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Wellspring Camps is the leading provider of weight loss camps for kids, teens and young adults. Wellspring's scientific approach to lifestyle management helps campers improve their self-esteem and long-term health in a fun and invigorating outdoor environment.

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Wellspring Camps delivers life-changing experiences for teens and young adults struggling with weight and self-image issues.

Knowing the many challenges faced by overweight children, teens, and young adults, Wellspring researchers have developed a clinical program designed to empower camp attendees with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to be successful long-term weight controllers.

Wellspring's clinical program includes cognitive behavioral therapy, dietary management, nutrition and culinary training, and activity management and has been proven successful in helping children and adolescents lose weight and sustain successful, healthy, long-term weight control.

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  • Behavioral Health Experts }

    Behavioral Health Experts

    Wellspring employs Masters- and Doctoral-level therapists trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help campers improve stress management skills, enhance frustration tolerance, and allow campers to work through the issues that might be contributing to the excess weight, such as emotional eating or resorting to food to handle anxiety or stress.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy }

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can help overweight people manage their biology more effectively. CBT helps them become better self-regulators who can set effective goals, observe themselves systematically, stay committed and manage the stress of everyday living.

  • Culinary & Nutritional Training }

    Culinary & Nutritional Training

    Wellspring Campers enjoy a low-fat, low-density diet that is nutritious and delicious. This diet satisfies hunger and is the optimal diet to counteract the biological and environmental factors that contribute to weight gain. Campers learn to cook the same foods they eat at camp, to shop for these foods in grocery stores and to order these foods in restaurants.

  • Lifestyle Management }

    Lifestyle Management

    Wellspring recognizes that long-term weight loss requires some major changes in campers' behavior-changes that are difficult at any age. Our goal is to help campers keep the weight off long after camp ends, which requires permanent changes in how campers view diet and activity. To help campers adopt healthier attitudes about self-care, the Wellspring Plan includes an innovative cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) program.

  • Exercise & Physical Activity }

    Exercise & Physical Activity

    Exercise and physical activity are an incredibly important component of the Wellspring Camps experience. From hiking and swimming to kayaking and surfing, campers learn the importance of fitness in managing their weight, but also the rejuvenation it brings to the mind and exposing them to a variety of activities that they can continue to actively participate long after they have returned home.

  • Continuing Care }

    Continuing Care

    Campers may participate in Wellspring's renown one year Continuing Care program, providing continued care with access to their behavioral coach to encourage self-monitoring, weigh-ins, goal setting, and communicating with fellow campers all online.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Coaching }

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Coaching

    Campers receive one on one and group therapy and coaching throughout their camp experience introducing them to weight management techniques that can help them understand their biological make up and the lifestyle choices they need to make in order to successfully lose weight and improve their overall health.

  • Physical Fitness & Sports }

    Physical Fitness & Sports

    During their camp experience, campers are introduced to a variety of sports and physical activities that demonstrate that exercise and physical fitness can not only be fun, but is essential in helping to accelerate weight reduction and is a tremendous outlet for helping them to manage stress and anxiety.

  • Hiking & Walking }

    Hiking & Walking

    During their camp experience, campers are introduced to the enjoyment of walking, hiking and even running as form of physical exercise, weight management and stress and anxiety management.

  • Swimming & Water Sports }

    Swimming & Water Sports

    Regardless of the camp location, Wellspring campers enjoy a variety of water sports and swimming activities whether it’s in a pool in Florida or the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, California. From kayaking, paddle boarding or surfing, campers enjoy a myriad of water activities in the great outdoors.

  • Friendships & Bonding }

    Friendships & Bonding

    At Wellspring Camps, campers meet and create long lasting friendships with others that may also be struggling with their weight. During their time together, campers develop tight bonds with one another and that often turn into long lasting friendships where fellow campers encourage each other to achieve their goals long after they’ve returned from camp.

  • Eliza Kingsford, MA, LPC

    Executive Director

    Eliza Kingsford, MA, LPC

    Eliza Kingsford, MA, LPC, is Clinical Director of Wellspring and is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in weight management, eating disorders and body image. Eliza is author of Brain-Powered Weight Loss and has been with Wellspring Camps since 2007. Wellspring Camps uses the same holistic approach to weight loss and weight management as outlined in her new book. Eliza is also a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor and long-time athlete. Eliza became passionate about combining therapeutic intervention, nutrition and exercise early on in her graduate studies at the University of Colorado. An experienced speaker and presenter, Eliza has appeared on various television shows (Dr. Phil, Dr. Drew and Dr. Oz), at national conferences and workshops, and in various publications. Eliza is a member of RiverMend Health’s Scientific Advisory Board and serves on various committees for the Obesity Action Coalition.


Wellspring Camps mission is to reach every child and family in need of our services, and, as a result, we go to great lengths to make the program as affordable as possible.

Wellspring offers families and campers affordable loans to spread the enrollment cost into easy, low monthly payments. And the program is tax deductible and eligible for reimbursement via Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts. Call (866) 277-0145 to discuss the various financing and payment options available for your child and family.


With two popular, long-standing locations in California and Florida your choice of destination is simple.

Wellspring Florida: Kayak and surf the Atlantic Coast, play beach sports, and bike and experience some of the Sunshine State’s most beautiful areas. Trips to Universal Studios, Disney World and the Florida Tech Challenge High Ropes Course.

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