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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.

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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  • 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
    • Day, Overnight
    from $3,675/month
    Day, Overnight Girls 3675 12-25 0 Renfrew
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    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

    Teddington Park, Toronto; Ajax; North Toronto, Toronto

    Sport: Basketball
    • Ages 5 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $150/week
    Day Coed 150 5-18 0 Teddington Park, Toronto, Ajax, North Toronto, Toronto
    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!

    Bloor West Village, Toronto; Mimico, Toronto; North Toronto, Toronto

    Music (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $100/week
    Day Coed 100 4-18 1 Bloor West Village, Toronto, Mimico, Toronto, North Toronto, 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

    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 2 Burlington, Hamilton
    Sport Western Summer Camps
    A premier march break and summer camp offering sport specific and academic based programming with over 25 camp options and a staff team, which consists of primarily Western University students and student-athletes.

    London

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 18
    • Coed, Girls, Boys
    • Day
    from $118/week
    Day Coed, Girls, Boys 118 4-18 3 London
    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 4 Mississauga
    Toronto Kidz
    Every week at Toronto Kidz Camp focuses on a new theme and includes a field trip to one of Toronto's top attractions: Ripley's Aquarium, Royal Ontario Museum, Pirate Life Cruise, Casa Loma...

    Junction Triangle, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $225/week
    Day Coed 225 5-12 5 Junction Triangle, Toronto
    Toronto Kyokushinkai Karate
    Kids Karate Summer Day Camp, PA Day Camps, March Break Camps. After school martial arts and fitness programs.

    The Beach, Toronto

    Sport: Martial Arts
    • Ages 4 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day, Program, family
    from $199/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program, family Coed 199 4-12 6 The Beach, Toronto
    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 7 Newmarket, Vaughan
    Stanstead College Summer Camps
    Summer Camps for local and foreign students and include highlights like a Tall Ship Adventure, Leadership, Yoga & Wellness, Hockey, etc. in addition to ESL and Language Excellence Camps.

    Stanstead; Halifax; Louisbourg

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 11 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $950/session
    Day, Overnight Coed 950 11-17 8 Stanstead, Halifax, Louisbourg
    Sports Camps Canada
    Our coed summer sports camps are geared toward kids ages 4-18 of all abilities and skill levels. From beginner to elite, there is a camp option for everyone. Improve Your Skills & Have SERIOUS FUN at Sports Camps Canada!

    Alberta (1); British Columbia (3); Ontario (1); Quebec (1)

    Sport (multi)
    • Ages 6 to 18
    • Coed, Girls, Boys
    • Day, Overnight
    from $175/week
    Day, Overnight Coed, Girls, Boys 175 6-18 9 Lytton Park, Toronto, Langley, Calgary, Humber Valley Village, Toronto, Don Valley Village, Toronto, Caribou Park, Toronto, Riverdale, Toronto, Kitchener, Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto, Whistler, Mont-Tremblant, Burnaby
    Sayu Healthy Living Camps
    A Fun & Unique Co-ed Camp involving Outdoor Activities, Healthy Foods, Art, Music & Hands-On Cooking. Each week includes Field Trips, Guest Musician & Yoga Instructor, Games, Playful Workshops, & more...

    Islington Village, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $350/week
    Day, Program Coed 350 6-12 10 Islington Village, Toronto