Established 1995

Camp 2023


Metabolic Camp Experience

Metabolic Camp 2023 is an overnight camp that will take place June 19-24, 2023, with approximately 30-40 campers and 20 staff. All meals will be provided and supplemented with low-protein modified foods. Registered dietitians will be present to assist campers at each meal and throughout their stay.


Metabolic Camp 2023 will be held on the campus of Emory University. Dormitory-style rooms, communal bathrooms, lounge, refrigerator, and laundry facilities will be available on site. Campers will have access to campus facilities, such as the Woodruff Physical Education Center, Clairmont Campus Swimming Pool, and Lullwater Park. Check-in for Camp will be held at the Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) house on Monday, June 19th, 2023.

Camp Components

The camp program is comprised of:

  • Nutrition Counseling Groups – Daily nutrition management counseling sessions conducted by medical faculty (registered dietitian) and an assistant (nutrition student).
  • Large Group Classes – Topics may include nutrition management, genetics, maternal PKU, reproductive health, exercise, and others. Classes are taught in large group setting and in breakout groups.
  • Small Activity Groups – Themes may include cooking, medical food taste testing, personal wellness, art, and others. Activities are conducted in small group settings.
  • Social Support – Activities may include icebreakers, games, formal & informal discussions with presenters, staff, and fellow campers.

Typical Day

11:00am-11:25am EST Welcome
11:30am-12:15pm EST Activity Groups
12:20pm-12:45pm EST Virtual Exhibit
12:50pm-1:40pm EST Group Class
1:45pm-2:25pm EST Nutrition Counseling Session
2:30pm-2:55pm EST Virtual Exhibit
3:00pm-3:25pm EST Group Class
3:30pm-4:00pm EST Patient Story |
Daily Recap | Closing

Sample Cooking Class Recipes


There is a minimum of one medical faculty member and one assistant for every 5-7 campers. The faculty is involved in helping campers with daily classes, activities, and nutrition counseling sessions.

Clinical Care

For clinical purposes, all campers are required:

  • To provide a filter paper for plasma amino acids on both the first and third days of the virtual camp.

In order to monitor diet compliance and to identify areas for improvement, each camper also is asked to:

  • Complete 3-day diet records prior to Camp.
  • Complete 3-day diet records during Camp.

These are standard patient management procedures and are not considered a part of the research process. To learn more about the option to participate in Camp research, please visit the About Metabolic Camp page.

Camper Registration

Registration Deadline: March 31, 2023

Camper Packet

Once you have registered (preferably online), you will receive a registration confirmation and a Camper Packet containing information and forms to complete in preparation for camp week. You will receive access to your camper packet online, unless requested otherwise.