Experience daily adventures in the great outdoors 

YMCA Camp Riveredge is an outdoor day camp located at Sandy Beach Park along the Elbow River in Calgary's southwest. Participants are unplugged and stay active exploring the great outdoors, taking part in traditional camp games, crafts and activities.

This camp encourages campers to belong, grow, thrive and lead in the outdoors. Throughout each day, campers may take part in archery, the challenge course, low ropes, bouldering cube, fire building, field games, campfires, shelter building and more. 

On hot days, campers take regular shade breaks, play water games and participate in lower energy activities. Offsite adventures encourage groups to explore local parks and natural spaces. Groups interact with others in a natural disconnected environment to make new friends and develop social skills. 

All camps include some of the same activities but are modified for each developmental stage to keep camp fun, engaging and challenging for everyone.

 

Registration for Spring Break & Summer Camps:

Camp Registration

We offer a wide variety of camps across all YMCA locations! Learn more about our camps here

For spring school booking inquiries, please email cchy@ymcacalgary.org

 

Summer Camp Descriptions

Merlin campers come for a 5-day experience at camp. They will be led through a range of camp activities that include archery, challenge course, low ropes, arts & crafts and field games. Merlins campers will also participate in a weekly reading session put on by the Calgary Public Library, where campers will choose books for staff to read. All Merlin campers will develop their teamwork skills, experience new challenges in the outdoors and meet new friends.

Gear 1 campers come for a 5-day experience at camp. Campers will spend part of each day learning and practicing the basics of riding a bike. Gear 1 campers will also have the opportunity to participate in a range of other camp activities and games, including archery, challenge course, low ropes, arts & crafts and field games. All Gear 1 campers will develop their teamwork skills, experience new challenges in the outdoors and meet new friends.

Participants must bring their own pedal bike and be able to ride without training wheels. They must also have a CSA-approved bike helmet

Hawks campers come for a 5-day experience at camp. They will be led through a range of camp activities that include archery, challenge course, low ropes, arts & crafts and field games. Hawks campers will also participate in a weekly reading session put on by the Calgary Public Library, where campers will choose books for staff to read. All Hawk campers will develop their teamwork skills, experience new challenges in the outdoors and meet new friends.

Gear 2 campers come for a 5-day experience at camp. Campers will spend part of each day building their endurance when riding a bike, along with exploring new routes along the River Pathways. Gear 2 campers will also have the opportunity to participate in a range of other camp activities and games, including archery, challenge course, low ropes, arts & crafts and field games. All Gear 2 campers will develop their teamwork skills, experience new challenges in the outdoors and meet new friends.

Participants must bring their own pedal bike and be able to ride without training wheels. They must also have a CSA-approved bike helmet.

Falcons campers come for a 5-day experience at camp. They will be led through a range of camp activities that include archery, challenge course, low ropes, arts & crafts and field games. Falcons also participate in offsite adventures where groups explore local parks and natural spaces to learn more about the flora and fauna. Falcon campers will be encouraged to interact with others in a natural disconnected environment to make new friends, develop social skills and experience challenges in the outdoors.

Gear 3 campers come for a 5-day experience at camp. Campers will spend part of each day building their endurance on a bike, learning new maneuvers on technical terrain, along with exploring longer routes across the inner city. Gear 3 campers will also have the opportunity to participate in a range of other camp activities and games, including archery, challenge course, low ropes, arts & crafts and field games. All Gear 3 campers will develop their teamwork skills, experience new challenges in the outdoors and meet new friends.

Participants must bring their own pedal bike and be able to ride without training wheels. They must also have a CSA-approved bike helmet.

Eagles campers come for a 5-day experience at camp. They will be led through a range of camp activities that include archery, challenge course, low ropes, arts & crafts and field games. Eagles also participate in offsite adventures where groups explore local parks and natural spaces to learn more about the flora and fauna. Eagles campers will be encouraged to interact with others in a natural disconnected environment to make new friends, develop social skills and experience challenges in the outdoors.

Osprey campers come for a 10-day experience at camp. Campers will learn about teamwork, leadership, responsibility, and develop personal strengths and self-confidence. During the first week they will be led through a range of camp activities that include archery, challenge course, low ropes, arts & crafts and field games. The following week, Osprey campers will be paired with a Merlins or Hawks group to shadow the head counsellor. Campers will also participate in an introduction to overnight camping and spend a night onsite in a tent. These experiences give opportunities for campers to focus on developing leadership and outdoor living skills.

* All camps include some of the same activities but are modified for each developmental stage to keep camp fun, engaging, and challenging for everyone.

Camp Riveredge 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. 

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