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Fitness boot camps

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Many kids today struggle with weight loss and fitness boot camps for kids have been shown to help alleviate the problem. Getting into shape can be a painful process for overweight children and kids' fitness boot camps anticipate this, help children work through this and eventually lose weight and triumph over their weight issues.

Fitness boot camps

Jill Baxter runs a fitness camp for kids in Ottawa where kids learn nutrition, get active and gain through pain. As she says, these kinds of boot camps are definitely "not a joy ride," and kids learn that fitness requires work. Indeed, as one young camper has put it: "I was in tears almost every day at first... but I lost 29 pounds by the end of camp and had a blast doing it."

Fitness boot camps are tough but they do work.

What fitness boot camps teach
Camps listed on this page apply a broad focus that goes well beyond exercise. These camps teach nutrition and put it into practice in meals and meal preparation. Camps take a holistic approach to dealing with weight issues, one that includes diet, proper nutrition, exercise and weight management and monitoring. As with boot camps of other kinds, the focus in recent years has shifted from outward discipline to ownership by the individual teen or child.

These camps also avoid the quick-fix-mentality and will often last throughout the summer to fully engage children in weight loss management and change habits. On a daily basis, lessons are learned and relearned on eating right and exercising. Far beyond an old school boot camp mentality, children gain knowledge and confidence to last a lifetime. As one counselor says, "Habits don't get changed in one week."

Disclaimer
Above, we apply the phrase "fitness boot camps" a term broadly used to describe camps that focus on fitness (for both kids and adults). Not all camps listed here would necessarily call themselves "boot camps." However, all of these camps certainly do focus on weight loss and fitness for kids and teens.

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Camp Shane

Weight Loss Camp located in AZ, CA, GA, NY & TX. Featured on MTV. Great weight losses, portion controlled meals, nutrition and cooking classes. Cheerful program, beautiful grounds, extensive activities. Since 1968.  [ view profile ]

Health/fitness
Camp Specialties: Weight Loss Program
  • Ages 8 to 25
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $4,000 to $9,300 USD
,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25, 2015-06-13 4000-9300
Toronto Lanna MMA: Kids Martial Arts Camp

Kids Martial Arts Camp for March Break and Summer with two martial arts classes each day, including games, activities, field trips, and more!  [ view profile ]

Sports
Camp Specialties: Weight Loss Program, Martial Arts
  • Ages 3 to 12
  • Day Camp
  • Coed
  • $250 to $300
,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12, 250-300
Renfrew Active Challenge

Focusing on weight loss and healthy lifestyle, this camp features hikes, water adventure and more. Combines education & activity.  [ view profile ]

Health/fitness
Camp Specialties: Weight Loss Program
  • Ages 12 to 25
  • Overnight Camp
  • All Girls
  • $875
,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25, 875-875

Newmarket, Ontario
Mississauga, Ontario
Airborne Trampoline Woodbridge

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.  [ view profile ]

Sports
Camp offers: Weight Loss Program
  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Day Camp
  • Coed
  • $192 to $240
,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15, 192-240
Mississauga 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.  [ view profile ]

Sports
Camp offers: Weight Loss Program
  • Ages 5 to 13
  • Day Camp
  • Coed
  • $99 to $225
,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13, 99-225
Burlington Serenity Valley Radiant Girls Camp

A unique 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.  [ view profile ]

Health/fitness
Camp offers: Weight Loss Program
  • Ages 7 to 12
  • Day Camp
  • All Girls
  • $300 to $375
,7,8,9,10,11,12, 300-375
Midland Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre

Unique camp with only 30 kids each week for personal attention. Organic meals, Yoga, meditation to improve self esteem. Outdoor fun with high ropes, rock climbing & hikes in nature. Day trips to natural settings.  [ view profile ]

Health/fitness
Camp offers: Weight Loss Program
  • Ages 10 to 17
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $970 to $1,170
,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17, 970-1170
Toronto H2T Elite Dryland

A fitness facility for kids ages 5-18 offering camps, personal training, group training, birthday parties and more. Voted one of the top kids fitness facilities in the GTA.  [ view profile ]

Sports
Camp offers: Weight Loss Program
  • Ages 5 to 16
  • Day Camp
  • Coed
  • $85 to $200
,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16, 85-200
Session Name Specialty Date Age/Type Cost Start Cost Age Description Activities
NY Session 5
Camp Shane
Weight Loss Program Jul 27-Aug 15 Ages 8 - 19
Coed
Overnight
$4000 2015-07-27 4000-4000 ,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,

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