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Camp Chief Hector YMCA – REGISTRATION Summer 2018

Summer 2018 registration is just around the corner! It’s time to:

Returning Camper registration begins the week of December 5. *NEW START TIME – 10am*

New Camper registration begins the week of December 13.

The registration Newsletter has been emailed to families of campers who attended in 2017 and/or 2016.

Camp Descriptions are available at our website. Follow the link to registration information.
Be sure to read our TIPS and make your registration plans ahead of time.

Contact us at cchy@ymcacalgary.org or 403-269-6156 | 1-866-430-9622

Wanting to apply for Camp Chief Hector’s Leaders-in-Training (LIT)/Sac Dene programs?

Are you adventuresome? Do you love camping, canoeing, hiking, team-building and team-bonding, challenging yourself, and mentoring young campers?

Consider participating in the next Leaders in Training (LIT)/ Sac Dene 2018 adventure!

Join us at the Leaders-in-Training/Sac Dene information session on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 7:00- 8:30 pm at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA located at 101 3 St SW.

This info session will include a presentation from the 2017 Sac Dene participants and information about the 2018 application process.

Not for you?  No problem. You probably know someone who would be interested. Feel free to share this information.

Questions? Contact us.
P: 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622
E: cchy@ymcacalgary.org

Registration dates for Camp Chief Hector YMCA Summer 2018

It’s official!

Registration for Camp Chief Hector YMCA Summer Overnight Camps begins in December.

Get all the details here.

Contact us at 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622 or by email at cchy@ymcacalgary.org with any questions.

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.

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.