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Camp Pocono Trails is a very traditional environment. We raise the flag every morning . . . we bring it down every night.

We still have color festival and olympics, great song and cheer nights. And all the things that people who have been to camp before remember about camp.

Camp Pocono Trails is more than a weight-loss camp; it’s also a great, traditional camp experience.

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Song: “We’re gonna make this place your home.”

Camp Counselor One: “Let’s work hard. We’re gonna go! Sprint to the top! Work as hard as you can.”

Sam Friedan, Fitness Director: “I’ve been coming to camp here since I was fourteen years old. I walked in here, 278 pounds (126 kg) and through working the program here, I’ve lost a hundred pounds (45 kg).

And all I’ve ever wanted to do, ever since I was fourteen years old, was play it forward. That’s why I became a counselor here, a group leader here and now I’m the fitness director here.

And it’s been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”

Camp Counselor Two: “For us, it’s more about taking the experiences that we had as campers, and trying to make it ten times better for our campers.”

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You know we have a great staff here at Pocono Trails. Most of our staff have been with us for ten years or more. We hand-pick ever single staff here. And I can honestly say that this is the finest camp staff that you can find anywhere in the country, weight loss camp or otherwise.”

Camp Counselor, Three: “We’re here for them, eight days a week, thirty-hours a day. This is truly a summer home.

Tricia Winfield, Associate Director: “The kids know they can come to me whenever they have any questions or concerns. That we are always here for them.”

Camp Participant, One: “They’re very supportive. They really help us because they do the activities with us.”

Camp Participant, Two: “You do everything together because you’re always there; They hang out in the bunks. They are you’re friends, too.”

Camp Participant, Thee: “I can talk to my counselors about anything in the world.”

Camp Participant, Four: “They’re like your older brothers and sisters, basically.”

Libby, Fitness Instructor: “A lot of kids need a place to jump start their journey to weight loss. And to discover who they are. My style is to motivate and give a lot of encouragement.”

Ryan, Athletic Specialist: “To see them grow and achieve something is a great feeling.”

Marissa, Group Leader: “For a lot of my campers, it’s the first time at a sleep away camp. They’ve blossomed. They’ve completely changed over the summer.”

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Tony Sparber, Camp Owner: “I know what it’s like. I know how much it takes to get up a hill. I was in their shoes. I’m with them, I say, ‘Let’s go buddy! We’re going to do this. It gets easier ever time. If you can be just a little bit better than yesterday, by the end of summer, you’re going to be amazing.’”

I’ve been in camp my entire life. I started when I was age four. My father owned a camp. I went to a weight loss camp when I was fourteen. And I can honestly tell you that it turned my life around.

And I fell in love with the whole weight loss camp concept. I’ve been doing it ever since. I’ve dedicated my entire life to helping overweight kids. I’ve been on MTV . . . I’ve been on CNN . . . I’ve been all over the world.

But the thing that I love the most is helping kids achieve their goals, being here at camp, and watch the changes that they make throughout the years.

You come to Camp Pocono Trails, your life changes: you lose weight. You feel better about yourself. You’ve made friends that will last a lifetime, because you’re all in it together.

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Summer Camp. This campground is in Canada. True or false?

Pond, Lake. Sam the Fitness Director looks the same now as he did when he was fourteen. Is this right or wrong? Did Sam change after he attended Camp Pocono?

Stream, River. Was Sam a computer engineer and school teacher before he became the fitness director of Camp Pocono? Does he enjoy summer camps?

Forest. Are all the camp staff new?

Hills, Mountains. The camp counselors work at Camp Pocono from Monday to Friday, eight o’clock in the morning to five o’clock in the afternoon. Is this right or wrong?

Are the staff nice and friendly or mean and strict? Are they like strangers or friends and family?

Canoeing, Kayaking, Rowing. At Camp Pocono, they only play with their devices. Is this correct or incorrect?

Swimming. Does the owner of Camp Pocono have a business background? Is he new to the camping business?

Lodge, Cabin. Do children and teens come to Camp Pocono to learn French? Why do they come to Camp Pocono?

Singing, Dancing, Drama, Skits.
I have been to a summer camp. Yes or no? If yes, where was it? What was it like?

Arts and Crafts. Do many or most young people attend summer camps? Is attending summer camp a part of “growing up”?

Hiking, Walking. Where would you like to go camping? How would you like to go camping?

Dinning Hall, Cafeteria. What might happen in the future?

Sports, Exercises. What could or should people do?

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