Kids Camp 2015 – AFL


Theme: “Environment”

The AFL Kids’ Camp is a 5-day residential program that combines summer activities with educational activities.
The camp is open to children of trade unionists belonging to unions affiliated to the Alberta Federation of Labour. Learning is combined with recreational activities such as canoeing, wall climbing, hiking, rappelling, group challenges, crafts and swimming.


The camp begins at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3 at Goldeye Centre and ends at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 7.

The Camp Director, Nurses and Adult Leaders are volunteers. They provide onsite direction to campers, act as cabin leaders, work with junior leaders, facilitate union time and assist Centre for Outdoor Education (COE) and Goldeye staff with camp activities. The director liaises with COE and Goldeye staff on site.

Junior Counselors (over 16 years of age) Assist campers in the cabins, participate in games, group activities and union time. Assist the adult leaders.

For more detailed expectations call 780-483-3021 or 1-800-661-3995.

Bus Transportation

Bus transportation is provided to and from the camp free of charge from Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton and Fort McMurray (Fort McMurray campers usually come to Edmonton and go to camp on the Edmonton bus). Buses leave Calgary and Edmonton at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 4th. The Calgary bus makes a stop in Red Deer.

Buses returns campers to Calgary and Edmonton on Friday, August 7th at 3:00 p.m. Full details on busing will be provided in the registration package sent to parents. Note: Pack a lunch for your kid for the outbound trip.

Goldeye Centre

The camp is located in the Rocky Mountains about 180 km west of Red Deer. The Centre overlooks Goldeye Lake, 10 km west of Nordegg. Goldeye Centre has cabins for our use. Some of the recreational activities are: canoeing, wall climbing, hiking, group challenges, rappelling, and swimming. Goldeye staff are trained and experienced in working with children and youth.

Goldeye Centre is a nut-free facility. No nuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds are allowed on the bus, in cabins, in luggage, etc.

Centre for Outdoor Education (COE)

COE coordinates and supervises most of the recreational activities. Their staff is trained, experienced, professionals who work with children of all ages.


The cost of the camp is $450 per camper. Some unions subsidize the fee. Check with your union and local. This low registration is possible because of the generous donations from affiliates. The Federation is committed to ensuring that no campers will be excluded from attending camp because of registration costs.

S’ean Gillen Scholarships and Kerry Barrett Bursary

The AFL sponsors two youths to camp through the S’ean Gillen Memorial Scholarship and one youth through the Kerry Barrett Bursary. Both Brother Gillen and Sister Barrett served as AFL Camp Directors in the 1990s and 2000s respectively.

For campers to be considered for a scholarship or bursary they must submit, along with the registration form, a written essay of no more than 250 words on the following: “Why is it important for kids to learn about unions?”

Kids’ Camp Goals

  • Learn about unions
  • Foster participation based on cooperation
  • Create a positive & safe place for young people to be creative and to work and play together
  • Develop collective action skills to solve problems and make decisions

Financial Donations and Union Swag

If your union is interested in making a financial contribution, donating Swag for campers or donating some Swag for prizes, please complete the Financial Donations and Union Swag Form.

Call for Volunteer Adult Leaders and Junior Counselors

The AFL Kids’ Camp requires at least two adult leaders per cabin, as well as junior counselors.

If you or your union is interested in naming volunteer leaders or junior counselors please complete the Volunteer Leader/Junior Counselor Form.



Camper Registration

Leaders & Junior Counselors Registration

Financial & Union Swag Donations Form

(Letter to parents with forms will be sent after registration closes)

Enclose fee of $450 per camper, along with 250 word essay on “Why is it important for kids to learn about unions? (if you are applying for a scholarship or bursary), and mail to:
AFL Kids’ Camp
Alberta Federation of Labour
#300, 10408 – 124 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 1R5
Phone: 780-483-3021 or 1-800-661-3995 Fax: 780-484-5928