Health & Fitness Camps


"The dietary aspect is key," says Brandon McClounie, publicity chair for the British Columbia Camping Association. "At traditional camps, you're certainly getting plenty of exercise, but the specialty (health and fitness) camps can really hone in on cardio and nutrition, too." Read more

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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

Ajax; Markham; North Toronto, Toronto
Sport: Basketball
  • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
  • Day
  • from $200/week
Day openCamp Coed 200 5-18 0 Ajax, Ontario, Markham, Ontario, North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
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; Online
Education: Leadership
  • Ages 7 to 16 ( Girls)
  • Virtual Program, Day, Overnight, Program, family
  • from $479/week
Virtual Program, Day, Overnight, Program, family openCamp Girls 479 7-16 1 Burlington, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario, Virtual Program,
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
Concordia Camps   
A sport summer camp with more than 10 sports and camp activities, including multisport, flag football, soccer, and hockey.

Montreal; Online
Sport (multi)
  • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
  • Virtual Program, Day, Program
  • from $60/week
Virtual Program, Day, Program openCamp Coed 60 6-16 3 Montreal, Quebec, Virtual Program,
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



Some weight loss camps, such as Active Challenge near Ottawa, are upfront about their focus on health and nutrition, while others slip healthy messages into their program. At Active Challenge, each session begins with goal-setting seminars, where girls can articulate what they hope to achieve. "The ideal campers are those who recognize they want to make some changes and want to have more energy," says camp director Jill Baxter. Active Challenge offers sessions of one and two months, since it usually takes about 23 days to form new lifestyle habits.

"When you're trying to change habits, a week's not really going to cut it," says McClounie. "With a month, you're really compounding the results. It ingrains more of the healthy lifestyle that campers can carry on after they leave."

Active Challenge teaches campers about portion control, providing measuring cups and spoons at mealtimes so the girls can get a sense of proper serving sizes. Campers also take healthy cooking classes, where they learn how to make things like sushi, turkey burgers and dishes they can pack in their school lunches. "We follow Canada's Food Guide to healthy eating," Baxter explains. "We eat a whole lot of produce and lean meats."

Fitness boot camps focusing on do-able activities Campers begin each day with a hike, an activity Baxter feels the girls can easily continue at home. In this way, these camps are not focused on strenuous activities like those seen on shows such as The Biggest Loser; these camps are relatively soft "fitness boot camps for kids." Throughout the day, kids do all kinds of activities, including circuit training, aquafit and more traditional camp activities like mountain biking, swimming and canoeing.

Active Challenge is more goal-oriented, so the girls measure their progress and learn to enjoy their new healthy lifestyle. That said, Baxter warns that it's not all fun and games. "I don't want anyone to think it's a joy ride—2010 will be our fifth year—and we haven't had a single girl yet who didn't say the camp was the biggest challenge of her life," she says. However, tackling the hard work is something the girls can feel proud of, Baxter says. "They leave a few pounds at camp, but they take home confidence." Other camps, such as the Academy of Martial Arts in Mississauga, are more discreet in their approach. Campers are kept active with martial arts activities like karate and taekwondo, but they also learn about healthy eating through games and activity books. "We definitely include a lot of healthy living material," says Michelle Jay, the academy's camp director. "We convey that being fit is important. We do little things like going out for nature walks that kids can do when they leave camp, too."







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