How to Start a Weight Loss Camp for Kids

startup businessWith childhood obesity on the steady increase in America, parents are seeking any and all methods to keep their kids active and eating healthy. When dieting and exercise at home have not produced results, weight loss camps can be a useful tool to change the habits in overweight children before it is too late. Starting one of these camps can be a long and expensive process, but the legacy and impression you will leave on so many kids will be well worth the effort. Here’s how to begin planning for your weight loss camp for kids.



It is important to be able to explain the goals and ambitions of your business in great detail. Starting with a business plan for your weight loss camp will help you organize your program as well as lay out the details any investors or business partners will need to review. Business plans usually include a summary, company description,  service line description, market analysis, marketing and sales plan, financial projections, and a funding request. To ensure the success of your business you may want to hire a business specialist to help your through all the legal procedures and planning. Your weight loss camp’s success depends on the stability and execution of your plan.



Taking in all the general logistics of location scouting starting a weight loss camp is a big endeavor. You’ll want to find a large amount of acreage for your camp to provide space for outdoor activities as well as space for lodging, a cafeteria and medical center. Consider the kinds of activities your program will consist of and search for a location that will give you access to those activities. Keep in mind the goals of your program and the kind of experience you want for your campers.



Because you are starting a weight loss camp for kids, you have access to many financial tools. Special grants can be obtained for equipment and supplies, as well as scholarship grants to help your campers with the cost of attending. Investors and fundraising can also help you gain enough money to start your weight loss camp.

To start a weight loss camp for kids you need to consider paying your staff. It may be expensive to keep specialists and health professionals on staff but their presence at your weight loss camp with be essential to the success of your program. Review the feasibility of hiring volunteers for counselor positions to offset some of the payroll cost.


Taxes, Licenses and Permits

Preceding the launch of your weight loss camp, you’ll want to obtain all the necessary permits and licenses that are required to build and maintain your camp property. Check with state and federal organizations to make sure you are in compliance with all of their laws and regulations before breaking ground on your weight loss camp.



The weight loss camp you are starting will have to be insured to protect the business as well as the staff and campers. Consult insurance companies about the type of policy your camp will need. Your camp will need extensive coverage in the case of any illness or injury that could happen when camp is in session.


Hiring Staff
Seeking out trust health and nutrition professionals will help give your weight loss camp for kids the credibility it needs for success. While it may be expensive to staff these professional positions, they are essential to the success of your camp. As well as doctors and trainers, you’ll need counselors to lead and motivate your campers towards their goals. Consider hiring young adults as volunteers for the summer to offset payroll expenses. Perform thorough background checks and interviews before selecting your camp counselors.