Category: Crowfoot YMCA

2015 YMCA Stampede Breakfasts

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It’s that time of year again!

It’s never too early to start planning your Stampede breakfast schedule! We’ve got lots of fun, pancakes, and celebration scheduled all over the city.

Grab your cowboy boots and mosey on down to one of our five locations and get your pancake on!


Tuesday, July 7  – South Health Campus YMCA, 7:30am-10:30am
Tuesday, July 7  – Shawnessy YMCA, 7:00am-10:00am
Wednesday, July 8  – Eau Claire YMCA, 7am-10am
Thursday, July 10  – Saddletowne YMCA, 9:00am-11:00am
Thursday, July 10  – Crowfoot YMCA, 7:00am-9:00am

See you there!

Space still available for overnight camps at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

As of May 22, the following camps still  have room:


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

15Y Pioneer 13-day | Hike (Gray Jay site) | 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) | Jul 5-17 & 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.

Introducing Fuel, the YMCA Calgary Magazine!


Read the first issue here!


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The word “fuel” has a lot of meanings here in Calgary. It’s the stuff that helps to drive our economy, and it evokes that can-do spirit for which Calgarians are known. It’s symbolic of the energy you

feel when you get your heart rate up, challenging yourself through physical activity.

For us here at YMCA Calgary, fuel is also a word that brings to mind the passion of our staff, volunteers and members to take a 114-year-old organization boldly into the future. In these pages, you’ll learn more about the broad impact YMCA Calgary programs and services have in the Calgary community.

This is one of the most exciting times to be part of the YMCA. Through a true partnership with the City of Calgary, we will soon be operating three new Centres of Community, adding to the work we are already doing in our five established branches and in over 60 other sites across town.

This magazine is devoted to some of the stories of ways we are fulfilling our vision of communities that are vibrant and healthy because youth and adults belong, grow, thrive and lead. From our award-winning child care curriculum Playing to Learn, to our jewel in the Rockies, Camp Chief Hector YMCA, to South Health Campus YMCA, the only Y in a hospital facility in the country, we are embracing
a future where people of all ages move more, connect more and are energized by the people around them.

We’re YMCA Calgary, and this is our fuel.

Enjoy it.

-Helene Weir, YMCA Calgary president & CEO




Nancy Wang: Crowfoot YMCA Youth Volunteer of the Year


Meet Nancy Wang, Crowfoot YMCA’s Youth Volunteer of the Year!


What is your volunteer role at YMCA?
I teach the youth sports classes, mostly badminton, however
I have also taught indoor soccer and basketball.

What do you like about volunteering at YMCA?
I like volunteering at the YMCA because not only is the facility an awesome place but the staff and other volunteers there are also super friendly. I also love teaching my classes, since I work with the youth classes, I love seeing the kids improve week after week and knowing that I am the one who taught them how to do those things, it just makes me feel satisfied and happy.

Why did you choose to volunteer at YMCA over another organization?
I’ve been to YMCA summer camps since I was 9 years old and I always loved it. So I’ve always had this great image of the YMCA, so I decided to come back to volunteer and hopefully spread that great message to others.

Do you have a YMCA story?
My family and I came to Canada in 2008. Back then I didn’t know much English and I didn’t have any friends. So my first camp was the YMCA summer camp at Eau Claire YMCA. I remember I was scared the first day of camp because I didn’t know anyone, however the counsellors were super nice and they made me feel comfortable. By the end of the first day I didn’t even remember why I was scared, and I couldn’t wait for the next day of camp. This was my first experience in Canada and it made a huge impact on me, as they helped me to fit in with the rest of the kids. So now when I am volunteering I always try to help the kids to my best ability and pass on that kindness.

Why are you a volunteer?
I am a volunteer because I love giving back to my community and it’s not always about people knowing what you have done, its more about those random acts of kindness. As I said above, the YMCA has done a lot for me in the past and this is the least I can do for the organization.

What are your plans for the future? How has YMCA benefited you for school or your career?
I would like to become a teacher in the future, so the classes I teach right now are a great preparation for my future. I also plan to continue volunteering at the YMCA. YMCA has benefited me in so many ways, it has taught me to be more responsible, it has taught me to build that trust and relationship with the people you work with and it just simply brought joy to my life.

Émilie Tremblay: Camp Chief Hector YMCA Youth Volunteer of the Year



Meet Émilie Tremblay, Camp Chief Hector YMCA’s Youth Volunteer of the Year!


What is your volunteer role at YMCA? 

I am a camp counselor. It certainly is challenging: I wake up in the tipi at around 7:45AM, make sure the campers are ready for the day with all their necessary equipment, manage mealtimes and activities during the day, and maintain steady group dynamic throughout the session with games and group activities.

What do you like about volunteering at YMCA?

I love seeing kids make connections and friendships at camp,and challenge themselves to try new things. As a former camper, I am enthusiastic about making their camp experience as life-changing as it was for me.

I also adore working in the outdoors. Every morning, when my group and I walk down to breakfast, and Yamnuska Ridge is on one side, Lookout Mountain is on the other, the sun is rising over Hector Field, sometimes fog rolls over the mountains like a blanket. The fresh air, the forest, the connectivity of it to the body, spirit and mind – it sounds like a lot of hippie nonsense, but one really has to live there to experience it.

Why did you choose to volunteer at YMCA over another organization?

As a camper, I fell in love with camp life, and as I got older at camp, there were more opportunities to become a better leader, particularly in Leadership 1, where we had opportunities to play “mini counselors” during the days of our three-week long out-trip. I would often say, “I’m never really going to leave camp. I’ll just eventually live on top of Lookout forever.”

How did you feel when you found out you were Volunteer of the Year?

I was so proud! Working at camp is one of my favourite things and I work my hardest at being a good leader, team mate, and volunteer. To be recognized for it is really amazing. I am so grateful for it.

Why are you a volunteer?

Because I love what I do, and though it is a really difficult job, it is so rewarding! Seeing kids grow and learn, learning with them, spending summers in nature is where I love to be. Coming home knowing I’ve done something to improve my and maybe others’ perspectives on the world is what I love about my summers at Camp Chief Hector. Which is part of how I want to change the world one small step at a time.

What are your plans for the future? How has YMCA benefited you for school or your career?

Camp has allowed me to expand on my leadership and authority skills. My dream for the future is to direct animated films and learning leadership skills, while connecting to the environment for inspiration will really help me not only achieve career goals, but also balance in my daily life.

Working, volunteering, and attending Camp Chief Hector YMCA has given me the tools to create my own moral code and standard of living. I am stronger physically, growing emotionally, and improving spiritually with every year I spend at camp. I highly recommend that kids come to play, and adults come to work there. It truly is life changing.


Healthy Eating: Practical Tips, Tricks & Answers to Your Questions

On Wednesday, May 13 from 6-8pm Saddletowne YMCA will host a workshop called Fundamentals of Healthy Eating.

This workshop will offer very practical information with ideas, strategies and recipes that you can take home and put to use right away. Our presenter Cheryl Strachan, a registered dietitian, offers a very down to earth perspective that covers not only the ‘what & why’ but the ‘how’ of creating healthy eating habits with plenty of examples along the way and answers to all of the commonly asked questions & concerns.

Click this link to sneak-a-peak:

Register early by calling 403-237-2393 and quoting course# 102733.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 | 6-8pm
Saddletowne YMCA, Studio A
Members/Staff/Volunteers: $10
NonMembers: $15
Course#: 102733


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.

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