Resources and updates

At Youth HQ, our primary objective is the healthy growth and development of every young person who accesses our programs and services. We’re proud to offer this compilation of resources for our youth and families during this time when our physical programming isn’t accessible.

Our leadership continues to pay very close attention to the global outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and the related cases in Alberta, and how these as well as protocols directed by respective authorities impact our programming in the future.

What We’re Doing

  • Our facility is closed to the public effective Tuesday, March 17 until further notice.
  • A remote working protocol has been implemented as of March 23, 2020. All staff are currently working remotely. (Programming staff do not have access to their phone extensions or voicemail at this time. Please communicate directly with Program Coordinators and Team Leaders by email.)
  • Waitlist and some match activities will continue to be run virtually at this time.
  • In-School Mentoring and Teen Mentoring programs are currently running virtually, should matches choose to do so, and will be supported to run throughout the summer should they choose to do so. (The exception to this would be the Teen Mentoring program through Hunting Hills High School, which has transitioned to Mind Matters programming.)
  • As of June, Program Coordinators have started to host in-person match support meetings, and are starting to make new in-person match introductions as well.
  • Interviews and home visits will still be completed virtually at this time.
  • Community-based matches may resume in-person meetings.

Based on closures of schools and city facilities where we run programming, coupled with direction from Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada, we have decided to implement the following measures:

  • Program Coordinators and team staff will be accessible by phone and email as required.
  • Virtual programming is accessible to youth attending regular Club programming. Check your Scoop emails for more information on monthly program offerings.
  • We regret to inform families and youth that we have made the decision to postpone the West Coast Trail Adventure Trek until Summer 2021. This means both the West Coast Trail and the David Thompson Ride for Youth will run in Summer of 2021, with a return to our usual staggered schedule in 2022. The group of youth that is scheduled for 2020 will be the same group scheduled for the 2021 trip.
  • Our team will be developing a suite of daily activities available to families and program participants through our Facebook page ( through June 30, 2020.
  • Youth HQ Summer Day Camps are now available to youth ages 7-12 in Red Deer (2 locations), Benalto, Delburne, and Springbrook. Click here for more information and to register.

Weekend Warriors

As a result of directives set in place by the Ministry of Health and Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, the 2020 edition of the Weekend Warriors has been cancelled and will be replaced with targeted work-bee style events for small groups of individual volunteers. We’re grateful to all volunteers who put their name forward to come out to Camp Alexo either for the first time or as part of their annual summer schedule.

Rally for Kids

The Rally for Kids fundraiser for Camp Alexo, originally scheduled for June 27, 2020, will now take place on September 5, 2020. The postponement comes as a result of directives set in place by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health as well as the Ministry of Environment & Parks. We are excited to welcome all our OHV enthusiasts to Nordegg and Camp Alexo in September!

The 49th Street Youth Shelter will continue to operate as normal. The Shelter has existing practices, protocols and policies regarding Infectious Disease Control and consistently enforces these protocols daily. We have also implemented additional sanitation precautions as per guidelines delivered by Alberta Human Services, which continue to ensure the safety and health of youth accessing our facility. We will make every effort to ensure continued accessibility of our facility and outreach services.

It is with considerable regret we must inform the families of registered campers that our 2020 summer programming is cancelled. Per direction from the Alberta Ministry of Health and notice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health regarding risks as a result of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), no gathering of more than 15 people is allowed in one indoor or outdoor location.

Camp Alexo’s programming is based on adventure, discovery, and play in group settings where children and youth can develop healthy relationships in a safe and unique nature setting. Our ActivKids programming is similar, providing high energy activities to engage kids in active living, sports discovery, creative and artistic expression. With the restrictions implemented by the Government of Alberta, we are unable to proceed with our summer programming in a manner that ensures not only the safety of our campers, but also our staff. This decision is not made lightly, as we know many families have made Camp Alexo part of their summer every year. As heartbreaking as this wrinkle in time is, we expect our next season to be packed with more adventure than ever before.

Here to Help

As we continue to innovate our programming as best we can to support our youth and families, we also want to offer information to help ensure our Youth HQ families get access to the resources they may need at this time.

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