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Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) Store Night for Camp Chief Hector YMCA registered campers

Do you have all the gear on the packing list for your camper’s session this summer? Need anything else? Backpacks, sleeping bags, rain gear, hiking boots, sleeping pads, ground sheets, headlamps, water bottles?

We are pleased to announce a Camp Chief Hector YMCA & MEC STORE NIGHT.

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) | 830 10 Avenue SW, Calgary
6:30-7:30pm | Four 15minute presentations on sleeping bags, backpacks, footwear and rain gear
7:00-9:00pm | Shopping time

10% off everything in store except already discounted items and Blundstone shoes.

The MEC Store Night applies to CURRENTLY REGISTERED CAMPERS and their immediate family ONLY. A Camp Chief Hector YMCA staff member will be at the door to greet you, identify you on the registration list and issue you a MEC Store Night WRISTBAND.

6:30pm | Sleeping Bags
6:45pm | Backpacks
7:00pm | Footwear
7:15pm | Rain Gear

NOTE: This event takes place at the Calgary MEC Store

NOTE: The 10% discount is available at the tills beginning at 7pm. You will be required to show your wristband at the till.

NOTE: Packing lists, available at the Camp Chief Hector YMCA website have a specific list of recommended clothing and equipment for each age and each program. Please bring the appropriate list with you.


Camp Chief Hector YMCA | Open House

Sunday, May 31, 2015 | 1-3pm

This is a great opportunity to see our site with your campers, family or friends. The Camp Director and senior staff team will be available to answer questions.

Site tours leave regularly from Bowfort Lodge. Have a look inside a tipi. See our high ropes course, climbing tower, horse corrals and more. Try canoeing, arts & crafts, archery and pony petting.

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Have you heard about Camp Chief Hector YMCA summer camp from a friend? Do you have questions for us before you sign up your child?

Have you heard about Camp Chief Hector YMCA summer camp from a friend? Do you have questions for us before you sign up your child?

Camp Chief Hector YMCA information sessions will be held during the week of Feb 23-27.

We have many summer camps available for 7-17 year olds. There are 6-day, 13-day and 27-day overnight adventures for both boys and girls. Camp activities include archery, low and high ropes courses, horseback riding, climbing tower, challenge course, canoeing, arts and crafts, hiking and much more.

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For un-registered but interested families. Parents and children welcome.

All sessions run from 7:00-7:45pm.

  • Mon Feb 23 | Saddletowne YMCA | Multipurpose rooms 1&2
  • Wed Feb 25 | Crowfoot YMCA | Multipurpose rooms 1&2
  • Wed Feb 25 | South Health Campus YMCA | Multipurpose room 1
  • Thur Feb 26 | Eau Claire YMCA | Studio A/B

RSVP not required.

We hope to see you there!

Sac Dene Presentation and Story-Sharing

Camp Chief Hector invites you to an evening of story-sharing and information about Sac Dene 2015.

Sac Dene is a six-week canoe trip and a two-week counseling experience for 17 year old co-ed youth. Focusing on leadership development, the Sac Dene group travels north to paddle the Mackenzie River, visiting communities along the way. Sac Dene participants, as part of the Leaders-in-Training program, return to Camp Chief Hector YMCA to become part of the counseling team for the final two weeks of the summer.


Hearth Room
Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Center
1320 5 Ave NW, Calgary

Oct 22 | 7:00-8:00pm
RSVP required. Please click here for more information.

*Attendance is not mandatory for Summer 2015 applicants but the night is a great way to learn about the fun adventures coming next summer.

Thank You AltaGas!


Thank you to AltaGas Ltd. for your generous gift of $5000 to Camp Chief Hector YMCA

This gift went toward the refurbishment of tipi fire pits out at out camp.  These refurbished fire pits are helping us keep our camp a safe place for children, youth and families.

Campers at Camp Chief Hector sleep in tipis with a fire pit in the middle that provides heat and light. Check out these photos of some happy campers returned to camp for a visit last week. They think these new fire pits are pretty great.

We appreciate support from our community to continue giving children, youth and families opportunities to be active and experience the outdoors. Thank you, AltaGas!



Camp Chief Hector – August Openings

As of August 14, the following camps still have availability:


12Y Kananaskin 13-day Traditional | Aug 17 – 29

15Y Pioneer 13-day Hike | Aug 17 – 29

14-15Y Pioneer 13-day Hike/Horse Gray Jay | Aug 17 – 29



12-13Y Kananaskin 6-day | Aug 24 – 29


There is also room in our Family Camp running August 24-29.


CONTACT US: 403-269-6156 or toll free 1-866-430-9622 As with all YMCA Calgary programs, financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

Hiking and horseback riding camp for 14-15 year-old females – space still available

Space is still available for Sr. Shotungwa camp at Camp Chief Hector YMCA.

Focusing on fun, friendship and responsibility, this 13-day program provides a wide range of horse-related opportunities. Campers will also participate in a 4-day backpacking trip. Senior Shotungwa campers are of all riding abilities and backgrounds and will participate in trail rides and basic arena lessons. Campers will learn about and help with horse care such as feeding, training, first aid, horse history, horse behaviour, and risk management. The Senior Shotungwa program is based out of the Camp Chief Hector YMCA’s Gray Jay site (90km west of Sundre near Yaha Tinda), in an area in Alberta that is well-known for spectacular riding.

Click here for a full description.

Sr. Shotungwa | 14-15Y | Females
July 6-18

To register: 403-269-6156 or toll free 1-866-430-9622

Overnight camp at Camp Chief Hector YMCA – space still available

As of May 23, the following camps have space still available. Register today!


10Y Mistaya 13-day Traditional | Session 2 | Jul 20-Aug 1

10-11Y Mistaya 6-day Horse day experience | Session H | Aug 24-29

13Y Kananaskin Horse | Session 4 | Aug 17-29

14Y Pioneer Hike | Session 4 | Aug 17-29
14-15Y Pioneer Hike/Horse | Session 4 | Aug 17-29

16Y Leadership 1 Canoe | 27-days | Jul 6-Aug 1


10-11Y Mistaya 6-day Campfire Cookout | Session E | Aug 3-8

13Y Kananaskin Canoe | Session 3 | Aug 3-15
13Y Kananaskin Canoe | Session 4 | Aug 17-29

14-15Y Sr. Shotungwa (Hike/Horse) | Session 1 | Jul 6-18

15Y Pioneer Gray Jay Hike | Session 1 | Jul 6-18
15Y Pioneer Gray Jay Hike | Session 3 | Aug 3-15

16Y Leadership 1 Canoe | 27-days | Jul 6-Aug 1
16Y Leadership 1 Hike/Horse | 27-days | Aug 3-29


All ages | Family Camp 6-day | Session G | Aug 17-22
All ages | Family Camp 6-day | Session H | Aug 24-29

CONTACT US: 403-269-6156 or toll free 1-866-430-9622
As with all YMCA Calgary programs, financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

Camp Chief Hector Gave My Kids A Sense of Purpose

This story was originally posted in 2009. It’s such an inspiring story, we had to share it again.

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I recently received an email from my daughter Juliette who works for the Community YMCA. The end of her message read, “YMCA Calgary: We build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.” As I look at my family today, I see four strong kids and a united strong family that continues to reap the rewards of YMCA programs.

My name is Amanda, and this is my family’s Y story.

Our journey with the YMCA began some 15 years ago when our family life was turned upside-down. I was sitting down to a cup of tea with a friend when the phone rang. My husband, the breadwinner of our family, had broken the law and would be taken away from us. Suddenly a single mom of four young children, I knew that our lives would never be the same.

I was passionate about parenting. I adored my children and wanted nothing but the best for them. How would I be able to give them everything I dreamt of, as a single mom in dire financial need? I remember all the clichés – every cloud has a silver lining, the darkest hour before the dawn.

For us, there were some silver linings. Our true friends came to the forefront. One such friend, Chris, told me there was a way to have the childhood experiences I wanted for my children. I visited the South YMCA and applied for subsidies that would send my two eldest to YMCA Camp Chief  Hector. I felt ashamed and embarrassed to reveal our family’s financial status, but the applications were approved. Juliette and Alistair could to go to camp for $35 apiece instead of $800. I couldn’t believe there were angels out there who cared enough to support my family.

As a mother, helping my children achieve a sense of purpose is part of what it means to be a parent. A sense of purpose is just what Camp Chief Hector instilled in the lives of each of my kids.

When I picked them up from camp that first summer, Juliette came running across the field in her oversized blue rain boots and borrowed rain jacket. “Mummy,” she said, “I want to be a counselor and a leader one day.”

When they were old enough, my youngest sons attended Camp Chief Hector too. Clifford, the middle brother, described it as “an initiation into manhood,” and he hasn’t been the same since, shifting from drugs and poor choices to a life of purpose and direction. I knew there had been a change in Christopher, the youngest and painfully withdrawn, when I read a letter he sent home.

“Mum,” it read, “I am having so much fun. You know how I am shy? Well, after the first day I have made some friends. In fact, we are already ‘tight.’” Tears of joy rolled down my cheeks.

Today, our journey with YMCA is stronger than ever. Juliette and Alistair both work with the Community YMCA, helping to build strong communities for our future. All four children are still involved with Camp, either as alumni, volunteers, staff or campers.

I do not know where we would be if it were not for the generosity of YMCA Calgary’s Strong Kids donors and the amazing, gifted staff. YMCA truly does build strength in people, and in families.

Camp Chief Hector YMCA – Summer Camp Registration – are you ready?

Registration dates for Summer Camp 2014 are as follows:


FAMILY CAMP and DAY CAMPS | Tuesday, December 3 | by telephone ONLY

CAMPS ages 7-16Y | registration now ongoing

All ages, all camps
Thursday, December 5 | YMCA Calgary Members | By telephone ONLY, 8:30am

Tuesday, December 10 | Non-members | By telephone and In-person (see below)

  • In-person at YMCA Calgary branches (numbers are handed out at 5:30am when the facilities open – registration begins at 8:30am)
  • By telephone, 8:30am – 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

Visit the Summer Camp page of our website for camp dates, program descriptions and barcodes. Having the camp barcode at the ready will make your registration faster.
Click here for information about HOW TO REGISTER.

Call us at 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622 or email us with any questions.