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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 and teens work through this and eventually lose weight and triumph over their weight issues.

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.

Fitness boot camps

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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List of fitness boot camps and programs

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Active Challenge   
Focusing on self esteem and healthy lifestyle, this camp features hikes, water adventure and more. Combines education, activity and personal growth and development.

Renfrew

Health & Fitness: Weight Loss Program

  • Ages 12 to 25
  • Girls
  • Overnight
from $3,675/month
sessions & dates
Overnight Girls 3675 12-25 0 Renfrew
Camps offering fitness boot as an activity
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.

Mississauga

Sport: Martial Arts

  • Ages 5 to 12
  • Coed
  • Day
from $120/week
sessions & dates
Day Coed 120 5-12 0 Mississauga
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!

Humber Valley Village, Toronto; Mimico, Toronto; Bloor West Village, Toronto

Music (multi)

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • Day
from $275/week
sessions & dates
Day Coed 275 4-18 1 Humber Valley Village, Toronto, Mimico, Toronto, Bloor West Village, 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 8 to 13
  • Girls
  • Day, Overnight, Program, family
from $50/day
sessions & dates
Day, Overnight, Program, family Girls 50 8-13 2 Burlington, Hamilton, Milton
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
from $239/week
sessions & dates
Day 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 $800/session
sessions & dates
Day, Overnight Coed 800 6-18 4 International
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; Riverdale, Toronto

Sport: Basketball

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • Day
from $150/week
Day Coed 150 5-18 5 Ajax, Markham, Riverdale, Toronto
Airborne Trampoline   
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.

Newmarket; Vaughan

Sport: Trampoline

  • Ages 3 to 80
  • Coed
  • Day, Program, family
from $149/session
sessions & dates
Day, Program, family Coed 149 3-80 6 Newmarket, Vaughan
York University Lions Camps   
Choose from a multi-sport summer camp, focus on a particular sport or try one of our adventure camps such as pirate, warrior training or superhero camp.

Willowdale, Toronto

Sport (multi)

  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Coed
  • Day
from $200/week
sessions & dates
Day Coed 200 6-15 7 Willowdale, 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 $1,000/session
sessions & dates
Day, Overnight Coed 1000 11-17 8 Stanstead

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