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
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Radiant Girls   
Girls Wellness & Leadership programs, with prof. coaches, chef's and trainers. Featuring Yoga/Pilates, Outdoor Adventures, Confidence & EI Activities, Meaningful Art, Leadership Games, Relationship Building, and More!

Burlington; Hamilton
Education: Leadership
  • Ages 7 to 16 ( Girls)
  • Day, Overnight, Program, family
  • from $479/week
Day, Overnight, Program, family Girls 479 7-16 0 Burlington, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario
COVID-19 alert: Temporarily closed
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 1 Ajax, Ontario, Markham, Ontario, North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
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
Day, Program, family openCamp Coed 239 4-12 2 The Beach, Toronto, Ontario
COVID-19 alert: Temporarily closed
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 $60/week
Day, Program Coed 60 6-16 3 Montreal, Quebec
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 $900/session
Day, Overnight openCamp Coed 900 11-17 4 Stanstead, Quebec
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; Online
Sport: Basketball
  • Ages 4 to 18 (Coed)
  • Virtual Program, Day, Program, family
  • from $100/session
Virtual Program, Day, Program, family openCamp Coed 100 4-18 5 Vaughan, Ontario, Ajax, Ontario, Oakville, Ontario, Virtual Program,
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 2 to 18 (Coed)
  • Day, Program
  • from $15/week
Day, Program openCamp Coed 15 2-18 6 Leaside, Toronto, Ontario, Centennial-Port Union, Toronto, Ontario



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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