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YMCA MEGATHON – 2015 Strong Kids Kick-off Event
Monday, March 9 ALL DAY

Be a Superhero for Kids!

YMCA MEGATHON officially kicks-off the 2015 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign at all YMCA Calgary locations! With the goal of making all Calgary kids healthier, you can have loads of fun and directly support children and youth in the community to have a YMCA experience.

Activities will vary from branch to branch so if you’re super keen you can even participate at more than one location!

Here’s how to get involved:

  • Individuals or teams can create an online website at www.ymcastrongkids.ca. Once set up, encourage family, friends and coworkers to support your effort by making a donation.
  • On event day, dress up like a superhero and tackle a variety of exciting health and fitness activities.
  • Participants will be entered to win YMCA prizes!

Watch for details and schedules in-branch and online.

Did you know…

1 in 5 children and youth coming to YMCA Calgary are in need of financial assistance? YMCA MEGATHON is a great way for you to have fun and raise much needed funds for kids.

Busy that day? You can still contribute. All locations will also have their own webpage which allows anyone to donate directly!


Y Survive Began This Week!

 Y Survive officially begins across YMCA Calgary!

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It’s not too late to join in on the friendly team competition which will challenge the minds, bodies and spirits of participants.

Join a tribe and compete to collect points through logging physical activities and challenges on Fitlinxx. Scores will be posted throughout the weeks, and the tribe with the highest score will win a victory trophy and bragging rights!

How to Join In:

  • Visit Member Services at your branch.
  • Learn about using Fitlinxx to track your activities and earn points.
  • Get regular email updates and events from your team captain.
  • Participate in a 30 minute workout- make sure you bring your workout clothes!

There is still time to register- for only $10 you will get a free dry-fit t-shirt and participate in this exciting, month-long event.


Tell us about your YMCA!

How are we doing? Feedback will help identify ways to better meet the needs and expectations of all the people who are connected with us. 

This survey should only take about 10 minutes of your time but will be invaluable for YMCA to improve its programs and services.

Click the photo below or visit: http://bit.ly/CalgaryYMembers2015

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Sport Development Camp Countdown: 1 Day

Registration for YMCA Sport Development Camps opens tomorrow at 7:00AM!

Hey boys and girls!  Get ready for the YMCA Sport Development Camps because registration opens tomorrow.  We have camps in the sports of basketball and soccer running Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:30pm for youth between the ages of 10-15 years throughout the month of July 2015.

Read above…I did say boys and girls!  We want to provide the best area for development for both genders through the YMCA Sport development Camps.

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There are differences between the genders when it comes to training for sport and competition and there is much to learn from the approach females take.  Check out this article, entitled Playing like a Girl, and see what can be taken from the feminine approach to sport and competition.  Through the YMCA Sport Development Camps, we take in the needs of both boys and girls to give them the best program for skill development possible.

Remember to stay up to date with all the information you need for the YMCA Sport Development Camps in our 2015 Spring/Summer Day Camp Guide.


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Talk Space @ Shawnessy YMCA

20150130_165603Today at the Shawnessy YMCA we hosted our very first talk space, courtesy of the Calgary humane society and Calgary flames foundation.

Youth and grade 6 members were invited to attend the workshop about amphibians and reptiles as well as get up close and personal with Gus and , C.H.S’s resident geckos!

All the kids were very excited about being able to see the reptiles and really enjoyed the experience and being able to learn more about different types of unusual creatures.

February’s Shawnessy grade 6 calendar is out now and available to pick up in branch and is full of exciting activities to enjoy.

Philip Perryman

Shawnessy YMCA Youth Coordinator.


Sport Development Camp Countdown: 2 Days

Registration for YMCA Sport Development Camps open in 2 days!

Basketball is not the only sport being offered this summer at the YMCA.  Continue your disciplined training, by building and developing the skills of soccer through the week-long YMCA Sport Development Camp.

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We will incorporate fitness activities, skill development, cross-training and games, to further refine camper expertise in the sport of soccer.  Get ready and fuel up for the soccer field with these awesome nutrition tips!  A healthy body and mind help with the development of a great athlete, especially in youth between the ages of 10-15 years.

Remember to stay up to date with all the information you need for the YMCA Sport Development Camps in our 2015 Spring/Summer Day Camp Guide.


FREE Weekend in the Mountains for Flood affected families!

Camp Chief Hector YMCA is offering free weekends for ANYONE affected by the 2013 Southern Alberta Floods! 

Flood Relief Respite Weekends poster - 2015We are welcoming everyone affected by the 2013 floods, no matter how great or small, to spend a weekend at Camp Chief Hector YMCA to rejuvenate in the mountains.

Enjoy activities such as:

  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • High and Low Ropes Courses
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Bouldering and Climbing Wall
  • Massage Therapy is available

These weekends are FREE and are provided at no cost. Funding is generously provided by the Government of Alberta and are designed to encourage building strong relationships within your community.

For more information about the schedule and what to expect, click here.

Call 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622  to register.


Sport Development Camp Countdown: 3 Days

Registration for YMCA Sport Development Camps open in 3 days!

The Summer and lack of the Steve Nash Basketball Program do not mean that you should take a break from the sports you love.  Continue your disciplined training, by building and developing the skills of basketball through the week-long YMCA Sport Development Camp.

We will incorporate fitness activities, skill development, cross-training and games, to further refine camper expertise in the sport of basketball.  Tactical awareness and fair play is important when developing a love of the game!

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We will further the objectives of the Steve Nash Basketball Program, building character and allowing all youth between the ages of 10-15 years with an interest in basketball a great opportunity.

Remember to stay up to date with all the information you need for the YMCA Sport Development Camps in our 2015 Spring/Summer Day Camp Guide.


Y Survive Kick Off at the Saddletowne YMCA

What is Y SURVIVE?

 Y Survive is a friendly team competition which will challenge the minds, bodies and spirits of participants. Participants will join a tribe and compete to collect points through logging physical activities and challenges through Fitlinxx. Scores will be posted throughout, and the tribe with the highest score will win the challenge!

Y Survive officially kicks off Monday, February 2nd.  However, the Saddletowne YMCA we will be hosting a kick-off event Sunday, February 1st from 10:00-11:30 AM.

This event will take place in Multipurpose Rooms 1 & 2, and we invite all Saddletowne YMCA Survive participants to come for the following-

  • Pick up your shirt, meet your tribe and your tribe’s captain.
  • Learn about using Fitlinxx to track your activities and earn points.
  • Participate in a 30 minute workout- make sure you bring your workout clothes!
  • All participants to the kick-off will earn extra points for their team!

There is still time to register- for only $10 you can participate in this exciting, month-long event.  See Member Services for more details or call 403-237-2393.


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