Fitness boot camps for weight loss

Healthy living for kids & teens in Toronto & Ottawa


Kids and teens who are overweight have benefitted immensely from time at fitness boot camps. As with other boot camps, these fitness camps might not be fun, but in the end, kids admit to having "a blast" as they take control of weight problems. These fitness boot camps are "never a joy ride," as one counselor admits, but kids learn to live through the pain in order to gain leverage. Read more

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  • Camps that specialize in fitness

    Active Challenge   
    Focusing on self esteem and healthy lifestyle, this camp features hikes, water adventure and more. Combines education, activity and personal growth and development.

    Renfrew

    Health & Fitness: Weight Loss Program

    • Ages 12 to 25
    • Girls
    • Overnight
    from $3,675/month
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Girls 3675 12-25 0 Renfrew


    Camps offering fitness as an activity
    Neighbour Note Day Camps   
    Toronto's premier camps run by University Professors, TDSB Teachers, and extraordinary Musicians! (PhD, DMA). Our Rock Band camp instructor performed for over 10 000 people when his band opened for KISS in Mexico City!

    Humber Valley Village, Toronto; Mimico, Toronto; Bloor West Village, Toronto

    Music (multi)

    • Ages 4 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $275/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 275 4-18 0 Humber Valley Village, Toronto, Mimico, Toronto, Bloor West Village, Toronto
    Stanstead College Summer Camps   
    Summer Camps for local and foreign students. Wide variety of camps offered such as Language, STEM, Cultural, Hockey Specific and much more!

    Stanstead

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 11 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $1,000/session
    sessions & dates
    Day, Overnight Coed 1000 11-17 1 Stanstead
    A.M.A. Karate Camp   
    Mississauga kids camp focused on martial arts training, including karate and jiu-jitsu. The camp also includes arts and crafts, outdoor activities and field trips.

    Mississauga

    Sport: Martial Arts

    • Ages 5 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $120/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 120 5-12 2 Mississauga
    Lovell International Camps   
    Canadian run camp in the Swiss Alps. Offering a host of sports and activities including: Language, Skiing, Tennis, Golf, Horse Riding, Hiking, Mountain Biking, River Rafting, Cultural Excursions & Overnight Expeditions.

    International

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 6 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $800/session
    sessions & dates
    Day, Overnight Coed 800 6-18 3 International
    The Hoop Factory   
    Camp/program teaching the fundamentals in basketball, balance, footwork to players at all levels. A fun, high energy camp for boys/girls of all ages. Christmas Holiday-March Break-Summer Break #BuildingBetterBallers

    Ajax; Markham; Riverdale, Toronto

    Sport: Basketball

    • Ages 5 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $150/week
    Day Coed 150 5-18 4 Ajax, Markham, Riverdale, Toronto
    Toronto Kyokushinkai Karate   
    Kids Karate Summer Day Camp, PA Day Camps, March Break Camps. After school martial arts, Karate and fitness programs.

    The Beach, Toronto

    Sport: Martial Arts

    • Ages 4 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $239/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 239 4-12 5 The Beach, Toronto
    York University Lions Camps   
    Choose from a multi-sport summer camp, focus on a particular sport or try one of our adventure camps such as pirate, warrior training or superhero camp.

    Willowdale, Toronto

    Sport (multi)

    • Ages 6 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $200/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 200 6-15 6 Willowdale, Toronto
    Radiant Girls   
    A unique Girls Wellness Camp in a retreat setting. Featuring Yoga and Pilates, Outdoor Excursions, Hands-On Cooking, Coaching for Confidence & Emotional Intelligence, Meaningful Expressive Art, Fun & lots of giggling.

    Burlington; Hamilton; Milton

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 8 to 13
    • Girls
    • Day, Overnight, Program, family
    from $50/day
    sessions & dates
    Day, Overnight, Program, family Girls 50 8-13 7 Burlington, Hamilton, Milton
    Airborne Trampoline   
    Jump through summer with Airborne's Summer Trampoline Classes & Day Camps. Camp includes trampoline lessons and games, arts and crafts, games and movie room, daily outings, and a trip of the week.

    Newmarket; Vaughan

    Sport: Trampoline

    • Ages 3 to 80
    • Coed
    • Day, Program, family
    from $149/session
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program, family Coed 149 3-80 8 Newmarket, Vaughan



    While there are many summer camps that offer fitness as a byproduct of camp activities but specialty camps are different in that they hone in on exercise (especially cardio) and nutrition. While there is a "boot camp" mentality to some of these camps, they go well beyond discipline and exercise to teach children about diet and nutrition as well as specific exercise regimens that target weight loss as well as ongoing cardiovascular health. As with other kinds of boot camps, weight loss boot camps have progressively moved away from an outward discipline to a focus on attitudes and self-control, in recent years. This approach has been found to be much more successful in the long term.

    These kinds of fitness boot camps (located popularly in Toronto and Ottawa) are difficult but they do work. As one counselor says: "We haven't had a single girl yet who didn't say the camp was the biggest challenge of her life." Campers agree, admitting that at first it was very tough but by summer's end they had achieved weight loss goals. (Many of these camps last all summer.)

    Consult each of the camps in Toronto and Ottawa to learn about their program and how it helps children take control of their health and fitness.

    Read a feature article from the 2010 issue of Our Kids Go to camp where we profiled the health benefits of fitness boot camps, showing how holistic education of children brings deeper change.

    Disclaimer
    Above, we use the term "fitness boot camps," though not all camps listed here are necessarily comfortable calling themselves "boot camps." All of the kids camps listed on this page focus on weight loss and fitness for children and teens.







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