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Bike camps at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

Camp Chief Hector YMCA now offers a 13-day mountain biking camp for girls and boys. This overnight camp is for campers who are 10 years old.

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 and 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 half day rides, introducing and reviewing skills learned on each trip. This program is intended for novice riders.
These groups also go on a 3-day backpacking trip in Bow Valley Provincial Park.
Campers may participate in on-site activities such as the high ropes course and climbing tower, archery, waterfront canoeing, animal game, climbing, crafts, campfires and games.

Bicycles and helmets provided by Camp Chief Hector YMCA.

Space available for girls | Jul 17-29 and Jul 31-Aug 12
Space available for boys | Jul 3-15

Call 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622 to register.
Read about all of our overnight summer camps.
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Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA Healthy Kids Day

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Come one, come all! Join us for a family fun filled afternoon of activities at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA! We are offering FREE YMCA access from 12-3pm and an afternoon of family fun activities. The Wibit will be in the pool from 1-5pm, there will be games in our studio spaces such as giant Jenga and bean bag tosses, and mini basketball from 12-3pm. And don’t miss out on the face painting in the lobby! We look forward to seeing you there!


Made Foods Debuts at Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA!

 

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YMCA Calgary is pleased to partner with Made Foods to bring you a new food experience to the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA.

“What sets Made apart in my mind, is the pure passion for good, nutritional food that comes from the entire team – from the regional farmers and growers we work with daily, to the Made chefs and the in-store team that serve our meals-to-go across our Calgary locations,” says Made co-founder Chris Dobson.”

“The culture we have fostered is based around this love for sharing 100% quality, delicious food, with zero fuss for our guests.  We get amazing satisfaction from having our guests trusting Made as part of their healthy lifestyle.”

The Made brand was built on the principle that wholesome, healthy food should be easily available, convenient, affordable and always fresh – with the passionate belief that busy people shouldn’t have to sacrifice nutrition in their day-to-day lives.

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Made understands first-hand what it is to care about good health, and that it’s not always possible to spare the time to prepare and cook nutritional dishes at home. With Made, it’s easy to incorporate quality, fresh food that’s been carefully sourced from regional growers and farmers being being lovingly prepared by chefs in the Made kitchen. With the expertise of a certified, in-house nutritionist, Jenn Hruby, combined with the experience of Executive Chef Andrea Harling, Made offers a wide selection of gluten aware, dairy aware, vegetarian friendly, vegan friendly and prepared, packaged and ready to go. Made is committed to working with the very best of the regional community to make healthy, sustainable, delicious food that’s proudly served to Calgarians every single day.

“Teaming up with YMCA Calgary was such a natural fit for Made,” says Dobson. “The shared philosophy is there; providing Calgarians with easy, affordable ways to stay healthy and maintain wellness in busy, modern lives.  What a great thing, to leave your fitness class or training session and have the convenience of picking up a guilt-free snack, fresh, cold-pressed juice, lunch option to-go, or dinner for the family on your way home?

“We’re truly excited that we’re now able to provide the Made lifestyle to Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA members and visitors, and look forward to being part of the YMCA family.”

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Scotiabank gives $180,000 to build a much needed sport pad at the South Health Campus YMCA that will benefit Calgary’s children and youth. With your help, Scotiabank will give more!

On April 11, 2016 hockey Olympians Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Kelly Bechard challenged YMCA youth in the inaugural hockey game on the new sport pad at South Health Campus YMCA. Scotiabank and Calgary Flames mascots were also there at game time.

Scotiabank has partnered with YMCA Calgary to build a much-needed sport pad at the YMCA’s Alberta Health Services South Health Campus. The sport pad will provide an outdoor space for young people to stay healthy, develop physical literacy skills, enjoy the comradery of sport and learn essential life skill of teamwork. This donation will go to the Scotiabank Youth Leadership and Recreation Fund, which the YMCA will use to expand and develop child and youth programming and fund program participation through YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.

Used for hockey, badminton, soccer, basketball and more, the sports pad will be shared by the South Health Campus YMCA, Alberta Health Services and Calgary Health Trust. All three organizations, and the work they do in the community, will benefit from the addition of the sports pad to the health facility.

A big step in building a healthy youth culture and positive generation of leaders.

Scotiabank is generously pledging up to an additional $70,000, donating an extra $5 for every video share, favourite or retweet through their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Help raise more funds . Share, favourite and retweet today!

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Mobile App

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We’re Mobile For a Better You!

Wonder if there is a Yoga class this evening? Looking for open swim or gym time? Wanting to find program information?  Our new YMCA Calgary app will give you everything you need in the palm of your hand!

 

Schedules

Search class times by day, class name or instructor. Conveniently add classes or open swim and gym time right from the app to your personal calendar.

Facility Status

Be alerted to facility closings by center due to weather, maintenance or holiday closings.

Events

Discover upcoming events and add them to your personal calendar or share on social media!

Programs

Learn about and register for programs.

Getting Started

When you open the app for the first time it will ask you to choose your preferred location. This will be your default YMCA branch.

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Schedules

View upcoming drop-in, gym and pool schedules for up to 4 weeks in advance. View class descriptions, set reminders, add classes to your calendar and share class information on social media.

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National Volunteer Week

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Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. In the same way that roots are crucial for a tree to grow and flourish, our YMCA volunteers are essential for Calgary’s communities to grow and develop. We are in the business of building healthy communities and we simply could not live up to our full potential without our amazing volunteers.

April 10 to April 16, 2016 is National Volunteer Week and is a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. 1300 of those volunteers are right here in Calgary, serving their communities at the YMCA. YMCA volunteers contributed 108,000 hours of service in 2015 and we cannot thank them enough for their positive impact in the lives of Calgarians.

To each and every YMCA volunteer: Thank you for all that you have done.

Are you interested in volunteering? Visit http://www.ymcacalgary.org/careers-volunteers/ and join the team!

 


May 1 is Healthy Kids Day! Activities and Free Access to All YMCA Branches

 

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Calling all kids! On May 1, come hang out at the YMCA to play fun games, learn about eating healthy and have a great time with the family. Bring your parents and tell all your friends too!

On this day, YMCA access won’t cost you and your family a thing as we are opening our doors for free to the public! Everybody is welcome and encouraged to participate in this year’s Healthy Kids Day activities. Just show up and you are signed up!

Mark this date in the calendar and join us for an incredible day of health and wellness!

Taking the first steps to leading a healthy active lifestyle as an individual and family can seem like an overwhelming hurdle. Time, energy and resources become barriers that distance us from thinking and talking about a healthy active lifestyle to actually leading one. The YMCA makes healthy, active living simple and fun for parents and families to adopt.


YMCA in Quarry Park April Updates

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Remington YMCA

Remington YMCA is opening July 2016!

YMCA Calgary is thrilled to join the thriving neighbourhood of Quarry Park to provide much-needed recreation and childcare services to residents and employees. We are partnering with the City of Calgary to bring a new health, fitness and aquatics centre to Quarry Park so all citizens will have the chance to become healthier, gain new skills, make friends, and most importantly, reach their potential.

Through an exciting partnership of the City of Calgary, the Calgary Public Library and YMCA Calgary, this 100,000 sq.ft. recreation facility will serve families, employees, groups and residents throughout southeast Calgary.

None of this would be possible without the support of our greatest advocate and champion in the area, Remington Development Corporation. Remington Development Corporation has been a driving force behind the YMCA’s presence in the Quarry Park Community.

They have invested $2-million in the YMCA through a transformative sponsorship resulting in the naming of the Remington YMCA in Quarry Park.

 

Membership Pre-Sales

The Remington YMCA doors don’t open until July but we can’t wait to welcome you to the YMCA! Buy a membership now and pay no joining fee – a savings of $75/household.

Friday, April 29 (4-7pm) & Saturday, May 7 (10 – 11:30am)
Remington Residential Sales Centre (350 Quarry Park Blvd.)

May 9 – May 31
Quarry Park Child Development Center (10702 – 18 Street SE) Stay tuned for more information!

Note: YMCA membership payments will begin when the facility opens.

 

Meet Our Management Team

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Jenny Miron, General Manager
Jenny comes from the Shawnessy YMCA where she was the General Manager. Jenny has been with YMCA Calgary for over 13 years. Although if you want the whole story she is a “YMCA Kid” having grown up at the YMCA participating in lots of YMCA experiences, with a real fondness for her childhood camp experiences.

Kathryn Haist, Member Services Manager
Kathryn comes from the Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot where she was the Member Services Director. Kathryn has been with YMCA Calgary for just over a year and moved from out east. She has many years of experience in customer service and providing leadership to staff. She has a passion for creating a positive culture and providing the best experience possible with staff and members.

Stacy Marks, Program Manager
Stacy comes from Community YMCA where she was the Outreach Manager. Stacy has been with YMCA Calgary for just over a year. Prior to joining the Y she moved from Victoria to explore more opportunities in the recreational field. Her background and knowledge in day camps, youth programming and fitness will be an asset as we get closer to opening the Remington YMCA.


 

YMCA Child Development Centres

YMCA Calgary is excited to be planning for the opening of two new YMCA Child Development Centres in the Quarry Park community. Both centres will accept children 12 months – 6 years of age. For more information about YMCA Childcare please visit our website and click the “childcare” button on the left hand side of the screen.

At YMCA Calgary we understand that children learn best through play. By implementing the national YMCA Playing to Learn Curriculum we know that our practices are informed by current research on child development and brain development. At YMCA Calgary children receive learning, social and health benefits!

Two New Facilities

Quarry Park Child Development Centre
10702 – 18 Street SE
Scheduled to open August 15, 2016

Remington YMCA Child Development Centre
108 Quarry Park Road SE
Scheduled to open July 1, 2016

 

Meet the Childcare Team

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Trudy Halvorsen, Childcare Manager
Quarry Park Child Development Centre

Trudy is currently working to prepare for the opening of both childcare centres. Trudy has made childcare her career and has over 8 years YMCA experience. She is looking forward to welcoming new families to the YMCA.

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Trisha Skinner, Childcare Director
Remington YMCA Child Development Centre

Trisha has been with YMCA Calgary’s childcare department for over 5 years and is committed to ensuring all children benefit from a rich, play-based learning environment. Trisha assumes her position mid-May.

 

 

 


An International Partnership

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By: Tanis Cochrane – VP Children & Youth

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Recently, Narmin Ismail-Teja (Board Chair), Howie Shikaze (Vice Chair), and Tanis Cochrane (VP) joined Janet Giles and Nancy Fraser of the YMCA of Northern Alberta on a partnership visit to Bogota, Colombia. 

Each day we were privileged to join groups of parents or youth to hear their stories and to learn about their experiences. In one program, we listened to youth share in one word, what the YMCA program has meant for them.

These youth live in a dangerous neighbourhood, rife with poverty and lacking basic services that we take for granted like running water and electricity. A neighbourhood where a walk down the wrong street can literally mean the end a life. The youth used words like respect, accountability, fraternity, family, belonging, wisdom, transformation. “It sends shivers down your spine when you hear young people using words like that, especially once I understood the context of their daily lives”, commented Narmin.

A visit to this YMCA is both inspiring and overwhelming. Inspiring because of what we experienced: the ability of the staff to empower youth and families, the compelling leadership of their Executive Director and executive leadership team; the amazing stories that we heard every day. Overwhelming because of the number of young people struggling to stay in school, to stay out of gangs, of the young, single mothers choosing between working 28 of 30 days in the month to feed their family or spending time with their family.

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Despite this context, and because of this context, the YMCA is making real and measureable difference each day. With a team of staff comprised of a social worker, a psychologist, an educator, and supplemented by generalists and a team of volunteers, the Bogota YMCA operates in some of the most challenging environments. They rent or purchase a building (a few rooms that can house group activities and program sessions) that becomes a YMCA in a community. Children, youth, and parents (most single mothers) gather and know it is an inclusive and safe space where they will free to be themselves, to discover more about themselves, and come to believe they can design their own future path.

“It was so inspiring to hear the words “life plan” in the context of the youth setting goals for themselves”, said Howie. When you are struggling to survive each day, it is hard to envision a future. The YMCA believes everyone deserves a chance to believe in themselves and to believe in the potential of others, and to plan for a positive future.

The program interventions focus on youth knowing their rights, understanding their strengths, setting goals, and developing skills that will enable them to stay in school and to seek employment. The YMCA has been operating in Bogota for over 50 years and has slowly built an organization that epitomizes social enterprise in action. The YMCA relies on international partnership support, government funding, and generates their own revenue by operating a cafeteria, a conference centre, a private school for middle class families, and a bakery.

“Transforming Lives” is the tag line for the Bogota YMCA. It was moving and powerful to have had the privilege of witnessing that in action.


2016 YMCA Strong Kids 5K, 10K & Fun Run

Join us on Saturday 30th April for the Third Annual Strong Kids Race & Family Fun Run!

 

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Participate with your family and friends in the YMCA Strong Kids 5k, 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 April 30, 2016
5K and 10K Race 9:00am
1.5K Family Fun Run 10:30am

 

Visit the official website for more race information: www.strongkidsrun.wordpress.com

 

To learn more about the YMCA Strong Kids campaign visit our website

 

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