Camp Chief Hector YMCA overnight camps begin on Sundays and end on Fridays.
Check-in begins at Camp at 11am (see below for directions).
Check-in at the Crowfoot YMCA or Shawnessy YMCA is from 9-9:30am. The busses leave promptly at 9:40am.
Gray Jay campers ride the bus from the Crowfoot YMCA in Calgary directly to our Gray Jay site. This includes: Kananaskin Horse (females) camps, Pioneer Gray Jay camps, Pioneer Hike/Horse camps, Sr. Shotungwa camps, Leadership 1 Hike/Horse camps.
The bus arrives at the Crowfoot YMCA at approximately 11am.
The bus arrives at the Shawnessy YMCA at approximately 11:30am.
Pick up your child at our mainsite (in the Bow Valley) at 11am.
Directions to Camp
NOTE: Google Maps is often incorrect as to the location of our site as they use our postal code not our physical address.
As of May 27, the following camps still have room:
10Y Mistaya 13-day | Traditional | Jul 5-17
10Y Mistaya 13-day | Mountain Bike | Jul 19-31 & Aug 2-14
11Y Mistaya 13-day | Trip to Gray Jay | Jul 5-17 & Jul 19-31
16Y Leadership 1 27-days | Hike/Horse | Jul 5-31 & Aug 2-28
10Y Mistaya 13-day | Mountain Bike | Jul 5-17
10Y Mistaya 13-day | Traditional | Aug 2-14
13Y Kananaskin 13-day | Canoe | Aug 16-28
13Y Kananaskin 13-day | Hike | Aug 2-14 & Aug 16-28
13Y Kananaskin 13-day | Horse | Aug 16-28
14Y Pioneer 13-day | Hike (Mainsite) | Aug 2-14
15Y Pioneer 13-day | Hike (Gray Jay site) | Jul 5-17 & Aug 2-14
15Y Pioneer 13-day | Hike/Horse (Gray Jay site) | Aug 16-28
16Y Leadership 1 27-days | Canoe/Hike | Aug 2-28
16Y Leadership 1 27-days | Hike/Horse | Jul 5-31 & Aug 2-28
CONTACT US: 403-269-6156 or toll free 1-866-430-9622.
As with all YMCA Calgary programs, financial assistance is available through our Strong Kids Campaign to those who qualify.
Meet Émilie Tremblay, Camp Chief Hector YMCA’s Youth Volunteer of the Year!
What is your volunteer role at YMCA?
I am a camp counselor. It certainly is challenging: I wake up in the tipi at around 7:45AM, make sure the campers are ready for the day with all their necessary equipment, manage mealtimes and activities during the day, and maintain steady group dynamic throughout the session with games and group activities.
What do you like about volunteering at YMCA?
I love seeing kids make connections and friendships at camp,and challenge themselves to try new things. As a former camper, I am enthusiastic about making their camp experience as life-changing as it was for me.
I also adore working in the outdoors. Every morning, when my group and I walk down to breakfast, and Yamnuska Ridge is on one side, Lookout Mountain is on the other, the sun is rising over Hector Field, sometimes fog rolls over the mountains like a blanket. The fresh air, the forest, the connectivity of it to the body, spirit and mind – it sounds like a lot of hippie nonsense, but one really has to live there to experience it.
Why did you choose to volunteer at YMCA over another organization?
As a camper, I fell in love with camp life, and as I got older at camp, there were more opportunities to become a better leader, particularly in Leadership 1, where we had opportunities to play “mini counselors” during the days of our three-week long out-trip. I would often say, “I’m never really going to leave camp. I’ll just eventually live on top of Lookout forever.”
How did you feel when you found out you were Volunteer of the Year?
I was so proud! Working at camp is one of my favourite things and I work my hardest at being a good leader, team mate, and volunteer. To be recognized for it is really amazing. I am so grateful for it.
Why are you a volunteer?
Because I love what I do, and though it is a really difficult job, it is so rewarding! Seeing kids grow and learn, learning with them, spending summers in nature is where I love to be. Coming home knowing I’ve done something to improve my and maybe others’ perspectives on the world is what I love about my summers at Camp Chief Hector. Which is part of how I want to change the world one small step at a time.
What are your plans for the future? How has YMCA benefited you for school or your career?
Camp has allowed me to expand on my leadership and authority skills. My dream for the future is to direct animated films and learning leadership skills, while connecting to the environment for inspiration will really help me not only achieve career goals, but also balance in my daily life.
Working, volunteering, and attending Camp Chief Hector YMCA has given me the tools to create my own moral code and standard of living. I am stronger physically, growing emotionally, and improving spiritually with every year I spend at camp. I highly recommend that kids come to play, and adults come to work there. It truly is life changing.
Did you know that 1 in 5 kids at YMCA Calgary are supported through the Strong Kids Campaign?
Join us on Friday June 5 at the Ironwood Stage & Grill for an evening of music and friendship and help us raise funds to send kids to Camp. Proceeds from ticket sales, silent auction and 50/50 draw go to Camp Chief Hector YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.
Check out our ALUMNI WEBSITE for information about Silent Auction Items, Performers and more!
This event sells out every year! Get your tickets now. | 22 tickets remaining (as of Jun 1)
Tickets: online (use barcode 102527) or by phone at 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622
On Wednesday, May 13 from 6-8pm Saddletowne YMCA will host a workshop called Fundamentals of Healthy Eating.
This workshop will offer very practical information with ideas, strategies and recipes that you can take home and put to use right away. Our presenter Cheryl Strachan, a registered dietitian, offers a very down to earth perspective that covers not only the ‘what & why’ but the ‘how’ of creating healthy eating habits with plenty of examples along the way and answers to all of the commonly asked questions & concerns.
Click this link to sneak-a-peak:
Register early by calling 403-237-2393 and quoting course# 102733.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 | 6-8pm
Saddletowne YMCA, Studio A
Written by Jillian Harbour, YMAP Director, Community YMCA.
The YMCA Achievement Program (YMAP) had their annual trip to Camp Chief Hector YMCA. This year we traveled out to Kananaskis Country with an unprecedented 131 participants, 7 volunteers and 5 staff for a weekend filled with games, lots of laughs, new challenges and amazing people (and no snow!).
Between the always helpful Camp Chief Hector YMCA staff and the strong leadership Matt and Alisha provided the rest of the team, the weekend was a great success. My favourite moments of the weekend were the ever popular open mic night (I am always blown away by the amazing talents YMAP participants keep secret until camp!) and all the teamwork/encouragement I saw between the youth as they faced new and exciting challenges together.
This is often the first experience of its kind for the participants. These youth are new to Canada and seeing and experiencing the mountains and the Canadian outdoors for the first time.
Horseback riding lessons | 7-8Y and 9-11Y
Camp Chief Hector YMCA
Sundays | May 10, 24, 31 and June 7 | 2:30-4pm
Instruction includes how to groom a horse (brushing, picking hooves), how to tack and untack (saddle & bridle), and basic riding skills in the arena. Time will be split evenly between horsemanship and riding. Participants will learn to feel comfortable around horses while having a fun learning experience.
June 14 will be used as an alternated date in case of inclement weather on a scheduled Sunday.
No class on the Sunday of Victoria Day weekend.
To register: 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622
Spend an amazing month outdoors and improve your group leadership, risk management, and outdoor living skills on this 27-day program. Click here for a full description of our Leadership 1 programs.
Two options are available:
Leadership 1 – Hike and Horse – based from our Gray Jay site | 16Y
Share and develop your leadership skills with your group based out of our Gray Jay site in the mountain wilderness of Yaha Tinda (80 kilometers west of Sundre, Alberta). Learning from a four-day backpacking trip, your group then plans and leads a ten-day backpacking trip. Become an experienced horse-person; during a four-day horseback riding experience you will further develop your riding as well as your ability to lead and communicate. You will also assist in the daily operations of Gray Jay – meal preparation and cleaning, stable management, and site maintenance.
Leadership 1 – Canoe and Hike – based from our Mainsite | 16Y
Share and develop your leadership skills with your group based out of the camp’s main-site in the upper Bow Valley. Learning from a four-day backpacking trip, your group then plans and leads a ten-day backpacking trip. Learning and developing canoe skills in the Bow Valley, the group then plans their journey on the Kootenay River. These challenging adventures require your teamwork in goal setting, route planning and menu planning. Most importantly, these adventures include your own leadership contributions to the group and to the camp.
As with all of our YMCA programs, fee assistance is also available.
To register: 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622
Our YMCA Calgary community is standing in support of those affected by the earthquake disaster in Nepal. We encourage you to consider making a donation to the relief efforts through YMCA Calgary.
Please visit the front desk of any branch to make your donation. Any donation over $20.00 will be eligible for a tax receipt.
Donations through this YMCA will be sent to an international relief effort for YMCA Nepal coordinated through the World Alliance of YMCAs.
You can also send country-wide aid electronically through the Canadian Red Cross at redcross.ca
Celebrate Camp Chief Hector YMCA’s 85th Birthday!
85th Anniversary Event
Sunday, September 20 | 2-7pm | Adults $15 | 15Y and under $10
Drop-in activities: Canoeing, Climbing Tower, the Animal Game, Archery, Site tours and more.
4:30pm BBQ and after-dinner Campfire
To register, call 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622.
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