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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.

2024 spring & summer registration dates

Registration for spring & summer programs, classes and day camps is open.

Upcoming facility closures

Programs, classes and swimming lessons will not be offered at the following facilities while they undergo repairs:

  • Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre: closed this spring and summer.
  • Canyon Meadows Aquatic & Fitness Centre: closed this summer.
  • Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Centre: closed this summer.

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 Intermediate 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