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YMCA Calgary Overnight Camps Update – March 8, 2022


As government protections ease, YMCA Calgary will continue to follow public health guidance and industry best practices to prepare kids and families for a successful Summer at Camp Chief Hector.


One of the best ways to protect campers and to reduce spread is to ensure proper health screening in advance. This includes the ability to postpone or cancel registrations any time before camp if your child is sick, and the requirement of a negative rapid antigen COVID-19 conducted by an authorized health care professional up to 72 hours prior to attending an overnight camp. COVID-19 vaccinations will no longer be mandatory for overnight camps.


Throughout the pandemic, YMCA Calgary has met or exceeded public health guidance where possible to help keep our community safe and we have invested in enhanced cleaning and additional layers of protective measures and processes that reinforce our long-term commitment to health and safety in our spaces. This includes health screening of all visitors to camp, vaccination protocols for YMCA staff and volunteers, social distancing and a reduction of large indoor gatherings, and kitchen, mealtime, lodge, and sleep guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety.


YMCA Calgary also adheres to the Alberta Camping Association, Government of Alberta, and YMCA National Camping guidelines.



Registration Dates for 2022

Online registration for all camps are open and active for *returning and new campers


*Returning campers are any participant who has attended a Camp Chief Hector summer program in the past.Any participant who was registered OR attended in 2020, 2021 or earlier for any Camp Chief Hector summer program is considered a returning camper. This includes siblings of registered participants, and anyone who elected to receive a refund for cancelled programs in either 2020, or 2021. You will be required to register your camper in their correct age group.


Join us for Summer Camps!

YMCA Calgary is excited to offer you Summer Camps! While we can’t engage in the way you might be used to, we’ve found a way to offer you week-long summer experiences that will be safe, fun and memorable. We look forward to connecting with your kids. New this year is family/household overnight weekend camp experiences at Camp Chief Hector YMCA! Enjoy the great outdoors with your family like never before.



In the city

Camp YMCA camps take place at FIVE of our health & fitness locations in Calgary. PLUS a new location in downtown Calgary (details coming soon).

Campers will participate in a variety of games and activities that take place in and out of our YMCA facilities. Each age group will enjoy activities appropriate for their developmental age.

Day Camp amenities and activities will be dependent on government health restrictions and recommendations at the time camp starts, as well as operational realities within branches if pools or other amenities have limited capacities due to health guidance.

*subject to change based on COVID restrictions


In the city

At Camp Riveredge, campers will experience a fully outdoor camp—right in the city!

Packed with full days of adventure, campers will participate in active camp games and spend lots of time exploring forests and wide-open spaces. Full days immersed in the natural world will provide many meaningful opportunities and loads fun!

All camps include some of the same activities, but are modified for each developmental stage to keep camp fun, engaging and challenging for all ages. Campers must be dropped off and picked up at the Camp Riveredge site near Sandy Beach. There is no bussing or before/after care offered for this camp.

Camp Chief Hector

Outside of the city

Camp Chief Hector provides a rich ecosystem for children and youth to learn and grow through nature. Our camps promote independence and community through challenge and fun. An experience not be missed!

Camp Cheif Hector Site:

The Camp Chief Hector site is located just an hour outside of Calgary in Bow Valley Wildlands Provincial Park. This camp is full of adventure.