Category: Crowfoot YMCA

Weighted Hooping Free Demo Class

Remember the fun you had with a hula hoop as a child? Now you can rediscover your inner child and get a great workout with a weighted hoop! Join us Monday, November 24 5:15-6:15pm to try this exciting new class for free. Please arrive early as space will be limited. We will begin hand-stamping to reserve places at 4:45pm.

2015 Winter Camp at Camp Chief Hector

Come to camp in the winter!

Skate on Dew Drop Pond, carve ice from Lake Chilver and discover your camp during the winter. Play outside in the snow and on the ice – skate, hike and build snow forts. Then come inside to warm up and enjoy a satisfying meal. Bring warm clothes, skates and a helmet, bedding, toiletries and pyjamas. Bring nordic (cross-country) ski gear if you have it.

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Winter Camp | 10-13Y
Camp Chief Hector YMCA
Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2015 | 7pm Friday – 1pm Sunday

Fees include shared, indoor accommodations, meals, and activities.

*Return transportation is available from the Crowfoot YMCA in Calgary at no additional cost.

To register, call 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622.

Exciting Programming for 2015

Look at some new programs you can do to at the YMCA to keep you moving towards your fitness goals for 2015!

Self Defense at Crowfoot
Bellyfit® at Saddletowne
Western Dance at Eau Claire
Tae Kwon Do at South Health Campus YMCA
Preschool Yoga at Shawnessy

Please call Member Services at your branch for more information.

A Parent’s Perspective of the Eau Claire Child Development Centre

Contributed by Michelle Whitney

Emilia with her Mom, Michelle, in front of her new school

Emilia with her Mom, Michelle, in front of her new school

My daughter, Emilia, started kindergarten this September. It was a bitter sweet moment. She has been a cherished part of the Eau Claire daycare and we both miss the daycare that was her second home. Both of us started our day warmly greeted by staff and made to feel like we were welcomed and belonged.

Various stations would greet the children; some days it was a dress up, circus, restaurant or a veterinary clinic. Other days the children would get their bathing suits on for swimming lessons and pool play time. Children participate in outdoor activities either on a field trip or on the outdoor play structure. My daughter loved field trip days – she travelled to the zoo, Home Depot, pet stores, the library and even a farm! Tanya, her teacher, loves the park and Emilia would regale me with the great adventures they had.

Below freezing days would see the children upstairs in the YMCA gym participating in games and performing tumbling activities. Plus 15 adventures ensured everyone stayed warm but had the opportunity to get moving.

I loved the open door policy – I would travel upstairs and have lunch with my daughter and her friends and teachers. Communal meals and snacks were such an important part of socializing.

The daycare follows the YMCA Playing to Learn philosophy which, as an educator, I find to be an effective way to engage and educate children. Children would express an interest in an activity and the rest of the week would be centred on that activity. For example, the children were interested in babies. Tanya brought in baby food for the children to taste test, which proved to be quite funny. The children studied a baby’s actions to determine it’s needs, learned about human development and about safety. This activity also taught the children about empathy.

My daughter was very well prepared for kindergarten. Children thrive on structure and stable environments. She takes pride in knowing that it is appropriate to put your hand up if you would like a turn speaking in a group. She understands the importance of ‘indoor’ and ‘outdoor’ voices. She can write her name, knows her alphabet and can count to twenty. Fine and gross motor skills were practiced at the YMCA through a range of play-based activities. She was allowed to freely express her imagination and felt safe in taking risks. Through physical activity she has become agile and confident.

I would highly recommend the Eau Claire YMCA centre to any parent. In fact, I was responsible for referring a parent whose child starts next month. The staff are well trained and professional but are also warm and empathetic. They do not hesitate to smother my daughter with hugs when they see her come back for a visit. I was confident that if she scraped her knee she would be gently snuggled and her hair stroked until she felt better. After all, as a parent this is all we want for our child – to know that they are loved.

YMCA Calgary operates licensed Child Development Centres in our Eau Claire, Saddletowne and Shawnessy locations. We are preparing to expand our impact with new centres in YMCA facilities in Quarry Park, Rocky Ridge, and Seton. These amazing new spaces will help us support young children to belong, grow and thrive!

Get Ready for Winter with Exciting Program Options

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You can always rely on YMCA Calgary programs to help promote healthy lifestyles and build spirit, mind and body for children, youth, adults and families.

Registration for Winter Programs begins on November 24 for YMCA members and on December 15 for the general public.

Winter Day Camps – Need something for your child to do during Winter break? Winter Day Camp registration has begun! Sign-up your child for a week of fun at your YMCA location.

This Winter, make sure to reserve a spot in one of our wide variety of recreational Programs and Winter Break Day Camps!

Lead A Friend to Health and See the Rewards


The Lead a Friend to Health promotion is back and for all the right reasons. From the goodness of your heart… help others start a healthy lifestyle!

From November 1-30, referring members receive a special thank you gift from YMCA Calgary when friends join. When your friends sign-up, you receive YCredits!

Use your Y Credits towards:

  • Experiencing the Plus Locker Room
  • Registering for a new program you haven’t tried
  • Trying 5 different programs with a Flex Pass
  • Discovering new heights with Indoor climbing programs
  • Enjoying worry-free workouts using YMCA Babysitting Services

Helping others start a healthy lifestyle is a wonderful way to build healthy communities together. Share your YMCA experience and encourage friends, colleagues and family to join.

Promotion runs November 1-30. Visit Member Services at your YMCA Location to get started.


Your Opinion Counts!

We are very excited to launch YMCA Calgary’s online annual impact survey! Because everyone’s opinion is very important to us, both members and the general public can participate.

Your feedback on your experience at the YMCA will help identify ways that we can better meet the needs and expectations of all the people who are connected with us.

If you are a YMCA Calgary member or participant, or a parent or guardian or a member or participant, or feel you have a connection to YMCA Calgary: we’d love to hear from you.

The fun part of launching this survey is the associated contest. All survey participants also have chances to winsome cool YMCA prizes!

Spend 5 to 20 minutes to provide feedback and get the link to enter the contest. Thanks for sharing your YMCA experience with us. GOOD LUCK!

Click here to access the survey!

Anytime during the year, you are also welcome to fill out an online comment card to let us know how we are doing. Thank you for being a part of our YMCA community!

Camp Chief Hector Yoga Retreat Nov 21 – 23

Join us at the Camp Chief Hector YMCA for an inspiring yoga focused weekend. This Yoga Retreat will accommodate students new to yoga as well as those with a background in yoga. Our goal for the weekend is to be in this wonderful mountain location, spending time experiencing our body, breath and mind. Our instructors will help you develop a balanced practice that will serve you well in all aspects of your life. They will provide adjustments in your poses if you wish.  There will also be time to explore the incredible site. Shared accommodations and meals are included.

Yoga Retreat | Fall 2014

  • November 21 at 5pm – November 23 at 2pm
  • Cost $290
  • Phone our city registration office to register at 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622.

To read more about the instructors and to see the weekend’s schedule, click here.

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Massage at Eau Claire YMCA

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Members and non-members can enjoy the benefits of massage offered at the Eau Claire YMCA by a great team of Registered Massage Therapists.  If you’re interested in booking an appointment please call Men’s Plus (403)-781-1660 for men’s bookings and the front desk (403) 269-6701 for women’s bookings.

Member Rates:
25 minutes | $45
40 minutes | $65
55 minutes | $80
85 minutes | $110

Non-Member Rates:
25 minutes | $50
40 minutes | $70
55 minutes | $90
85 minutes | $120

*RMT Receipts are provided
*Prices are subject to change

CCHY Flood Relief Weekend – Nov 28-30 & Dec 5-7

Camp Chief Hector is hosting two final Flood Respite Weekends before the end of the year. If you were affected by the 2013 flood, don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

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We’re welcoming all families affected by the floods to spend a weekend at Camp Chief Hector YMCA. These weekends are a gift and are provided at no cost to flood-affected families. Funding is generously provided by the Government of Alberta and are designated to encourage building strong relationships within your community.

For more information about the schedule and what to expect, click here.

Call 403-269-6156 to register.