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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:

http://www.sweetspotnutrition.ca/ymca-workshop-05-13-15/

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

 


“May the Fourth” Be With You!

 

A long time ago, in a gym far, far away…

 

SPORT CAMPS

Episode I
A NEW PROGRAM

It is a period of training on their own.
Many youth, trying hard
to gain sport skills, play in the gym
getting ready to do battle
against a worthy opponent.

During the battle, the opponents
have managed to outplay
the youth and seem to have
an ultimate weapon, STRUCTURED
TRAINING, a valuable
addition giving them the power
to defeat many foes.

Persuaded by the desire to
do their best, the youth
look to the Saddletowne
YMCA to better their skills,
within the sports of soccer
and basketball, and restore
balance in the gym….

 

We have an exciting new opportunity coming to the Saddletowne YMCA!

This summer at the YMCA we are offering Sport Development Camps in basketball and soccer for youth between the ages of 10-15 years!  Camps run Monday to Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.

Get an introduction to disciplined training, by building, developing and refining sport-specific skills with the help of a coach.  This week-long sport development camp focusses on personal and group growth, and applies learning in a variety of fun and exciting environments.  Through fitness activities, skill development, cross-training and games, campers will build their expertise.  Fair play is important when developing a love of the game!

Read more information on our YMCA Sport Development Camps in the 2015 Spring/Summer Day Camp Guide.  Pick your week, and choose your sport.  We are offing both basketball and soccer options throughout the month of July.

The registration deadline is fast approaching.

Call 403-237-2393 or register online today!

Let us further develop a love of the game.


The Crux of Your Workout Routine

I am a rock climber.  I guess that kind of makes sense as I look after the Wall Climbing Programs at the Saddletowne YMCA.  But that is away from my point…

UntitledWhen rock climbing, there comes a point in the climb that is especially difficult.  This is either physically or mentally difficult, and takes the most amount of effort to overcome.  There are times when it feels impossible to make it beyond that point, but all that is usually needed is a step back and change of pace.  This difficult point in rock climbing is known as the “crux”.

Working out, staying fit and wellness routines have this crux in them as well.  It may be known by another name: the rut, the plateau, the stall, the trough…just to name a few.  There comes a time when a change is needed.  We challenge you to spring-clean your time here at the YMCA and try something new!

Throughout the month of May, pick up a passport from member services and do some travelling.  Explore everything that we have to offer and add some excitement.  Get a grip, get your feet off the ground, get your feet wet, get in the game, get your groove on…get over that crux!  Once you complete your passport, return it to member services for 2 guest passes and a ballot for a draw for a 1 month buddy pass.  The program board will be passport central, with information on all of our exciting changes of pace.

From someone who climbs, there are many ways to stay fit on the climbing wall, challenging both your body and your mind.  Be it climbing to the top, or just staying down nice and low, I always can get a workout in.  The best part is that it doesn’t feel like one, but the next day, I can feel it in my arms, legs and core muscles.  When I am stuck at a crux, I go for a climb and can then literally reach new heights!

The challenge is on, talk to member services and get started on overcoming your crux today!


YMAP goes to Camp Chief Hector YMCA

Written by Jillian Harbour, YMAP Director, Community YMCA.

The YMCA Achievement Program (YMAP) had their annual trip to Camp Chief Hector YMCA. This year we traveled out to Kananaskis Country with an unprecedented 131 participants, 7 volunteers and 5 staff for a weekend filled with games, lots of laughs, new challenges and amazing people (and no snow!).

Between the always helpful Camp Chief Hector YMCA staff and the strong leadership Matt and Alisha provided the rest of the team, the weekend was a great success. My favourite moments of the weekend were the ever popular open mic night (I am always blown away by the amazing talents YMAP participants keep secret until camp!) and all the teamwork/encouragement I saw between the youth as they faced new and exciting challenges together.

This is often the first experience of its kind for the participants. These youth are new to Canada and seeing and experiencing the mountains and the Canadian outdoors for the first time.

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Getting Crafty!

Helping on the High Rope

Hike


Eau Claire Youth Badminton Tournament

PosterPicCalling all grade sixes!!

Are you between the ages of 10 and 13? Come register for our Badminton Tournament! All skill levels are welcome to attend. This is a singles tournament, so there is not need to register with a team. We will be meeting in the Eau Claire gymnasium from 6:00-8:00pm on Friday May 29th.

You do not need to be in grade 6 to participate. Simply fill out the Registration Form and return it to the Eau Claire branch by no later than Thursday May 28th.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Sarah Thornton, Eau Claire youth coordinator at sarah.thornton@calgary.ymca.ca


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:

MALES

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


FEMALES

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.

kids on mountain bikes


Culinary Kids is Back!

SpringPosterJoin us at the Eau Claire YMCA as we embark on a new culinary adventure! Participants from the ages of 10-13 are welcomed to register for this class and enjoy the art of cooking!

Participants will get to experience the joy of substituting ingredients in their recipe, learning knife skills, practicing reading recipes and labels, and learning to make healthy decisions when it comes to ingredients.

Program runs every Wednesday from 6:00-7:30pm and begins on May 6th. If you are interested in registering for this program, please click here to download a registration form and return it to Eau Claire.

Barcode: 102003


Eau Claire YMCA’s S.T.A.R.S. Program

Grade 6 is a great time for exploring and learning about your community. Often times, however, we find that youth around the grade 6 age become apathetic towards physical activity and community engagement. The Grade 6 Memberships were created to help combat this apathy. But what else can we do to keep active and stay involved over the summer?

The Eau Claire Y has decided to create a program that gets our Grade 6 Members out into the community once a week to learn more about what it has to offer! We will be meeting every Wednesday to explore our community and get involved in new and interesting ways. From community art projects to capture the flag, Eau Claire’s STARS program will have it all! In STARS, Students Thrive and Reach for Success!

This program is free for all of our Grade 6 Members and will be registered by the week. Program is scheduled to run every Wednesday from 9:00am-2:00pm. A schedule for the summer is being created and will be posted on the website once it has been finalized.

If you are interested in participating in this fantastic opportunity, please download a registration form by clicking here! Please fill out the forms and return the to the branch as soon as possible. Spots for the program are limited and are on a first come first serve basis.

For more information or with help registering, please contact Sarah Thornton, Eau Claire Youth Coordinator at 403-781-1685 or e-mail her at sarah.thornton@calgary.ymca.ca


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