Boot camps have various benefits and some of them could be extended to children as well. Although a level of caution is required, a boot camp can do a world of good to some of the habits and the overall discipline of children. Before enrolling their kids for a training program, parents must make sure, however, whether the trainer is someone who is good enough to make kids do the drills. The reason is that it is easier for elders to take the exhaustion, heat and pain but not so for the children. So, even though kids derive lot of good out of benefits, it shouldn't be to the extreme to scare the kids away or torture them beyond what their bodies can take.
A boot camp is very good for obese children. For a start it drives home the importance of exercises, jogging, sprinting etc. to help their heart and also lose their fat. Growing conscious of health at such a young age would help them grow into healthy young people. It will also make them aware of the diet which they should be taking and the kind of diet they must avoid.
Boot camp also greatly increases the rate of metabolism in the body. Therefore kids who generally don't feel hungry and eat very less will benefit from the bootcamp. Not only will they start having proper meals but it will also keep them away from junk food which could be a great step in the right direction. Exercises can help kids to grow better. Those who are good at sports will benefit from the intensive exercises as their stamina and fitness will increase. Growth is also helpful in kids doing well at sports.
A boot camp can be organized entirely for children. This could be a good activity for children in the mornings during the summer vacation. It will help them make more friends, meet new people and do something worthwhile rather than sticking to the bed and grow lazy which will come back to trouble them later. A moderate bootcamp with simple exercises and stamina building activity would suffice to instill the right habits in them. However, one must be careful not to overdo it, since extreme pain or even embarrassment of being laughed at could discourage a kid permanently keeping them away from fitness regimes or community training programs.
Boot camp can also be used as an opportunity to entertain kids and have various types of activities that will keep them busy during the vacation. A boot camp could include fun activities and some games which kids will thoroughly enjoy. It will also give them a sense of participation and generate interest in them to come over for exercise every day. Boot camps can also be enriching for kids when they are different and out of the box. Kids can go for camping, trekking on small hills, kayaking and canoeing if there are experts to accompany them and there is a safe pool somewhere nearby. All in all, kids can have fun at a boot camp if it is planned and handled well.