Summer: fun, active, unplugged. Get off those screens, because, with eight health & recreation locations and two outdoor camp sites, YMCA Calgary has plenty of spaces and places to keep kids busy all summer! Kids can choose from multi-activity and sport-specific camps or outdoor and overnight camps—or they can try them all!
The YMCA has long been known for its quality experiences for children and youth. This year, the YMCA will offer even more camp options – both indoors and out!
The YMCA’s eight health & recreation locations in Calgary offer a variety of camps, from multi-activity camps to sport camps to special themed camps like swimming, skating, and more. All camps include arts and crafts, drama, games, gym time, outdoor adventures, and recreational swimming. They might play court sports, scale walls, and take on the pool. Climbing, art (dance, drama, or visual arts), culinary, and swim lesson options are available at some locations! If you have a child who is passionate about sports, there are also Sport Camps that offer skill development and game play, plus participation in some of the activities offered in the multi-activity camps. An off-site field trip to a fun location in Calgary is included. If you need a longer day, pre-care starting at 7:30 am and post-care ending at 5:30 pm is available free of charge and does not require additional registration.
Another option for day camps is Camp Riveredge YMCA. Camp Riveredge camps take place at Sandy Beach Park located in Calgary’s southwest, and kids can experience a fully outdoor day camp—right in the city! Packed with full days of adventure, campers will try out the low ropes, challenge course, bouldering cube, and archery range. They’ll participate in active camp games, build a team shelter, 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 of fun! Each camp is modified for each developmental stage to keep camp fun, engaging, and challenging for all ages.
If your kids are ready for an outdoor overnight camp, consider Camp Chief Hector YMCA. Located just an hour outside of Calgary in the Bow Valley Wildlands Provincial Park, Camp Chief Hector provides a rich ecosystem for children and youth to learn and grow through nature. This fun outdoor camp promotes independence and individual growth through group development and challenge. Your child will explore nature and participate in many on-site activities including canoeing, swimming, archery, climbing the high-ropes, challenge course, rock climbing wall, and creativity in the adventure park. They’ll enjoy camp songs and campfires in the evening before they hit their sleeping bags for a much-needed sleep. No parents allowed!
All these camp adventures can make a parent nervous, but the YMCA takes camper safety very seriously. Each counsellor has training in healthy child development, first aid and CPR certifications, and a valid police clearance. In addition, they have completed training in physical literacy, health & safety, program planning for healthy child development, and more. The outdoor camp counsellors have also completed extensive wilderness training and certification, ensuring all campers enjoy a fun and safe camp experience. In the water, each camper is swim tested by a qualified lifeguard on their first visit to the pool, which will ensure each child has a safe visit to the pool, regardless of their swim skill and experience. Campers are carefully supervised during each pool visit.
As your children grow, you can also be assured that the YMCA helps campers learn leadership skills. The older campers take an active role in leading younger campers and some campers learn the value of leading in their community through participating in a philanthropy project – a camper Calgary Food Bank Drive.
For more information, check out the YMCA Summer Camp Guide and get ready for a summer filled with excitement and adventure! Camps are filling fast, so don’t delay . . . call your local YMCA branch to register today, or register online!
YMCA Calgary Summer Camps: