Category: Crowfoot YMCA

YMCA Child Minding

YMCA Calgary’s Child Minding is available to members and non-members who require short term care for their children while they are in the facility pursuing their health and fitness goals. Children, aged six-weeks to 10 years, may be booked in for a maximum of 2 hours per day.

The Child Minding environment is often a young child’s first introduction to the YMCA. Caregivers take the well-being and safety of the children very seriously, aiming to ensure that their experience is a positive one. Through providing a warm welcome, ensuring an effective check-in and helping to ensure children settle comfortably into the area, caregivers set the tone for each child to have a positive and engaging time.


Recognizing that Child Minding can be a busy place, our caregivers want to maintain a calm, welcoming and supportive environment. They do this through:

– careful management of our booking system to maintain staff:child ratios that meet children’s developmental, health and safety needs

– utilizing wonderful volunteers within the area who are available to provide extra cuddles and attention to our young charges

– providing age-appropriate toys and equipment for children of all ages

– utilizing additional space, where available, during busy periods so that smaller group sizes can be maintained

For more information about our Child Minding service please visit our website or contact us at one of our participating branches – Crowfoot YMCA, Eau Claire YMCA, Saddletowne YMCA, Shawnessy YMCA

YSurvive is Coming in February

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Keep your motivation going after the New Year with some friendly and healthy competition.

Yes YSurvive is back for its sixth year! This is a great way to meet new people, try new activities, shake up your routine and stick with fitness goals.

All YMCA Calgary members, volunteers and staff are welcome to join this fun event. Just stop by Member Services to register, get your t-shirt and be placed on a tribe with a captain. The tribe that earns the MOST points during the competition wins bragging rights and special recognition on the YSurvive Cup!

To earn points you can run, swim, lift weights, climb, shoot basketball, play badminton or participate in yoga and fitness classes. There will also be special challenges, themes and prizes!

Don’t miss out on all the fun! Registration starts in January and the competition runs February 2 through March 9. Watch for details in displays at all locations.

New Exciting Programs for 2015

Now that January is almost here, it’s a great time to resume a healthy active lifestyle. YMCA Calgary offers a variety of programs for all ages and fitness levels. You can still find all of your favourite programs plus get inspired with some new choices to keep you moving towards your 2015 wellness goals!

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

Please call Member Services at your branch for more information and to register.

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Spring Break Overnight Camp at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

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$325 + GST

A week of winter fun at Camp Chief Hector YMCA. This overnight camp during CBE and CRPS March break runs Monday thru Friday. Activities include arts & crafts, music, drama, drumming, high and low ropes, climbing, challenge course, hiking and exploring, winter cookout and more!

Registration begins Jan 5, 2015.
Phone our city registration office to register at 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-YMCA(9622).

Tips to Keep You and Your Family Well and Safe


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When it comes to health and safety, some of the first things that come to most people’s minds are aspects related to the medical industry or accident prevention in the workplace.

But what does health and safety mean at YMCA Calgary? First and foremost, YMCA Calgary is committed to an incident- and injury-free environment for our members, participants, volunteers and staff and this is a high priority in our day-to-day plans and activities. And YMCA Calgary is proactive to ensure this happens.

Staff and Volunteers
All staff and volunteers are required to take annual health and safety training and key personnel are certified in First Aid and CPR.

Help at the Push of a Button
Rest assured as each of our buildings are equipped with safety alarm buttons in activity areas. Should a medical or safety issue arise, immediately press the button and trained staff will respond accordingly.

Keep it Clean
On the weight floor and cardio areas, there are new cleaning products provided. When finished your workout, please take a minute to spray and wipe down the equipment you used. This simple measure is a courtesy to other users and helps prevent the spread of germs.

Lend a Hand
Proper hand washing is such an important way to stem the spread of infection and illness. Here are some great recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Safety Equipment
All of our locations have automatic external defibrillators and several first aid kits in various areas. Staff and volunteers are trained to use them should an emergency arise.

Fire Alarms and Other Emergencies
In the event of a fire, please stop all activity and take direction from staff and/or volunteers. In the case of a suspected lost child scenario, please assist staff and volunteers as directed.

Health and Wellness
We invite you to consider the wide range of programming available for children, youth and adults. All are intended to support development of individuals in spirit, mind and body. Please browse our online program guides.

We also have some thoughts about using good judgment at home or work and at the Y.

  • Go easy with new exercise and activities
  • Get enough food and sleep
  • Remember to take necessary medication
  • Use the steam room wisely (be follow guidelines
  • Secure personal belongings in the locker room

As always we consider ourselves partners in your health, wellness and safety plan. Best wishes as you begin the New Year. We hope you have the best experience possible whenever you’re at our facilities.

Healthy Breakfast Recipe

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Veggie Omelette

This recipe is one of my favourites. It can be adapted to use whatever you have in your fridge.

Chop one handful each of the following items:  peppers (any colour), zucchini, mushrooms, onions. Omit or add any veggies you like.

Saute the above in 1 to 1.5 teaspoons canola oil in a large wok or frying pan. Once they start to soften, add enough fresh baby spinach to fill the pan. Cook until the spinach wilts.

Beat one egg and ½ cup egg whites and then add veggies and mix.

Pour into non-stick omelet pan and add a few tablespoons grated cheese (mozzarella, cheddar or crumbled feta).

Cook until it starts to set (about 2-3 minutes) and then carefully flip and cook the other side.

Divide into 4 and serve with salsa and whole-grain toast. Delicious, filling and healthy!

Written by Janette Couch, Fitness Director at Crowfoot YMCA

Adopt a Family 2014 in Full Swing

It’s that time of year! Tis the season to celebrate the joy of giving from the heart. Bring warm holiday cheer to children and families through the Adopt a Family program.

Each winter YMCA Calgary runs an Adopt a Family program for families in our community who need a little extra help during the holidays. It is an opportunity for our staff, members, and participants to provide meaningful gifts to families in need.

Help provide much needed items to children and their families by picking up a gift or two.


How does Adopt a Family work?

The Adopt a Family displays in each YMCA Calgary location have gift tags that list the age, gender, family, and a suggested gift item.

All you need to do is:

  1. Take a tag (or two!) that describe the gift items you’d like to purchase
  2. Go shopping
  3. Bring the unwrapped gift and tag back to your YMCA location by noon on December 15
  4. YMCA staff will then wrap and deliver the presents just before Christmas

It’s that easy!


These donations bring smiles to the faces of parents and children, providing happy holiday memories. Thank you to everyone who has already donated!

Thank you for your generosity!

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

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


Camp Chief Hector – 2015 Flood Respite Weekends Announced!

Camp Chief Hector has announced their new 2015 Flood Respite Weekends! 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 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.

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.