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A sample day at C.H.A.M.P. Camp!

Cooking photo

  • 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Early Arrival
  • Puzzles, Games, Videos
  • 9 a.m.– 9:45 a.m. Physical Activity
  • 9:45 a.m. Restroom
  • 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Kitchen Activity
  • Learning to Measure
  • 11 a.m.– noon Cooking Activity
  • Build Your Own Personal Pizza
  • Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch & Clean Up
  • 1 p.m.– 1:45 p.m. Nutrition Lesson
  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Physical Activity
  • 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Restroom
  • 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Crafts & Snack
  • 4 p.m. Camp Ends
  • 4 p.m. –5:30 p.m. Late Departure (Puzzles, Games, Cooking Videos)

On Friday of camp week, family members are invited to eat lunch with campers for our final luncheon. Camp is dismissed at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Childcare is available until 5:30 p.m. on Friday if needed.

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For an Application or Questions:

Dawn Horton, Camp Administrator
College of Allied Health Building
1200 North Stonewall Avenue
Suite 3057
Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1215
Phone: (405) 271-2113 Ext 47130
Fax: (405) 271-1560

***The University of Oklahoma is an EO/AA Institution. 
For accommodations on the basis of disability, please call 405-271-2113.***

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Children’s Healthy Activity and Meal Planning Camp

C.H.A.M.P. Camp is a summer day camp that teaches kids about healthy eating, basic cooking skills, and incorporating physical activity into our daily lifestyle!

July 8 – 12, 2024

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Monday – Thursday)
9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Friday)
Early drop off available as early as 7:30 a.m. daily
Late pick up available through 5:30 p.m. daily

C.H.A.M.P. Camp Brochure

To register, please download and complete the Registration Form
To pay registration fees online, go to the Nutritional Sciences store 

Payment via check or money order is also accepted. Please see the registration form for details on how to send payment via check or money order.

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Mission Statement

The Mission of C.H.A.M.P. Camp is to empower children with the knowledge of basic cooking skills along with the importance of nutrition and physical activity to foster independence toward living a healthy lifestyle.

Twenty-five kids attended C.H.A.M.P. Camp in 2018, and 25 came in 2019. Camp continued during the pandemic in a virtual format and was a huge success! In 2022, camp returned to an in-person format with 22 kids attending, and 22 kids attended camp in 2023.

Here is what they said:

Do you plan to cook more at home after coming to Camp? 
88% Yes!

What do you think we should learn to cook at camp next year?
Real sushi

Other comments:
Do it again next year!
More crafts.
You did great, guys.
I wish I could come next year.
I loved the camp...the coaches are just awesome!
Please do it next year.
Thanks for the great experience!


Thank You to our Camp Sponsors!




Shawnee Mills

Details About C.H.A.M.P. Camp


Boys and girls entering fifth through eighth grades in fall 2024 may apply.


C.H.A.M.P Camp is a five-day introduction to healthful eating and physical activity through fun, hands-on projects with OU Health Sciences Center nutrition professors, graduate students, and interns who are in training to become Registered Dietitians.


July 8 – 12, 2024


College of Allied Health Building located at 1200 N. Stonewall Ave at the  University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.


Kids who participate in shopping and cooking are more likely to eat a healthy diet. Regular physical activity helps prevent obesity and chronic disease.  C.H.A.M.P Camp blends traditional nutrition education with hands-on experience and academic learning.

Who are the Coaches

The coaches are dietetic  interns and master’s degree program students in training to become Registered Dietitians. In addition to their knowledge of nutrition and cooking, C.H.A.M.P. Camp coaches know about physical activity, too.


Who is the Camp Director

The camp director is Brian dela Cruz, MS, RDN/LD, a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and faculty member in the Department of Nutritional Sciences since 2012.  In addition to teaching and serving as the Dietetic Internship Program Director, dela Cruz has a certificate of Training in Weight Management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a passion for educating the community on healthy nutritional habits.


$220 is the total cost of the camp and is due on June 28, 2024, along with your completed and signed application, permission slip, and payment.  Checks or money orders should be payable to “OUHSC.” To apply online and pay by credit card, go to the Nutritional Sciences store.