Programs

The Calgary Stampede Foundation supports the youth of Alberta by providing dynamic programming that promotes citizenship and education, and enhances leadership skills and personal growth. The Foundation creates spaces that connect with the arts, heritage and education in order to make a vibrant and engaging community.

Strong Youth. Stronger Community.

Calgary Stampede Showband

The World Champion Calgary Stampede Showband was created in 1971 to serve as the musical ambassadors for the Calgary Stampede. The group features over 140 performers between the ages of 16 and 21, who perform year-round throughout Calgary, Alberta, and internationally. With up to 200 annual performances, the program offers diverse opportunities to develop performance, musicianship, interpersonal, and leadership skills.


The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts

The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts offers youth the opportunity to train in dance, voice, and performance, while inspiring both artistic and personal excellence. The Young Canadians were first featured in the Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show in 1968 and have wowed audiences ever since.

Calgary Stampede Showriders

The Calgary Stampede Showriders are a dynamic group of young equestrians with a distinctive western flair. Formed in 1985, the team performs in musical rides, parades, and rodeos across Southern Alberta and has traveled to destinations in the United States and Europe. The Showriders program provides community youth with opportunities to learn individual and group horsemanship skills, and ride and perform in an engaging and team oriented environment.

Band of Outriders

The Band of Outriders are an energetic ensemble that have performed for audiences since 1991. As Stampede ambassadors, Band of Outriders extend their musical version of western hospitality to local crowds and thousands of Calgary visitors every day during the annual Stampede. 

Stampede School

Stampede School is an immersive educational experience for students in grades 1 to 12 that relocates their classroom to Stampede Park. In their new setting, students and teachers experience deep and innovative learning and make connections to history, agriculture, Indigenous traditions and cultures, and western heritage and values. Each class’ week-long experience is customized to fit their particular curriculum and individual needs.

OH Ranch Education

The OH Ranch is one of Alberta’s most historic properties and remains an authentic working cattle ranch. The OH Ranch Education program provides direct connections to grade 4, 5, and 6 Science and Social Studies curriculum, while exploring Alberta’s history, heritage, sustainability, ecosystem management, environmental stewardship, herd management and more. The program engages and empowers students to think deeper, develop connections to their community, and understand their impact on the world around them.

Journey 2050

A program of the Calgary Stampede, Journey 2050 takes students on a virtual simulation exploring world food sustainability while engaging and empowering students to think deeper and understand their impact on the world around them. Journey 2050 is a free educational experience for grades 7-9, experienced virtually or in-person through our field school and guest speaking opportunities.

Stampede Summer Camp

Join us down at Stampede Park for a week of summer fun! Campers will learn about Stampede traditions, explore Indigenous culture, and try their hand at some favourite cowboy activities. Campers will experience a classic Stampede pancake breakfast, tipi raising, miniature horses, line dancing, an ice cream social, and more. The camp is a week-long program providing the opportunity for diverse youth to connect with each other, develop a sense of belonging, and have fun together.   

Indigenous Youth Program

The Indigenous Youth Program was created in 2016 to bring together Indigenous youth between the ages of 9 and 14. Free, day-long programs encourage participants to connect with one another in a safe and encouraging space. Indigenous facilitators design activities like LEGO robot building, medicine walks and language illustration that incorporate learning cultures and traditions, building resiliency and having fun.

Calgary Stampede Poster Competition 

The Calgary Stampede Poster Competition welcomes young artists (age 15-24) from across Alberta to submit their vision for the chance to design the artwork for the Calgary Stampede Poster and take home a first place prize scholarship. The program focuses on artistic growth and skill development, proving mentorship and masterclasses with professional artists, and offering a total of $20,000 in scholarships for the competition finalists.

4-H

4-H on Parade is western Canada’s largest gathering of 4-H clubs and members, offering the opportunity for rural and urban youth to show and compete with their projects. 4-H Rodeo is an annual standalone event, created by the Calgary Stampede to foster appreciation of the sport of rodeo in youth, actively engaging 4-H members in learning and competing in a variety of events at their skill levels. These programs help develop the next generation of leaders in agriculture and western events.

For more information on any of the above programs, please contact youthprograms@calgarystampede.com