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 offering fitness as an activity
    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; North Toronto, Toronto

    Sport: Basketball

    • Ages 5 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $200/week
    Day Coed 200 5-18 0 Ajax, Markham, 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; Milton

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 7 to 15
    • Girls
    • Day, Overnight, Program, family
    from $300/week
    Day, Overnight, Program, family Girls 300 7-15 1 Burlington, Hamilton, Milton
    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

    Music (multi)

    • Ages 5 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $275/week
    Day Coed 275 5-18 2 Bloor West Village, Toronto, Mimico, 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, Program, family
    from $239/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program, family Coed 239 4-12 3 The Beach, Toronto
    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 $3,800/3 weeks
    Day, Overnight Coed 3800 6-18 4 International
    AlevelUp Basketball Training   
    AlevelUp Basketball Training is packed with skill training specialist to inspire all year round. Whether you are beginner or advanced player , ages 4 - 18 yrs old, we will take your game A-level-Up!! Be there.

    Vaughan; Ajax; Oakville

    Sport: Basketball

    • Ages 4 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Program, family
    from $100/session
    Day, Program, family Coed 100 4-18 5 Vaughan, Ajax, Oakville
    PSB & Interplay Dance   
    Dance Classes with High quality of training for boys and girls. Free trial & scholarship classes are available at each location. Summer dance camps run in July-August annually.

    Leaside, Toronto; Centennial-Port Union, Toronto

    Dance (multi)

    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $15/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 15 3-18 6 Leaside, Toronto, Centennial-Port Union, 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 $700/session
    Day, Overnight Coed 700 11-17 7 Stanstead
    Concordia Camps   
    A sport summer camp with more than 10 sports and camp activities, including multisport, flag football, soccer, and hockey.

    Montreal

    Sport (multi)

    • Ages 6 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $100/session
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 100 6-16 8 Montreal



    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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