Category: Crowfoot YMCA

Christmas Tree Sales

From November 27 until December 24, Crowfoot YMCA will be selling Christmas Trees!

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Funds raised will support two of our important initiatives: YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and Leaders in Training Leadership Retreat.

The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign provides much-needed resources to support YMCA programs that give kids the opportunities to reach their full potential.

YMCA Strong Kids includes: helping a struggling family enjoy fun-filled activities regardless of their background or financial situation; helping a child learn to swim; helping a teen learn to lead, enabling a child/teen to participate in a recreation or physical activity.

The Leadership Retreat gives our young leaders and leaders-in-training a weekend in the mountains with other YMCA groups from across the prairies. This conference emphasizes community and stewardship and is the ultimate reward for their dedication to the leadership program.

Come buy your tree at Crowfoot YMCA, 8100 John Laurie Blvd. NW between 9am and 8pm Monday to Friday and between 10am and 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Elves at Play

Are you feeling the crunch as the Holiday Season approaches?

Take some time to relax this December and let YMCA instructors care for your children while you do some stress-free festive shopping or have a little quiet time to yourself.

This exciting event called Elves at Play is being hosted by the Saddletowne, Crowfoot, Shawnessy and Eau Claire YMCAs on Saturday, December 13 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Children taking part in Elves at Play will be entertained with crafts, games, swimming and more, all within your local YMCA.  All activities will be appropriate for children aged 3-12.

Registration for this fun filled event is only $25 for members and $35 for non-members.  Please contact your local branch to register today.  We’ll see you then!

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Healthy Holiday Giving

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Look no further than YMCA Calgary for unique and meaningful gifts this holiday season! See what’s in store for all the people you care about:

New Beginnings & Endeavours
Build health for life with a YMCA Calgary membership pass.

Fun & Adventure
Box up a quality program or day camp.

Learning & Achievement
Provide one-on-one quality instruction with private swim lessons or personal training.

Safe & Secure Helping Hands
Let parents have a worry-free workout with babysitting services.

Blissful Relaxation
Wrap up a massage experience (offered at Eau Claire YMCA only).

Thoughtfulness & Convenience
Give a swipe-and-go card to someone who likes to drop-in once in a while.

Charitable Giving
Can’t find a unique gift for the person who has everything? Donate to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign on that person’s behalf.

Enjoy treating your family and friends with healthy holiday gifts from YMCA Calgary.

Adopt a Family 2014


Guess what? It’s time to start thinking about Adopt a Family again!

Every year approaching Christmas, YMCA Calgary helps many families from our YMCA programs by coming together to purchase gifts for families in need.

This week, you will see different displays pop up in each YMCA branch. The displays will contain details about each family (genders and ages) and a listing of their needs and suggested gift ideas.

Here’s how you can help:

1. Check the display for each family’s needs or gift suggestions
2. Take the tag(s) that describes the item you would like to donate.
3. Buy the gift(s).
4. Bring your tag and unwrapped item to Member Services.
5. YMCA staff will wrap and deliver gifts to the families in time for Christmas.

The families the YMCA helps are gathered from several Community YMCA Programs including YMAP (YMCA Achievement Program), Aboriginal Programs and Services, LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada), and Outreach.

Thanks very much for helping out in your community and let the spirit of giving begin!

For more information or to donate, contact your YMCA Branch today.

*Please note: All 2014 Adopt a Family families have been selected.


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

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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.