Active Challenge

RR#3 Campbell's Bay, Quebec, J0X 1K0 (view map)

12 to 25 (All Girls )
Overnight camp
Weight Loss Program


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  Director: Jill Baxter
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Active Challenge

Active Challenge is a mind and body, healthy lifestyle camp for young women ages 12 to 25. The camp combines education in activity and nutrition to build the habits to sustain your healthy body and challenge to build a healthy mind and strong emotional future. What an amazing way build your confidence and take charge of your life!

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Jill Baxter founded Bear Creek Outdoor Centre in 1999 as a means of providing meaningful outdoor experiences, something that the Centre has continued to do ever since. Baxter brought a rich CV to her role, including studies in therapeutic recreation at Trent University, and graduate studies in environmental education at Utah State University. In addition to her work at the Center, she is an instructor with the Algonquin College Outdoor Adventure Leadership program. Baxter remains as director of Bear Creek, bringing a nice continuity to the development of the programs offered here and extending the initial goals. Active Challenge is one of the means of doing that. The sessions were created to offer meaningful, mindful experiences to young women in a single-gender setting. As the name suggests, these sessions are about challenge by choice, promoting physical activity and active lifestyles in the purpose of developing confidence and positive self-concept. There’s informed attention given to all aspects of life in camp, including diet. Pascale Messier, a registered dietician councils campers about eating well—she is a public health Dietitian with the City of Ottawa, co-author of the Fuel-to-Xcell healthy school foods project—and her expertise informs the menu as well. In all, from diet to activities to lifestyle, the Active Challenge camps provide a unique opportunity for young women to engage substantially with like-minded peers. The support that the group offers to all participants can, alone, be a transformative experience.

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All Girls
Ages: 12 - 18
Weight Loss Program|Mindfulness Training|Archery|Canoeing|Cycling|Fishing|Gymnastics|Hiking|Mountain Biking|Whitewater Rafting|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Sports-Instructional and Training|Track and Field|Rock Climbing|Arts & Crafts|Cooking|Drawing|Wilderness Out-tripping|Rope courses|Wilderness Skills

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RR#3, Campbell's Bay, Quebec


Active Challenge
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RR#3 Campbell's Bay, Quebec, J0X 1K0
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Reviews & Testimonials

  • 2018
    2018 parent — Parent

    Hi Jill, My daughter has returned from camp happy, excited, motivated, inspired, and full of stories from camp. Most importantly, she is happy in her skin and in her body, and aware of her strength and how to take care of herself, and others. I can’t thank you & the counsellors enough—it was such a great experience for her and everything I’d hoped for! —Kristin

  • 2018
    2018 parent — Parent

    Thank you Jill for a great July! Maddi has tried to re-create the recipes from camp and made some pretty tasty dishes! The hard work of your staff and your dedication to helping these young ladies to thrive is very much appreciated! Hope you enjoy the remainder of the summer! Tammy

Accommodation & Property Details

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Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins

Washrooms Facilities

  • Outhouses
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Climbing Wall


  • Beach
  • Forested Area
  • Lake/Pond/River
  • Nature Trails
  • Open Field

Director's Message


Jill Baxter, Director Active Challenge

Is this a Fat Camp?

This is a question that I get asked all of the time. and to be honest about Active Challenge...I am more proud of what our campers gain at camp than what they lose. All they lose are pounds and inches. What they gain is a connection to their physical bodies as a vehicle to move them in the direction of their dreams.

You simply cannot be healthy mentally and emotionally without being good to you body and without moving. People often think of camp as a luxury. Camp is playtime and it is not necessarily an easy thing to fit into the family budget.

We need to change our focus as to what is luxury and what is essential. Play is essential!!! Physical health, learning and practicing interpersonal skills, learning to care for your body and mind are the gifts and tools to set young people up for success in all aspects of life.

All research points to the need to do something consistently for a minimum of 21 days to establish a habit. If you want to establish a habit, what better way than to do it with the support of others just like you?

People who do not believe in residential programs have never done it themselves. They have never felt that visceral feeling of fueling their body for energy and for no other reason for 28 days straight. They have never known the feeling of getting up in the morning and having nothing to beat yourself up about because you went to bed proud the night before for 28 days straight. 

Find out what we do at Active Challenge. Ask questions. 

Decide what is right for you and if you can make the commitment.

Then take the leap.

This program can indeed be the first step toward one remarkable journey.

As the only residential health and fitness program in Canada, we are on a mission to see young women become the best versions of themselves possible.


See you at camp.

Jill Baxter

Founder and Director

Active Challenge 

Making young women stronger since 2006

Cost & Financial Aid


Cost: $3,675 /month



Traditional Canadian Campexpand

Active Challenge is a traditional Canadian camp located on an incredible 500-acre private wilderness retreat near Ottawa Ontario. Our property has 2 private lakes and miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking. All of our campers will go on overnight hiking trips and canoe trips off camp property. Campers enjoy all of the games, crafts, special events and activities of a traditional summer camp. ...

About usexpand

Active Challenge is a remarkable adventure program where young women develop healthy habits, lose weight, and build confidence. Located at beautiful Bear Creek Outdoor Centre near Ottawa Ontario, Active Challenge offers instruction in adventure-based programs such as canoeing, whitewater rafting and beginner rock climbing and rappelling. What an exciting way to get in shape and have a great time! Active Challenge is a weight loss program exclusively for young women. At Active Challenge you'll make lifelong friends with young women your own age, learn to love new adventurous activities and make permanent lifestyle changes at a program that will change your life. Because you'll be losing weight alongside young women just like you, you'll find the environment extremely safe and supportive. Active Challenge is designed so you'll lose weight and have the strategies and skills to keep the weight off for good. Active Challenge does not put you on a diet. We follow the Canada Food Guide to Healthy eating and exercise appropriate portion control. We help you develop healthy habits and give you strategies for achieving a healthy weight over the long term. The staff at Active Challenge combine experienced outdoor adventure professionals with highly qualified clinicians. All of us are absolutely committed to helping your daughter achieve permanent behavioral change and weight loss. Most of all we are committed to having a great time doing it. ...

Nutrition for an Active Lifeexpand

Our nutritional program at Active Challenge follows Canada's Food guide for Healthy Living. We serve three healthy meals a day and three snacks so our campers never feel hungry. Our Registered Dietician spends time teaching campers how to make a plan for fueling a healthy lifestyle by chosing foods well and getting the amount of nurition needed to maintain weight loss and a healthy metabolic rate. ...

Lost and Foundexpand

It is true that campers come to Active Challenge knowing what they will lose, pounds of extra body fat that is getting in the way of some of the things they want to accomplish in their lives. What surprises most campers is what they find at camp, confidence, energy, committment, tolerance of themselves and others, strategies for success in all areas of their lives, and strong supportive friendships built to last. - Jill ...

Allison's Journey (exerpt)expand

When I found Active Challenge, I begged my mom to let me go. She was sceptical at first, and I don't blame her. During those 4 years when I was gaining weight, she had been paying for a gym membership for me. I would go for about a week or two and then stop. I told her I was seriously committed (even though I don't think I had myself convinced) so she let me go. Well, I went this July, and I doubt if I could accurately convey how...perfect it was for me. First off, Active Challenge is not a "Fat Camp" in any negative implication of those words. You go there to get healthy in every aspect of your life and losing weight is just a side effect of that. The environment was structured to ensure my success. There was daily exercise of course, but for most of it, you didn't even realize how hard you were working because you had all these great girls beside you working just as hard. And Also I had fun! Low ropes, hiking, swimming and field games are among some of my favorites. The harder I worked the better I felt. I was always amazed by the menu. It all tasted so good. We ate so often that I never felt hungry. At Active Challenge I never felt stronger. (see more from Allison on our website) ...

My Experience at Active Challengeexpand

In the Summer of 2007, I took part in the Active Challenge program. It is geared to helping young women live healthier lifestyles. I did the 2 month program. It not only taught me how to eat right and exercise daily, it helped me gain confidence, not only in my physical appearance but it built my self esteem. I came to camp 206lbs at age 15 and I had never been away from home for more than 2 days. I was so homesick. I was in tears almost every day at first. The cool thing was that Jill was always there no matter what. She is very easy to talk to and so are all the staff. By the second month I was more willing to let go of my worries and just have more fun. What really astonished me was that I lost weight (29 pounds by the end of camp) and had a blast doing it. If you ever have the opportunity to be a part of the Active Challenge program, do it, the memories, and strength will last you a lifetime. - Shelby S. Ontario ...

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March 30, 2018 - Celebrating 13 years of strong women!

In 2006 we started Active Challenge as a place where young women could grow their strength. ...

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