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Nutrition Workshop: Fundamentals of Healthy Eating

Fundamentals of Healthy Eating
Not sure where to start when it comes to healthy eating? We’ll focus on the eating habits that make the most difference to your health and clear up the confusion that results from myths, marketing and misinformation. Smart eating is simpler and easier than you think and we’ll get you moving in the right direction!

On Wednesday, May 13th Saddletowne YMCA (#180, 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE) will host a workshop called Fundamentals of Healthy Eating presented by Cheryl Strachan, Registered Dietitian.

This workshop is open to Members and Non Members for a minimal fee. Pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, May 13 | 6:00-8:00pm
Saddletowne YMCA | Studio A
Fee: Members $10, Non Members $15
Course #102733

Please register by calling 403-237-2393 and quote the course # 102733.

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Healthy Kids Day

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a free annual community event hosted by YMCAs across Canada in June. An action-packed event for the entire family, YMCA Healthy Kids Day places special emphasis on how healthy living can be fun and providing families with simple tips and resources to live healthy every day.

The YMCA believes healthy kids are the foundation and future of healthy communities. That’s why we offer programming and advocate year round for the healthy growth of children and youth in spirit, mind and body.

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Raising healthy children is a community effort, and the YMCA is your community partner in nurturing he potential of kids.

Join us on Sunday, June 7 for an engaging day of fun and exciting activities!

More details to come.

Space still available for overnight camps at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

As of April 29, the following camps still  have room:


7-8Y Chiniquay 6-day Cabin | Aug 23-28

10Y Mistaya 13-day Traditional | Jul 5-17

10Y Mistaya 13-day Mountain Bike | Jul 19-31 & Aug 2-14

11Y Mistaya 13-day Trip to Gray Jay | Jul 5-17 & Jul 19-31

10-11Y Mistaya 6-day Overnight Hike (Hector Tipis) | Aug 16-21

13Y Kananaskin 13-day Horse | Jul 5-17

16Y Leadership 1 27-days Hike/Horse | Jul 5-31 & Aug 2-28

17Y Leadership in Training | Jul 23 – Aug 14 | Application


10Y Mistaya 13-day Mountain Bike | Jul 5-17

10Y Mistaya 13-day Traditional | Aug 2-14

13Y Kananaskin 13-day Canoe | Aug 16-28

13Y Kananaskin 13-day Hike | Aug 2-14 & Aug 16-28

13Y Kananaskin 13-day Horse | Aug 16-28

14Y Pioneer 13-day Hike (Mainsite) | Aug 2-14

15Y Pioneer 13-day Hike (Gray Jay site) | Aug 2-14

15Y Pioneer 13-day Hike/Horse (Gray Jay site) | Aug 16-28

16Y Leadership 1 27-days Canoe/Hike | Aug 2-28

16Y Leadership 1 27-days Hike/Horse | Jul 5-31 & Aug 2-28

17Y Leadership in Training | Jul 23 – Aug 14 | Application


Read about all of our Summer Camps at our website. Did you know that we offer weekend programs, site rentals, weddings and more?

CONTACT US: 403-269-6156 or toll free 1-866-430-9622.

As with all YMCA Calgary programs, financial assistance is available through our Strong Kids Campaign to those who qualify.

New for 2015 – Mountain Bike Camp at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

Overnight camp for 10-year old boys and girls – Mistaya – Mountain Bike Option
Camp Chief Hector YMCA
July 5 – 17 | females
July 19 – 31 | males
Aug 2 – 14 | males
$1180 + GST

Campers and counsellors will spend two days of their camp experience exploring our trails and surrounding natural areas. The group is introduced to the basics of mountain biking technique and simple bike maintenance by a staff member who is also a certified cycling coach; trained as an Alberta Bicycle Association Community Cycling- Initiation (CCI). Before their half day (2-4 hour) rides, the group learns to manage the risks associated with travel on trails, group management and wildlife concerns. Over the course of their stay at camp, the group will set out on 4 of these half day rides, introducing and reviewing skills learned on each trip. This program is intended for novice riders.

Read the full description of Mistaya Mountain Bike Camp.

As with all camps at Camp Chief Hector YMCA, financial assistance is available.

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Leadership 1 spots still available at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

Spend an amazing month outdoors and improve your group leadership, risk management, and outdoor living skills on this 27-day program. Click here for a full description of our Leadership 1 programs.

Two options are available:

Leadership 1 – Hike and Horse – based from our Gray Jay site | 16Y

Share and develop your leadership skills with your group based out of our Gray Jay site in the mountain wilderness of Yaha Tinda (80 kilometers west of Sundre, Alberta). Learning from a four-day backpacking trip, your group then plans and leads a ten-day backpacking trip. Become an experienced horse-person; during a four-day horseback riding experience you will further develop your riding as well as your ability to lead and communicate. You will also assist in the daily operations of Gray Jay – meal preparation and cleaning, stable management, and site maintenance.

Leadership 1 – Canoe and Hike – based from our Mainsite | 16Y

Share and develop your leadership skills with your group based out of the camp’s main-site in the upper Bow Valley. Learning from a four-day backpacking trip, your group then plans and leads a ten-day backpacking trip. Learning and developing canoe skills in the Bow Valley, the group then plans their journey on the Kootenay River. These challenging adventures require your teamwork in goal setting, route planning and menu planning. Most importantly, these adventures include your own leadership contributions to the group and to the camp.

As with all of our YMCA programs, fee assistance is also available.

To register: 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

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YMCA Nepal Relief Donations

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Our YMCA Calgary community is standing in support of those affected by the earthquake disaster in Nepal. We encourage you to consider making a donation to the relief efforts through YMCA Calgary.

Please visit the front desk of any branch to make your donation. Any donation over $20.00 will be eligible for a tax receipt.

Donations through this YMCA will be sent to an international relief effort for YMCA Nepal coordinated through the World Alliance of YMCAs.

You can also send country-wide aid electronically through the Canadian Red Cross at

YMCA Calgary Celebrates Mother’s Day


Sunday, May 10 is Mother’s Day. At YMCA Calgary we believe every day is the right day to celebrate Moms and everyone that is special to you. May 10th, however, gives us an opportunity to reflect on favourite memories and to compile a list of ideas to inspire you and your family to makes this day extra special.

A few ideas to get you started –

  • Create a short video to send to those far away. Along with a heartfelt message consider including clips that highlight daily life – children at play, recorder solos, a child recounting their first sleepover experience….
  • Let a young mother know you both see and recognize her efforts to create a positive environment for her child to grow up in. This can be as simple as smiling at a young mom trying to console her loudly crying child in a public place or letting her know she is doing a fine job
  • Get out and play – fly a kite, take a walk, start a new family tradition of silly Mother’s Day relays
  • Host a potluck dinner where everyone brings their favourite family meal – just like “Mom used to make”
  • Commit to completing 1-3 tasks your Mom does regularly but which she isn’t overly fond of – just once, for a week, a month or more
  • Create a Day-Venture for a special lady. Plan a day filled with as many of her favourite things as possible. It doesn’t have to all be a surprise as anticipation is often part of the fun. Don’t forget to make sure you have included preparation for Monday morning so Mom’s relaxing day doesn’t come to an abrupt end – laundry done, lunches made!
  • Compose a sincere message for a special card (handmade or purchased) sharing a story of your time together that has great meaning for you
  • Have a family photo session – perhaps gathered throughout the day and shown as a slide show after dinner entitled “A Day in our Family – May 10, 2015”
  • Check out Family Fun Magazine’s online source for crafts, activities, games and more to enjoy as a family
  • Make a family garden stone. Kits can be purchased at your local craft store
  • Be kind to everyone you encounter on Mother’s Day. Taking an extra moment to be more patient, more caring and more considerate makes everyone’s day better

YMCA staff members recall special times –

“My favourite Mother’s Day included, “breakfast in bed made by both my kids – included homemade coffee – complete with the grinds!”               Trudy, mother of Megan and Taylor

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“The last Mother’s Day I spent with my Mom was after she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. We sat in the living room – I gave her a mini mani/pedi, she shared her secret stash of frozen macaroons and we talked (about everything and nothing). My gift to her, and hers to me, was time – time for laughter, tears, memories and dreams.”               Caryl, daughter of Barb and Mom to Julia

One of my favourite family memories is from last March when I planned a surprise visit home. My parents were moving to their new home and I just showed up. They were so surprised and the look on their faces was priceless. It was such a great experience to not only see my parents but to also be able to visit with extended family who were helping my parents with their move.       Margaret, adult daughter

“I have only been a mother for one Mothers Day, and it was the most incredible day for me last May.  Merrik took his first steps on Mothers Day weekend and it was amazing to see him reach such a big milestone and share it with me on that special day.”            Trish, Merrik’s Mom

“I love when my children make me homemade gifts and cards for Mother’s Day. They mean the most.”          Shannon, Nathan and Savannah’s Mom

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One of my favourite memories is when Olivia was on the change table and looking at pictures of animals on the wall. She began trying to interact with them and giggling. This was the first time she seemed to recognize and try to connect with her environment.          Christy, Olivia’s Mom

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When I was a little girl I always helped my Mom with household chores. She would wash our clothes by hand and ask me to hang them on the clothes line. We did this every Sunday. My Mom would always have music playing in the background and we would sing to our favourite songs while completing our chores. My favourite memory was in between our chores when my Mom would place me on top of our dining table and we would dance and twirl together. My Mom taught me lots about household chores  – and how to do everything with lots of love, fun and smiles.      Teresa, adult daughter

This Spring, and this Mother’s Day, take time to recall fond memories and to make some new ones. Experiences are treasures we keep forever.


Strong Kids 5K, 10K & Family Fun Run

Registration is Still Open!

Space is still available to join in the fun and get your run on. 
This year join 2014 Calgary Marathon winner, Maria Zambrano!


Participate with your family and friends in the Strong Kids 5/10k and Family Fun Run! Sign-up as a team,support the YMCA and enjoy a fun and healthy event along the bank sof the Bow River. All proceeds help children and youth reach their potential!


Eau Claire YMCA | Saturday, May 2, 2015
5K and 10K Race 9:00am
1.5K Family Fun Run 10:30am

Adults $35 ($30 before March 1)
Youth (8Y –17Y) $20 ($15 before March 1)
Kids (7Y & under) $10 (includes t-shirt & medal)

Register Online Now!


Camp is turning 85 this year! Celebrate with us on September 20, 2015.

Spend the afternoon at camp and celebrate Camp Chief Hector YMCA’s 85th Anniversary.

85th Anniversary Event

Sunday, September 20 | 2-7pm | Adults $15 | 15Y and under $10
Drop-in activities: Canoeing, Climbing Tower, the Animal Game, Archery, Site tours and more.
4:30pm BBQ and after-dinner Campfire

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

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Ever wanted to volunteer for Camp? We are looking for drivers to help get campers to and from their outtrips.

Volunteering with Camp Chief Hector YMCA provides meaningful experiences that contribute to our camping community. We are currently seeking Outtripping drivers looking to connect with current campers and staff by providing safe transportation to and from hike and canoe routes.

Find out more about Day-long drives and Long-drives.

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