About Active Challenge

Swimming with friends.

Active Challenge is a non-profit organization run by dedicated professionals who have all been touched by the challenges of obesity.

Action is what we do.

Action is necessary when your physical body prevents you from meeting every challenge in life with the energy and confidence to succeed. It is our physical body that holds us up, that allows us to leap into life instead of watching life from the sidelines.

A strong, healthy pysical body supports a strong and healthy mind with balanced emotions and overall good health for a lifetime.

Active Challenge runs a series of remarkable adventure programs where young people develop healthy habits, lose weight, and build confidence.

Located at beautiful Bear Creek Outdoor Centre near Ottawa, Ontario, Active Challenge offers instruction in adventure-based programs such as canoeing, whitewater rafting and beginner rock climbing and rappelling. What an exciting way to get in shape and have a great time!

Our flagship program is the classic Active Challenge program for young women that has been changing lives since 2006. At Active Challenge you'll make lifelong friends with young people your own age, learn to love new adventurous activities and make permanent lifestyle changes at a program that will change your life.

Because you'll be losing weight alongside young women (or men) just like you, you'll find the environment extremely safe and supportive.  Active Challenge is designed so you'll lose weight and have the strategies and skills to keep the weight off for good. Active Challenge does not put you on a diet. We follow the Canada Food Guide to Healthy eating and exercise appropriate portion control. We help you develop healthy habits and give you strategies for achieving a healthy weight over the long term.

Active Challenge has been featured in Macleans Magazine, Today's Parent and Several other publications. See a pdfCanWest National article that was recently written about us.

The staff at Active Challenge combine experienced outdoor adventure professionals with highly qualified clinicians. All of us are absolutely committed to helping your our clients achieve permanent behavioral change and weight loss. Most of all we are committed to having a great time doing it.

Mealtime at Active Challenge

Nutrition for an Active Life

Our nutritional program at Active Challenge follows Canada's Food Guide to Healthy living.

We serve three healthy meals a day and 3 snacks so our campers never feel hungry. Our Registered Dietician spends time teaching campers how to make a plan for fueling a healthy lifestyle by choosing foods well and getting the amount of nutrition needed to maintain weight loss and a healthy metabolic rate.

The average weight loss for our campers is 4.2 lbs per week. Most of our campers continue to lose weight or maintain their weight loss after camp.

Lost and Found

It is true that campers come to Active Challenge knowing what they will lose, pounds of extra body fat that is getting in the way of some of the things they want to accomplish in their lives.

What surprises most campers is what they find at camp, confidence, energy, commitment, tolerance of themselves and others, strategies for success in all areas of their lives and strong supportive friendships built to last.

The start of a hike.

Healthy Habits

The Active Challenge program, though structured, is filled with variety. Some of the program however is consistent, designed to foster habits that will stick with the camper long after they leave camp.

  • Active Challenge campers use journals to record their choices and actions every day. Journaling has been a proven technique of continued success toward every goal.
  • Active Challenge campers rise early and go for a hike every morning. Walking every day is a powerful habit for health.
  • Active Challenge campers experience a relaxing environment during meal time to encourage them to enjoy their food and their company
  • Active Challenge campers are encouraged to get lots of rest. Sleep is necessary for weight loss and muscle recovery

Traditional Canadian Camp

Active Challenge is a traditional Canadian camp located on an incredible 500-acre private wilderness retreat near Ottawa Ontario. Our property has 2 private lakes and miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking. All of our campers will go on overnight hiking trips and canoe trips off camp property. Campers enjoy all of the games, crafts, special events and activities of a traditional summer camp.

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