Youth leadership programs

Earning a LEAD or Nature LEAD Certificate is fun and gives students credibility, recognition and opportunities at school, work and in the community. Developing and practicing leadership skills opens doors to success in the future!

Benefits of taking our leadership courses

  • Acquire valuable leadership skills they can put into action.
  • Demonstrate increased self-esteem, self-confidence and self-worth.
  • Become more involved in the community and caring for the environment.
  • Meet like-minded youth and develop meaningful relationships.

Spring & summer registration dates

Registration for spring & summer programs, classes and day camps:

  • Feb. 22 - Summer day camp schedule preview
  • March 5 - Summer day camp registration
  • March 7 - Program and class schedule preview
  • March 12 - Program and class registration
  • March 14 - Certification registration

Ensure your Live and Play account is ready on registration day by logging in and verifying your information is up to date. Get ready to register.

Registration will open:

  • 6 a.m. — Online (virtual waiting room opens at 5:30 a.m.).
  • 8:30 a.m. — By calling the Customer Service Centre at 403-268-3800 (option 1).
  • During business hours — At any City-operated Aquatic & Recreation or Arts facility.

Types of programs

You can register online, in person at our Recreation facilities, or by calling

About our instructors

Our Calgary LEAD instructors have completed a Police Information Check, including vulnerable sector search verification and are cleared to work with Children and Youth.

LEAD staff are trained in several areas including inclusion, Principles of Healthy Child Development and are experienced in working with youth. They are also all certified in Standard First Aid and CPR

What are classes like?

Classes will be a combination of learning information and group activities and games. Participants will get the chance to apply the techniques they learned in class.  Activities may take place indoors or outdoors.

Opportunities for practicum experiences are also included. This gives participants a chance to get hands on experience putting their leadership skills to work.

Come prepared

All LEAD programs may have indoor and outdoor components. Please bring the following:

  • Completed Program Participant Information Form and LEAD waiver from the community programs section of the forms and waivers page
  • Appropriate and comfortable clothing for the weather
  • Pen and pad of paper for taking notes
  • Snacks and food
  • Plastic or metal water bottle

More information

For LEAD program information or if your organization would like to be trained in facilitating the LEAD program, please call 311, or inquire online