Category: Crowfoot YMCA

Encouraging Self Help Skills in Children

A YMCA Childcare participant prepares her snack

A YMCA Childcare participant prepares her snack

As a healthy part of their development, children have a natural drive to be independent and to do things on their own. As children grow and have opportunities to develop their skills, they learn to do more and more independently.

YMCA childcare staff support children in their quest for independence by regularly providing opportunities for them to take personal responsibility. While it can be faster and less messy for adults to do things for children we want to help children develop competencies they can take pride in.

When children practice self-help skills, such as feeding and dressing themselves, they are utilizing their gross and small motor skills, gaining confidence in their abilities and developing self-confidence. These early successes lead to them being more willing to try new things while recognizing that practice leads to skill development.

Ways to encourage self- help skills at home; 

Meal times – Encourage your child to serve themselves, pour liquids into a cup and eat without direct assistance during meals

Dressing and grooming – Allow extra time for your child to dress/undress themselves and to perform personal grooming tasks

Hygiene and toileting- Encourage children as they learn to use the toilet, climb on and off the toilet seat, pull clothing up and down, and wash their hands

Daily chores- Involve your child in age appropriate household chores. Studies show that early involvement leads to greater independence in early adulthood.

Celebrate your child’s success!

Submitted by Margaret Ferriss, Eau Claire YMCA Childcare Director


Sac Dene Presentation and Story-Sharing

Camp Chief Hector invites you to an evening of story-sharing and information about Sac Dene 2015.

Sac Dene is a six-week canoe trip and a two-week counseling experience for 17 year old co-ed youth. Focusing on leadership development, the Sac Dene group travels north to paddle the Mackenzie River, visiting communities along the way. Sac Dene participants, as part of the Leaders-in-Training program, return to Camp Chief Hector YMCA to become part of the counseling team for the final two weeks of the summer.

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Hearth Room
Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Center
1320 5 Ave NW, Calgary

Oct 22 | 7:00-8:00pm
RSVP required. Please click here for more information.

*Attendance is not mandatory for Summer 2015 applicants but the night is a great way to learn about the fun adventures coming next summer.


Yoga for Peace

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In celebration of the 2014 YMCA Peace Week, Eau Claire YMCA will be hosting Yoga for Peace on Wednesday November 19th from 10:30 – 11:15 and at 12:50 – 1:30.

YMCA Peace Week is unique to Canada.  It originated in 1984 when YMCA Canada decided to add an entire week of peace related activities to follow Peace Day. This year, we will be celebrating our 30th year! Why yoga? Yoga is an innately peaceful activity with the goal of encompassing the overall essence of peace. Please come and join instructors Gary & Pam and be a part of this national celebration!

 


Fitting Health and Wellness into Your Day

Many people are aware of the health benefits of exercise, but did you know that health and wellness means much more than one hour a day at the gym? If you dutifully put in your hour of exercise, but spend the other 23 hours of your day sitting, you are still considered to have a sedentary lifestyle with all of the risk factors that entails. See the following link for details: Sedentary Behaviour Risks

If you have a sedentary occupation, how can you overcome this challenge? Try getting up from your desk and walking around the office for 5 or 10 minutes every hour or two. You may feel that you’re too busy to add this into your day, however, you will likely find that these mini-breaks increase your productivity when you return to your desk. Walk to a co-worker’s desk to ask a question, rather than phoning or emailing. Even standing up at your desk and stretching once in a while will be helpful. If you are having a small meeting with just two or three people, suggest a walking meeting to your colleagues. Pedometers are an excellent way to track your activity over a day to ensure that you get in your minimum number of steps each day.

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Stay-at-home parents have a great opportunity for activity; dance with your children, play tag, go for a walk to the park and push them on the swing. Not only will you enhance your own health with activity, you will set a great example for your kids and perhaps even deepen your parent-child bond!

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Camp Chief Hector – Summer 2015 Registration Dates

Registration dates for Summer Camp 2015 are as follows:

RETURNING CAMPERS

Thursday, November 20 | Leadership I | Online or by telephone
Tuesday, November 25 | August Camps | By telephone and In-person (see below)
Thursday, November 27 | July Camps | By telephone and In-person (see below)
Friday, November 28 | 6-day Family Camps | By telephone ONLY

NEW CAMPERS
All ages, all camps
Monday, December 1 | YMCA Calgary Members | By telephone ONLY
Wednesday, December 3 | Non-members | By telephone and In-person (see below)

  • In-person at YMCA Calgary branches (numbers are handed out at 5:30am when the facilities open – registration begins at 8:30am)
  • By telephone, 8:30am – 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

Visit the Summer Camp page of our website for camp dates, program descriptions and barcodes (Information coming soon!). Having the camp barcode at the ready will make your registration faster.

Call us at 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622 or email us with any questions.


Award Recognition

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The Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre of Calgary recently held their award ceremony on September 25, 2014.

YMCA Calgary was honoured with the Inclusive Community Award in recognition of our efforts to engage, include and support people with developmental disabilities whether it be through membership, programs, services or employment and volunteer positions.

Fan Wu, Eau Claire YMCA Program Manager and Molly Green, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator attended the event and accepted the award on our behalf.


Community Wellness Day at Crowfoot YMCA!

Our Community Wellness Day is underway from now until 6pm. This event is in conjunction with Robert Thirsk High School and the Crowfoot branch of the Calgary Public Library. There are many exciting events happening at all three places, including mini-golf, foosball, air hockey, story time, Henna, face painting, a movie, pie eating contest, floor hockey, video gaming, meditation, fitness classes and much much more! Get your free passport stamped at each location and enter to win prizes!

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Prepare Yourself for the Halloween Howler

Halloween is less than a month away!  Join our staff and volunteers at the Crowfoot, Saddletowne and Eau Claire and Shawnessy YMCAs for a spooktacular afternoon of crafts, games and treats.  Children aged 2 to 12 are invited to participate in this ghoulish good time. Registration is only $5 for members, and $10 for non-members.  Parents, guardians and mummies get in for free!

Crowfoot YMCA
Halloween Howler | Saturday, Oct 25 | 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Eau Claire YMCA
Halloween Howler |  Saturday, Oct 25 | 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Saddletowne YMCA
Halloween Howler |  Saturday, Oct 25 | 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Shawnessy YMCA
Boorific Bash |  Friday, Oct 31 | 5:30 to 8:00 pm

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Visit your local branch for more information.  We can’t wait to see you then- don’t forget to booooook it in your calendar!


Halloween Fun!

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What are you going to be for Halloween?

Dress up and come have fun  with us at one of our Halloween events. Look forward to crafts, games,  music and more! Geared for ages 2Y to 12Y. Please note: Children under the age of eight must be accompanied by an adult.

Crowfoot YMCA
Halloween Howler
Saturday, Oct 25 | 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Eau Claire YMCA
Halloween Howler
Saturday, Oct 25 | 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Saddletowne YMCA
Halloween Howler
Saturday, Oct 25 | 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Shawnessy YMCA
Boorific Bash
Friday, Oct 31 | 5:30 to 8:00 pm

 

 

 

 


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