Camp Endeavor News…

Hey Camp Endeavor Friends –
We’ve got some news to share:

Dan, Tut and Camp Endeavor, the first weight management camp for teens in Wisconsin, are retiring. After eight summer camp seasons, it was decided that Endeavor 2011, would be our last.

We applaud our campers and wish them continued success in their endeavor to be fit and healthy. We loved being around kids who actively sought out ways to positively impact their future. We also applaud their families for rallying support for them, sometimes at a cost to the family.
In the camp world, it is said that campers always fondly remember their counselors – I’m sure that will be the case for Endeavor campers as well as Dan and me. Enthusiasm, their sincere desire to meaningfully connect with teens, fun-loving and seemingly boundless energy- that’s how we’ll remember our counselors!

As for Dan and I, our years spent directing Endeavor has been a huge part of our lives and we consider it time well spent. We are grateful to each of you. The thousand pictures we have will provide us a future full of stories of courage, decisive action, sweat, and fun & laughs!

Thanks, Tut Gramling & Dan Dingmann

Keep in touch – we love you all! xo


egg mugs from hungry girl

Last summer, a few of you made egg mugs when we were making our endeavor mcmuffins.

They are an easy way to make eggs in the microwave and eggs are a perfect way to get protein – anytime of day! (Remember, protein at every meal!!)

Here is a step-by-step guide via Hungry Girl along with some recipe ideas for fun egg scrambles!

chobani love

Guess who got a shout-out on the Chobani website….

CAMP ENDEAVOR!! Go check it out!

life back at home

Hey Camp Endeavor  2011 Alumni!

How is life back at home? Have you unpacked your bags and done your laundry?

We hope the transition is a smooth one! Check back on the blog if you haven’t subscribed to it for updates – fun pictures from the summer, delicious recipes and fun tips from us at Endeavor! 🙂

You can also just stop by and say hi!

tubing at the lake!

Hey Everyone!

Check out these fun pictures from our recent trip to the lake for tubing:









choose my plate

As of Thursday June 2nd, the food guide pyramid (which I wasn’t a fan of) is no more! Welcome to the plate method. I’m a huge fan, and we’ve actually been using it at camp for a few years now.

“This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating,” Mrs. Obama said. “We’re all bombarded with so many dietary messages that it’s hard to find time to sort through all this information, but we do have time to take a look at our kids’ plates.”

If the filled plate looks like the symbol, with lots of fruits and vegetables, she said, “then we’re good, it’s as simple as that.”

It is easy to understand, and I love that it focuses on what we should be eating – not just what we should be removing/reducing from our diets.

From the USDA My Plate website:

Balancing Calories

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Make at least half of your grains whole grains.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

Foods to Reduce

  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals – and choose the foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

The website has a lot of information that goes into more detail – what’s a grain, how much protein is needed, etc. for those who aren’t familiar with serving sizes, what constitutes a grain and meal plan ideas and recipes.

What do you think of choose my plate? A step in the right direction? Confusing?

coming back to camp endeavor?

The countdown to Camp Endeavor 2011 is on.

Are you joining us this summer? Now is the time to sign up!

You can register on or by calling 608-448-9752.