You never know what to expect, so it’s understandable. Utilize this opportunity to go with your parent, sibling, or best friend, and try out a class that you’ve been too scared to try. Whether it’s a spinning class, boot camp, dance aerobics, or kick boxing, just go for it and bring your loved one(s). If you like it, bring more of your friends and family so they get the chance to enjoy it with you. Group classes are super fun, exciting, accommodating for as many people as you want to bring and always a great workout.
  3. Bike Ride: Biking outside is really fun as it can involve as many people as you want. Take a Sunday ride with your family on a scenic route. Bike with your friends on Saturday as a way to hang out with them. It is a great activity that you can combine with others. Bike with your family to your favorite spot to get a nice refreshing smoothie! Bike with your friends to your favorite park and hang out there for a couple of hours! There’s always somewhere to bike to and someone to bike with!
  4. Group Runs: Running with family and friends is also exciting. It’s great to run with other people because you can utilize each other for motivation. It’s easier to push yourself when you have someone there to encourage you. Bring your family or friends on your favorite running route, or better yet-have one of them show you their favorite!

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