Hi kids!

Captain Pump here

Welcome to the Captain Pump Social Emotional Leadership Program. This is the beginning of a wonderful journey we are going to take together. I am so pumped!

This journey starts in a magical land where everyone is welcome and encouraged to be who they are, so they can thrive to become self-confident, fit, and healthy leaders for themselves and others.


Together we will learn new and fun ways to Save the Day the Healthy Way!


The journey starts with the story of The World’s First Fitness Superhero… That’s me, Captain Pump! I am so thrilled you have your very own copy of my books. If you don’t have the yet, you can buy them from the CP Book Store. My Book Series is full of helpful lessons and magical adventures to help you get fit and healthy in every way!

Here is the scoop

Throughout the book series we jump back and forth between the Real world and The Magical world of Pumpland. You will notice there are black and white pictures and color ones too. The black and white ones tell us we are in the real world – your world – in a town just like yours. The color ones tell us we are in my world – Pumpland!

Black & White
Real World

At the end of each book, you will find the Captain’s Corner where I show you exercises you can do in Captain’s Gym. Then you will find food suggestions in Captain’s Cupboard. And I will leave you with my Final Words to help you Save the Day the Healthy Way!


#Phase 1 is all about moving your body

“I want you to be active and move your body just like we do here in Pumpland. It is the only way to a healthy life.”


#Phase 2 is where I suggest exercises and show you how to do them right

“This is your exercise routine. It is the one I started out with years ago when I was your age. These are easy, fun exercises that you can do alone or with your friends.”


Phase 3 There is also Captain's Cupboard where we talk about healthy food and what you should eat always save the day the healthy way.

“The saying, “You are what you eat,” is so true. What you put into your body will play a huge factor in how healthy your body will be. So feed it right.”


Finally I give you my final words and offer encouragement so you know I am here for you as we go through this journey together.

“I am your fitness superhero, and we are partners in this journey of becoming fit and healthy to “Save the Day the Healthy Way!”

My story starts with a janitor and a dream. His dream is to make kids fit and healthy but he doesn’t know how. That’s where I come in.

“George, you wished you could find a way to help the kids … well, here I am. Together we are going to help these amazing young people become fit, healthy, and confident so they can be better at everything they do for years to come,” announces Captain Pump.

This is the essence of The Adventures of Captain Pump. It’s the on-going story of how an unlikely hero finds me, the world’s first fitness superhero, from another land to help the kids. « Save the Day the Healthy Way »

George Basner is the janitor of County Public school. He has always lived a fit life. It is simply what he does. To eat healthy and to exercise are part of his daily life, habits that he learned long ago when he was a young boy. He continues to practice these habits until this very day, just like I do.

“He learned a long time ago that being healthy means eating well, and being fit means exercising your body and mind. He adopted good eating and lifestyle habits, such as exercising regularly.”

Like many of us, George had good intentions but lacked the knowledge of how to help others adopt healthy habits and lifestyles. He struggles seeing so many students developing poor eating habits and doing very little exercising. Me too. That really makes me sad and I hope to inspire you to choose a fit and healthy life.

“George wants to help the kids learn to adopt the same healthy ways so they also grow up to be fit, healthy, and strong people, but no one at the school seems to take him seriously, or cares that so many of the students are unhealthy.”

One of George’s obstacles is convincing Principal Barkelott that exercise is just as important as getting good grades. However, she and her staff seem to think that George is just a lunkhead who pushes a broom. But there is much more to Janitor George and soon the whole world will know it too.

To help the kids, I needed to find a way to get them to Pumpland. This is the place where everyone is fit, healthy, and kind. That is what we call being a Pumpster. Everyone wants to be one and soon, you will be one too.

The one person who sees that George has much more to offer than simply keeping the halls clean is Ashley Johnson, the soft-spoken and kind English teacher who is fit as a fiddle and full of spunk. Ashley lights up a room with her sparkling eyes and infectious smile. She empathizes with George and also wants to see the kids get fit and make healthy choices.

George and Ashley worry about the kids. But they just don’t know how to help them. George is especially troubled by what he fears what will become an epidemic of unhealthy kids. “He worries that if they don’t turn it around and start treating their bodies well today, their bodies will not be nice to them tomorrow – and he is right.”

Yes, George is right about that. You see kids, your body can be your best friend if you treat it right. That means giving it healthy food to make your bones strong and develop muscle that will give you the ability to run faster jump higher and have more energy. It wasn’t always easy for George to make healthy choices or go the gym and exercise regularly. Like everyone else, sometimes he just didn’t feel like doing it. Sometimes I even get lazy but I remind myself how important it is to treat my body right. After all, what good is an out of shape fitness superhero? Hahaha!

“Even if he didn’t feel like doing it that day, he persevered and pushed himself to get the job done. Year after year he kept to his regimen, staying the course to become who he is today.”

That is the key my Pumpster Friends – Perseverance! Doing something on a consistent basis will make you better and better at what you remain consistent. George didn’t become fit and muscular overnight. He spent years being consistent with his training and healthy eating – and you can too!
In fact, you have an advantage over George. When he was growing up he didn’t have a magical healthy land to help him along his journey and a fitness superhero to guide him along the way. So, in reality, you have a better chance than he did of becoming fit and healthy for a lifetime. You have the magic and wonder of Pumpland and you have me –


This is a magical land where everyone is fit, healthy and kind to each other.No matter where you go in Pumpland, you will see people living an active lifestyle.

“Welcome to Pumpland, George! A world where fitness, health, and wellness thrive, where being healthy is the way of life and everyone is welcome.”

I am a Fitness Superhero to everyone no matter how old or how young you are, no matter what you like or where you are from. Here you will find so much to do and so many places to see. There is always a fun adventure going on here for you to enjoy.

“Kids are playing … outside!” shouts an excited George. “Yeah! This is the way of life here. Everyone is active. They play Frisbee, kickball, swim, jump rope, shoot hoops, throw balls, ride bikes, go on hikes… and so much more.”



let’s talk about the characters in the book,

The Adventures of Captain Pump – The World’s First Fitness Superhero

Book Characters


Captain Pump

(Super Hero)


Freddy Fudge



Ms. Barkelott



Ashley Johnson

(English Teacher)

George Basner



Captain Pump

(Super Hero)


Coach Moe

(School coach)



(The blue bird)


Hi kids

Thanks so much for joining us

On this wonderful journey to health and fitness.