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Shader Kids is a non-profit organization inspired by the legacy of Tim Ross, a passionate leader in outdoor education whose life was tragically cut short in a hiking accident. Tim's dedication to empowering youth through outdoor experiences and leadership development sparked the creation of Shader Kids. With a background working at various summer camps and eventually serving as the Camp Director at Camp Chief Hector YMCA in the Alberta, Bow Valley, Tim left an indelible mark on the community. He was known for his ability to inspire young people to embrace the outdoors and for making everyone he encountered feel appreciated, seen, and loved. Through Shader Kids, Tim's spirit lives on, as we continue his mission of providing children and young adults with opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive in the great outdoors.




The Annual Shader Kids Weekend will take place May 25-26 at Camp Chief Hector at the foot of the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Kananaskis, Alberta. 

We hope you can join us for a wonderful weekend of connections, outdoor adventures, ball hockey and a fundraising dinner to support our Shader Kids campers and future leaders. 


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Tim Ross was an extraordinary individual whose passion for outdoor education touched the lives of many. With years of experience working at various summer camps and eventually assuming the role of Camp Director at Camp Chief Hector in the Alberta Bow Valley, Tim became a beacon of inspiration in the community. His magnetic personality, coupled with his genuine care for others, made every person he interacted with feel appreciated, seen, and loved. Tim's dedication to fostering leadership skills and a love for the outdoors among young people was unparalleled. He had a unique ability to ignite a sense of adventure and curiosity in those around him, inspiring countless individuals to embrace nature, challenge themselves, and become stewards of the environment. Tim's legacy continues to shine brightly through the lives he touched and the countless memories he created in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him.

“There are two gifts we should give children; one is roots and the other is wings.” 

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