Fit2Cook4Kids Camps offer empowering experiences for kids 7 to 15

Fit2cook4Kids campers build confidence and self esteem while having an incredible adventure that combines food, fitness and communication skills. Professional instructors create empowering, lasting experiences in forty of the most enriching hours campers will spend all summer becoming competent ambassadors of healthful living.

Why Fit2Cook4Kids Camps?

We know of no other camp that for $12.50 per hour will offer healthy breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack prepared by the campers under the supervision of a professional chef, and with much of the food being organic and farm fresh. Each camp accommodates food allergies in a way that is not noticed by other campers. The combination of food, fitness and social skills is the recipe for a memorable camp experience with a life-long impact.

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  • Every week is a great week at Fit2Cook4Kids. I learn alot and love the food.

    Every Week is a Great Week Alek S, Wakefield, RI
  • It was interesting and I learned more than I thought I would.

    I learned more than I thought I would Jason H, Wakefield, RI
  • This camp was great! I really loved it. Learning about heathy food was great and now I’m more heathy from this. Thank you.

    I’m more heathy from this Julia F, Portsmouth, RI
  • Fit2Cook4Kids is the best, most unique camp I have ever attended. It was certainly fascinating; and also very tasty!

    Best, most unique camp I have ever attended Teddy H, North Kingstown, RI

Summer Camp Dates

Temple Beth-El, Providence

June 17 – 21
June 24 – 28
July 1 – 5 (closed July 4th)
July 8 – 12
July 15 – 19

Monsignor Clarke School, South Kingstown

July 22 – 26
July 29 – Aug 2
Aug 5 – 9
Aug 12 – 16

Cold Spring Community Center, North Kingstown

Aug 19 – 23
Aug 26 – 30

What You Can Expect

Professional Chefs & Team

Campers experience training from professional chefs they sometimes get to select.  We invite former campers to interview potential chefs and help make the selection.  This exposes campers to the interview process and is designed to make them better interviewees in the future.

Yoga, Fitness + Fun

Yoga is good for health, mind, body and spirit.  Learning to breathe and relax allows kids to drop into a restful sleep at night.  Waking refreshed to a nutrient dense breakfast puts kids on top of their game at school.  Relaxed focused concentration helps manage stress that all kids experience. 

Communication / Social Skills

Campers learn to articulate with confidence by presenting on food and fitness topics in front of peers.  During the 9:00 AM camp meeting, campers have a chance to make a simple presentation by stating their name, topic and saying three things about their topic to earn them stars that lead to gifts.  

Our Team

Karen Salvatore Founder, Camp Director, Communications & Social Skills Instructor

Having earned a BS in Business Administration with a major in Communication from Babson College, Karen is a social entrepreneur who figures out how to solve large social problems on the local level in a cost effective way.

Justine St. Jacques Administrative Assistant

Justine St. Jacques, Administrative Assistant, holds a BS in Health and Wellness from URI. She has been practicing yoga since the age of 16 and was certified as a yoga instructor in 2012. Passionate about all aspects of well being, Justine is pursuing a Masters degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science in Worcester MA.

Justin Ketner Chef

Chef Justin currently works for the Management 410 Company as the private chef at a URI academic and social residence hall. In this position he must adapt to the food requirements of 40 students, accommodating for a myriad of dietary trends and special needs including allergies, non-meat, and religious preferences. He grew up with parents who helped start the first health food coop in RI and loves sharing his knowledge of the history of food with campers.

Sandra Severinkangas Yoga Instructor

University of Sacred Heart, Puerto Rico, BA in Clinical Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, fluent in Spanish, English, and Finnish, Registered Yoga Teacher in Yoga Alliance (E-RYT-200), certified as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga® Facilitator, completed the Semillas de Luz (Seeds of Light) Children's Yoga Teacher training, plus a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification from Samadhi Yoga Institute in San Juan, Puerto Rico, a Registered YogaFaith Teacher (R-YFT), and the creator and principal facilitator of Socceroga, a yoga program for soccer players. This mom of two tweens has practiced yoga for sixteen years.

Brian Mello Yoga Instructor

Brian Mello is a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor, certified Meditation instructor and certified Sound Healer. As a flamenco and Spanish classical guitarist, he has performed for over 30 years as a soloist and guitarist with Boston's "El Arte Flamenco", A Spanish dance troupe with musicians and dancers. Combining his passion for yoga and music, he teaches "Sound Therapy Yoga" A yoga class described as a "Spiritual Journey", of sounds, meditation, breathing exercises, stretching and poses. Brian currently teaches at the YMCA in Attleboro and at various locations throughout MA and RI.

Nancy Seale

Nancy Seale is a Branch Manager at Rhode Island Credit Union and the mother of one son. She has worked at the Credit Union for over 30 years and is passionate about Financial Literacy and preparing children for the future. Nancy has taught financial literacy to campers for years, and currently serves on the Food and Truth Board of Directors.

Norman J. Leclair Advisor, Chef, Author

Former proprietor of Red Rooster Tavern, North Kingstown, RI, and author of Culinary Expressions, Seafood Expressions, and Chicken Expressions, Normand retired from teaching at Fit2cook4Kids camps when he reached the tender age of 80. We could not bear to see him go, so he joined the board of directors and is our adviser to our aspiring TV chefs. We'd be hard pressed to find a chef more passionate about his craft and so willing to share his talent!

Meredith Cotta Consultant/Marketing

BA in Liberal Arts from Providence College, Magna Cum Laude. While attending PC, Meredith took courses at RISD in graphic design. She is a 3rd Degree Black Belt & Certified Instructor in the Cheezic Tang Soo Do Federation of Karate. Previously a substitute teacher in the Foster/Situate public school system, Meredith is the mother of two homeschooled teenagers.

Shelly Fish Compliance Officer

Shelly Fish is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She’s a Compliance Officer, USAF Staff Sergeant in Public Health, and the mother of four sons, ages 1-16 years.

Kinnan Dowie Counselor in Training (CIT), 2015-2017

Kinnan Dowie, attended Fit2cook4Kids three years and decided to enter the healthy lunch contest initiated First Lady, Michelle Obama. He won for RI and went to the Kids State Dinner at the White House where he met Mrs. Obama and President Obama. He then applied to Chopped Junior on the Food Network and made it to the second round.

Arianna Dumas Counselor in Training (CIT)

Arianna Dumas enjoys cooking and making small meals for family and friends.  She became a CIT after attending Fit2cook for three years.   She loves ice skating, photography, softball, and has enjoyed being a Girl Scout for five years.

Elisa Hernandez Counselor in Training (CIT)

Elisa Hernandez attended Fit2Cook4Kids for three years and then became a CIT.  She loves coming up with new dish ideas and telling stories. She excels in math, plays clarinet, and keeps busy teaching herself guitar and making art.