MTV Reality Star Spending Summer At Camp

Chelsea Settles, the small-town overweight girl who became a reality TV star on an MTV show that focused on her weight-loss efforts, is going to summer camp in June.

Chelsea will teach classes in grooming, poise and charm and work with up to 400 campers ages 7 to 19 to develop confidence and build a positive self-image at New Image Camps at Pocono Trails in Reeders, Pa., from June 13 to Aug. 15.

“I am thrilled that Chelsea has agreed to work with New Image Camps at Pocono Trails this summer,” Camp Pocono Trails founder and director Tony Sparber said in a news release. “These kids know her. They know her struggles. There is no better way to help these kids than to show them someone who has dealt with their same issues, has overcome them, and accomplished big things.”

MTV chronicled Chelsea’s journey from Western Pennsylvania to Los Angeles, where the 23-year-old pursued a career in fashion, and transformed from an obese, self-conscious, 20-something to a slimmer, confident woman. Once 325 pounds, Chelsea has shed 116 pounds and is now dedicated to her personal health and wellness and sharing it with others.

New Image Camp, an American Camp Association accredited program, has two locations: Camp Pocono Trails in Reeders, Pennsylvania, and Camp Vanguard in Haines City, Florida. Camp Pocono Trails has been featured on two MTV Documentaries, “Fat Camp” and “Return to Fat Camp,” as well as on Ruby, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, The Today Show, and in the pages of People Magazine and The New York Times, among many others. For more information, please visit
Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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