Helping kids to belong, grow, thrive, and lead for over 90 years. 

Operating year-round, Camp Chief Hector YMCA offers a unique camping and outdoor education experience. While programs typically focus on youth through our summer camps and 3-season outdoor schools, Camp Chief Hector also offers weekend programs for adults and families, as well as meeting and event facilities. 

Activities & Amenities Include:

  • Archery
  • High ropes & climbing tower
  • Adventure playground & community garden
  • Canoeing and lake activities
  • Horse corrals
  • Tipi & Yurt accommodations
  • Family weekends
  • Facility Rentals: conferences, reunions, retreats, special events and more! 

Summer Registration

boy climbing wall at camp

Overnight and day camp experiences for youth in the Bow Valley.

Registration for Summer Camp 2023 will open at 9:30 a.m. January 17 for returning campers and January 19 for new campers.

Camp Alumni

5 girls climbing on tree outside

Whether you attended Camp Chief Hector YMCA as a counsellor in 1989 or a camper in 2009, we want to stay connected with you. 

Love, Camp Campaign

camp girls

We are envisioning what is next for Camp as it approaches it centennial year.

Join us in raising $14.5 million to show Camp Chief Hector some love.

Family Getaway Weekends

Family on canoe dock

Join us for a weekend of family fun at Camp Chief Hector YMCA!

Registration for Weekend Getaways in May begins at 9:30 a.m. on January 19 2023. 

Outdoor School

Happy Campers

Bring your classroom to the Bow Valley, and immerse your students in the outdoors at Camp Chief Hector.

Truth and Reconciliation

Lake Sunset

Since 2017, YMCA Calgary & Camp Chief Hector aim to strengthen our dedication to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and communities across Canada.

Cancellation Policy

We know that the world changes every second and sometimes things come up. Read the Camp Chief Hector YMCA Cancellation Policy.

Outdoor Facility Rentals

The Camp Chief Hector YMCA runs outdoor programs 7 days a week, from May until the end of October. Due to this reason, it is unlikely that we will be able to accommodate any group bookings during those months.


If you would like to look into booking your group outside of those months, please keep in mind that we would have limited programming and services available. Common rental types that would be possible include 

  • Day Groups (requiring indoor meeting spaces, and outdoor spaces for activities, no food service required)
  • Small Overnight Groups (Under 20 people – would have to cook for themselves in a standard conventional kitchen)


We would be happy to work with potential user groups to see if we can accommodate your request.


Currently, we are not booking any additional Wedding Rentals for the 2023 or 2024 seasons.  


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Camp Chief Hector is an accredited camp by the Alberta Camping Association

Camp Chief Hector YMCA is proud to be an accredited camp by the Alberta Camping Association. The Alberta Camping Association is the professional association and accreditation body for summer and youth camps in Alberta. They believe in the value of high quality, safe, inclusive, and fun camp experiences for all Albertans. 

To learn more, please click here.