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Kamp K'aana

Kamp K’aana is a weight management camp created by a partnership between specialists at Texas Children’s Hospital and residential summer camp programs. Designed specifically for kids ages 10 through 14 with a BMI > 95th percentile, the camp allows kids to experience healthy lifestyle, to build self-esteem, and to learn about making healthy changes in their lives through fun-based activities.

About Kamp K’aana

Kamp K’aana is located at YMCA Camp Cullen in Trinity, Texas. During the 2-week overnight session, campers participate in:

  • Pedal karts
  • Ropes courses
  • Swimming
  • Water slides
  • Horseback riding
  • Weight training
  • Other field activities

The meals are carefully prepared to meet the nutrition needs of the campers and to taste good. Specialists in nutrition, behavior therapy, psychology, pediatric medicine and exercise physiology developed and evaluated the camp program and have trained the camp staff in safe, positive care of children with weight problems.

Life after camp

Experience shows that K’aana campers usually lose about 5 to 10 pounds over a 2-week session – but the changes they make to their lifestyle carry on past camp. Even one year later, children who attended Kamp K’aana showed a positive change in their Body Mass Index (BMI). Not only does weight improve, but children report better self-esteem.

Two reunions throughout the year help the kids renew friendships, share new information and keep motivation high. Kamp K’aana is the beginning of healthy living for our campers and their families.


Visit the Kamp K’aana Website for more information.

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For further information on YMCA camps, visit the YMCA Camp Cullen website.