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Summer Camp Information

Join us this summer! Located within the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Camp Impeesa is a true hidden gem in Southern Alberta. Fully renovated and expanded in 2016, summer camp is open to all boys and girls from ages 8 to 17. Run by Scouts Canada, the programming is well organized and focused on learning and having fun. Camp Impeesa is not exclusively a Scouts camp and campers come from all over Alberta with a wide range backgrounds and experience.

From swimming and paddling, to hiking in the Rockies, to tomahawk throwing, the adventure is amazing. Making new friends around the campfire and sharing stories in the tents will create memories for a lifetime… welcome to Camp Impeesa!

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Camp Highlights

  • Alberta’s premiere outdoor adventure camp in the Rockies!
  • Operated by Scouts Canada since the 1967, renovated and expanded in 2016
  • Summer Camp is open to all boys and girls ages 8 to 17 — both Scouts and non-Scouts
  • Depending on the age group, your child will enjoy activities like low ropes course, ziplining, pioneering, hiking, bouldering, thunderball, volleyball, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, rappelling, axe throwing, archery, nature walks, arts and crafts, campfire building, songs, skits, and camp-wide games
  • Healthy, hot meals daily in the main hall
  • Nightly group campfires, rustic platform tents, and a 100 billion stars
  • Bus transportation to and from Camp Impeesa from Calgary, Fort MacLeod, and High River is planned. Please check the Summer Camp Camper Information 2019 guide for details.
  • Camp photos; easily find your camper photos sent direct to your phone via text with our WALDO Photos service.
  • A souvenir crest, neckerchief and t-shirt, and access to the camp’s photo collection
  • Truly stunning location: lakefront at the foot of Table Mountain
  • First timers welcome... there’s something for everyone!

Age Groups

  • Pika (8-10 Years Old)
  • This is the first time they’ll sleep under the stars, make new friends around a fire they’ve built, and track the footsteps of majestic wildlife. In this introduction to our wilderness adventure summer camp, your child connects with nature and their peers in a whole new way.

    Once your Pika arrives at Camp Impeesa, he or she will join their ‘patrol’—the group and camp counsellor they’ll stick with for most activities throughout the week. And then the adventure begins! From spotting frogs at the pond to capturing the flag in the forest, highlights for this kids camp include fun and challenging activities such as:

    • Archery
    • Arts & crafts
    • Canoeing
    • Climbing
    • Hiking
    • Swimming
    • Flying Squirrel

    Pikas love the sense of adventure and skill-building they experience in our wilderness; parents love knowing their kids are taken care of by trained staff who follow scouting safety policies and share a passion for outdoor education. Plus, your camper will be raving about the healthy, kid-friendly food that fueled all of those adventures.

  • Bighorn (11 - 14 years old)
  • It’s hard to describe the sense of achievement and wonder that comes from hiking to the summit of Table Mountain, but Bighorn campers will try time and again as they relive their youth camp experience at Camp Impeesa.

    At every turn, Bighorn campers take in the raw, natural beauty of our wilderness surroundings as well as their growing skills as outdoor enthusiasts and team players. Focused on adventure, challenge and navigating the wilderness, Bighorn is a summer camp that offers both traditional and exciting new camp activities to suit your child’s age and interests, including:

    • Archery
    • Canoeing
    • Climbing
    • Paddleboarding
    • Swimming
    • Tomahawks and survival
    • Ziplining

    Bighorn campers become true backcountry adventurers as they go on an overnight backpack trip, canoe to an offsite location for a campfire-cooked meal, and enjoy the spectacular prairies and peaks from the summit of Table Mountain.

  • Grizzly (15 - 17 years old)
  • What does it feel like to fall asleep under a billion stars next to the friends you’ve bonded with hiking into the backcountry, jumping into the lake and building fires at sunset? The achievement, the teamwork, the high adventure challenge in true wilderness—this is what gives Grizzly campers the summer camp experience they crave.

    Grizzly campers have the chance to explore their unique outdoor passions at a higher level while continuing to develop their leadership and wilderness living skills. Highlights include a multi-night backpacking trip or a more challenging horseback day ride and full-day hike, and planning and leading an afternoon program for the younger Pika and Bighorn campers.

    Of course, Grizzly campers have plenty of time to enjoy their favourite guided youth camp pursuits, including:

    • Advanced climbing techniques
    • Swimming
    • Canoeing
    • Paddleboarding
    • Ziplining
    • Archery
    • Tomahawk-throwing
    • Wilderness Skills

    Nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains south of Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek offers a rare chance for teens to immerse themselves in nature and outdoor education.

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    Dates & Costs

    Week 1: July 7 - July 12

    Week 2: July 14 - July 19

    Week 3: July 21 - July 26*

    *Grizzly campers (15-17), these sessions only

    Week 4: July 28 - August 2

    Week 5: August 11 - August 16*

    Week 6: August 18 - August 23


    $599 Regular Price

    $549 Early Bird Price (ends February 18)

    Optional Bus Transportation: $70 (please register for the bus separately in ActiveNet)

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The name ‘Impeesa’ means ‘the wolf that never sleeps’ and was the nickname give to Baden-Powell by the Matabele warriors in Africa.

    Impeesa is located along the shores of Beaver Mines Lake in the Castle Mountain Wilderness Area about 2.5 hours south of Calgary, AB.

    Please register online for summer camp. Other forms required are on the Camper Forms page.

    At camp we take medication and camper medical care as high priority. Please refer to our Health and Safety section and the Camper and Parent Guide for more detailed information.

    Due to the location of camp cell phone coverage does not exist and parents should leave the cell phones and other devices that transmit a signal at home. Other electronics like iPods, tablets or similar should also be left at home. Camp is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.

    Camp meals are an important part of daily life here at camp. Our onsite camp cook and kitchen staff provide home cooked meals with numerous healthy options. Campers sit together family style in our Tillicum Dining Hall. Special and Out Trip meals happen in and around camp, usually over a campfire.

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    Camp Impeesa Activities

    3D Archery

    Take a step up and head into the woods with bow and arrow in hand. Follow our forest trail trying to score points as you take aim at our 3d foam animal targets. Just like a real hunt, your aim must be true as you only get one shot at each target.


    This classic youth camp activity will allow campers to develop the skills needed to pierce the bullseye of a traditional target with precision.

    Arts & Crafts

    Campers with a passion for making creations with their hands will love the arts and crafts activities. This youth camp activity fosters the imagination while incorporating nature’s bounty.


    On a canoe is the perfect place to be for campers seeking adventure. Campers are able to explore the lake and kids camp from an entirely different viewpoint.

    Climbing Tower

    Campers with a love of climbing will really enjoy this activity. The 40-foot climbing tower is the perfect kids camp activity for all the aspiring mountain climbers out there.


    Beaver Mines Lake is home to many different kinds of fish species. Campers can cast, reel, and catch all of the different kinds of fish living in the lake that borders the youth camp.


    One of the most basic and primitive skills of summer camp is learning how to light a fire. Campers can even compete in a few rounds of friendly firelighting challenges.


    Sitting at the base of Table Mountain, Camp Impeesa summer camp has access to a 4.3 km long hiking trail winding up to a summit that offers up some pretty amazing prairie views.


    Knot tying and structure building come together to teach campers how to build their own camps. Summer camp just isn’t complete without these necessary survival skills.


    In the line-up of shooting sports at camp, at the pellet shooting range campers will practice patients and accuracy through safe firearm handling and learning. With a variety of target options the range provides a unique shooting experience.

    Ropes Course

    The low ropes course in the Impeesa summer camp gives campers the chance to develop team-building skills and conflict resolution while discovering the benefits of group unity.


    Once the sun starts shining, campers are encouraged to hit the lake and work on their swimming skills while joining in on friendly water-related kids camp games.


    Hone hand-eye coordination, plan strategies, and push the boundaries of memory while enjoying a fast-paced game of thunderball at our Alberta teen camp.


    With a tomahawk in hand, campers are taught to aim with accuracy. This exhilarating youth camp activity pairs very well with archery.


    Campers searching for an Alberta teen camp that delivers on its promise to excite will love zipping across the bay on a thrilling yet safe double zipline.

    Days until Camp: -129

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