YMCA Calgary Daycamps have come to a close for the summer of 2014.
At Saddletowne, the campers spent the final week travelling around the world. They started in South America, and then headed off to Asia, Europe, Africa, and finally finished thing off in North America. During the week, campers tried new sports, created cool art, and learned a great deal about the variety of people and things that our great world has to offer. Now we are all returning home, heading back to school, back to the routine for the fall.
Over the summer, we saw thousands of campers across all of our branches take part in travel in their imagination, and visit new and exciting places all over the city. Many of these campers received the support they needed to take part in the camp experience from the “YMCA Strong Kids Campaign”.
There were 105 Saddletowne Turtles, as we called them, supported by donations through fun-filled events that raised just short of $500 here at the branch. Some of these events included a disco dance competition, medieval jousting, a treasure hunt and a mystery auction featuring “Mystery Cookies”, just to name a few. No matter the fun event, and no matter the branch, campers all over Calgary supported a great cause.
All of the campers are gearing up to head back to school, while YMCA’s across the city are busy gearing up for fall. Stay up to date on all of the exciting programs by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, checking out our website, or by signing up for our newsletter.
Just because the summer is over doesn’t mean that the fun doesn’t stop. Fall program registration is open; the YMCA door are open and we want you to avoid the normal grind. Continue to travel this fall to meet your potential of healthy living with us!
“We may not have gone where we intended to go, but I think we have ended up where we needed to be.” ~Douglas Adams~
Many people choose to advance peace through their selfless acts of kindness, courage and understanding. Whether they work locally or abroad, alone or in groups, they make a meaningful contribution to a better community and a more compassionate world.
Help us celebrate and honour outstanding Calgarians. YMCA Peace Medal nomination is a great way to honour someone for their dedication to peace. Your nomination also helps create awareness about community needs and inspires others to get involved. Recipients will be honoured at the 2014 Peace Medals event on Thursday, November 20, 2014, during YMCA Peace Week.
Get started today! The nomination categories are:
- Community Peace Initiatives by an Individual
- Community Peace Initiatives by a Group
- Community Peace Initiatives by a Youth
- International Peace Initiatives by an Individual
- International Peace Initiatives by a Group
- International Peace Initiatives by a Youth
- Humanitarian Peace Initiative
- YMCA Calgary Staff Peace Initiative
Submit your nomination for 2014 Peace Medals Recipients by October 1, 2014!
Download the Nomination Package (Word document)
Come into the Crowfoot YMCA during the week of September 2-6 and try out one of the following registered programs for free!
Metabolic Conditioning: Tuesday 6:00-7:00am
Olympic and Platform Lifting: Tuesday 7:15-8:15am
Baby & Me H2O: Tuesday 3:00-3:45pm
My First Bootcamp: Tuesday 5:15-6:15pm
Yoga Active: Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm
Hard Core: Tuesday 7:00-8:00pm
Tabata: Wednesday 6:00-7:00am
Swimfit: Wednesday 9:30-10:30am
Active Older Adult: Wednesday 11:30am-12:30pm
Fitness Kickboxing: Wednesday 5:30-6:15pm
Yoga Passive: Thursday 5:30-6:30pm
Zumba: Thursday 5:30-6:30pm
Yoga Passive: Saturday 8:00-9:00am
Indoor Soccer (6-7 years): Tuesday 4:00-5:00pm
Youth Yoga (6-13 years): Tuesday and Thursday 4:15-5:15pm
Floor Hockey (8-9 years): Tuesday 5:00-6:00pm
Active Y Kids (8-11 years): Tuesday 6:00-7:00pm
Backyard Games (2-3 years): Wednesday 10:30-11:15am
Homeschool Sports (6-8 years): Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm
Homeschool Sports (9-11 years): Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm
Preschool Sports (3-5 years): Wednesday 1:30-2:15pm
Volleyball (10-13 years): Wednesday 4:00-5:00pm
Badminton (10-13 years): Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm
Badminton (8-9 years): Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm
Y Skip (6-16 years): Thursday 4:00-5:00pm
Y’D World of Sports (6-9 years): Thursday 4:00-5:00pm
Floor Hockey (10-13 years): Thursday 5:00-6:00pm
Active Y Kids (8-11 years): Thursday 6:00-7:00pm
Cookie Monsters (3-5 years): Friday 11:00-11:45am
Homeschool Sports (12-15 years): Friday 12:00-1:00pm
Steve Nash Basketball (8-9 years): Friday 4:00-5:00pm
Steve Nash Basketball (10-13 years): Friday 5:00-6:00pm
Floor Hockey (6-7 years): Saturday 10:30-11:30am
Indoor Soccer (8-9 years): Saturday 11:30-12:30pm
Pick up a water bottle starting September 1st at your YMCA Calgary Member Services Desk* and collect change for YMCA Strong Kids.
What is Change for Strong Kids?
Change for Strong Kids is a fun fundraising event where members and participants save spare change in a Change for Strong Kids bottle provided by YMCA Calgary to raise money for our annual Strong Kids Campaign. This year YMCA Calgary’s goal is $1.5 million, all money raised goes towards providing children and youth with great experiences such as swimming lessons or going to camp.
How can you participate?
Stop by the member services desk at your YMCA Calgary to pick up your bottle. Bottles are limited so visit soon!
Place your Change for Strong Kids Bottle in a convenient location at home or your office where family members or co-workers can deposit spare change over the next few months. No donation is considered too small.
When your Change for Strong Kids Bottle is full (or by November 15th), please return it to the member services desk. We will graciously take your donation and give back your bottle for personal use. You can also fill it as many times as you’d like!
*Participating YMCA branches include Shawnessy, Crowfoot, South Health Campus and Saddletowne.
Thank you Calgary! Your generosity is amazing.
Once again, Calgarians have shown their care for this city and community.
Our Kids in Motion and Day Campers planned to raise 8,000 lbs of food for the Calgary Food Bank this week.
We haven’t even finished weighing, and we’re already at 10,682 lbs! That’s a lot of food!
[Update: Tuesday, August 19 - With boxes from the branches, our total food collected is 11,442 lbs!!! Thank you, Calgary!]
If you’d still like to donate, drop off food donations at any YMCACalgary location before Monday, August 18 or contact the Calgary Food Bank directly.
Check out our photo album on Facebook for some shots of excited kids, big bags of food, and smiling Food Bank staff!
Did you know, one family in Ogden donated 500 lbs of rice! Jenna, a YMCA staff member, drove over and picked up 25 sacs of rice because they were too heavy for the campers to carry down the block.
On some streets during the food collection there would be a dry spell of a long line of houses with no donations. But when campers saw one of those white food bank bags, their excitement was huge and they would all race to see who could get there first and what kinds of tasty treats were being donated to help feed other kids.
In Huntington Hills, campers and volunteers from Eagle Well Servicing loaded 1120 lbs of donations into an SUV. Then our friends at Eagle bought an ice cream treat for the hard-working campers.
Eagle Well Servicing also donated nearly 1000 lbs of food, purchased and collected by their staff.
Southland Transportation donated a bus to help some of our Kids in Motion campers get around and hand deliver food donations to the Calgary Food Bank.
At the Y, we’re all about community-building and leadership.
Day camps are no exception. We want to inspire the kids who spend their summer with us to be healthy and active, community-impacters, and influential leaders. Community service projects like the Food Drive are a big part of this.
Yes, the kids are young. And yes, the food drive is a small part of their camp experience that is full of other fun, exciting things.
But we do believe it makes an impact on the kids, and helps them understand the power and importance of helping others.
Rabbitt is a Discoverers counsellor at Eau Claire YMCA. Her campers are 6 and 7 years old and she thinks the repeated discussions and activities about the food drive have made sense to them.
“During snack time on Monday, we talked about the fact that some kids can’t afford snacks and that is why the food bank is important,” Rabbitt says, “Then when we were handing out the fliers and bags on Tuesday we talked about how those of us who have snacks can help other kids get snacks. And then, on Thursday when we go out to pick up the food, it clicks for the kids who didn’t understand it yet.”
For Rabbitt, connecting the task or cause to something the campers understand, like snacktime, helps it make sense.
“Repeating it a lot during the week helps them understand. Most of them get it and are excited to help,” Rabbitt says.
For some campers, the food drive is a game, but for many, it is a tangible opportunity to learn about their community and helping other kids – because after all, 42% of people who use the Calgary Food Bank are children.
As of August 14, the following camps still have availability:
12Y Kananaskin 13-day Traditional | Aug 17 – 29
15Y Pioneer 13-day Hike | Aug 17 – 29
14-15Y Pioneer 13-day Hike/Horse Gray Jay | Aug 17 – 29
12-13Y Kananaskin 6-day | Aug 24 – 29
There is also room in our Family Camp running August 24-29.
CONTACT US: 403-269-6156 or toll free 1-866-430-9622 As with all YMCA Calgary programs, financial assistance is available to those who qualify.
Tabata Bootcamp is a 9-week program designed to help you achieve your goals of weight-loss, toning, fitness & increased energy through 4 components:
- Exercise Program
- Nutritional Guidance
- Social Support & Motivation
- Assessment & Results Tracking
Attend 3 group classes each week and do daily 7-minute workouts at home using the Tabata Bootcamp website.
Attend 4 group sessions with a Registered Nutritionist to learn how to:
- complete a food journal
- make healthy choices and understand why they are healthy
- track your calorie intake
- manage your portion control
Social Support & Motivation
Motivation and support from others is a key part of reaching your health goals. Connect daily with your coach and your peer group. Get to know other participants who have similar health and lifestyle goals.
Assessment & Results Tracking
Get help assessing and tracking your progress so you can really see the difference your hard work is making.
Space is Limited. Register Today!
9 Week Program begins Monday, September 15, 2014
Crowfoot YMCA- 403-547-6576
Cost: $300 for YMCA Members $399 for General Public
Members can register online (Course Code# 96028)
Contact Bogi for more information.
Reach for your goals today!
Enjoy a day on the course while helping children and youth in our community. The goal of YMCA Calgary’s annual Strong Kids Tournament is to give 850 children and youth in our community a YMCA experience. Hope you’ll join us!
18th Annual YMCA Strong Kids Golf Tournament
Thursday, Sept 25, 2014
Calgary Elks Lodge & Golf Club
$250 per golfer
11:00pm Registration and lunch
12:00pm Tee-off (shotgun start)
6:00pm Banquet dinner and silent auction
If you’re not available to golf, you can still support the tournament as a sponsor. For more information about the tournament or sponsoring opportunities, contact:
403-969-7180 | email@example.com
403-781-1663 | firstname.lastname@example.org
During the week of August 11, 2014, the15th Annual YMCA Calgary Kids in Motion and Day Camps Food Drive will take place.
Enthusiastic YMCA kids and youth will be collecting food donations in various Calgary communities in support of the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank.
Kids in Motion is a summer volunteer program for young people ages nine to 12. Participants volunteer in meaningful projects in their local community and in return gain opportunities to enjoy recreational activities. The values, lessons and opportunities youth gain from this program are invaluable. They learn to work as a team, share pride in a job well done, make a positive contribution to their community and develop lifelong leadership skills.
August 13, 14, & 15 please support Kids In Motion participants and our day-campers as they collect donations for this year’s drive. Be sure to watch for your Food Bank bag and reminder flyer a few days before the food drive begins.
You’re invited to our annual YMCA Strong Kids fundraiser, Jump For Joi Skip-a-thon!
Join us for an afternoon of fun including a silent auction and special guests.
Wednesday, August 13
12:00 – 5:30pm
Jump for Joi honours the memory of Joilinn Edgar, former YMCA Calgary day camp counselor and passionate supporter of YMCA Strong Kids.
For more information please visit Member Services at Shawnessy YMCA or call (403) 256-5533